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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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Early Bird Rate and Nominations expire in two weeks for the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards

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There are only two weeks to register at the Early Bird Rate for MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and save 100 EUR for your ticket(s).

The second edition of the conference will take place on 9 May 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and as announced earlier, the conference will include the inaugural edition of the BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards). The awards ceremony will celebrate the leading companies for their respective categories from the Baltics and Nordics.

You can find more details about the nominations and categories on the following link.

In terms of the content and networking, some of the leading industry experts from the region, which includes regulators, lawyers, gambling operators, and supplier representatives, will supply the continuous presentation.

Some of the leading names have already been added to the speakers lineup, which include Andrius Gabnys (Founder at Gabnys Law Firm) – Conference Ambassador, Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania),  Signe Birne (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia), Valts Nerets (Senior Associate, attorney-at-law at Sorainen), Viktorija Antanaviciute (Managing Director at TonyBet), Morten Ronde (CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling), Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager), Gustaf Hoffstedt (General Secretary at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm), Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner, MELCHERS LAW), Pieter Remmers (CEO, Assissa), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW, Zurich), and many more.

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 following this link.

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SBTech announced as Lanyards Sponsor at Prague Gaming Summit 3

George Miller

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We are honored to announce the support of SBTech as Lanyards Sponsor at the 3rd edition of Prague Gaming Summit.

The conference is held on a yearly basis and it is a “must-attend” gathering for all industry shareholders who are looking for top quality learning and networking having the online and land-based gambling industry in focus.

Prague Gaming Summit offers the opportunity for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance update, while also being part of a group that is at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Liechtenstein.

The Summit will approach all regulatory and compliance related aspects of the mentioned markets and will also highlight some trending topics such as the relationships between Regulators, Operators – Affiliates, MasterCard’s new requirements for Online Merchants (CFD, FX, Gaming, Crypto), understanding millennials (with emphasis on eSports, Daily Fantasy Sports an Virtual Sports), outsourcing for gaming companies, IT security, AML, KYC, CSR.

We are really excited about organizing and hosting the third edition of Prague Gaming Summit, which will include the introduction of new panel formats and presentations. We are also proud to have the ongoing support of many of the sponsors that have been with us from day one! SBTech is among these companies and we are very excited about this new partnership!” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

SBTech is an award-winning global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming technology, powering the world’s largest operators, state lotteries, land-based casinos, and horse racing companies.

Founded in 2007, and with more than 1,100 employees in nine global offices, SBTech has developed the industry’s most powerful, innovative, data-driven online sports betting and casino platform, serving licensees in more than 20 regulated markets.

The group supplies highly flexible and scalable omni-channel betting and gaming software solutions to clients looking for exceptional configurability, differentiation, and the quickest route to market, complemented by proven business intelligence and reporting capabilities.

Supported by unrivaled expertise in trading and risk management, acquisition and CRM, and the highest standards of regulatory compliance, SBTech’s partners consistently achieve rapid growth, enhanced brand loyalty and record revenues.

For more information, visit: www.sbtech.com

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to meet the team at Prague Gaming Summit 3 and discuss collaboration possibilities! You can Register here or View the Agenda

As mentioned above, the conference will focus on several topics among which the use of AI in the sports betting industry related Big Data and in Responsible Gambling.

The program will also include a very important IMGL MasterClass that will aim to share the latest insights by the International Masters of Gaming Law experts about advertisement banning.

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

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Your Christmas Present from European Gaming Events is here, claim it now!

Zoltan Tundik

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We would like to wish all our partners and clients Happy Holidays and we look forward to working together in 2019 as well!

2018 has been a year of many changes for us, which has brought a significant growth in terms of visibility, brand awareness, customer care and expansion.

There is no doubt that both of the verticals in which we operate have recorded rise, however the events section has seen most of the action.

Here is a short video about the Year in review:

 

To top the holiday cheer, we are giving all event registrants a 20% discount during the Christmas and New Year’s period.

All you have to do is register for Prague Gaming Summit 3 or MARE BALTICUM 2 – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards (Vilnius) and apply the “santa2018” promo code.

The promotion is valid between: 20 December 2018 and 6 January 2019.

Register for Prague Gaming Summit here!

Register for MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit here!

Apart from the two main event organized by the team in Q1 and Q2, you can also Pre-Register for CEEGC 4 & CEEG Awards (Budapest – 24 September, 2019) and European Gaming Congress 2 (Milan – 22 October, 2019)

Once again Happy Holidays from the team at European Gaming Media and Events!

Signed by Betty, Zoltán, George, Vlad, Niji, Nikolas and Julia.

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