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Hipther returns with MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit in Riga on 16-17th May 2023

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Baltic and Nordic region’s most popular gaming and tech conference to be hosted in Latvia’s capital at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

Hipther is set to return for its sixth year with the ever-successful MARE BALTICUM Gaming and TECH Summit following a sell-out 2022 event.

Hipther’s two-day Baltic and Nordic-focused summit returns on 16th May, 2023, in Riga, Latvia, at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, with more than 45 industry-leading speakers from across the gaming and tech industries.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming and TECH Summit has seen growing demand as it prepares to welcome more creative thinkers and innovators from across the Baltic and Nordic region’s iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, VR and FashionTech sectors to share their unique insights.

Along with main stage sponsors Tom Horn and silver sponsor Evoplay, the event will also welcome backers Nordic Gambling, nanocosmos, Oddin, Black Cat Card, Rite NRG and 7777 Gaming.

The boutique event’s extensive schedule of expert speakers will include Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys.Gabniene), Kaido Ulejev (Betsson Group), Anne Veerpalu, PhD (TECH x LEGAL) and Saulius Racevicius (Fintech Hub LT), with its wide roster of presenters discussing topics such as key market updates, innovation vs regulation and the role of AI and Fintech.

The summit will also see the return of the prestigious Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) and BTECH Awards 2023 which will be hosted at the Grand Hotel Kempinski’s Grand Ballroom, with industry leaders such as Playson, Sportradar, Yggdrasil and Entain shortlisted.

Totalling 36 nomination categories, the awards event recognises significant achievements across the Baltic and Scandinavian gaming industries.

To continue its commitment to awards transparency, the final winners of each shortlist category will be decided by a special voting session held over the day of the conference.

Commenting on the return of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming and TECH Summit, Zoltan Tuendik, Co-founder and Head of Business and Events at Hipther said:  “Returning with the sixth edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming and TECH Summit is a huge pleasure for us and we are set for a sell-out event yet again.

“Welcoming dozens of thought leaders and sponsors to share their expert insights and answer the burning questions of the industry is sure to make the event one to remember. With C-level executives, compliance experts, government officials and influencers from the iGaming, Esports, blockchain, AI and fintech industries, we can’t wait to welcome everyone on the 16-17 May and share valuable insights!”

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Lithuania Mulls Cracking Down on Gambling Ads

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Lithuanian MPs have registered amendments to the Gambling Law proposing to further tighten gambling advertising in the country as of 2025.

Around 50 MPs, mostly from the ruling majority, have signed the amendments proposing to prohibit the dissemination of information of the gambling companies sponsoring any public events, activities, natural or legal persons.

If adopted, the amendments would eliminate the advertising of betting, wagers, and casinos on television, in newspapers, magazines, or news websites and on street billboards. Neither the names nor the logos of gambling operators could appear on the jerseys of athletes and in arenas during the sporting events.

Companies would only be able to publish information on the types of gambling at the gambling venue or on the company’s website, the address of which is specified in the Gambling Regulation.

It is proposed to allow gambling companies to publish information on gambling only in publications aimed at professionals in the business. They could advertise their name and brand on their head office building or gambling venue.

Lithuanian MPs have started considering tightening the requirements for gambling advertising amid allegations that Šarūnas Stepukonis, a former BaltCap Infrastructure Fund partner, has embezzled and gambled away millions of euros of the fund’s money.

The initiator of the amendments, Mindaugas Lingė of the ruling conservative Homeland Union, has previously said that last year the total revenue of gambling operators amounted to 222 million euros, up from 103 million euros in 2020.

The amount spent on advertising in the gambling business doubled from 6.36 million euros in 2020 to 12.73 million euros in 2023. Gambling operators’ profits increased from 20 million euros in 2020 to more than 53 million euros in 2022.

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IGT Signs 12-Year Contract Extension with UAB Perlas Network in Lithuania to Deploy Upgraded Central System Software

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has extended its contract with UAB Perlas Network (“Perlas”) for an additional 12 years until 2035. As part of the agreement, IGT will provide upgrades to the Lottery’s central retail system including advanced software and user interfaces.

“Upgrading Perlas’ central system with IGT technology will help us optimize and elevate the country’s most popular and exciting lottery games,” said Mindaugas Marcinkevičius, UAB Perlas Network CEO. “We look forward to implementing IGT’s upgrades and are pleased to continue this successful relationship for another 12 years.”

“The technology enhancements being provided to Perlas are backed by IGT’s decades of lottery industry leadership and experience,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer Global Lottery. “This upgraded technology will introduce an administration portal that will enable the Lottery to view and manage all applications and back-office functions, helping to improve efficiencies and maximize profitability.”

The Lottery has been a customer of IGT’s since 1994. In 2023, IGT announced that it signed a contract with Euloto UAB (Perlas’ dependent company) to deploy its advanced cloud-based remote game server and at least 12 eInstant games per year.

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Spinomenal goes live in Lithuania with Optibet partnership

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Leading iGaming content provider, Spinomenal has extended its successful partnership with Optibet to take its games into the regulated Lithuanian market. Spinomenal first started working with Optibet a while ago when it launched its games with the operator in Estonia and Latvia.

The library of slot content for Lithuania is being integrated via Light & Wonder’s OpenGaming™ platform. Optibet’s Lithuanian players will be able to engage with Spinomenal’s extensive collection of exciting games that stars Majestic King, Poseidon’s Rising, Times of Egypt, Book of Rampage and Lucky Jack – Lost Jungle.

Lior Shvartz, CEO for Spinomenal commented: “Optibet is a huge player in the Baltic region where we have already had significant success within the Estonian and Latvian markets. We’re thrilled to go live in Lithuania with such a strong partner.”

Davit Khatiashvili, CPO for Optibet commented: “After a very successful launch in Latvia & Estonia, we are pleased to offer Spinomenal games to our Lithuanian customers.”

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