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Zoltan Tundik

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Riga – 30 May 2018 – The inaugural edition of Mare Balticum Gaming Summit took place in Riga at Astor Riga on the 8th of May, 2018.

The conference was received with great interest by the local industry and we can confirm that well over 80% of the attending delegates were from companies based in Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia.

As per attendance, the event was sold out and 70 C-level delegates have gained access into the contents of the information which was shared by the local regulators and experts of the industry.

We would like to extend special thanks to the sponsors of the event, as without their commitment to a fair industry environment, the event wouldn’t have been possible to organize. The gratitude goes to SBTech as Registration Sponsor, BetConstruct as Lanyards and Badge Sponsor and the Estonian branch of Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. Law Firm as Legal Sponsors.

Pieter Remmers (Assissa) stated that that the conference was “A very good industry focused event with lots of attention to the individual participant.

 

 

The agenda kicked off with the first two panels being moderated by Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner. Attorney-at-Law at Gabnys Law Firm), who was joined by Valts Nerets (Senior Associate at Sorainen Latvia) Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia) and by Janis Laganovskis (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection, Republic of Latvia).

Andrius started the introduction by welcoming everyone and he stressed on the fact the region finally has a true dedicated event which works like a platform for learning and networking for industry within the Baltics.

The panelist have shared valuable information about the currently licensed operators and have also expressed their overviews about some possible amendments in the near future.

The audio recording of the panel discussion can be accessed only by the registered delegates.

The discussions continued with the second panel, which has focused exclusively on the Lithuanian market and was presented by Renata Beržanskienė (Attorney-at-Law) and Lolita Šumskaitė (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania).

The audio recording of the panel discussion can be accessed only by the registered delegates.

I strongly believe that the region – Baltic States and beyond – has been an unfortunate gap in the industry media and events coverage for quite a long time. Zoltan and Betty were bold enough to make the first true dedicated gambling forum in the region and from my experience in Mare Balticum Gaming Summit it turned out to be a very good idea.

Smooth organization, accurately selected panels, convenient and cozy venue. A very strong foundation for another successful series of events for European Gaming Media and Events.

Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner. Attorney-at-Law at Gabnys Law Firm)

The program continued with the first networking break of the day and the delegates got the chance to networking with the local and international industry representatives.

The education was resumed with a “Fireside chat” between Birgitte Sand (Director, Danish Gambling Authority) and Pieter Remmers (Assissa) who have highlighted some of the recent developments of Responsible Gambling projects around Europe and especially in Denmark and Holland.

As the two experts in the field or Responsible Gambling and Regulation have concluded the short panel, Tal Itzhak Ron (Tal Ron, Drihem and Co. Law Firm) has stepped up to introduce the panelist of a special Innovation Talks Live sessions. The panel focused on the innovations of the gambling industry in 2018 and was presented by Max Krupyshev (Head of Crypto business at Cubits), Joakim Renman (Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group), Satenik Danielyan (Head of Gaming Operations at BetConstruct), Kirill Bykov (Founder of BetOnChart) and Assaf Stieglitz (Founder odds1x2.com), who each have brought insights from their verticals.

After the panelists have given some interesting topics to talk about when it comes to innovation in the industry, the delegates have been invited to attend a complimentary networking lunch where they had the opportunity to both network and enjoy a healthy meal. The complimentary lunch will give you the break you need before continuing the day and will delight your lingual papillae. Beside the Latvian dishes you will have the opportunity to enjoy vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well.

The second part of the day has introduced more “trending topics”, among which the panel discussion which was dedicated to GDPR.

The panel was titled as “Countdown to GDPR – The iminent changes GDPR bring to the industry” and was moderated by Tal Itzhak Ron (Tal Ron, Drihem and Co. Law Firm). The panelist have pointed out some clear facts about the much debated law which is currently already in force.

Dr. Dennis Voigt (Partner at Melchers Law), Jaka Repansek (RePublis d.o.o.), Boaz Gam (CEO at PaynetEasy Technologies Limited) and Genia (Evgeni) Gurevitz (Head of Baltics and Singapore Operations at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm) has given their insights and shared their experiences with clients about the implementation of GDPR.

The second “Fireside chat” started right after the panel discussion and had experts Dr. Joerg Hoffman (Melchers Law Germany) and David Lommatzsch (Managing Director of the German Online Casino Associations (DOCV)) sharing their insights about the German market.

Dr. Joerg Hoffman has pointed out many times, that Germany will write history this year in the gambling industry and some major changes are expected to come this autumn.

The audio recording of the panel discussion can be accessed only by the registered delegates.

Both “Fireside chats” were rated among the most interesting additions of the event.

After the short panel ended, the delegates were invited for second networking session of the event to refresh before the IMGL MasterClass.

The final panel discussion of the event was the IMGL MasterClass which debated “The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden” between experts such as Morten Ronde (CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association), Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary General of BOS – the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling), Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n Go), Birgitte Sand (Director, Danish Gambling Authority). The panel was moderated by Dr. Joerg Hoffman (Melchers Law Germany) and was rated as the most interesting panel of the event.

The audio recording of the panel discussion can be accessed only by the registered delegates.

“It was an honour taking part of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit in Riga last week. The agenda and topics were extremely relevant, as demonstrated by the high level of interest and the entire event was very well organised. It was an absolute pleasure to take part of a forum so well attended by regulators, legal experts, industry representatives and operators where ideas and lessons can be shared and learned. I would like to thank the organisers, the individual panels including my distinguished fellow panellists. I hope to be back again as I believe this is an event one should not miss.”

Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n Go)

 

The official program ended at 17:30 and delegates have been invited for the final networking session of the event, which was the official networking party.

The relaxing networking session was held at Kwakinn Riga where delegates got the chance to exchange business card and enjoy some beers from the over 50 types of beer on the menu.

I can honestly say that Mare Balticum Gaming Summit held in Riga met the expectations and was fulfilled with great panel discussions, industry reports, and amazing professionals from the gaming industry.
The format was something special, felt like a close group of friends discussing a wide range of challenges that the industry should be aware of. It was a blast!

Valters Garais (Pocket Games Soft)

 

Based on the survey which was sent out to all delegates who attended the inaugural event, the conference was highly rated and recommended. Among the questions of the survey, delegates were asked about where the second edition of conference should be held and in which period.

The location and the dates of Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2019, the second edition of the yearly event, will be confirmed soon!

Visit www.marebalticumgaming.com (official website of the event) for more details or watch this space.

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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European Gaming announces Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law Firm) as ambassador for MARE BALTICUM

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We are proud to announce that Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law Firm) will join us as event Ambassador at the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 9th of May, 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

Finally, Vilnius has been given an opportunity to host the first full-fledged international gambling forum. It deserves one and it will be an honour to contribute in making it the top quality gathering for the gaming industry professionals.

It is the second edition of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit, which European Gaming Media and Events brought into the map of annual European gaming conferences. Last year’s event in Riga and the subsequent developments in the region proved that the Baltics and Nordics need the dedicated forum. Let’s meet in Vilnius this Spring 2019! We have a lot to discuss!stated Andrius Gabnys (Attorney at Gabnys Law Firm).

Zoltán Tűndik, Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events added: “We are happy to welcome Andrius as an ambassador for MARE BALTICUM and look forward to working with him once again as we did with the inaugural event. Andrius is a well-known and respected attorney in the region and we are lucky that we can work with him. Andrius has extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America which makes him a leading figure of the industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for industry development.

MARE BALTICUM 2 will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can Register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the follow this link.

About Andrius Gabnys

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.

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Save the date for MARE BALTICUM 2 – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards 2019

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We are honored to announce that the registrations are open for the second edition of MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 9th of May, 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

The new location of the event is based on the survey results which was sent out after the inaugural event in 2018, which was held in Riga.

MARE BALTICUM 2 will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

Already confirmed officials are Lolita Sumskaite (Ministry of Finance, Lithuania), Signe Birne (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia) and Brigitte Sand (Director, Danish Gambling Authority). More officials will be announced by the end of 2018.

You can Register here.

In addition to the regulatory reports and trending topics about Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden, the summit will bring the latest information about the Belarusian market.

Besides the market focusing panel discussion, we are adding two important topics to the agenda, Safe Gambling and Industry Innovations.

As in 2018, MARE BALTICUM will feature a special IMGL MASTERCLASS™.

New in 2019: Awards Ceremony for the Baltic and Scandinavian Industry

We are delighted to announce that we are adding an industry awards ceremony which will reward the hard work of companies in the region.

Titled as “The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards” (BSG Awards), the awards will be given to the top companies in their respective fields in an independent, fair and representative awards ceremony.

More details about the nominations phase, voting and categories will be revealed soon! For early enquiries, please contact zoltan.tundik@europeangaming.eu or betty.tundik@europeangaming.eu

You can view the photo gallery from the  inaugural event on the follow this link.

Testimonials from the attendees of the inaugural summit in Riga:

Satenik Danielyan (Head of Spring BME operations at BetConstruct): “Everything was just fine! The ambiance was very nice, the moderators were very highly qualified and engaging people, very suportive!”

Marjan Branko (Account Director at SBTech): “Another nice and productive event. Keep up the good job, guys!”

Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia): “Looking forward to the next one! I will be back next year as well!”

Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n Go): “It was an honor to take part at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit in Riga last week. The agenda and topics were extremely relevant, as demonstrated by the high level of interest and the entire event was very well organised. It was an absolute pleasure to take part in the forum so well attended by regulators, legal experts, industry representatives and operators where ideas and lessons can be shared and learned. I would like to thank the organisers, the individual panels including my distinguished fellow panelists. I hope to be back again as I believe this is an event one should not miss.”

Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner, Attorney-at-Law at Gabnys Law Firm): “I strongly believe that the region – Baltic States and beyond – has been an unfortunate gap in the industry media and events coverage for quite a long time. Zoltan and Betty were bold enough to make the first true dedicated gambling forum in the region and from my experience at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit it turned out to be a very good idea. Smooth organization, accurately selected panels, convenient and cozy venue. A very strong foundation for another successful series of events for European Gaming Media and Events.”

Pieter Remmers (Assissa): “A very good industry focused event with lots of attention to the individual participant.”

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The inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC) records a huge success at it debut, new destination announced for 2019

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The inaugural European Gaming Congress took place last month on the 16th of October in Ljubljana and has recorded a significant success for our team.

European Gaming Congress (EGC) is the newest conference in our portfolio and targets a broader audience in the Europe with panel discussion covering all the regions.

We are really happy with the turnout of the event and the feedback we received from the attending operators, service providers and experts of the industry. We designed EGC to complement our already established events in the Baltic, Scandinavian and CEE regions. The conference is here to stay and we look forward to exploring its new destination in 2019 which was voted via a survey by the industry.“ commented Zoltán Tűndik, Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

As mentioned earlier, the conference took place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and based on the results of the post event survey, the 2019 edition will be held in Milan, Italy.

You can Pre-Register here.

To view the photo gallery from the event, follow this link.

To gain access to the recordings of the panel discussions, please contact zoltan.tundik@europeangaming.eu or betty.tundik@europeangaming.eu

Testimonials from the attendees:

The inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana is a boutique event that brings together experts  from all over Europe to exchange experiences from different countries as well as to develop thoughts and knowledge in various areas of gaming law. Great experience with wonderful people!” – Dr. Alexandra Körner (Senior Legal Associate at MME Legal AG)

The inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana was an extremely informative and well organized get-together of gaming and gambling professionals. The European Gaming Media team have managed to pull together a great mix of professionals in a very accommodating and enjoyable location. OSM Solutions will definitely return for the 2019 congress.” – Martin Stöfler (Co-Founder at OSM Solutions)

Another exciting event in the igaming industry. European Gaming Congress, taking place in a beautiful city of Ljubljana, proved to be another successful occasion organized by Zoltan and his colleagues. For me personally, the event provided valuable information about the current status quo in regulated markets and shared insights into the compliance issues many of my industry colleagues have been facing. The programme was superb, with an impeccable selection of high profile speakers and well-thought-out panel discussions. Can’t wait for the 2019 edition!” – Lucia Chmeľová (Compliance Manager at Tom Horn Gaming)

Excelent insight into the Balkan market particularly on the Slovenian market” – Michael Karamanlis (Legal Counsel at Stoiximan.gr and Betano)

EGC Ljubljana was a great opportunity to get relevant information from various markets and to meet numerous professionals across the Europe.” – Zoran Puhac (Secretary-General at EOGL)

Good cozy event – not too big and just right to be able to meet and speak with everybody. I saw many new faces and still didn’t manage to get acquainted with everyone.” – Kate Romanenko (Head Of Sales at Evoplay Entertainment)

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