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Nominations are open for the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards 2019 Vilnius)

George Miller

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We are honored to announce the launch of the inaugural BSG Awards. The BSG Awards stands for Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards and recognizes highly ranked, trustworthy, hard-working companies for their respective field of activity in the online gambling industry. The awards will be held yearly from 2019 onwards.

To be considered for the award, companies must nominate their brands on the following link between 19 November 2018 and 22 February 2019.

This unique award will recognize the most outstanding gambling companies in the Baltics and Nordics. The broad category scope of the award will make it more interesting and will reveal emerging companies that are often overlook. Thus, we are delighted to be launching this award which epitomizes our commitment to recognizing and enhancing brand awareness for companies in the region,” said Zoltán Tűndik, Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

The award category winners will be selected after two voting session. The first voting session is going to be held online between 1 March and 31 March, 2019. The top 5 most voted companies per each category will advance to the shortlist. The final vote, which will decided the winners, will be casted by the attending audience of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit (The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit) which will be held on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel in Vilnius.

Here are the categories which will recognized at BSG Awards 2019:

Baltics – Operators

Best Online Casino in the Baltics 2019
Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics 2019

Baltics – B2B

Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics 2019
Best Fantasy Sports Provider in the Baltics 2019
Best Virtual Sports Provider in the Baltics 2019
Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology 2019
Best Sports Betting Innovation in the Baltics 2019
Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics 2019
Best Cryptocurrency Gaming Platform Provider in the Baltics 2019
Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics 2019
Best Online Casino Innovator in the Baltics 2019
Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology 2019
Best Lottery Service Provider in the Baltics 2019
Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics 2019

Nordics – Operators

Best Online Casino in the Nordics 2019
Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics 2019

Nordics – B2B

B2B- Select category in the Nordics
Best eSports Service Provider in the Nordics 2019
Best Fantasy Sports Provider in the Nordics 2019
Best Virtual Sports Provider in the Nordics 2019
Rising Star in Nordic Sports Betting Technology 2019
Best Sports Betting Innovation in the Nordics 2019
Best Sports Betting Provider in the Nordics 2019
Best Cryptocurrency Gaming Platform Provider in the Nordics 2019
Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics 2019
Best Online Casino Innovator in the Nordics 2019
Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology 2019
Best Lottery Service Provider in the Nordics 2019
Best Payment Service Provider in the Nordics 2019

The awards ceremony is part of the conference agenda and the winners will be revealed in the final session of the event.

You can find more details about the awards on the following link.

Would you like to attend MARE BALTICUM? Register here!

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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Latvian Parliament Approves the Amendments to the National Legislation on Gambling

Niji Narayan

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Latvian Parliament Approves the Amendments to the National Legislation on Gambling
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The Latvian parliament has approved the amendments to the national legislation on gambling. The new rules prohibit the Latvians from gambling on the websites of international online gambling operators who operate without a license in Latvia.

Latvian citizens who used the services of unlicensed gambling casinos will face a fine of up to € 350 per incident. Players who avoid taxes for winnings can also be fined. It is assumed that the fine will be 23% for any amount of winnings over € 3,000. There is a €20 thousand penalty for Internet providers who fail to report information about the cases of illegal online gambling.

The Latvian Inspection on lotteries and gambling has blacklisted more than 1500 gaming domains, however, according to media reports, Internet providers blocked only a third of domains form the blacklist.

 

To stay up to date with the latest changes in the Baltic region make sure you register here for the second edition of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit. The conference will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel in Vilnius (Lithuania).

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Safe Gambling, AML and KYC with Bogdan Coman(Rombet), Jack Symons(gamban®) and Taivo Põrk(Ministry of Finance, Estonia) at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019

Zoltan Tundik

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Bogdan Coman (Executive Director at Rombet), Jack Symons (Founder and CEO of gamban®) and Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia) will join the “Safe Gambling, AML and KYC” panel discussion under the moderation of Pieter Remmers (CEO at Assissa) at the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and is gathering the gambling industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian regions for a full day of quality learning and networking with like-minded peers, regulators and representatives of the industry media.

Register here or View the Agenda!

”Safe Gambling” is a new term used in the industry and is a possible replacer for the notion ”responsible gambling”. While the responsible gambling focuses on studying and fighting the negative effects of excessive gambling practice, the broader concept of ”safe gambling”, also contains the prevention area.

It’s been a wild ride for the financial industry in the last years. Companies and executives are on a rollercoaster all year, with constant changes in regulations and sanctions, the introduction of new laws and the removal of old ones.

Financial scandals have also hit new heights and the time has come for banks and regulators alike have to admit a hard truth: not even today’s complex AML and compliance programs are enough to stop criminals exploiting financial platforms and every weak link they can find.

Online gambling is governed by special regulations, such as the Know Your Customer (KYC) standards set out in the EU’s Third Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive. This means that handling online transaction processes in the gambling sector is considerably more challenging than it is in other sectors.

On June 19th, 2018, the fifth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD 5) was published in the official journal of the European Union.

The AMLD 5 entered into force on July 9th, 2018. Member states are obliged to transpose the modified regulations into national law by latest January 20th, 2020.

In particular, the AMLD5

  • extends the scope to virtual currency platforms and wallet providers, tax related services and traders of art
  • grants access to the general public to beneficial ownership information of EU based companies
  • makes it an obligation to consult the beneficial ownership register when performing AML due diligence
  • obliges member states to create a list of national public offices and functions that qualify as politically exposed (PEP)
  • introduces strict enhanced due diligence measures for financial flows from high-risk third countries
  • ends the anonymity of bank and savings accounts, as well as safe deposit boxes and creates central access mechanisms to bank account and safe deposit boxes holder information throughout the EU
  • makes information on real estate holders centrally available to public authorities
  • lowers thresholds for identifying purchasers of prepaid cards and for the use of e-money
  • further enhances the powers of the FIUs and facilitates cooperation and information exchange among authorities

The experts of the panel discussion will share their knowledge on how these directives have shaped the industry and what is yet to come with AMLD6 on the horizon.

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.

 

 

About Jack Symons

Jack Symons is the founder and CEO of gamban®. Formed as a result of his own experience with problem gambling and his dissatisfaction with existing self-exclusion options, Jack brought the most affordable, effective and lightweight gambling-blocking software to the market. The aim is help individuals stop gambling and organisations (businesses, operators and education institutions) improve sustainability.

 

 

About Taivo Põrk

Taivo Põrk has been responsible for designing and executing national gambling policy in Estonia through legislation since 2011, as part of his duties in Ministry of Finance. He has also been a member in Expert Group on Gambling Services since its inception by the European Commission in 2012.

 

 

 

About Pieter Remmers

Pieter Remmers is a veteran in the area of responsible gaming, consultancy and training of gambling industry professionals. He has been involved in projects with the gambling industry already since 1989. Pieter started his career as the director of an outpatient clinic for addiction problems of Jellinek in the early ’80s.

His company Assissa Consultancy Europe works/worked on responsible gaming policies and programmes in a number of countries i.e. Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Malta, Sweden, and others. Besides Pieter is a consultant worldwide for as well as the gambling and betting industry land-based and online, casinos, slot machine halls, and lotteries and for regulators or other governmental bodies.

He works/worked with companies like IGT/GTech/Lottomatica, Holland Casino, Unibet, Sun International, Svenska Spel, Gauselmann/Merkur, Betsson, Krijco, Fair Play Casinos, Staatsloterij, Lotto NL, Casino 2000, Cogetech, Betfair, National Lottery and many more.

He is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as secretary general/conference organizer of the European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG). He is also a shareholder/board member of HANDS (Human Assistance Network for Daily Support, telephone counseling services).

In 2003 he was the initiator of G4 (Global Gambling Guidance Group). G4 deals with an International Accreditation System on responsible gaming for the gambling, betting and lottery industry land-based and online. At present, he is the Chair of the Board of G4.

Since 2009 he is a member of the Responsible Gaming Committee of IMGL (International Masters of Gaming Law).

He is also a member of the Spielerschutzkommission (Responsible Gaming Commission) of the Gauselmann /Merkur Group, Germany, a member of the Advisory Council of the AWI in Germany and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Ministry of Health in Singapore.

Pieter is a very regular speaker at many conferences all over the world.

He is also a freelance correspondent for the magazine European Casinos The Elite and the Casino Inside magazine (Romania).

At present, he is involved in the development and carries out of online education programmes (e-learning) on problem gambling and responsible gaming and responsible gaming solutions to support players’ gaming decisions and online treatment modules.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region via the MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform which has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.

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

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D-A-CH region oriented panel discussion to be moderated by Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner, MELCHERS LAW) in Vilnius

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There is plenty of news surrounding the German-speaking region when it comes to online gambling, however, it is mostly shut down when things get interesting.

On the gambling industry’s media outlets, the business is booming in Germany, with Scientific Games bringing next-generation Lottery Technology to Germany’s Lotto Brandenburg, Kambi Group powering the re-launch of Mybet sportsbook, or GeWeTe adding charm to Merkur Casino Halle.

However, when it comes to regulations, the recent news was both hot and cold.

On March 21, the Minister-Presidents of Germany’s 16 federal states have ratified the third amended State Treaty on Gambling, paving the way for operators to apply for sports betting licenses in the market, while Schleswig-Holstein will be allowed to run its own, liberal regulatory regime.

During the Minister-Presidents’ Conference, the lawmakers agreed to sign the Treaty, with licenses to come into force from January 1, 2020 and run until June 30, 2021. This will effectively act as a placeholder, with a view to a complete overhaul of Germany’s gambling regulations by 2021.

As mentioned earlier, the news was considered by some as a “breakthrough”, while others have been disappointed by the “missed opportunity”.

You can read more about the statements and quotes by industry experts from the region on the following link.

During the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards, Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW) will take on the role of moderating the D-A-CH region oriented panel discussion and will add his opinion to the Germany market update along with Martin Arendts (Owner at ARENDTS ANWÄLTE – gaminglaw.de).

The “Gambling industry updates from the D-A-CH region” compliance panel discussion will focus on shedding light on the status of the gambling industry in the German-speaking markets such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and also an exclusive update on Liechtenstein.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and is gathering the gambling industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian regions for a full day of quality learning and networking with like-minded peers, regulators and representatives of the industry media.

Register here or View the Agenda!

About Dr. Joerg Hofmann

Dr. Joerg Hofmann is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”) and group leader of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group of Melchers Law Firm.  He has been practicing gaming law since the mid-90s and Melchers’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of the gaming industry.  A highly recognized expert in the field, Joerg has been consistently ranked as a leading individual and expert in gaming law by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global and Best Lawyers for many years.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region via the MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform which has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.

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

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