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Gaming Innovators 2018 panel discussion in Riga with Tal Itzhak Ron, Max Krupyshev, Joakim Renman, Satenik Danielyan and Kirill Bykov

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Riga – 3 May 2018 – There are only 5 days left until the inaugural Mare Balticum Gaming Summit opens its doors for delegates from all around the world for a day of learning and networking.

The event will be held on the 8th of May at Astor Riga and will include panel discussions about the gambling industry in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Besides the Baltic regulatory updates, the event will also feature two “fireside chats” about Responsible Gambling and Updates of the German market.

To make things even more interesting, the learning will include an IMGL MasterClass which will focus on the developments of the gambling industry in Denmark and Sweden, and two panels dedicated to innovation and GDPR.

Full details about the agenda can be found on the following link.

As the Innovation Talks have become a tradition at the events organized by European Gaming Media and Events, the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit will also feature such a panel discussion.

The title of the panel is “Innovation Talks Live – Gaming Innovators 2018” and will be moderated by Tal Itzhak Ron (Tal Ron, Drihem and Co. Law Firm).

The expert speakers who will join the panel discussion are Max Krupyshev (COO at Cubits), Joakim Renman (Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group), Satenik Danielyan (Head of Gaming Operations at BetConstruct) and Kirill Bykov (Founder of Faunus Group).

Satenik Danielyan (Head of Gaming Operations at BetConstruct)

Satenik Danielian is the head of Spring BME (Business Management Environment) operations in BetConstruct. She started as key account manager at BetConstruct and has actively participated in evolution of B2B support acting as the head of Account Management and B2B line.

 

 

 

Max Krupyshev (Head of Crypto business 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.

 

Joakim Renman (Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group)

Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group. 10+ years hands-on experience going from B2C Poker to B2B casino and betting.  Been focused primarily on Commercial, Product and Regulatory development. Natural positive outlook on the future, technology and in particular passionate about understanding market movements.

 

 

 

Kirill Bykov (Founder of Faunus Group)

Kirill is a founder of Faunus Group which includes several digital marketing companies starting from software development and data analytics to biggest affiliatie network and conferences organisation. Graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Kirill started as a developer of banking and trading systems before founding his first company in 2008. With over 10 years of experience in finance and gambling industries Kirill is responsible for business development, strategy and innovations inside the Faunus Group, focusing now on next-gen live sports betting products.

 

 

Moderator: Tal Itzhak Ron (Tal Ron, Drihem and Co. Law Firm)

General Member of International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), practicing in Hi Tech, Mobile Applications law, Digital Media, i-Gaming and Financial Entertainment law.

Tal graduated from Haifa University School of Law (LL.B.) and Faculty of Computer Science (B.Sc.), and while working as a software developer at a publicly traded software company, NESS Technologies group, has further obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University (M.Sc). Tal established Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm in 2003, focusing on Online Trading, Ad Tech, Hi Tech, M&A, Fin Tech and iGaming, quickly becoming one of the first international law firms practicing solely on these areas, advising top-tier international clients in these fields.

Over the years, Tal gained extensive knowledge in Financial and Gaming regulation, International Taxation and Payment services. Today his team of highly seasoned attorneys and partnering professionals headquartered in Tel Aviv and operating from 8 offices around the world, offers an international one-stop shop for all legal, incorporation, banking, M&A and licensing needs.

Make sure you register in order to get a chance to networking with the representatives of Betsson, Cubits, Bet it All, BetSafe, Legalbet, ViensViens, Latvijas Loto, Tatkazino, Penta Investments, Authentic Gaming, Ezugi, Olifeja, German Online Casino Association, PaynetEasy, Danish Gambling Authority, Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling, Danish Online Gambling Association, Ministry of Finance – Estonia, Ministry of Finance – Lithuania, Ministry of Finance Latvia, Play’n Go, Gabnys Law Firm, Scout Gaming Group, SBTech, BetConstruct, Sportradar, Microgaming, Assissa, PaynetEasy and many more..

Register here!

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

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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Mare Balticum Gaming Summit announces Sissel Weitzhandler (Legal and Compliance Manager of the Play’n GO Group) as speaker

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Riga – 6 April 2018 – We are honored to announce that Sissel Weitzhandler (Legal and Compliance Manager of the Play’n GO Group) will join the inaugural Mare Balticum Gaming Summit (Baltic Sea Gaming Summit) as a speaker in the panel dedicated to the Scandinavian region. The event will be held on the 8th of May at Astor Riga. You can find more details here.

About Sissel Weitzhandler

Legal and Compliance Manager of the Play’n GO Group, Sissel Weitzhandler, has since 2011 been in the gambling industry. She is a compliance specialist, managing multiple groups of companies that have successfully secured and maintained gaming licences in multiple European and non-European jurisdictions. Sissel has vast experience managing technical, legal and regulatory compliance teams and an in depth understanding in operator and supplier opportunities and challenges. She is dedicated to growing businesses by accessing new and emerging markets, while promoting a culture of compliance across organisations with a focus on the remote gaming industry. Passionate about international law, business and relations, and holds a post grad in War Studies from Kings College London and an undergraduate in International Relations from London’s University of Westminster. Sissel has been in various forums and specialist groups including EU Commission round-table workshops.

Updates about Sweden and Denmark

Sweden and Denmark are currently among the hot topics of the industry and will be highlighted accordingly at the event.

Denmark has had a legal online gambling industry since January 1, 2012. Since then, the country’s online gambling market has grown a lot. In the first three quarters of 2017, around 4.357 billion Danish krone was generated and around 1.329 billion of this revenue came from the online casino industry. Those numbers were very encouraging for Denmark’s online gambling industry as Denmark is the only Scandinavian country to open up its market to international operators.

Denmark has continued to crackdown on its illegal gambling industry which eats into the profits of the regulated market and also puts its players at risk. The gaming regulator has put together a new legal framework for its gambling market and is awaiting approval from the European Commission. Once they get approval, they will roll out the new regulations which will come into effect from Jan 2019. ….read more

The Swedish government has moved closer to establishing new igaming regulations as well and it completed the submission of secondary legislation to the European Commission (EC).

According to Nordic Gambling, the legislation features rules that cover the whole spectrum of igaming, such as licensing, international cooperation, responsible gambling, supervision and fees.

The legislation also includes confirmation that although the regulations will not come into force until January 1, 2019, the licensing process will open on August 1 this year, one month later than the initial date of July 1. …read more

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/

 

About the organizer, European Gaming Media and Events (formerly EEGMedia/EEGEvents)

European Gaming Media and Events is a leading media and event organizer company in the European Union.

The live events/conference division is in charge of organizing boutique style executive gaming events that focus on bringing inside information from the top gaming experts in the European Union and beyond. Their first event was held in Budapest on the 19th of September 2016. Since then the team have implemented more destinations into their event portfolio.

In short, they cover most areas of Europe with international events that serve the local and global industry, optimize networking opportunities and bring the hottest topics into scope.

The event destinations include Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Riga and Ljubljana with special focus around emerging markets.

For more details about the calendar, agendas and locations, visit the Live Events/Conferences section on europeangaming.eu

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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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iSoftBet to enter Latvia and Estonia with Optibet

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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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