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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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MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 Sparked GameTech Revolution and Unity Across the Baltics and Nordics

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HIPTHER, leading conference organizer for Gaming and Technology industries in Europe, is thrilled to announce the completion of a revolutionary 2024 edition for their successful MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit series.

The #hipthers brought together in Tallinn some of the best companies and most distinguished experts across iGaming, Technology and Compliance industries between 3-5 June, offering a premium experience of growth and connectivity to local and international professionals.

Relive the Moments – MBGTS 2024 Photo Album

 

From the Baltic and Nordic Standards to the World: iGaming & Compliance Updates

Day 1 of the Summit was brimming with Compliance updates and insights from panels focusing both on the local standards, as well as keeping up with global compliance trends. Renowned experts debated the the complexities and nuances of the iGaming regulatory landscape in the Baltics and Nordics, offered a concise overview of the complex regulatory frameworks in Serbia, the USA, Spain, Germany, and Estonia, and provided Insights into Market Dynamics, Trends, and Sports Betting Evolution in the Nordic iGaming Landscape.

Furthermore, delegates had the precious opportunity to attend an IMGL Masterclass about Navigating MiCA, EU AI Act, and DSA in the Digital Age.

 

Exploring Fintech, Blockchain, and the Potential of DAOs in the Gaming Industry

The Summit offered valuable insights on the evolution of financial institutions, exploring the integration of fintech and blockchain and the challenges and opportunities it brings.

Our experts introduced the concept of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and how they are emerging as a transformative force in the gaming industry, offering new possibilities for community-driven game development, player-owned economies, and transparent governance.

 

Exploring Digital Engagement: Esports Dynamics, Gamification, Mobile Innovation, AI and Web3

True to its title of Gaming & TECH, the conference delved deep into all matters Tech, ranging from Gaming and the global challenges and opportunities within the eSports industry, the strategic integration of gamification to boost player retention and loyalty in the iGaming sector, and the Digital Services Act and AI EU Act for businesses, to the Integration of Blockchain and Web3 Across Industries.

A specially designed Workshop on Baltic Compliance in Web3, Fintech, and Blockchain offered  a deep dive into Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania’s regulatory frameworks, featuring interactive discussions and case studies.

 

The Power of Communication: Marketing & Organizational Culture Sessions

The MARE BALTICUM Summit speakers offered insights and ample food for thought for all aspects of Marketing in GameTech, starting from the power collab between SEO and Affiliate Marketing Websites, and highlighting the crossroads between B2B and B2C on the path to commercial success.

Honouring the commitment to offering valuable knowledge across the spectrum of GameTech operations, HIPTHER innovates by adding the matter of Organizational Culture in the industry’s Conference Agenda under the guidance of expert Organizational Culture Designers.

 

Connecting People in the 21st Century: MARE BALTICUM Networking Sessions

The magical MARE BALTICUM Experience kicked off with a relaxing Welcome Meet in the lavish environment of the Olympic Park Casino on 3 June.

Wellness and balanced nutrition are always a staple at HIPTHER conferences, and this time the Team upped the Game by adding a special Morning Yoga & Mindful Breathing Session from a certified yoga instructor, to open Day 1 with tranquility and focus. The “traditional” Morning Networking Run opened Day 2 on 5 June, also celebrating the Global Running Day 2024!

Delicious vegan meals, snacks, and coffee nourished attendees and promoted networking and bonding over new taste experiences across the lunch and coffee breaks.

Two electrifying networking parties, the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming (BSG) Awards Ceremony Party featuring an exciting karaoke stage, and the Closing Party, offering a Private Concert, Pizza and Drinks, brought people together and ensured a fun, social, and successful experience for all!

 

The Future of Gaming & Technology: MARE BALTICUM 2025 and European Gaming Congress

The popular MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Series travels and honours the Baltic States, and  will return next year in Vilnius! Stay tuned to HIPTHER Channels for updates!

In the meantime, HIPTHER prepares a new All-Gaming Conference Experience and invites you to the European Gaming Congress (EGC) 2024 in Warsaw on 15-16 October, to discuss and connect over Gambling Industry Compliance, iGaming Innovation, Marketing (Communication, Affiliate, SEO), Organizational Culture, and the Evolution of Fintech and Blockchain.

Secure your Early Bird EGC Tickets Until July 10

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SBC Summit Tbilisi to Educate Companies on Mastering Emerging Tech

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While emerging technologies are providing brands with a range of solutions to diversify their offerings and improve customer experiences, making the right choices can be challenging. At SBC Summit Tbilisi, delegates will benefit from the insights of speakers with expertise in Eastern European and Central Asian markets, helping them identify the most effective strategies for their businesses.

The conference program will include panel discussions focused on how brands can integrate cutting-edge technology into their daily operations, enhance user experience, and identify the latest market trends, all with the goal of driving growth in the markets of interest.

The specialised “Strategy & Growth” content track is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 26th of June, at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace, featuring a lineup of seven panels for in-depth discussions.

The panel titled ‘NextGen Affiliate: New Trends & Marketing Evolution’ will examine the latest trends and content strategies shaping affiliate marketing. Marketing experts Eugene Ravdin (Communications & Marketing Manager, MightyTips), Teimuraz Pataridze (Founder, Slotstate), Viktorija Ratomskė  (Co-Founder & CEO, PartnerGap) and panel moderator Lasha Gogiberidze (Founder & Managing Partner, BraveRave), will explore optimal marketing approaches for attracting diverse regional audiences, identify outdated trends and examine the evolving role of streamers and influencers in affiliate marketing.

The ‘Elevating Consumer Experience with Innovative Payment Offerings’ panel will discuss how brands can utilise seamless and innovative payment methods to enrich the user experience. Experts Nana Oniani (Head of Shared Platform and Data Products, Adjarabet), Irakli Kikoria (Business Development Director, Payze), Irakli Zenaishvili (Head of Risk, Anti-Fraud and RG Management, AirBet) and moderator Pavel Dergachev (Co-Founder, 4H Agency) will delve what makes certain platforms popular among users, discuss new technologies like digital wallets and mobile payments, and assess their broader effects on user experience and transaction security.

The panel ‘TechFuel: Role of Technology in Market Development’ will explore how implementing emerging trends and new technologies can aid brands in broadening their reach. Rafael Kobalyan (Head of Technology, Vbet), Gary Sonyak (CEO, Gamerpro), Kristijan Rusu (Technical Architect, Singular) and moderator Denis Karpovich (CTO, Euro Games Technology Georgia (EGT Georgia), will analyse case studies from leading tech companies and explore the practical applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in improving customer experience, personalisation, and game development.

Speakers David Nozadze (Head of CRM, Leaderbet), Maia Odishelidz (CEO, Port:80), Giorgi Nadaraia (CMO, Betlive) and moderator Irakli Davarashvii (Ex-CMO, Adajrabet), will discuss audience segmentation, tracking, real-time performance optimisation, and how to maximise return on investment during the Data-Driven iGaming: Optimising Marketing Performance During Major Sports Tournaments’ panel. The experts will also explore the key data that brands can leverage to strengthen the impact of their iGaming marketing campaigns during sports events.

Alongside access to a wealth of knowledge from a comprehensive conference agenda, attendees will have the chance to network and explore the latest industry offerings firsthand on the exhibition floor, where over 30 local and global brands will be showcasing their innovations.

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Slotsjudge to Attend MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 in Tallinn

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It has been announced that iGaming guide and comparison company Slotsjudge will be attending the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The event will take place at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel on June 4-5, 2024 and is a major conference on the networking calendar. The summit takes place in the Baltics for professionals from a diverse range of sectors, including iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality plus others.

Details of the Event

The MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit has been one of the major events in the region since its establishment in 2018. It is hosted by the HIPTHER Agency and acts as an intersection between gaming and technology.

Attendees of the conference can expect a sea of invaluable insights and networking opportunities as multiple sectors come together under the events’ ethos of ‘Via Infinita – the path of endless possibilities’.

Professionals from various corners of the Baltic and Nordic regions and beyond share their knowledge and experience of innovation, marketing strategies and trends.

Key Sessions Featuring Slotsjudge Team Members

Slotsjudge’s very own Editor in Chief Aleksandra Andrishak and Communications Manager Jekaterina Dubnicka will be speaking at key panels during the summit.

Jekaterina Dubnicka will discuss a range of topics in Gaming & TECH Marketing Part 1: PeopleTech Synergies & Legal Considerations in B2C iGaming Marketing at 14:15 until 15:00.

Aleksandra Andrishak will follow with a 40-minute session from 15:00 until 15:40, discussing various subjects in Gaming & TECH Marketing Part 2: Multi-channel Marketing, B2B Adventures and PR Strategies.

Company Statement

Slotsjudge is delighted to not only be in attendance at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 in Tallinn but to be taking part in speaking at key panels throughout the event.

Aleksandra Andrishak, Editor in Chief at Slotsjudge commented: “It is an honour and excitement to be speaking at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit in Estonia, discussing multi-channel marketing and PR strategies. It is a great opportunity to share insights and learn from fellow professionals in the industry.”

Jekaterina Dubnicka, Communications Manager at Slotsjudge added: “I am thrilled to be speaking at the conference, to discuss B2C marketing in iGaming among other topics. It’s an incredible platform to not only share my knowledge and experience but to learn from other experts in the field. I can’t wait to engage with the attendees!”

Conclusion

The MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit will take place on June 4-5 2024 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The conference is being held at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel and will commence at 8:00 am.

Industry professionals will be enlightened by the sessions taking place, featuring members of the Slotsjudge team, whereby valuable insights are shared and opportunities to network with individuals from various backgrounds and sectors.

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