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Mare Balticum – The Baltic Sea Gaming Summit first batch of speakers announced

Zoltan Tundik



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Riga  – 6 February 2018 – The inaugural edition of the yearly event which focuses on the Baltics and the Scandinavian region has already made the headlines on many industry related news portals and we can confirm that key industry stakeholders are going to attend the event.

The event will be held on the 8th of May at Astor Riga and the we would like to extend the invitation for the delegates to join the event and stay on the 9th of May as well, to celebrate Europe Day in Riga.

Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.


The Preliminary Agenda includes the following panel discussions: The state of the industry in Latvia, The state of the industry in Lithuania, The state of the industry in Estonia, The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden, Innovation Talks and a Round table discussions with the Baltic regulators

We are honored to announce the first set of speakers who are going to put forward the latest industry news and join the panels oriented to discussions about Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark.

Below are the first announced speakers of the event:

Morten Ronde(CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association)

Morten has 18 years of experience from working in the gambling industry.

His background is in gambling regulation. He started his career in the Danish State Lottery and worked later 12 years as legal counsel for the Danish Gambling Authority. During his time as a regulator he drafted the Danish online gambling reform that allowed for open licensing of betting and online casino operators in Denmark. The Danish gambling model is still considered one of the best gambling regimes in the world and has inspired many countries to adopt similar regulation.

Morten received the ”European Regulator of the Year Award” in 2010 from the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Since 2012 Morten has been working in the private sector of the gambling industry and has been advising clients in all sectors of the industry on regulatory affairs issues.

Morten acts as CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA), a trade association for online gambling operators in Denmark and as Director of Education and Association Development of the International Masters of Gaming (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law network.

Panel: The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden

Renata Beržanskienė (Partner at Sorainen Lithuania)

Sorainen partner Renata Beržanskienė heads the Information Technology & Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Distribution & Trade, Telecommunications and Transport & Maritime Practice Areas in Lithuania.

Renata has an extensive experience advising international clients operating in gaming and gambling sectors on matters related to regulation, establishment and licensing (including anti-money laundering prevention, virtual currency research, etc.), intellectual property issues, as well as representing clients before the relevant authorities (such as the Gaming Control Authority).

Renata has been practicing law since 1992 and has been with Sorainen since 1999.

Panel: The state of the industry in Lithuania

Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner. Attorney-at-Law at Gabnys Law Firm)

Andrius Gabnys is an attorney-at-law and a managing partner at Gabnys Law Firm, a legal boutique based in Vilnius, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia. The Firm specializes in entertainment (gambling, media, arts) and technology (IT, cybersecurity) legal aspects. Andrius Gabnys has been working in the online gambling sector for over 10 years, and focuses on the multijurisdictional licensing, IP and related matters. He has an extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.

Panel: The state of the industry in Lithuania


Valts Nerets(Senior Associate at Sorainen Latvia)

Valts Nerets, a senior associate has been practising law since 2008.

He is head of the Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Sector Group in Latvia. Valts specialises in dispute resolution, distribution and trade, transport and maritime, information technology and data protection, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and telecommunications. In particular, he has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, administrative law and procedure, contract law and international investment law. Valts has further developed his knowledge by participating in summer schools and additional courses in such fields as maritime law and mediation. Before joining Sorainen, Valts specialised in telecommunications and dispute resolution, through his work as a senior in-house lawyer for the leading satellite and telecommunications equipment wholesaler in the Baltics.

Additionally, Valts has vast experience in lecturing, and today he maintains successful cooperation with several universities. He is a lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law for courses in Private international law and international civil procedure, International sales law and Comparative constitutional and administrative law, as well as a lecturer and programme director at the College of Business Administration. International investment law is the main field of interest where Valts continues his research.

Valts has authored several learning manuals on administrative law and procedure.

The Legal 500 recommends him in the shipping and transport practice.

Panel: The state of the industry in Latvia

Max Krupyshev(COO at Cubits)

Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Master’s in Business Administration. He heard about Bitcoin for the first time in late 2013 right after completing his Master’s degree in Management. Max was immediately inspired by the innovative and disruptive technology behind Bitcoin and quickly made a name for himself in his local Bitcoin community in Kiev.

Eventually, Max’s passion for Bitcoin drove him to co-found a Kiev-based software development studio and to found the Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine and Satoshi Square Kiev. Max has also worked for one of the biggest Bitcoin Cloud mining platforms prior to becoming Product manager and later Chief Operating Officer at Cubits.

Today is a leading Bitcoin Payment provider in Europe and a well known platform where customers can Buy and Sell bitcoin using classical financial instruments.

Panel: Innovation Talks



More speaker profiles will be announced soon, but you may want to check the already confirmed line-up of speakers and register in time. The event is limited to 125 seats.

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After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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iSoftBet to enter Latvia and Estonia with Optibet

Zoltan Tundik



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Casino games developer iSoftBet is to enter the regulated Estonian and Latvian iGaming markets through a partnership with Nordic Leisure’s Optibet brand.

The supplier’s games have been certified by Latvia’s Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection and Estonia’s Tax and Customs Board, clearing them for launch in each country.

iSoftBet can now roll out its suite of 35 original and branded slots for Optibet in each market, with titles such as Paranormal Activity, Disco Double and Eye of the Amulet set to go live.

“We are delighted to have had our games certified and approved for launch in Estonia and Latvia, as both markets form a key part of our plans for expansion in regulated markets,” iSoftBet head of business development Michael Probert said.

“Players in both markets can now access our blockbuster slots via the Optibet website, and we look forward to making them available with even more operators in the coming weeks and months.”

The move into Latvia and Estonia follows the supplier’s recent entry into Africa and Latin America through a partnership with gaming platform provider BtoBet last month.

Mare Balticum (Baltic Sea) Gaming Summit 2018

The inaugural edition of the yearly event will take place on the 8th of May, 2018

The Baltic and Scandinavian region provide a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to online gambling. The regulations in the region have bee carefully adjusted and the current status of the markets show good investment potential. The region is known to adapt quickly to changes and it’s flexible towards involving digital innovations. This is why the Baltic and Scandinavian region is good adopter of quality measurements that insure the online and land based gambling co-exist.

The inaugural event will give a good opportunity for international gaming operators and vendors to touch base with the regulators that will be present at the event. The intention and mission of the event is to bring together industry professionals and regulators for the Baltic and Scandinavian region in order to discuss the future of the industry of the region.

Tickets at the Early Bird Rate (50% Off) are available until April 20, 2018Register here!

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Dench eGaming Solutions enters the Latvian market with

Niji Ng




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The B2B turnkey gaming platform Dench eGaming Solutions has entered the Latvian controlled online gaming market by hooking up with the land-based casino operator Furors, established in 1993. With the group operating 29 Slot rooms with a total number of approximately 700 slots across the territory of Latvia and full-size casino in the capital city of Riga, the company is popularly known under the brand Klondaika.

With the offering all set to go live in April 2018, Dench will supply Klondaika with its Dench Core gaming platform and the fully automated marketing instrument Giselle. The deal will confirm Klondaika promoting its products and extending its brand presence over the net while clinging to the same playful marketing approach and delivering bespoke user experience.

Dench’s Chief Executive Dobromir Mitev commented. “This agreement is strategically important as it represents a validation of Dench‘s commitment to keeping its focus on regulated gaming markets and supports the investments we are making in our infrastructure to become multi-market compliant platform provider.’’

“Through this agreement, Dench is expanding its geographical reach to Latvia and we are doing so with one of the oldest players in the Latvian gambling industry, Klondaika.”

“With this agreement we have also reached our goal of signing three agreements by the end of 2017, and position Dench as B2B gaming platform to watch in 2018,” Dobromir added.

“For more than two decades, Klondaika has delivered a premium service through their network of more than 30 gaming halls. We are excited that they have chosen Dench as their platform provider as it demonstrates their desire and determination to introduce something completely new to the Latvian market in terms of real-time bonus campaigns and deeply integrated engagement technics.”

The Klondaika online Director Krisjanis Kravis stated: “We are happy that we decided to cooperate with Dench. In the research process, we evaluated Dench and their automated retention instrument Giselle as the best choice to re-create our brand digitally. We consider that through our local knowledge in a combination with their innovative technology will be reinventing the way players interact with our brand.”

Kravis explained: “Although the Latvian market gets more competitive every year, entering last on the scene might turn to be good opportunity to prove we could be soon on the front rows.” “We are looking forward to the launch as I believe we have made a sure bet with Dench’s suite of products.”

Dench eGaming Solutions: Dench eGaming Solutions is a B2B software provider with strict focus on the iGaming industry. They specialise in providing next generation turnkey gaming platform, white label services and most importantly deliver a real time marketing automation solution focusing on customer bonusing, rewards and engagement.

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Scout Gaming provides DFS platform to Nordic Leisure

George Miller



Scout Gaming provides DFS platform to Nordic Leisure
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Scout Gaming is to enter the Latvian and Lithuanian markets for the first time after agreeing to deliver a daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform to Nordic Leisure.


The agreement gives Nordic Leisure, the owner of Optibet and Gold Club Casino, full access to Scout Gaming’s DFS platform enabling them to offer the service across its subsidiaries and to all of its customers.

Scout Gaming’s platform is expected to be fully integrated and operational at Nordic Leisure by the end of 2018.

I’m pleased that the demand for our offering is increasing,” said Scout Gaming chief executive Andreas TernströmNordic Leisure is a competent, fast growing company with a significant share of its revenues from regulated markets, and I believe they will be a strong partner in the future.

Nordic Leisure will include all of the group’s brands in the liquidity network being established by Scout Gaming. The network includes or will include Betsson and Bethard, as well as Gofantasy, Fanteam and PAF which have already launched the Scout Gaming DFS product.

We have strong knowledge about Daily Fantasy Sports internally and when we finally found a product that meet our quality requirements, it was an easy choice,” said Nordic Leisure chief executive Peter ÅströmDFS has a natural fit in our existing product offering, and we see clear synergies with our broader media- and sports activities within the group.

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