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Sweden and Norway in the focus with Gustaf Hoffstedt (BOS.nu) and Rolf Sims (Kindred Group) at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019

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Gustaf Hoffstedt (General Secretary at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling) and Rolf Sims (Public Affairs Manager for Kindred Group in Norway and Board Chairman of the newly formed Norwegian Trade Association for Online Gambling Companies) to share their views from all angles about the Swedish and Norwegian gambling industry 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!

Sweden has been at the forefront of the gambling industry news for the past 6 months and has been often cited as a “newly liberalized online gambling market”.

Spelinspektionen has been handing out new licenses at a rate of more than one a week since the new year, with no signs of a slowdown any time soon.

Prior to the new laws, Sweden’s gambling market was essentially a state monopoly. Unlicensed gambling operators were accepting Swedish customers, but without going through the proper legal channels. In 2018, foreign gambling sites accounted for 29% of Sweden’s $2.5 billion gambling market, up from 24% the previous year.

Sweden’s new gambling laws were designed to give the state more control over the market. The fact that 73 companies have already jumped on board shows the new laws are having their intended effect.

However, it’s not all pink for the enthusiast operators, just two months ago, Sweden’s Minister on Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarabi said the government will be making more stringent regulations on gambling advertisements. He also summoned representatives of the gambling industry to parliament for a discussion on this topic.

At MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, Gustaf Hoffstedt (General Secretary at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling) will take part in a special IMGL MASTERCLASS™ which is titled “It’s Hot in the Nordics: IMGL Mega-Panel”, giving you the opportunity to hear first-hand the updates from the Swedish gambling industry and the outcome of the harsh measures.

About Gustaf Hoffstedt

Gustaf Hoffstedt is the Secretary-General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015. Among the association’s members are all major operators and suppliers that operate with a license inside the European Union, but outside of Sweden. Prior to joining BOS, Gustaf served as a Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Moderate party, and as vice mayor and chairman of the Social board in his constituency Gotland before that.

Gustaf has fought for the abolition of the Swedish gambling monopoly and the implementation of a licensing system for more than a decade. He is pleased to see that things currently appear to be moving in the right direction.

Gustaf resides in Uppsala with his wife Caroline, who serves as vice mayor in the municipality for the Social Democratic party – the traditional rival of Gustaf’s own party. In their leisure time, they enjoy hiking in the mountains of northern Scandinavia.

When it comes to the Norwegian gambling industry, it is certainly a different situation.

This year, the online gambling operators in Norway have formed a new association to press the government to rethink its restrictive gambling policy.

The online gambling operators Betsson, ComeOn, GiG, and the Kindred Group announced the formation of the Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gambling (NBO).

The new association will urge Norway’s government to abandon its monopolistic stance in favor of a liberalized regime that would allow internationally licensed online gambling operators to apply for local licenses.

Carl Fredrik Stenstrøm, Rikstoto former commercial director and secretary-general at NBO, noted that he helped lead Rikstoto’s responsible gambling initiatives and his experience taught him that such efforts are not much use if they ignore the vast segment of the market over which the government has no control.

Stenstrøm said the regulatory regimes in Denmark and Sweden recognize that regulating “all the serious companies under one, responsible license model” is the proper way to go.

The Norwegian industry update will be part of the IMGL MASTERCLASS™ which is titled “It’s Hot in the Nordics: IMGL Mega-Panel”, giving you the opportunity to hear first-hand the of the Norwegian gambling industry and what changes are expected in the next period from Rolf Sims (Public Affairs Manager for Kindred Group in Norway and Board Chairman of the newly formed Norwegian Trade Association for Online Gambling Companies).

About Rolf Sims

Rolf Sims graduated with a law degree from the University of Oslo in 1995, specializing in intellectual property and international human rights. He has previously worked on land concessions and area planning at the Ministry of Agriculture and legislation and individual cases related to oil pollution in the North Sea at the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

Between 1998 and 2018 he worked as a gaming regulator, first with the Ministry of Justice and Police, and from 2001 with the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry is responsible for the regulation of all gaming in Norway except gaming connected to equestrian activities. His scope of work encompassed EU/EEA-law, all aspects of legislation connected to gaming machines, I-gaming, bingo, provisions and regulations on lotteries and sportsbetting. He has also supervised the administration of Norsk Tipping, the Norwegian state-owned gaming company, as well as the Norwegian Gaming Authority. He was particularly involved in the Norwegian Slot machine case and Ladbrokes case which questioned the compatibility of Norwegian gaming law to EU/EEA-law. Rolf also participated as the Norwegian Government`s 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 EEA Member States. He was also a director on the board of the Gaming Regulators European Forum. In August 2018 Rolf took up a new position as public affairs manager for Kindred Group in Norway.

In January 2019 Rolf was elected board chairman of the newly formed Norwegian Trade Association for Online Gambling Companies.

 

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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Enlabs Says Latvia May Suspend Gaming Operations as Part of COVID-19 Restrictions

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The Latvian parliament has voted on measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Enlabs is assessing that one of these measures may result in a temporary suspension of all gaming licenses in the country.

There is still much uncertainty and formally no law is passed. The Government of Latvia has declared that an extraordinary situation exists until 14 April 2020.

Enlabs ensured that they will monitor the ongoing development very closely and will update the information when more clarity prevails.

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Virtual Conference on the 7th of May to address global gambling industry issues and solutions

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Registrations are open for the first virtual conference in the gambling industry.

We are excited to present the latest developments about MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit which has now been turned into a hybrid conference that will have a virtual edition and a live conference in Tallinn later this year.

The virtual edition will be held on the 7th of May and will gather 300 gambling industry professionals who can attend virtually from their internet browser. The gathering will allow virtual delegates to network at virtual tables in the virtual deal room and conduct 1 on 1 meeting with their prospects/clients/partners.

You can register on this link to safe your seat (no travel needed, you can attend from the comfort of your home or office)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are already a registered delegate of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, you don’t have to purchase a new ticket!

We are adapting to current times and catering for the quality learning and networking needs of the industry. We are lucky to have connections such as Erdal Kilinc (CEO and Co-Founder at Deal Room Events), who is helping us with this transition and teaching us the way virtual conferences work. We invite all interested companies to register and attend the first virtual conference in the gambling industry“, stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events (part of Hipther Agency)

The Agenda

The agenda of the conference has been updated and now addresses a global audience with panel discussions and talks that revolve around the current topics which the industry and many other industries are facing.

Among the topics of the conference, you will find discussions such as:

  • Restarting The Sports Betting Industry
  • The Sports Betting During Covid-19
  • Alternatives To Classic Sports Betting Are Flourishing
  • Social Gaming Taking The Audience By Storm
  • Deliver Quality Customer Experience During Crisis Times
  • How Are Affiliates Surviving This Period On Uncertainty
  • Is The Online Casino Industry Benefiting During Sports Tournament Disruption Period
  • The Payments Industry During Covid-19
  • Will Advertisement Banning Still Be Enforced After Covid-19

More topics will be added to the agenda as the demand is high from the industry. The organizers are inviting all industry experts to nominate speakers here.

The speakers and moderators

Among the already confirmed speakers and moderators you can find Beyza Orazova (Head of Sales, iGaming at DIMOCO Carrier Billing) Lee-Ann Johnstone (Co-Founder of AffiliateINSIDER), Sören Meius (Estonian Ministry of Finance), Maximilian von Portatius (Co-Founder and Managing Director of SPONSOR.ONLINE), Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW), Vasco Albuquerque (SEO Manager at All-in Global), Cédric Schlosser (Board Member of the Swiss eSports Federation), Robert Toth (Business Development Manager at Global Bet Virtual Sports), Martin Calvert (Marketing Director at ICS), Sergio Stankovic (Sales Director at SBTech), Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular), Tiago Aprigio (CEO at All-in Global), Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar), Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm), Jan Urbanec (CEO at Endorphina), Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros (Sales Director at Golden Race – Virtual Sports & Betting Solutions), Morten Ronde (CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling), Magith Noohukha (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze) and Jakub Myszkorowski (Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE).

You can register here and catch the Early Bird Rate!

Sponsors and Partners

The organizing team is also happy to announce that all sponsors that support MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit have also opted to support the Virtual Edition of the conference and more sponsors are keen to show their support for the initiative.

Among the sponsors of the conference you will find:

Tom Horn Gaming, SBTech, NSoft, Golden Race, Altenar, PLANZER LAW, Singular, Nordic Gambling, Bankera, and NetShop ISP.

For further inquiries about the 2020 editions of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

Among the supporters of the conference, you will also find Square in the Air as a strategic partner, and leading media outlets such as Online Casino Reports, CalvinaAyre.com, Focus Gaming News, Gioco News, iGaming Business, iGamingCalendar.com, Gambling Insider, InterGame, Global Legal Group, FortunaWeb, Commission Magazine, Slotegrator and much more.

Visit www.virtualedition.marebalticumgaming.com for more details!

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit Live and BSG Awards

Information about the live edition of the conference and BSG Awards, which will be held on the 6th of August, will be announced at a later stage. The online voting stage for BSG Awards 2020 has been stopped and will be reset in order to allow all participants to focus on different matters.

A new online voting stage will be started between 1 and 30 June. Further information will be released in the upcoming weeks.

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SlotCatalog Introduces Coverage Of Four New Casino Markets

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SlotCatalog announced today the introduction of new expanded online casino markets of Canada, Belgium, Latvia, and Lithuania to its growing roster of real-time industry slots popularity and performance analytics coverage.

A SlotCatalog company spokesperson said: “With ongoing challenges and headwinds affecting the industry as a result of the continued coronavirus pandemic, it has had an unprecedented effect with the cancellation of sports events, shutdowns in the land-based casino industry and more. Digital data insight is now more pivotal for operators as they seek to empower their business decision making in marketing and product for online players.

The digital casino landscape is ever-changing, and while none of us within the industry could have foreseen such a black swan event as the Coronavirus, we believe the addition of analysis of 90 casinos in the Canadian market, 22 in Belgium, 8 in Latvia and 5 in Lithuania increases the depth and breadth of market insight on our platform covering 1,700 online casinos.

Our team remains committed to providing a data-driven intelligence platform for slot games and the iGaming industry and we invite our visitors, players, casino operators, and game and software developers’ seeking detailed data-analytics to reach out with any requests to continue our market coverage in the challenging months ahead.”

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