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

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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 Cubits.com 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.

Visit the official website of the event for more details or follow this space: https://marebalticumgaming.com/

Don’t forget to follow the event’s twitter feedfacebook page to stay up to date with the announcements or join the LinkedIn Group to start networking straight away.

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Entain Makes $1B Bid for Olympic Entertainment Group

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British betting firm Entain Plc has allegedly made a $1bn buy-out offer for Estonian operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG).

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that Entain is looking to acquire the company’s online business, OlyBet, alongside its operations in Lithuania and Croatia. The deal would also include an option to buy Olympic’s outstanding business in early 2023 based on its performance.

OEG operates approximately 100 casinos across Europe, the majority of which are located in the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and its acquisition would see the British betting firm become the region’s market leader. However, neither company has so far issued a statement regarding the rumoured takeover.

If the sale goes through, it will build on Entain’s acquisition of Enlabs AB. The €370m purchase brought the Swedish iGaming company’s Optibet brand — OEG’s chief rival in the online gambling space — under the umbrella of Entain. At the time, the company claimed Enlabs’ acquisition was in line with its expansion into new markets.

Making the acquisition even more likely is the current position of OEG’s owner, London-based private equity firm Novalpina Capital. The company bought OEG for €300m in 2018, but the firm has been rocked by recent developments.

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CT Interactive Enters Lithuanian Market with TOPsport

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CT Interactive is about to debut in Lithuania after striking a deal that will see its games live at the TOPsport operator.

“The agreement will expand our reach and strengthen our stronghold in the regulated European markets,” Lachezar Petrov, CEO at CT Interactive, said.

A carefully selected game list from the company’s portfolio that will appeal to players in the specific market will soon be available.

“We have included bestsellers like 40 Treasures, Lucky Clover and Duck Of Luck along with many other titles that TOPsport players will enjoy and come back for more,” Milena Tsankarska, business development manager at CT Interactive, said.

A first of its kind for CT Interactive in the Lithuanian market, this collaboration sees the provider’s first steps in the Baltic country. The supplier’s games are already available in Latvia and Estonia.

“It is great to see our efforts to expand market share pay off with a new partner and new market entry. We value our relationship and co-operation with our new partner. We have high expectations for the market and couldn’t find a better operator to enter the market with,” Petrov said.

“It is a great pleasure to start working together with CT Interactive,” Gintaras Staniulis, CEO of TOPsport, said.

“We believe that a more diverse portfolio will help everyone to find for what they are looking for. We are familiar with CT Interactive content and hope that our clients will like it. We are excited to expand our TOPsport casino family with CT Interactive.”

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BF Games adds top-performing titles to Betsson Group brands

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Creative development studio BF Games has launched its top-performing content across several Betsson Group brands.

A selection of the supplier’s titles is now live with the leading operator’s brands, including Betsafe and CasinoEuro, with the partnership stretching over numerous jurisdictions such as Latvia and Estonia.

The available content includes fan-favourites such as Book of Gods, Stunning Hot 20 Deluxe Remastered, Book of Ming, Royal Crown and Book of Gates.

Betsson Group is one of the largest companies in online gaming in Europe and boasts an impressive customer base across its many brands.

BF Games’ slot portfolio offers a diverse mix of classic fruit slots and more innovative content with immersive and engaging features.

The supplier has recently enhanced its footprint across numerous jurisdictions and was earlier this year awarded an ISO 27001 certification which will enable BF Games to enter additional markets such as Switzerland and Hungary.

Claudia Melcaru, Head of Business Development at BF Games, said: “This partnership with Betsson Group is a major step for us as we continue to focus on growing the reach of our content across brands and markets.

“Through this collaboration we will be able to introduce our top-performing games to a new audience and we are certain they will resonate well with Betsson Group’s players.”

Paul Malt, Head of Games at Betsson Group, said: ”BF Games content offers great entertainment with proven mechanics and features that will be a great addition to our existing product offering.”

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