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Post-Event – Prague Gaming Summit 2022 brings back the great vibes


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  • The leading conference in the CEE region has returned and brought the usual great vibes for the participants

Last week, the major stakeholders of the gaming and gambling industry of the CEE region, have gathered in Prague for the 6th edition of the PRAGUE GAMING SUMMIT.

The summit was supported by sponsors such Tom Horn Gaming, nanocosmos, Global Bet, and Nordic Gambling.

The participants of the conference had the opportunity to dive into licensing and business-related information from the Czech and Polish markets with top experts sharing their insights.

Jakub Kolomicenko – Senior Compliance Officer at Kaizen Gaming, Jan Urbanec – CEO at Endorphina, and Vojtech Chloupek – Partner at Bird & Bird Czechia, have presented the Czech market and the panel was moderated by Mgr. Petr Kozák, MBA – IFGR Lawyer and Secretary-General.

The panelists have stressed on the fact that the requirements of the Czech legislator are not competitive and often cause headaches that drag down the legal industry and give the opportunity for the black (unlicensed) market to grow.

The compliance related discussions continued with a focus on the Polish gaming and gambling industry where Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska – HEAD OF THE GAMES AND GAMBLING PRACTICE AT DWF POLAND and Ewa Lejman-Widz – Attorney at Law, Tax Advisor, Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners, have answered some of the burning questions that operators are asking daily.

The conference continued with a keynote presentation about Live Games, which emphasized on how operators can ensure a high-quality user experience with live streaming and was presented by Oliver Lietz – CEO at nanocosmos.

Just before the traditional fire-side chat which was hosted again by Dr. Simon Planzer – Partner at PLANZER LAW, and had Nadiya Attard – CCO at Relax Gaming as its guest, the participants had the opportunity to dive into the latest updates about Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in the Nordic Updates series that is sponsored by Nordic Gambling.

The session was joined by Minna Ripatti – Founding partner and legal advisor at Legal Gaming in Finland , Alexander Mollan – Senior Lawyer at Brækhus Advokatfirma DA, Gustaf Hoffstedt – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gamblingand was moderated by Petter Fagrell – Senior Legal Advisor at Nordic Gambling.

Right after the complimentary lunch, the participants had the chance to hear from Tony He – AML expert at Sentinels, about the vital role of Fintech and the gaming industry.

Just before the conference program turned towards Responsible Gaming and the sports betting industry, a One-on-One session between a newly licensed operator in Czechia and a newly licensed game provider had brought a case-study about licensing in the jurisdiction. The two speakers and industry also industry experts, have pointed out the fact that the biggest current issue in Czechia is adding new providers, which is currently reported as a painful process. This coming from two companies that just went through the certification process and just secured their operation licenses.

The Responsible Gaming panel focused on an important topic, which is the consequences of not adding an RG program to an operation can damage the sustainability of a business in the gaming and gambling industry.

The session was joined by Šimon Vincze – Safer and Sustainable gambling lead at Casino Guru and Panagiotis Skyrlas – Head of Information Security & Compliance – Group DPO at Kaizen Gaming, and was moderated by Dan Iliovici – Vice President at Rombet.

For such an engaging event where the audience was more interactive than ever, the final session was one for the historic books. The session titled as “Online sports betting & Esports in the CEE region, where are we at?” was joined by industry veterans such as Marek Suchar – Head of Partnerships at Oddin.gg, Gal Ehrlich – CEO at BETER, Ondrej Šilhavý – Senior Sales Manager at Bayes Esports and last but not least Robert Dowling – Chief Commercial Officer at GlobalBet. The historical session was moderated by Lazar Miučin – CEO and Co-Founder of iGaming Advisor.

Once the panel discussions have ended, the participants were invited to unwind and network during a boat cruise in Prague.

Prague Gaming Summit is very close to our hearts here at #hipthers and each year adds another special chapter to the history of the event. We are already looking to set the dates for 2023 and we are going to grow it even bigger by co-hosting it with TECH Meetup CEE. Special thanks to all the cool people that joined us on the 21st of June and we are grateful to our sponsors for supporting the event,” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.

You can view the photo gallery on the following link: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzVX15

The team at Hipther Agency is also excited to announce that the registrations are in full swing for their next stop, which is this year’s CEEGC Budapest and CEEG Awards (held alongside the conference).

The 7th edition of the yearly summit is set to return to the in-person format on 16 September 2022 and is going to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest.

Starting 2022, the return of the boutique-style in-person meetup is also bringing a new format that will allow more interaction among the attending delegates. You can secure your seat on this link.

Besides the registration opening at the CEEGC, the team is reminding you that the nomination phase for the 2022 edition of the CEEG Awards is also open.

You are invited to nominate your brand for the most prestigious awards in the gaming industry in the Central and Eastern European region. The nomination phase ends on 15 July and will be followed by a public online voting phase to determine the shortlist per each category.

Nominate your company here: https://hipther.com/events/ceegc/ceegawards2022/

 

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, and Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app and the WireUp networking app found on the Play Store.

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For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Manager at Hipther Agency) at [email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency) at [email protected]

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Nominations period open for the BSG Awards 2023 & BTECH Awards 2023 (Riga, Latvia – 16-17 May)

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  • The leading conference in the Baltic and Nordic region returning under a new format and title
  • Register to attend the live conference which will be held at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia between 16-17 May 2023
  • Nominations period is open for 2 prestigious awards

 

After announcing the registration kick-off for MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT, the #hipthers are ready and excited to announce that the nomination period for the BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards) and BTECH Awards (Baltic TECH Awards) are now open.

As announced earlier, by combining multiple industries that are already cooperating in certain ways, a new conference is born, the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT.

The success of the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results we have seen in the past 6 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during our summits and meetups.

The event, taking place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia, will feature 65 speakers, 300 attendees, 15 panels, two networking parties, and two award ceremonies.

To secure your seat and be part of this unique event, follow this link: https://hipther.com/events/riga/regriga2023/

The prestigious BSG Awards and the inaugural BTECH Awards

  • Nomination period: 01.01.2023 – 19.02.2023 (session is ongoing)
  • Online voting session: 01.03.2022 – 19.03.2022
  • Shortlist announcement: 03.04.2023
  • Final vote: 16.05.2023

To top all the talks, discussions, and networking opportunities, the organizers are also continuing the traditional Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards). You are invited to nominate your company in the following categories:

Baltics: Operators

  • Best Online Casino in the Baltics
  • Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics

Baltics: B2B

  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Baltics
  • Rising Star in Baltic Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  • Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology
  • Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology
  • Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider in the Baltics

Nordics: Operators

  • Nordics: Best Online Casino in the Nordics
  • Nordics: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics

Nordics: B2B

  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Sports Betting Technology
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology
  • Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider in the Baltics

With the launch of the new format of the event, the #hipthers are launching a new yearly award that aims to reward the Baltic TECH companies for their achievements in the region.

The categories for the Baltic TECH Awards (BTECH Awards) are the following:

  • AI: Best Startup
  • AI: Rising Star
  • AI: Company of the Year
  • Blockchain: Best Startup
  • Blockchain: Rising Star
  • Blockchain: Company of the Year
  • Fintech: Best Startup
  • Fintech: Rising Star
  • Fintech: Company of the Year

You can nominate your company on the following link: https://hipther.com/events/riga/awards/

As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from the HIPTHER network and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Zoltan Tuendik (Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther) at z[email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther) at [email protected]

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Draft agenda available for Prague Gaming & TECH Summit 2023 (29-30 March)

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  • Draft agenda of the 2023 Prague Gaming & TECH Summit is now available
  • Leading speakers from globally recognized companies confirmed
  • Early Bird rate available until the end of the year

The success of the PRAGUE GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results the team at HIPTHER Agency has seen in the past 7 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during their summits and meetups. Without any doubt, the #hipthers always strive to bring quality discussions for the audience.

In 2023, the 2-day event will feature even more forward-thinking discussions, bring quality compliance reports and share the latest market-related information from Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, and more.

The event takes place at the Vienna House Andel’s Prague between 29-30 March, and the delegates are invited to take part in an upgraded event that has always been considered as a must-attend conference in the region for many leaders.

The draft agenda is now available and the organizers invite you to register at the discounted Early Bird rate that is available until the end of the year.

Register here | View the program | Become a Sponsor

The draft agenda includes the following panels and topics:

  1. Gambling Industry Spotlight: Czech Republic
  2. Gambling Industry Spotlight: Slovakia, Poland
  3. Gambling Industry Spotlight: D-A-CH
  4. Fintech in the CEE region and beyond
  • Fintech-bank partnerships
  • Emerging Risks in the Convergence of Payments and Commerce
  • The risks that are ahead for Fintech, increased exposure to regulatory requirements, sanctions, and legal actions
  • Thrive in a more regulated business environment
  1. Blockchain in the CEE region and beyond
  • European Union wanting regulations on crypto
  • Digital Euro
  • Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA)
  • Blockchain for Supply Chain Transparency
  • Sustainability, and the blockchain
  1. IMGL MasterClass
  2. The opportunity and challenges of entering the US, iGaming market trends and global expansion
  3. Preparing for Quantum Times
  • Quantum computing and Quantum technology
  1. 10. How is the technical SEO setup different for affiliates versus operators and what to watch out for?
  2. 11. VRevolution – XR, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in their golden age
  3. AI and automation, ethics and barriers
  • The Ongoing Democratization of AI
  • Generative AI
  • Ethical and Explainable AI
  • Augmented Working
  1. Responsible Gaming
  2. Marketing in the metaverse, how will Web3 and NFTs help define the future of iGaming and sporting events
  • NFTs – unlocking the potential of digital assets
  1. Esports in the CEE region
  2. The Slots Business, game development, streaming
  3. Cybersecurity, a growing need

 

75 speakers are already confirmed, here are some of the names from the extensive list:

  • Claire Osborne – Vice President of Interactive, Inspired Entertainment
  • Hayley Brady – PARTNER, HEAD OF MEDIA AND DIGITAL, UK at Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Deborah Boecha – Founder and CEO at Onit Center
  • Viktoria Soltesz – Founder at PSP Angels
  • Ivana Flynn – SEO Director at ComeOn Group
  • Rita McClelland – Principal Analysts at VIXIO
  • Jose Uribe – Head of Innovation at All-in Global
  • Daniel Gunba – Founder / CEO of NFT project TRIIONFT
  • Conrad Bugeja – Group Head SEO at LeoVegas
  • Vadim Aidlin – Chief Executive Officer at Mamuta Media
  • Milorad Matejic – Director of SEO & Publishing at Gaming Innovation Group
  • Robert Lenzhofer – Co-Founder & CEO at Hölle Games
  • Dr. Arthur Stadler – Attorney and Founding partner at STADLER VÖLKEL Attorneys at Law
  • Alexis Wicén – CEO and Founder of Unibo and Scatters
  • Dimitris Panageas – Group General Counsel of KAIZEN GAMING
  • Marek Plota – Founding Attorney at RM Legal & Gaming In Poland
  • Amir Mirzaee – COO & Managing Director of Bayes Esports
  • Dr. Joerg Hofmann – Partner at MELCHERS LAW
  • Sönke Kirchhof – CEO at INVR.SPACE
  • David Stancel – CTO & CIO at Fumbi
  • Jakub Kolomicenko – Senior Compliance Officer at Kaizen Gaming
  • William J. Pascrell, III, Esq – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
  • Gustaf Hoffstedt – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling
  • Piotr Dynowski – Partner/Attorney at Law/Head of IP/Media/Tech&Comms Practice at Bird & Bird Poland

Besides the speakers and moderator, the top decision-makers and business influencers are joining the key event of the Central and Eastern European region during Spring time and be ready to gain access to a wealth of information while also enjoying some quality networking.

C-level executives, compliance experts, government officials who are active in the iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, and many more are going to share their knowledge and are ready to meet you in Prague between 29-30 March 2023.

Participants also have the opportunity to explore the future by entering the metaverse via virtual reality goggles onsite during the show.

At the moment you can enjoy a substantial discount by opting for the Early Bird Rate when registering your Delegate Pass or opting for the Combo Pass (which includes 3 nights of accommodation at the official hotel). You can find more details here: https://hipther.com/events/prague/regprague2023/

As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from the HIPTHER network and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Zoltan Tuendik (Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther) at [email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther) at [email protected]

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Hamburg Games Conference 2023: Focusing on the topic “Invest in Games” on March 1-2, 2023

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The Hamburg Games Conference will return on March 1 and 2, 2023 as an on-site event in a new location in Hamburg. The conference theme “Invest in Games” will shed light on current and future developments in the international games industry: Where are still untapped potentials in the games markets? What challenges do studios face in acquiring funding and partners for their projects? Will the wave of billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions in the international games industry continue? The last edition of the conference, 2022’s Hamburg Games Conference Hybrid welcomed more than 600 participants online and in Hamburg. Tickets are available now, starting with discounted early bird tickets at last year’s rate until January 12, 2023: https://HGC2023.eventbrite.co.uk. The Call for Speakers for HGC 2023 runs until January 20, 2023: https://www.gamesconference.com/call-for-papers 

The Hamburg Games Conference 2023 will feature two parallel conference tracks on each of the two days: In the main track, the conference theme “Invest in Games” will be explored from the perspective of game studios and investors. The second track will on one hand highlight the topic of “Funding” – numerous speakers will share their experiences and best practices for working with investors or public funding to finance and market digital games.  On the other hand, talks and keynotes on developer and start-up topics will provide a comprehensive insight into the opportunities and challenges in the growing games market. Additionally, exhibitors from various areas of the games industry will present their (indie) games and services in an expo area.

“Our conference theme ‘Invest in Games’ has many facets – with the Hamburg Games Conference 2023 we are creating a platform to share knowledge and first-hand experiences. Both in terms of the big picture and very hands-on best practices for the multitude of companies and start-ups that are active in the games industry in Hamburg and around the world,” says Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg, the location initiative which is a co-organizer of the Hamburg Games Conference.

 

First program highlights to be announced soon – further contributions sought via Call for Speakers

 

The conference’s organizing team, consisting of Super Crowd Entertainment, Gamecity Hamburg and GRAEF Rechtsanwälte, will soon announce first highlight speakers from the international games industry.

 

Concurrently, the Hamburg Games Conference is calling for submissions of proposals for conference contributions in English. The call for speakers runs until January 20, 2023. Submissions on the topics of “Invest in Games”, funding, and game development as well as marketing are now open at https://www.gamesconference.com/call-for-papers.

 

Strengthening networking and exchange with an on-site-only event

 

After two conference editions with digital and hybrid event concepts, the program of the 14th Hamburg Games Conference in 2023 will again be held completely on-site and for the first time at the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg.

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“The numerous successful deals in the games industry in the recent past show that it is very attractive to invest in games and games companies. To this end, we would like to present examples and best practices in an on-site-only event. The Hamburg Games Conference stands for innovative content, high-quality networking, and inspiring exchange”, explains Dr. Ralph Oliver Graef, Managing Partner of the co-organizing law firm GRAEF Rechtsanwälte.

 

Early bird tickets available now

 

Tickets are available for the Hamburg Games Conference 2023 now, starting with a discounted early bird phase until January 12, 2023:

 

Business tickets for 199 euros give access to the two-day conference program as well as the opportunity to arrange meetings with other conference guests and make valuable new contacts via the MeetToMatch digital matchmaking system.

 

Startup tickets are also available exclusively for small enterprises and startup companies. They allow participation in the entire conference program as well as use of MeetToMatch at the discounted price of 99 euros.

 

Students can participate in the conference program for 25 euros.

 

All current information on the Hamburg Games Conference is available at www.gamesconference.com.

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