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Emergency Briefing regarding Visa and MasterCard’s new requirements at Prague Gaming Summit 3

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Based on reports, a new fight is brewing between merchants and card companies as major card networks Visa and MasterCard are requiring online merchants from hi-risk industries to present legal opinions from IMGL and STEP accredited local lawyers in jurisdictions in which they operate.

This also comes with a new technical framework for online transactions, which these two major companies are backing from their jointly owned EMVCo specifications group. This is amid growing competition for mobile and other digital payments and lackluster take up of the networks’ respective online digital wallets, Visa Checkout and MasterPass.

Visa has persuaded payment firms CyberSource, Adyen, Rambus, G+D Mobile Security, SecureCo, Ezidebit, eWay, and Bambora to sign up to its credential-on-file (COF) tokenization technology, acting as gateways to connect to the Visa Token Service. The switch – which will remove the need for online merchants to store their customers’ payment details in their own systems – will come into effect over the next few months, and will roll out worldwide.

MasterCard has said it plans to start rolling out new tokenization and authentication services through its EMVCo Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) framework in the second half of 2019, with the company aiming to enable token services on all cards by 2020.

During the 3rd edition of Prague Gaming Summit, some of the leading experts of the CFD, FX, Gaming and Crypto industry will guide the delegates through some interesting topics which have been raised by gaming operators. How can merchants tackle these requirements and what are the most efficient solutions for gaming operators, CFD and FX brokers and crypto exchanges?

The answer to these questions and many more information on the topic will be delivered via a special panel discussion that is titled as “Emergency Briefing regarding Visa and MasterCard new requirements for Online Merchants (CFD, FX, Gaming, Crypto)”.

The panel discussion will be joined by leading experts Stephanie Attias (Global Head of Regulation, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Genia Gurevitz (Head of Asia-Pacific and Baltics Operations, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm) and Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW, Zurich).

The third edition of Prague Gaming Summit will be held on the 12th of March 2019 at Vienna House Andel’s Prague and will gather some of the leading industry experts for one full day of learning and networking.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to engage on the subject of operator and affiliate relations at Prague Gaming Summit 3!

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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SBTech announced as Lanyards Sponsor of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2

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SBTech announced as Lanyards Sponsor of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2 – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit & Awards

We are honored to announce that in 2019, we will have the support of leading sports betting software provider, SBTech as the Official Lanyards Sponsor at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit.

The Summit is held in on a yearly basis and it is a “must-attend” event in the region, gathering industry stakeholders from the Baltic and Scandinavian region, but also internationally.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, also known as the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit & Awards 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 Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, and also from the DACH region.

The Summit will approach all regulatory and compliance related aspects of the mentioned markets and will also highlight some trending topics such as the importance of a good Customer Relationship Management, Outsourcing, use of Big Data and AI, Safe Gambling, AML, KYC and will also include a special future gaming industry related panel discussion, and an exclusive IMGL MasterClass about the Nordics.

As mentioned above, SBTech, the award-winning global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming technology which powers the world’s largest operators, state lotteries, land-based casinos, and horse racing companies is going to be the Lanyards Sponsor of the conference.

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

 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.

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

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POST EVENT: #PragueGamingSummit3 ranks high once again in the region’s development

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The third edition of Prague Gaming Summit took place last week at the ‘traditional base’ of the conference and gathered +110 key industry stakeholders. With this occasion, we would like to thank the supporting sponsors of the unique boutique style conference and the praises go to:

The agenda of the conference included several panel discussions, an exclusive IMGL MasterClass, unique and informative keynote presentations, a fireside chat, several networking opportunities and last but not least a live music performance by Tal Ron, who delighted the attendees with his original music: “Four on the Floor”, “It’s Only Natural (Alone in the Dark with You)” and a surprise hit.

The attending delegates had the unique opportunity to hear the recent updates and enjoy network sessions with some of the leading names of the industry. You can find the full list of speakers below at the end of the press release!

The audio recordings of the panel discussion and videos will be available in a few weeks on special platform which is going to be launched on our website.

We are honored to have such a great turn out in Prague year by year and we are already starting to plan the 4th edition of the event which will take place at the beginning of March 2020. Prague Gaming Summit continues the mission of all our event, quality learning and networking in our special boutique style!” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

You can view the full official image gallery on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/165468093@N04/albums/72157704110474382

Make sure to also subscribe to the social media channels of the conference for continues updates regarding the 2020 event: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram

We are already working hard on our new destinations in 2019 and we are looking forward to providing a high-quality service in Vilnius at MARE BATICUM Gaming Summit, in Budapest at CEEGC & CEEG Awards and in Milan at European Gaming Congress!

Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

“The Prague Gaming Summit 2019 was very well organised and included a number of key international speakers. Agenda was full of interesting content and panels were aimed at discussing areas of mutual interest.”

Heathcliff Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer at Malta Gaming Authority(MGA)

Prague Gaming Summit 2019 was the great challenge which showed the new regulations in Eastern Europe. Thank you Zoltan for the great organization’s and thank you for the conference which covered the new opportunities and the new ways to the operators.” – Vladimir Petrov FPQP™, Global Research Analyst and International Development at Efbet Casinos & Sports

Prague Gaming Summit is a great place to discuss the current hot topics in the gaming industry and exchange opinions and ideas with the most relevant people from the operator, affiliate and provider sides. It was a pleasure joining the panel about the relationship between operators, affiliates and regulators and sharing my views from the Trustly perspective.” – Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly

It was great to have the operators and suppliers with the presence in the CEE territories under one roof. It is always very useful to discover the challenges and see the trends of the industry in the newly regulated markets.” – Tal Zamstein, Group Head of Gaming at Fortuna Group

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Prague Gaming Summit. The agenda was relevant, content was good and the caliber of speakers was excellent. I also welcomed the opportunity to catch up with some old faces and forge ties with new ones. Kudos to Zoltan and the team. I look forward to attending again next year.” – Russell Mifsud, Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG

An outstandingly organized event, free of the hustle associated with hectic expo conferences, bringing together industry stakeholders to debate, network and gather insights. The great location and distinguished speakers all add up to this great forum, which I recommend to anyone wishing to keep track of current developments in the region or is willing to receive a hint of what’s coming next in igaming.” – Georgi Dimitrov, Legal Counsel / Compliance Manager at EGT Interactive

This most recent event was a rich one. The diversity of speakers and the structured topics provided a platform for real debate, presenting food for thought for many. I’m sure I/we will pick up on the very relevant topics again at this event.” – Charmaine Hogan (Regulatory & Public Affairs, International Relations, Policy Development Expert)

Fantastic event: well-organized, interesting and keeping up with the latest trends; a leader in its field!” – Donata Szabo, Junior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance

“A conference of great quality. Not only excellent content is presented by top experts, but also the industry is moving closer together through many networking opportunities.“ Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M (Secretary General, Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling)

“Prague Gaming Summit 3 brought together Maltese, Romanian and other regulators, software developers, operators, and payment solution providers, to name a few. It was great participating in the discussions with everyone on and off the agenda.”Kate Romanenko, CBO of Evoplay Entertainment

 

The lectures and industry insight during the conference were given by:

Assaf Stieglitz (President, Odds1x2 Holdings), Yoav Dotan (Co-Founder, Affiliate Cruise and Genesis Global), Vasilije Lekovic (Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly), Heathcliff Farrugia (Chief Executive Officer at Malta Gaming Authority), Odette Nestor (Gambling specialist and President of AOJND), Stephanie Attias (Global Head of Regulation, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Genia Gurevitz (Head of Asia-Pacific and Baltics Operations, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm), James Camilleri (Head of Sales and General Manager, Scout Gaming Group Malta), Nadiya Attard (Director, Business Development EMEA and Asia at NetEnt), Vlastimil Venclik (CEO at oddin.gg), Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros (Sales Director at Golden Race), Stav Zilberstein (Co-Founder, Hyperion Tech), Jan Rehola (Lawyer, PS Legal), Tal Zamstein (Group Head of Gaming, Fortuna Group), Jakub Kolomicenko (Head of legal department, Endorphina), Vojtech Chloupek (Partner at Bird & Bird), Michał Sałajczyk (Associate, Bird & Bird Poland), Stefan Švec (Sales Director, Playtech), Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor, WH Partners), Martin Stöfler (Co-Founder, OSM Solutions), Francesco Baranca (General Secretary at Federbet AISBL), Kim Mouridsen (Professor at Aarhus University, Founder and Managing Director Cercare Medical, Founder at Mindway AI), Alina B Gleiss (EMEA Sales Manager at Zendesk), Alex Kornilov (CEO & Founder at BETEGY), Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M (Secretary General, Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling), Dr. Alexandra Körner (Senior Legal Associate, MME Legal), Dr. Christian Rapani (Attorney at Law at Dr. Christian Rapani), Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW), Russell Mifsud (Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG Malta), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft), Martin Arendts (Founder of ARENDTS ANWAELTE), Quirino Mancini (Global Head of the Gaming and Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners), and last but not least Charmaine Hogan (Regulatory & Public Affairs, International Relations, Policy Development Expert).

Special gratitude is also extended to the panel moderators for keeping the discussions flowing and educative:

Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm), Tiago Aprigio (CEO at All-in Translations), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner/Attorney-at-Law, Gabnys Law), Pieter Remmers (CEO, Assissa), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW) and Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW).

For further inquiries about the 2020 edition of Prague Gaming Summit, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to zoltan.tundik@europeangaming.eu or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

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Latvian regulator, Mrs. Signe Birne, to join the speaker lineup at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019 in Vilnius

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It has been reported by industry media that Latvia’s parliament has decided to ban gambling halls throughout the country. The representatives of the political parties have stated that amendments are needed and that casinos can only be located in luxury hotels.

The representative of the Ministry of Finance, Yana Salminia, stated that the streamlining of the gambling business is already underway. Politicians and other interested parties can submit their proposals, the draft consideration was already completed.

Meanwhile, the country’s gambling revenue increased by 11.7 per cent compared with 2017 and amounted to 277.701 million euros, according to the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia.

The total turnover of gambling operators in 2018 grew by 10.5 per cent to 293.467 million euros and the total estimated profit of these active 16 companies, amounts to 80.998 million euros in 2018, which is 18.5 per cent more than in 2017.

During the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards, which will take place in Vilnius on the 9th of May, Mrs. Signe Birne, Director of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia, will join the “Focus on the Latvian and Estonian gambling industry” compliance panel discussion.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

About Signe Birne

Since 1993, Mrs.Birne has worked as Director of Securities department and Financial Market Policy department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia.

With the establishing of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection in 1998, Mrs.Birne starts her career as Director of Inspection.

Mrs.Birne has been graduated from the University of Latvia, Finance and trade faculty – Master’s Degree in Economics and in 2001 she earned the Master’s degree in Social science.

Signe Birne has an in-depth understanding of organizational practice and theory as well as experience within the regulation of the Latvian gaming market – land-based and online, illegal online gambling and payment blocking.

Signe Birne is very active with her country point of view on developments of gaming business all around Europe since 2001 till 2009 she held a position as a member of the Executive Board of GREF, Gaming Regulators European Forum, and 2009 – 2012 she was a Chairman of the Executive Board of GREF.

Since 2012 Mrs.Birne participated as the Latvian representative in the European Commission’s Expert Group on Gambling Services, which provides the Commission with advice and expertise in relation to the preparation of policy initiatives and facilitates the exchange of regulatory experience and good practices between EU and the EEA Member States.

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.

Register here!

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

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