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Use of AI gambling and payments with Sebastian Meitz (Gaming 5.0) and Michiel van der Burgh (Acapture) at CEEGC2018

Zoltan Tundik

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the online gambling industry, mainly in the way it collects, analyses and handles user data. This will represent a milestone in the historic growth of gambling.

It’s something that’s illustrated by the fact that the worth of the big data market was $35 bln in 2017, a figure that’s expected to triple by 2027.

In the gambling industry, data is also crucial. Gambling companies invest time and money on data collection and analysis, since the industry is closely connected to statistical probability, it’s hugely beneficial for casino operators and software developers to be informed of the needs of their potential clients.

The same situation is valid for the payments industry where In order to respond to the shifting business, financial and regulatory landscape, financial institutions need to have the highest levels of efficiency across key activities such as payments processing, customer onboarding, product innovation and time to market, as well as sanctions screening, anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud detection.

AI could play an increasingly important role. While human intervention will probably never fully disappear, technology over the past decade has advanced significantly as to what can be automated and what requires manual intervention in the service of fraud detection and prevention.

This is due to advances in machine learning over the past decade, with this technology has been gradually integrated into the business world as data becomes much more prevalent.

The experts of the “Innovation Talks – Use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in gambling and payments” panel discussion will share their knowledge about the use of AI in the gambling industry. With this occasion we would like to introduce the two panelist of the discussion Michiel van der Burgh (Acapture) and Sebastian Meitz (Gaming 5.0) along with the moderator of the panel Mihnea Paul Popescu-Grisogono (Casino Life & Business Magazine)

The third edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will be held on the 25th of September at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest and you can view the full agenda of CEEGC 2018 on the following link

REGISTER HERE, to benefit of an exclusive media partner discount of 15% for your ticket(s). Make sure you use the “CEEGC2018” promo code when registering.

About Mihnea Paul Popescu-Grisogono (Casino Life & Business Magazine)

Founder and the President of Casino Life & Business Magazine, the first and the most popular gambling magazine in Romania.

The magazine was two times nominated as “The Best Offline Gambling Magazine” in the world at the International Gaming Awards in London, UK and its Facebook profile has more than 12000 fans. Casino Life & Business Magazine is a media partner to the most important gaming trade fairs in the world including ICE – London, UK or G2E – Las Vegas, USA.

Mr.Popescu-Grisogono organized over 100 international events all over the world out of which more than 30% were dedicated to gaming. Mr. Popescu-Grisogono holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics and a NATO Senior Executive Master and he was elected as “Man Of The Year” by the American Biographical Institute in 2004 and included in the “Who’s Who Contemporary” catalogue.

 

About Michiel van der Burgh

Michiel van der Burgh is Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region at Acapture and Payvision with over 10 years of experience in the payments industry. In his role, Michiel contributes to the group’s business development strategy and oversees its implementation for the different verticals such as gambling. In the past five years, Michiel focused on the gambling industry, accruing the fundamental knowledge that enables him to truly understand merchants’ needs and regulatory challenges. And so, together with his team, they deliver customized solutions for merchants to grow their business globally. They support gambling operators to offer players a seamless payments experience, ultimately aiming to increase their revenue.

 

About Sebastian Meitz

Sebastian Meitz, co-founder and Managing Partner at Gaming 5.0, inspires gaming companies to get their head around the fourth industrial revolution.

Buzzwords like “crypto”, “blockchain” and “AI” are being thrown around, but what, if any, is their impact on the gaming industry? While focusing on emerging technologies, Sebastian convinces organizations not to lose sight of the most critical part of their business – customers, their behavior, and expectations. With over 12 years of professional experience in leadership roles, mostly within gaming and management consulting, Sebastian works hand in hand with C-level executives and their teams on growth strategies, innovation efforts, and business processes helping their companies strive.

Firmly believing in the power of education, Sebastian co-created and will head a postgraduate executive education program ‘Management in the gaming and sports betting industry’ at Kozminski University, one of the top business schools in CEE. A graduate from the University of Warsaw (M.A.) and Warsaw School of Economics (Ph.D. Studies), he also studied at the London School of Economics and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. A proud alumnus of the Leadership Academy for Poland.

Although passionate about Artificial Intelligence and bots, Sebastian very much enjoys discussing current affairs with humans over a glass of good whisky.

 

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Fantasy Sports Interactive bags CEEGC 2018 award

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Fantasy Sports Interactive – FSI are proud to announce they have won the “Rising Star in the FantasySports / VirtualSports Award” at the CEEGC Budapest 2018!

 

The CEEGC (Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference) Budapest is an annual boutique event for the iGaming industry, which was held for a third consecutive year on September 25th 2018.

The organisers brought together a select team of successful professionals from the fields of the overall gambling and iGaming industry, as well as experts from the Regulatory and Legislation fields, for a series of insightful panel discussions.

The panels focused on the current situation and Regulation steps happening in Central and Eastern Europe. A highly informative IMGL Masterclass TM took place as well, regarding the U.S Market, its evolution in the post-PASPA era and the role of the European Operations in the ongoing establishment and application of the required regulatory frame.

The Conference was attended by a variety of high-level representatives from some of the most well-known companies in the online gambling industry and several experts from the Legal and Blockchain sectors.

Some of the companies attending the Event were BetConstruct, BtoBet, Betsson, NetEnt, SBTech, Tom Horn, iForium, Play’n’Go, Altenar and FederBet.

Fantasy Sports Interactive was originally nominated by the European Gaming Media Committee in both Fantasy Sports Categories of the Awards:

  • Best Overall Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider 2018
  • Rising Star in the Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports 2018

The Committee decided based on criteria indicating the companies’ outstanding contributions to the online sector of industry in their respective fields.

Fantasy Sports Interactive competed with other Fantasy and Virtual Sports Software companies in an online voting phase between 1st and 31st August 2018 and managed to get shortlisted in both Categories.

The final winners of each category were decided by envelope vote, casted by the CEEGC attendees.

FSI was represented by the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Maria Arnidou. The Fantasy Sports Interactive team greatly appreciate their peers’ support and look forward to presenting more of their work to the industry.

As FSI’s founders, CEO Dennis Tsalikis and COO Bill Mexias, stated:

We are proud to receive the CEEGC Rising Star in the FantasySports / Virtual Sports Award. We would like to thank our team, for bringing the company’s vision to life, the European Gaming Events for hosting us and everyone who kindly supported us with their vote, from the very beginning and during our journey from the nomination, to the shortlist and to this award. We’d like to congratulate our worthy fellow-nominees and let everyone know we are committed to working hard and advancing further. We are looking forward to meeting you all at ICE 2019!”.

FSI have been working on Fantasy Sports since 2013. They aired a beta version of their proof of concept B2C site, Bet4theBest, in 2014; they officially launched with Bet4theBest in the UK in 2015 with an extended Marketing Campaign both in Digital and Traditional Marketing and former footballer and pundit Jermaine Jenas as brand ambassador. After gaining hands-on experience both on B2C handling and marketing, they proceeded with founding Fantasy Sports Interactive; a B2B Fantasy Sports Software House offering a complete and fully customizable range of fantasy sports solutions.

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CEEG Awards 2018 Budapest – Official list of winners

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Budapest – 28 September 2018 The 2018 CEEG Awards Ceremony took place on the 25th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest and was once again embedded in the official agenda of CEEGC Budapest. The winners of each category were announced after 2 months of excitement, which included online voting, shortlist creation and the final vote of the attending delegates of the event.

The awards were presented by Julia Peeva (Amusenet) and Assaf Stieglitz (Odds1X2.com) during the final session of the event and the organizers are honored to reveal the public list of the winner per each category:

  • Best Customer Support in Online Casino 2018: Betsson Group
  • Best Overall Online Casino 2018: Mr. Green
  • Best Customer Support in Sports Betting 2018: Superbet
  • Best Overall Sports Betting Operator 2018: Superbet
  • Best Overall eSports Service Provider 2018: UltraPlay
  • Best Overall Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider 2018: NSoft
  • Rising Star in the Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports 2018: Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI)
  • Best Sports Betting Innovation in 2018: Altenar
  • Rising Star in Sports Betting Technology 2018: Digitain
  • Best Overall Sports Betting Provider 2018: SBTech
  • Rising Star in Online Casino Technology 2018: Tom Horn Gaming
  • Online Casino Innovator 2018: Wazdan
  • Best Online Casino Provider 2018: Play’n GO
  • Best Lottery Service Provider 2018: Playtech
  • Best Cryptocurrency Gaming Platform Provider 2018: Bethereum
  • Best Overall Payment Service Provider 2018: paysafecard, part of the Paysafe Group
  • Best iGaming Press in the region 2018: GamblingCompliance
  • Best Connected iGaming Service Provider 2018: Iforium
  • Best Testing Laboratory 2018: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)
  • Best Support for Responsible Gambling 2018: Betsson Group

The official press releases are already rolling out through industry media and here is what the winners are saying:

Johan Törnqvist, CEO at Play’n GO:We are very active in this region and, as with all areas we work, we have dedicated ourselves to creating the best content we can and making sure we give the operators what they need to best entertain their players.

Our people work incredibly hard to make sure we’re only putting out the finest games and services possible and I’m sure this kind of recognition will only serve to make us work harder to continue setting high standards.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan: As a company we’re very proud to win this CEEG Award, and to be recognised in this way for our role as an innovation leader. Behind every achievement, award or milestone reached there is a team of dedicated individuals who work endlessly towards achieving that goal. I’d like to thank our team for their dedication, great work and constant motivation. This one’s for you!

FSI founders, CEO Dennis Tsalikis and COO Bill Mexias:We are proud to receive the award. We would like to thank our team, for bringing the company’s vision to life, European Gaming Events for hosting us and everyone who kindly supported us with their vote, from the very beginning and during our journey from the nomination, to the shortlist and to this award.

We’d like to congratulate our worthy fellow-nominees and let everyone know we are committed to working hard and advancing further. We are looking forward to meeting you all at ICE 2019.

Andrew Cochrane, Chief Commercial Officer of SBTech:We are very proud of our strong relationship with the region, with two of SBTech’s biggest offices based in Bulgaria and another major operation in Kyiv. Just this month we opened a state-of-the-art sports-themed office in Sofia and we have a number of key clients in the region. I look forward to growing our presence in Eastern Europe still further over the coming years.

After a period of intense activity for SBTech in the US and Western Europe, it’s gratifying to be recognised once again for our work in a region that remains vital to our international strategy

Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming: “At Tom Horn, we always strive for excellence, combining the latest technology with creative ideas to deliver high-quality gaming products that are popular with players and operators, and always comply with the most stringent regulations in the industry. We are proud of the work we do and are honoured to have won this award.

Udo Müller, CEO of paysafecard: “I am very proud that our team has won the CEEGC Award 2018 for the best payment solution provider in the gaming sector, as further proof that paysafecard is the leading online prepaid payment method for gaming enthusiasts. We won’t rest on our laurels, and will take this award as further motivation to continue our commitment to offering gamers a safe and simple alternative payment method.”

Suren Khachatryan, CEO at Digitain: “The CEEG Conference is one of the industry’s best events to attend in the iGaming calendar and grows in stature every year. We are therefore honoured to be the recipient of the 2018 Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards ‘Rising Star in Sports Betting Technology’ category and look forward to delivering continued technical excellence to our customers.”

Domenico Mazzola, Comercial Director at Altenar: “We are thrilled to receive the award for Best Sports Betting Innovation this year. Thanks to the CEEGC for recognising the power of innovation to shape the future of online sports betting”.

 More quotes and testimonials can be found on www.ceegc.eu

The official Post Event Press Releases is scheduled to be published at the beginning of October with a full overview of the happenings and the content that was shared by the top experts of the industry at the event.

We would like to thank once again the event sponsors and media partners for their support!

For more details about the event, visit www.ceegc.eu

Pre-Register for the 2019 event here!

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UltraPlay received the best eSports supplier of the year from two industry’s Awards

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UltraPlay has been awarded as the best eSports betting service provider of 2018 by Starlet Awards, organized by the 5 Star iGaming media and Central and Eastern European Gaming (CEEGC) Awards, held in Budapest. The two accolades came a week after the successful performance of the company during the key eSports event of the year – ESI London, where UltraPlay has presented its latest updates and insights from its advanced eSports betting suite during the exhibition and conference days.

Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay, who also participated in the Innovation Talks at the CEEG Conference in Budapest, has commented: “It is a great honor to be acknowledged as the best eSports service provider of the year by two industry’s Awards – one focused on the CEE region and the other covering the leading B2B iGaming providers. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire team of UltraPlay creating the innovative concepts that make the company standing out from the crowd. We would also like to thank all who voted for us and our clients who spread the word for our unrivaled eSports betting products around the globe.”

Having been at the forefront of the iGaming industry for more than 8 years now, UltraPlay has been creating and developing innovative concepts embracing the entire spectrum of the industry with its turn-key iGaming platform and betting solutions with a leadership position on the eSports betting vertical. The company’s eSports betting suite is used by the leading eSports dedicated brands and covers both established and emerging markets.

The Starlet Awards celebrate the best providers in the B2B supply chain. Judging is conducted by a specifically selected panel of industry experts all with diverse experience and ideally placed to be able to decide which products and innovations are outstanding in their field. Offering the widest coverage of competitive games (25+), 3000+ events monthly as well as 1500+ live events a month and more than 50 markets, UltraPlay has been awarded for its leading position on the eSports betting service provision for 2018.
Celebrating gaming software suppliers with their outstanding contributions to the online sector, CEEG Awards recognized UltraPlay as the Best Overall eSports service provider of 2018 with the votes given both online and on-site, during the CEEG Conference.

About UltraPlay:
UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on sports and eSports betting, live betting, white label, online casino and Blockchain technology.
Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

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