HIPTHER gets ready for sold-out MARE BALTICUM Gaming and TECH Summit
Baltic and Nordic region’s most popular gaming and tech conference returns to Riga, Latvia, this week – with highly-anticipated BSG Awards and BTECH Awards
Hipther is making the final preparations for this week’s MARE BALTICUM Gaming and TECH Summit after announcing its highly sought-after combo tickets have completely sold out.
Taking place at Grand Hotel Kempinski in Riga, Latvia, on May 16-17th, the Baltic and Nordic-focused summit is set to welcome 150 participants, including 50 speakers, and host a total of 48 hours of networking.
MARE BALTICUM Gaming and Tech Summit has seen growing demand this year with combo tickets including three nights’ accommodation now completely sold out – while a limited number of delegate passes remain on sale.
Main stage sponsors include Tom Horn and silver sponsor Evoplay, along with backers Nordic Gambling, nanocosmos, Black Cat Card, Rite NRG, Oddin and 7777 Gaming.
The boutique, community-driven event also boasts an extensive schedule of expert speakers, including Marina Davidova of Entain’s Enlabs, Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming, and Monika Szwed of RiteNRG.
Hipther is also gearing up for its prestigious Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) and BTECH Awards 2023, which will be hosted in the Grand Hotel Kempinski’s Grand Ballroom, with industry leaders such as EveryMatrix, Wazdan, GreenTube, Relax Gaming and Pragmatic Play up for multiple awards.
Totalling 36 nomination categories, the awards event recognises significant achievements across the Baltic and Scandinavian gaming industries. 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: “It is a pleasure to return with the Baltic and Scandinavian region’s best summit, now in its sixth year.
“Our community-based, bespoke event attracts dozens of experts and is an essential addition to the industry’s event calendar. We have already sold out of our combo tickets and look forward to dozens of thought leaders and delegates this week!”
Marina Davidova, Head of Customer Support and Responsible Gambling for Entain’s Enlabs, said: “I am super excited and honored to take part in it and participate in the RG panel focused on responsible gambling tools and helping players to play safely and responsibly.Thanks Zoltán Tűndik!”
Dan Iliovici, Vice President at Rombet, said: “I am honored to attend MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit as a moderator of “Responsible Gaming in the Baltics: An Industry-Wide Effort to Promote Safe and Sustainable Gaming” panel”.
Tom Horn Gaming said: “Soon we’re Riga bound for our favourite MARE BALTICUM Gaming & Tech Summit organised by our good friends from Hipther. We can’t wait to reunite with the industry thought leaders to discuss the #baltic opportunities!”
Betsson Renews Sponsorship with Lithuania’s Basketball Men’s Team
Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has extended cooperation with its long standing partner and main sponsor of the Lithuanian men’s national team, Betsafe.
“We are proud of such a long-lasting partnership with Betsafe. It started more than 10 years ago, coincidently right before the FIBA World Cup 2010. Throughout these years we‘ve enjoyed a number of great victories, and in the future, I have no doubt, we will win many more victories together,” LTU Basketball president Vydas Gedvilas said.
“It is a great honour for us to be part of Lithuanian basketball, to support the Lithuanian Basketball Federation and to be able to achieve victories together with the crown jewel of Lithuanian basketball – the men’s national team. LKF is our strategic partner in Lithuania and basketball is in the heart of every Lithuanian, so we are happy that the organization is growing and developing with our help,” Aurimas Šilys, managing director of Betsafe, said.
This year, the Lithuanian men’s basketball team will participate in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will take place in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10. During this tournament the national teams will fight not only for medals and the cup, but also for the qualification tickets to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris (France).
“A very important World Championship is ahead of us. We will have a long preparation period, also, a long trip to Asia awaits, but we will be ready, and we will strive to achieve our goals. We are grateful to the long-term sponsors of the federation, and we are happy to work together,” Kazys Maksvytis, head of the Lithuanian men’s national team, said.
The first stage of preparation for the Lithuanian men’s basketball team will begin on July 12 in Druskininkai, the second stage will start on July 17 in Palanga. Before the Basketball World Cup, the Lithuanian national team will play ten friendly games.
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!
SOFTSWISS Recognised as Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics
SOFTSWISS, the leading iGaming software provider, is proud to have been recognised as the ‘Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics’ at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2023, confirming its leadership in the region.
At the core of the award is the brand’s proprietary online sports betting software platform – SOFTSWISS Sportsbook Platform. This state-of-the-art solution enables operators to launch tailored sports betting brands with gamification tools and multiple integration options – via APIs, iFrame, and the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator. The Sportsbook also provides an array of classic and industry-unique bonuses, including Freebet Booster, Hunting Bonus and Tournament, as well as Lootbox Bonus.
Speaking about the award, Alexander Kamenetskyi, Head of SOFTSWISS Sportsbook, said: “This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to delivering quality and innovation in the iGaming space. We are grateful to the award jury for acknowledging our accomplishments and, most importantly, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our incredible team. Their dedication and diligence have been instrumental in driving us to this remarkable achievement.”
Earlier this year, the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook bolstered its offers by integrating the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator. This groundbreaking move allows operators to launch jackpot campaigns for sports betting operations, setting a new industry standard.
Together with the company’s range of innovative software solutions, the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook will be presented at SiGMA Americas in São Paulo, Brazil, from 14th to 18th June, at stand D80.
SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,400 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, Georgia, and Belarus. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.
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