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HIPTHER announces resounding success for MARE BALTICUM

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Events agency now gearing up for Prague Gaming Summit on June 21st

European Gaming, Hipther Agency’s Central and Eastern European betting and gaming media platform, has celebrated its return to live events with a resounding success at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit.

The summit was held on May 12, 2022, in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the eco-friendly Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, located in the Baltic capital’s UNESCO-certified old town.

The fifth edition of Hipther’s boutique European Gaming summit marked the return of the Baltic region’s first in-person gaming event since the onset of COVID in 2020.

Dedicated to providing a platform for discussion between the two regions’ regulatory authorities, operators and suppliers, the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit featured a full day’s panel discussions and presentations from leading figures in the iGaming industry, totalling more than 80 industry delegates.

After promising a hugely impressive roster of regional thought leaders and regulatory authorities, Hipther delivered, with the likes of Dainis Niedra (Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe at Enlabs), Kaido Ulejev (Commercial Director CEECA at Betsson Group) and Maria McDonald (Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling).

Providing a unique open platform for stakeholders and industry operators, as well as a wealth of networking opportunities for gaming executives, the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit was sponsored by Tom Horn, Endorphina and Nordic Gambling.

Alongside the summit were the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG), launched in 2019, which have become the most important gaming industry awards in the region.

Totalling 28 nomination categories, BSG awards were established to provide an independent, fair and representative awards event that recognises significant achievements across the Baltic and Scandinavian gaming industries, and this year was no different.

Among the winners of the wide selection of highly competitive categories, were Betsson, who was awarded the Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics 2022 title, whilst Altenar won the Best Sports Betting Provider in The Baltics 2022, as well as BetGames taking home Best Live Casino Provider.

Commenting on the success of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, Zoltan Tuendik, Founder and Head of Business and Events at European Gaming and Hipther Agency said:

“It was a pleasure to provide the industry with the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit – proving to be the region’s first proper in-person gaming conference in three years.

“Whilst we have always been aware of the value of the networking opportunities, panel discussions and BSG awards, we were thrilled to see the demand of the summit translated into a sell-out event, with a wonderful opportunity to bring everyone back together.

“With just one month to go, we are now gearing up for the Prague Gaming Summit, which has also grown year on year. This is a key event in the Central and Eastern European region and one of our longest-standing conferences.

“We aim to bring a wealth of information within quality networking spaces as well as a focus on the DACH region’s main regulatory updates.”

The Prague Gaming Summit is Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)’s largest betting and gaming industry conference.

The fifth edition of the show, organised by European Gaming and Hipther Agency, will take place on the 21st June 2022 at Vienna House in Prague’s Andel district, starting at 08.45am.

The event already has record number of sponsors confirmed, including Tom Horn Gaming and Nordic Gambling. With a limited number of sponsorship packages still available, interested companies can contact: Andrada Marginean, B2B Sales Manager at Hipther Agency, by email on [email protected].

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Engage yourself in the most complete Game Wave Festival, where business, learning, and enjoyment merge!

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The Game Wave Festival is an international event taking place for the second year in a row from September 27th to October 2nd in Tallinn, Estonia at Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel. The first three days of six-day-event are dedicated to the game jam.
The Game Wave Festival is a business, education and entertainment event for the gaming industry professionals. It first took place with great success in September 2021 in Jūrmala, Latvia attracting participants from 25 countries.
“Game Wave Festival is an expressive way to celebrate glorious game development heritage, culture and traditions, meet new and old faces, and have fun. It is professional, oriented to have serious business talks, and cozy, to make friends with almost all attendees. I am happy to welcome all of you to the 2nd Game Wave Festival!” — Ints Viksna, Chairman of Board at Latvian Technological center.
The festival is mainly B2B, however, it is designed to avoid the “stiffness” these types of events sometimes have. Game Wave Festival attempts to capture the fun and relaxed ambiance we’ve experienced in other global and regional game events. GWF is large enough to get an overview of the main tendencies in the Nordic and Baltic region, and small enough to make friends with all participants – The friendships you will make in GWF, will follow you all your life.
Main event and B2Match
  • 30.09. – 02.10. The Main Event: Conference, workshops, expo, pitching competitions, business meetings and game jam final presentation.
  • The conference and interactive events are divided into 5 tracks: General, Art (visual, audial, haptics), Unreal Engine, XR and Board Games.
  • The online matchmaking platform is available for all participants all 6 days, and the meetings can also be booked on-site. Registered members of the matchmaking will be able to participate both on-site and online.
  • GWF uses the B2Match meeting and event management platform that works both on web browsers and mobile devices. This platform also handles video calls and conference streaming, so all functionality needed by the participants is neatly in one place.
  • There will be a private Business area for business ticket holders in Tallink’s Fidel Bar with a nice view of the old town.
The first three days of the six-day-event are dedicated to the game jam
Awesome game jam runs from September 27th to 29th. The game jam’s theme and diversifiers of the jam will be decided by the jam sponsors. However, the game jam does not end on the 3rd day, instead, the final ceremony is on the 6th day of GWF. This is by design so that the teams can improve their games by attending workshops and even pitch them in and get feedback in our “Early stage games mentor pitch”.
Three unique game pitching opportunities:
  • 1 to 1 board games author and publisher pitch in a private, closed space, where publishers can take their time to test the game and converse with the authors.
  • Early stage mentor pitch for anyone not ready for any other pitches, but still willing to train, test their prototype and get feedback. Jammers are welcome.
  • Nordic Game Discovery Contest Baltic semi-finals where developers from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania can showcase their games to publishers and industry experts and compete for a place in the finals.
Three special event parties, including Business Afterparty and Pool party
  • The Business Party (29.09.2022) will be available for organizers, speakers, partners and business ticket holders only.
  • The Pool party (30.09.2022) will be available for organizers, speakers, partners, business ticket holders only and pool party ticket holders. There will be access to the pool area, sauna, hot tubs and a quieter area by the bar.
  • The Afterparty (01.10.2022) will be available for almost everyone (except for student ticket holders). It will feature Marioke, a feast table and a quieter area for business conversations.
The 3 day expo for game companies,  art, technology & education
The expo will be of interest to anyone who has a professional or a hobby curiosity about topics related to game companies, art, technology and education. Learning from last year’s success and good feedback, GWF will place staff members to guard the hall, so that the expo participants are not tied down at their booths for 3 days.
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Lithuania Sets New Lottery Age Purchase to +18

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The Budget and Finance Committee of Lithuania’s Seimas (Parliamentary Assembly) has completed a draft decree proposing new standards on lottery play and advertising for the Baltic state.

The Committee’s headline measure has called on parliament to undertake a vote to raise the minimum age of purchase of lottery tickets from 16-to-18 years of age. If approved, Lithuania’s government will enforce a new lottery age restriction from 1 January 2023.

The decree has further ordered Olifėja, Lithuania’s state-sanctioned operator, to display age-range notifications and safer gambling warnings across its weekly lottery draws of Teleloto, Vikinglotto, Eurojackpot and further Instant-win games.

Olifėja serves as Lithuania’s national lottery steward, charged with raising funds for the National Olympic Committee, its business activities monitored by Lithuania’s Gaming Control Authority.

Since 2020, the successive Lithuanian governments of PMs Saulius Skvernelis and Ingrida Šimonytė have chosen to amend the laws of the 2016 Gambling Act.

Last year, the government ordered the Gaming Control Authority to ban all licensed operators from promoting any form of gambling incentive (bonuses, discounts, reward programmes).

Furthermore, the government granted the Gaming Control Authority direct powers to IP-block unlicensed operators and to issue bigger fines on non-compliant operators, changes that were sanctioned as a COVID-19 civic protection measure.

Lithuania carries amongst the strictest age laws for gambling in Europe, in which players must be +21 years of age to enter a gambling venue.

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Real Betis and Olybet sign a partnership deal

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Real Betis Balompié have signed a partnership agreement with the sports betting brand Olybet for the Baltic region.

Ramón Alarcón, general business manager at Real Betis, showed his satisfaction about the deal: “Partnering with Olybet, the top sports betting brand in the region, provides a larger scale of digital platforms to engage fans and players and develop professional football as a great sports show.”

“Congratulations to the winners of the Copa del Rey trophy! Real Betis is a great team with a long history and ambitions for future,” said the chairman and CEO of Olympic Entertainment Group and OlyBet Group, Corey Plummer and added that their customers will now receive more opportunities to engage with the football club via live broadcasts and games, local events, social media and the best betting experiences in Europe.

OlyBet has been recognised as the leading market player in the Baltic states for a long time and has positioned itself strongly throughout Europe during the last few years. According to Plummer, OlyBet’s recent partnerships with international sports brands, Real Betis, NBA, NHL, AC Fiorentina and sportsman Luka Modri?, have laid a solid foundation for OlyBet’s brand positioning and growth in Europe.

Plummer added that OlyBet and OlyBet TV, offer a new form of participation for sports fans. The overall idea is to combine sports entertainment and news via OlyBet TV platform. Fans in European countries with OlyBet’s presence have the possibility to partake through the betting environment of the OlyBet sports portal. OlyBet Club provides loyal customers the possibility to attend major sports events, meeting and encouraging professional players at home stadiums and joining exclusive entertainment experiences.

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