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Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling) speaker at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018

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Riga – 18 April 2018 –Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is attracting high profiled executives of the online gambling industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian region, but also the international operators are gearing up to be present at the event. The content of the event promises to bring a high volume of information about the region and also offers a great chance to network with the regulators.

Among the hot topics of the event, you will also find the Swedish market update, which will be presented by Gustaf Hoffstedt, who is the Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015.

The gambling media has been focusing recently to the updates of the Swedish gambling market and to quote Sweden’s Public Administration Minister, Ardalan Shekarabi: “Unregulated gambling has taken over and gambling is used in criminal activities. – It is 14 years since the first in a line of gambling inquiries was appointed. It is now time for us to move from words to actions and regain control of the Swedish gambling market.

Sweden’s officials are hoping to tighten regulations for online gambling for the Scandinavian country as lawmakers have proposed new legislation for the following year. The prospective measures would include a new licensing system, which would establish prohibitions against the illegal operation of online gaming and gambling websites; launching stronger protections for consumers.

An official governmental press release declared that these procedures could come into effect as new legislation as soon as January 1, 2019, with costs for a combined online casino and sports betting license estimated at roughly $84,000 given current currency rates.

The government has declared the new law proposals as a deterrent for any upcoming online casino operators to open business as well as hope that it would essentially halt current online gambling operations without a license from offering their services to players in the country.

Essentially all unlicensed online gambling providers would be required to close their doors. The potential mandate would also directly create more thorough consumer protections particularly in reference to memberships where bonuses are a requirement. Customers would be granted the right to exclude themselves from bonuses, whereas currently they do not have this option.

Prior to the talks of new gaming regulation, Swedish online gambling operators have been able to operate practically unregulated; being able to charge whatever rates on deposits they see fit for returning or fist time players. Many of the online casinos also do not address problem gambling, and essentially have been able to squeeze money out of players who otherwise might not be encouraged to participate if tighter restrictions were in place.

Gustaf Hoffstedt

Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015. Among the association’s members are all major operators and suppliers that operate with a license inside the European Union, but outside of Sweden. Prior to joining BOS, Gustaf served as a Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Moderate party, and as vice mayor and chairman of the Social board in his constituency Gotland before that.

Gustaf has fought for the abolition of the Swedish gambling monopoly and the implementation of a licensing system for more than a decade. He is pleased to see that things currently appear to be moving in the right direction.

Gustaf resides in Uppsala with his wife Caroline, who serves as vice mayor in the municipality for the Social Democratic party – the traditional rival of Gustaf’s own party. In their leisure time, they enjoy hiking in the mountains of northern Scandinavia.

The “The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden” panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Joerg Hoffman (Melchers Law Germany) who will be joined by seasoned expert speakers such as Morten Ronde(CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association), Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n Go), Birgitte Sand (Director, Danish Gambling Authority)

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit is designed to focus on the Baltics and the Scandinavian region by bringing a wealth of information from the local regulators and operators.

Make sure you register in order to get a chance to network with the representatives of Cubits, Triogames, Losimu strategine grupe – UAB, Tatkazino, Scout Gaming, Play’n GO, Danish Gambling Authority, Danish Online Gambling Association, Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling Penta Investment and many more. The event has limited seating without the opportunity of adding more registrations, so make sure you reserve you place at this unique event. Register here!

Visit the official website of the event for more details: https://marebalticumgaming.com/

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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 speaker profile: Martin Calvert (Marketing Director at ICS)

Alex Marginean

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the “You Thought Millennials Are Hard To Please? Are You Ready For Generation Z”

As mentioned in earlier press releases, Prague Gaming Summit 2020 will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about marketing for Millennials and Gen Z from Martin Calvert – ICS

Martin is the Marketing Director at ICS-digital – an implausibly good content marketing, translations, and digital marketing organization.

With global talent working across 71 languages and 80 territories, the ICS team can bring an *enormous* amount of firepower to help you build an international, personal and effective digital strategy.

Martin enjoys speaking at interesting global events and writing for publications across a variety of industries, from specific eCommerce, gaming and travel niches, to more general titles like Search Engine Watch and Econsultancy.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Heathcliff Farrugia, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

The Prague Gaming Summit 2019 was very well organised and included a number of key international speakers. Agenda was full of interesting content and panels were aimed at discussing areas of mutual interest.

Heathcliff Farrugia

Chief Executive Officer at Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)

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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 speaker profile: Jan Urbanec (CEO at Endorphina)

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the “Gambling And Casino Games Via Social Media And Online Technologies”

As mentioned in earlier press releases, Prague Gaming Summit 2020 will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about social gaming and the recent trends that are taking over the industry from Jan Urbanec – Endorphina

Jan Urbanec first self-established business was selling seashells on the beach to tourists in Torredembarra for 100 pesetas apiece. He was just five years old.

During his years of study, his main interests were IT and Economics.

Fast forward to life after college, Jan has gained valuable experience in various executive positions in the financial sector before entering the exciting iGaming industry.

His first contact with the world of gambling was a short career as a poker player, followed by being a manager in a poker club in Prague.

Jan is currently the CEO of Endorphina, an ambitious and trendy online slot game provider. He has been with Endorphina since 2014, when the startup originally began with zero clients. Today, the established company has their games in more than 700 online casinos. Jan is now leading the company to expand in regulated markets.

In his free time, he enjoys martial arts, archery, reading psychology books and playing boardgames.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Kate Romanenko, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

Prague Gaming Summit 3 brought together Maltese, Romanian and other regulators, software developers, operators, and payment solution providers, to name a few. It was great participating in the discussions with everyone on and off the agenda.

Kate Romanenko

CBO of Evoplay Entertainment

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Prague Gaming Summit gears up for record-breaking year

George Miller

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Fourth annual event set to be CEE region’s largest ever gaming conference 

The Prague Gaming Summit, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)’s largest betting and gaming industry conference, is ready to smash all attendance records this year with its largest line-up yet.

The fourth edition of the show, organised by the CEE region’s leading media platform European Gaming, will take place on the 6th March 2020 at Vienna House in Prague’s Andel district, starting at 08.45am.

With major speakers set to include Maksym Liashko; Partner at Parimatch, Panagiotis Skyrlas; Head of InfoSec and Compliance at Betano Stoiximan, and Kamil Popiolek; Legal Counsel at Superbet, the summit’s action-packed line up will include numerous leading tier one operators and service providers from across Europe.

With a conference agenda shaped around the CEE region’s hottest developments for 2020, the summit will feature a full day’s track covering key regions including Ukraine, Poland, the Baltics and Greece,  as well as customer personalisation, Gen Z demographics and the convergence of markets in online sports betting.

Zoltan Tuendik, Founder and Head of Business and Events at European Gaming said: “The Prague Gaming Summit continues to go from strength-to-strength and has established itself in the iGaming calendar as the most informative event of the year when it comes to setting the agenda for CEE developments.

“We’re thrilled at the size at which the event has grown, and have no doubt this year will be our biggest yet, with the region’s hottest topics and key executives ready to talk new markets, business strategy, sports betting, payments platforms and C-Level insight. If the CEE region is part of your business plans for 2020, this event is not to be missed!”

In a first for this year, the conference will introduce interactive workshops, roundtable discussions with leading industry figures and additional networking zones for all delegates.

Spotlight on the Czech Republic and Slovakia is one of two main tracks billed for the event’s opening, focusing on the two markets’ unique regulatory environment. The Ukrainian market opening, Greek market re-opening and Poland’s success will also be discussed by three of the market’s leading operators.

The afternoon will feature fireside chats between the CEE’s leading betting and gaming legal heavyweights, as well as panels focused on personalisation in the age of privacy, social media and online gaming tech and market focused discussions from industry leaders.

The conference will finish with its hugely popular invite-only Evening Social Gathering, with the highly prestigious location shared among delegates in advance. As part of European Gaming’s sustainability 2020 initiative, all refreshments and complimentary dining served will also be fully vegan.

With limited seating available, please register at: https://hipther.agency/product-category/praguegamingsummit/

For VIP Packages, including a delegate pass and two night’s accommodation at the official hotel, contact: Andrada Bota, B2B Sales Executive at European Gaming Media and Events, by email on [email protected] .

 

ABOUT THE PRAGUE GAMING SUMMIT:

Even from its inaugural edition in 2017, Prague Gaming Summit has been considered as the leading event in the region which offers a priceless opportunity for local and international operators to get together yearly to network and learn. The conference has recorded considerable growth during the 2018 edition and continues to bring the quality platform with which usual delegates have already gotten used too. You can read the post-event reports from the earlier events on the following links 2017 / 2018 / 2019.

For more details visit www.praguegamingsummit.com

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