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iGaming leaders in confident mood at KPMG Gibraltar eSummit

George Miller

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KPMG Gibraltar eSummit 2018. Photo credits: KPMG Limited
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More than 300 delegates met in Gibraltar at the KPMG eSummit 2018 which took place on the Sunborn Yacht last week, to learn more about the future for iGaming and blockchain.

The Summit is one of the year’s highligt for all those linked to the iGaming industry in Gibraltar. The 2018 summit was also a must go event to those who are working hard to to position Gibraltar as an emerging Fintech hub. the most important topics were: Brexit, the evolving regulatory landscape with particular reference to DLT (distributed ledger technology) and tokens, PASPA in the USA, customer protection, industry and jurisdisction predictions and market developments.

After a welcome from KPMG’s Micky Swindale, founder of the eSummit events, the conference was opened by Gibraltar’s Minister for Commerce, the Hon. Albert Isola, who was upbeat in his assessment that “the iGaming industry in Gibraltar remains in excellent health and order”. Minister Isola observed that both new and established providers continue to apply for licenses and that over 3,250 people are directly employed by the industry in Gibraltar, with half as many again employed in support services.

Whilst acknowledging that Brexit has created uncertainty, it was clear, he said, that progress was being made with the UK Government to “square the circles”, adding that “only Gibraltar has guaranteed access to UK markets post Brexit”.

Minister Isola also took the opportunity to present KPMG recognition awards to two long-standing stalwarts of the Gibraltar eGaming community: outgoing Gambling Commissioner Phill Brear and former CEO of Burford Group and 888 John Anderson. The Minister commented that it was “impossible to separate Phill Brear’s work from our success as a gaming jurisdiction” and commended Mr Anderson as “an unsung hero” who had provided “excellent service to the industry and jurisdiction for over 40 years”. Both men were presented with commemorative wood carvings in the shape of gaming chips.

Phill Brear then took to the stage himself to give a regulatory overview, reflecting that Gibraltar’s success in the iGaming industry had been largely down to who it had chosen to licence and the professionalism of operators who were prepared to engage and listen to each other. His successor Andrew Lyman then outlined his impressions of his first 100 days in the job, and assured delegates that the Gambling Commission would continue to work closely with operators to remain a supportive regulatory regime.

Sian Jones, senior advisor to the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, provided a fascinating insight into the burgeoning DLT sector in Gibraltar and the practicalities of legislating for an industry that is still being formed. She revealed that 30 applications have been received for DLT licences in Gibraltar with the first expected to be issued this summer. Sian also discussed the Commission’s ongoing work around regulating tokenised digital assets and Initial Coin Offerings.

In one of the two IMGL Masterclass sessions, KPMG Brexit advisor Mark Essex took to the stage to host a panel discussion on Brexit looking at the potential implications of UK’s departure from the EU and the transition period for Gibraltar. Panellists agreed that it was important to plan for a number of different outcomes but avoid committing too early to any major change ahead of the final agreement on a deal. This session also included a poll of delegates that revealed “ensuring free movement across the border” is currently considered the single most important factor in Brexit outcomes for Gibraltarian operators.

The second Masterclass was led by Richard Schuetz, who has worked both as an operator and a regulator in the US gambling industry. He gave an entertaining account of his experience with some useful tips on building relationships and the wisdom of staying onside with regulators.

In the afternoon delegates had a choice of attending breakout sessions which included an update on data protection from local law firm Hassans, cyber security benchmarking from Neil Coutts at KPMG and gender diversity in technology from the Gibraltar Girls in Tech team. Sessions on crypto funds and a panel discussion on Gibraltar’s proposition for Fintech were also well attended.

In the main conference area, in the fabulous surroundings of the Sunborn’s ballroom, the iGaming conference programme continued with a market update from Simon French of Cenkos Securities, who also hosted a panel discussion on M&A activity. Delegates were then introduced to HABET, a virtual world treatment currently in development for gambling disorders, followed by a panel discussion on protecting vulnerable customers. Andrew Lyman led the traditional industry outlook panel at the end of the day before delegates retired to the Sunborn’s sun deck for drinks, informal chat and networking opportunities.

The KPMG eSummits are recognised as leading industry events and take place with the help of a number of generous sponsors including HM Government of Gibraltar, Continent 8, Gibtelecom, Hassans, Mishcon de Reya, SMP, ISOLAS, Microgaming and Kompli-Global.

Speaking after the event, KPMG’s Global Head of Leisure Will Hawkley said it had been another day of highly valuable education and discussion for all those who had attended. “With events moving at such a pace, and external pressures such as Brexit and evolving legislation still creating uncertainty, it is extremely helpful and constructive to have an opportunity to reflect on how the industry in Gibraltar has progressed to date and where we would all like it to go in the future.

It is very encouraging to see such a positive picture emerging and I’m extremely grateful to all our clients and speakers for sharing their insights and providing thought leadership on such an important range of topics.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Dr. Alexandra Körner (MME Legal), Matevž Mazij (ORYX Gaming), Bogdan Coman (Rombet) are the latest announced names at EGC2018

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European Gaming Congress 2018 will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and is a must attend event for European operators who are actively involved with regulated and non-regulated markets in Europe and the Balkans.

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With less than 5 days left until the inaugural conference opens its doors, we are honored to reveal 3 more expert profiles who will be present among the speakers this year.

Dr. Alexandra Körner (MME Legal) is set to join the »DACH Regional Update (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)« panel discussion and will give a glimpse on the status of the industry in Switzerland. The panel will be joined by experts Helmut Kafka (Automatenverband), Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. (Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) and Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE). The panel discussion will be driven by the one and only, Dr. Joerg Hofmann (MELCHERS Law).

About Dr. Alexandra Körner
Dr. Alexandra Körner is specialized in compliance and regulatory matters in the field of Swiss Gaming Law. Furthermore, she renders advice and represents domestic and international clients in Corporate Law and Contract Drafting. She represents the interests of her clients in state courts, primarily in the fields of the Swiss Code of Obligations, especially Corporate Law and Business Law as well as Insurance and Liability Law. In addition, she published many articles in her specialized practice areas.

 

Matevž Mazij (ORYX Gaming) will join the »Focus on Slovenia and Croatia« panel discussion, along with experts Dimitrij Piciga (Diogen), Hrvoje Vincetic (Casino Adriatic) and Borut Lozej (GameArt). The panel discussion will be driven by Jaka Repansek (Republis).

About Matevž Mazij

Matevž Mazij, the CEO of ORYX Gaming, is a business development and IT professional, with 15+ years experience in the iGaming industry. He has an outstanding track record in all aspects of business development from partner identification through closing and establishing joint collaborations, co-marketing and IP relationships. He has built successful business relationships throughout Asia, Europe, Central America and North America.

 

Starting 2018, the organizers have started implementing fireside chats into the agenda and European Gaming Congress will also benefit of such format. The »Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML / CFT / KYC« will be a fireside chat between experts Dr. Manfred Galdes (ARQ Group) and Bogdan Coman (Rombet).

About Bogdan Coman

Bogdan Coman is the Executive Director of ROMBET and has a rich activity in the gambling industry, which he joined once graduation from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bogdan Coman contributes to the good work of the Rombet Association through the experience of planning and organizing activities in the field of gambling. He built national projects, led complex teams, and was responsible for meeting performance indicators in the companies he worked for or collaborated with.

 

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit from a great line-up of speakers and quality networking opportunities!

Full details about the event can be found on the official event website: www.europeangamingcongress.com

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GamblingCompliance experts Donata Szabo and Joe Ewens announced as moderators for two important panels at EGC2018

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There is less than a week to go until the inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC) kicks off in Ljubljana and based on the quality of the attending companies, the event is building up to be of a great success.

As stated in earlier press releases, European Gaming Congress is designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers to discuss key issues facing markets when working with compliance updates and licensing and will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October.

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We are honored to present you the profiles of two expert moderators who will take on the roles of driving the discussion for two interesting panels at the event.

Donata Szabo, Junior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance will take on the mission to create an educational and interactive session by moderating the `Highlighting the Balkans` which will be joined by experts such as Zoran Puhač (European Organization for Gaming Law -EOGL), Tatjana Scepanovic (Montenegro Bet), Zlatan Omerspahic (NSoft) and Luka Popović (BDK Advokati)

Donata is a legal analyst for GamblingCompliance and specialises in legal and regulatory developments across Europe and Israel. She also currently manages the Responsible Gambling Portal. She graduated first in her year from the LLB and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and was called to the Bar in July 2016. Donata has previous experience in human rights and international law. She previously worked at the European Parliament, the University of Cambridge and Israeli NGO Movement for Quality Government.

Joe Ewens, Managing Editor at GamblingCompliance, will have the role to create an atmosphere among the speakers of the `Market updates from Mediterranean Europe` panel discussion. The education session will be joined by leading experts of the industry Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners), Olga Finkel (WH Partners), Eduardo Morales-Hermo (iGamingCo & Ficom Leisure) and Martin Stofler (OSM Solutions).

Joe Ewens is the Managing Editor of GamblingCompliance, where he oversees the company’s daily output of news and analysis on the global gambling market and its constantly shifting regulatory challenges.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit from a great line-up of speakers and quality networking opportunities!

Full details about the event can be found on the official event website:

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ORYX Gaming announced as General Sponsor for the inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC2018)

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European Gaming Congress is designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers to discuss key issues facing markets when working with compliance updates and licensing.

The event also offers multiple networking opportunities to help introduce delegates to some of the most influential faces of the European gambling industry.

This year’s agenda provides a chance for attending delegates to dive into regulatory updates from Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Greece and many more jurisdictions. We look forward to seeing you in Ljubljana for a full day of quality content and networking.

European Gaming Congress will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and is a must attend event for European operators who are actively involved with regulated and non-regulated markets in Europe and the Balkans

You can Register here or View the Agenda

We are honored to announce the support of ORYX Gaming as General Sponsor, a leading turnkey solutions provider offering unrivalled software solutions, services and content for the iGaming industry. ORYX products include an iGaming Platform, Casino and Slot content, Live Dealer, Sportsbook and Lottery solutions.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit from a great line-up of speakers and quality networking opportunities!

Full details about the event can be found on the official event website:

Register here!

 

About ORYX Gaming:

ORYX Gaming is a leading turnkey solutions provider offering unrivalled software, services and content for the iGaming industry. ORYX products include an iGaming Platform, Casino and Slot content, Live Dealer, Sportsbook and Lottery solutions.

ORYX’s Aggregator platform features a mix of proprietary and 3rd party games, created and developed by ORYX and other standout games studios, as well as over 6,000 aggregated world-class titles.

With powerful Player management, Payments, CRM and Business Intelligence tools, ORYX’s iGaming Platform is fully compliant with the major regulated gaming jurisdictions.

ORYX Gaming has a proven track record of innovation in product development, a high level of technical knowledge and a growing list of tier 1 customers.

For more details, visit: www.oryxgaming.com

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