Conferences in Europe
Post-Event – Prague Gaming Summit 2022 brings back the great vibes
- 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/
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Conferences in Europe
Gaming in Holland Conference to Address Current Issues in Dutch Gambling
The twelfth annual Gaming in Holland Conference, which will take place on June 8 at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, is perfectly timed to address the latest issues affecting the Dutch regulated gambling market.
Untargeted advertising ban and possible privatization Nederlandse Loterij
On July 1, the long-awaited ban on untargeted advertising of online gambling services will enter into force. This ban, which includes all broadcast, print and outdoor advertising, is expected to have a significant impact on the country’s online gambling market including Netherlands-facing affiliates. Specific guidelines explaining the new advertising rules were published less than two weeks ago.
The Dutch government furthermore announced, in two very recent Parliamentary letters, new explorations into the possible privatization of the Netherlands largest state-owned gambling operator, Nederlandse Loterij, and the implementation of stricter deposit limits.
Conference speakers including René Jansen, Chair of the Netherlands Gambling Authority, and Fedor Meerts, Department Head Integrity and Gambling at the Ministry of Justice and Security, are expected to provide additional clarifications.
Dialogue between care organizations and regulated industry
This year’s Gaming in Holland Conference also aims to kick off a more in-depth dialogue between the regulated gaming industry and care and prevention organizations on creating a more sustainable gambling market. Floor van Bakkum, Prevention Manager at Arkin – Jellinek, and Nathalie Smit, Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands’ national gambling helpline, Loket Kansspel, will share their views on player protection with industry representatives.
ChatGPT and AI
Well-known Dutch tech watcher Remy Gieling will deliver a presentation on ChatGPT and artificial intelligence (AI) in online gambling. Other sessions are dedicated to market and staffing data, operations and affiliate marketing.
“I think it is fair to say that the annual Gaming in Holland Conference has become a fixture in the agendas of all stakeholders in the Dutch gambling market,” the founder of Gaming in Holland, Willem van Oort, said. “As always, we are happy to welcome key decision makers to our event and we are very pleased that they are willing to share their thoughts on creating a sustainable and responsible gambling market; especially at this critical juncture.”
Hipther’s Autumn Flagship Event Rebranded to GamingTECH CEE – Don’t Miss the Early Bird Offer!
The #hipthers are thrilled to announce the biggest edition and rebranding of Hipther Agency’s renowned flagship event for the Central and Eastern European region: the CEEGC Budapest gets a fresh makeover and becomes the GamingTECH CEE Summit Budapest!
The hugely successful event series in Budapest has cemented the hipthers’ leadership in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, embraced by the iGaming and Tech industry professionals locally and beyond.
GamingTECH CEE, formerly known as CEEGC, has a 7-year tradition of being the leading event in the Central and Eastern European region during Autumn. The conference brings together key players in the gaming industry, providing a wealth of valuable information and opportunities for quality networking. Furthermore, the GamingTECH Awards recognize and celebrate the most innovative and successful companies in the region.
GamingTECH CEE 2023 will take place on 26 September at the Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, while the hipthers will be offering Early Registration and Welcome Drinks on the 25th, to help participants break the ice, connect with new and old friends, and relax before the knowledge-packed conference.
The final Conference Agenda is to be announced, with the current draft promising insights about the future of Gaming in the Central and Eastern Europe, Compliance Challenges and Opportunities, Responsible Gaming, Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning, as well as Networking Sessions and the Evening Social Gathering to close the event in style and togetherness!
Zoltan Tuendik, Co-Founder and Head of Business of Hipther, stated about the upcoming event: “We are embracing the boundless possibilities of the future and the transformative power of technology in the gambling industry. Through the rebranding of CEEGC Budapest to GamingTECH CEE Summit Budapest, we herald a new era of excitement, innovation, and limitless potential. Join us this September in Budapest to explore the frontiers of gaming technology, as we pave the way for a future that will revolutionize the way we play, engage, and win”.
GamingTECH CEE 2023 Registration is Now Open!
→ Don’t Miss the Early Bird Rates & Stay Tuned for the Combo Pass that is coming soon!
Hipther’s MARE BALTICUM Summit Delights 150+ Attendees, Sets Stage for Major Budapest Rebrand!
MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2023 took place between 15-17 May in Riga, thrilling a whopping 150+ attendees! The #hipthers organized a highly successful 2-day event that brought together gaming and technology executives, fostered knowledge-sharing, engaging discussion panels featuring 50 renowned industry experts, and provided valuable networking opportunities.
The 2023 version of the MARE BALTICUM Summit proved once again why it has been established as the Baltic region’s most popular in-person gathering. Acclaimed professionals from the gambling, fintech, web3 sectors, as well as legal and sustainability experts and government officials, took the stage to educate the audience on the latest trends, news and innovations in gaming and tech in the Baltics and beyond.
All participants, speakers, top decision-makers and business influencers, enjoyed the special networking sessions prepared from the Hipther Team, ranging from constructive coffee breaks, delightful vegan lunches, and dedicated afternoon sessions, to the invigorating Morning Networking Run and special events like Karaoke and Blues parties to help guests unwind and connect!
As the premier event of Gaming and Tech in the Nordics and Baltics, the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit once again honoured the best of the best of both industries in the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards as well as the BTECH Awards. The achievements of accomplished companies in the region were recognized and celebrated across 36 Award Categories. The winners, as voted by the Summit participants, included some of the iGaming industry’s star-studded brands and the most innovative Fintech companies, such as: Betsson Group, Evolution Gaming, Endorphina, EveryMatrix, Tom Horn Gaming, Altenar, Evoplay, Softswiss, Wazdan, Bankera, Gold Koi Coin and more
The conference buzzed with the one-of-a-kind, close-knit, and electric atmosphere the #hipthers are known for creating, and that sense of excitement and camaraderie was evident throughout social media:
The Rite NRG Team – Right Energy Sponsors for the event
Evoplay on winning Best Slots Provider in the Baltics 2023 and the MARE BALTICUM experience
Dr. Rakic Dean, on moderating The Baltic Blockchain Ecosystem panel
Katri Delimoge about her thought-provoking Fireside Chat with Jovita Gabnienė
Tom Horn Gaming on winning the Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics 2023
Here’s what MARE BALTICUM’s esteemed guests said about the event:
“MARE BALTICUM facilitated meetings of gaming, tech and legal industry in a valuable even if uncommon mix. Can only wish for more events like this!” – Agneta Rumpa – Sorainen Latvia
“Exceeded all expectations, perfect opportunity to network and connect on a more personal note.“ – Lukas Burinskas – Covery.ai
“The event was an excellent opportunity to connect with industry-leading stakeholders in the Baltics region” – EveryMatrix via LinkedIn
“It was a pleasure to be a part of such a vibrant and dynamic gathering, where we had the opportunity to meet industry colleagues and exchange ideas”. – FeniBet via LinkedIn
“Many thanks to all the participants of the panel discussion and specifically to Zoltán Tűndik for providing a space for a pan-Baltic discussion, exchanging experience and ideas on how to drive Baltic fintech scene towards a more rapid development and growth!” – Fintech Latvia Association via LinkedIn
The 2023 edition MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit was supported by the following sponsors: Tom Horn Gaming, EvoPlay, Nordic Gambling, Oddin.gg, nanocosmos, 7777 Gaming, Rite NRG, and Black Cat Card by Papaya
The #hipthers are thankful to our trusted media partners for sharing the great news about the Summit. We are especially thankful to Online Gamblers – the go-to hub for news, casino and sportsbook reviews, and Responsible Gambling education – whose Editor in Chief, Liga Tarasova, joined us to attend and cover MARE BALTICUM bringing her wonderful energy to the event!
Zoltan Tuendik, Co-Founder and Head of Business, commented about MARE BALTICUM 2023:
“Back in the office for a couple of days now and still struck by the magic of Riga. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended our enhanced MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit and contributed to its success. The insightful content shared by our esteemed speakers over the course of two days has elevated communication between the Baltic states to new heights, paving the way for a better future.
A special thank you goes out to all those who showcased their vocal talents during the karaoke sessions, as well as those who joined in for an unforgettable singalong during the live blues set on the second evening. Your enthusiasm added an extra layer of excitement to the event.
We eagerly anticipate our return to the Baltic region and are thrilled to announce that the 2024 edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit will take place in Tallinn. Stay tuned for the announcement of the dates, and be sure to keep a close eye on our events calendar or pre-register to receive timely updates”.
Our amazing time together in Riga sets the stage for Hipther’s next ground-breaking conference:
The classic CEEGC Budapest event which cemented our leadership in the region, returns with a major rebrand to “GamingTECH CEE Summit Budapest” on September 26th!
Join us at GamingTech CEE, the leading event for exploring the latest tech innovations in the gaming industry within Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) targeting the Balkans and D-A-CH regions.
Register Now at a Super Early Bird discounted rate for Delegate Passes (valid until 30th June) and the highly-coveted Combo Passes will be available soon at:
See you in Budapest!
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