The second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit took place on the 9th of May in Vilnius and has set a precedent in the region, being confirmed as the only quality conference in the region that gathers a high number of delegates and provides quality content about the Baltic and Scandinavian region.
The 2019 edition of the conference gathered +100 industry stakeholders and managed to almost double the size of the inaugural event which was held in Riga in 2018.
With this occasion, we would like to thank the supporting sponsors of the unique boutique style conference and the praises go to:
- NetEnt– Main Stage Sponsor
- Tom Horn Gaming – Silver Sponsor
- SBTech– Lanyards Sponsor
- NSoft– General Sponsor
- Play’n GO – General Sponsor
- Ondato – General Sponsor
- Tal Ron, Drihem and Co. Law Firm– Legal and Banking Sponsor
- PLANZER LAW, Zurich– European Regulatory Sponsor
- Hyperon Tech– Technological Sponsor
- BETEGY– Technological Sponsor
- ConnectPay – Payments Sponsor
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 the inaugural BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards) which rewarded the top 21 companies from the Baltic Sea region for their hard work.
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 discussions and videos will are available for European Gaming PREMIUM Members.
“MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019 in Vilnius was a great opportunity for us to meet new friends and grow our family in the Baltic and Scandinavian region. We are so happy to see that the MARE BALTICUM series has been taken as a breath of fresh air by the industry and the 2019 edition consolidates our footprint in the region as a key event and source of information. We would also like to congratulate the winners of the inaugural BSG Awards and we will be back in 2020 with an even bigger and more interactive conference.” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.
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BSG Awards 2019 – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards
The inaugural Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) was be held during the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit and rewarded the hard work of companies (gaming software suppliers, operators and service providers) that are active in the Baltic and Scandinavian region.
The official list of winners can be found below:
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics 2019 – UltraPlay
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Nordics 2019 – Sportradar
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Baltics 2019 – Golden Race
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Nordics 2019 – NSoft
- Casino Operators: Best Online Casino in the Baltics 2019 – Optibet
- Casino Operators: Best Online Casino in the Nordics 2019 – Betsson
- Sportsbetting Operators: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics 2019 – Tonybet
- Sportsbetting Operators: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics 2019 – Bet365
- B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology 2019 – Inplaynet
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Innovation in the Baltics 2019 – BetConstruct
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics 2019 – SBTech
- B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics 2019 – SoftGamings
- B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Innovator in the Baltics 2019 – Tom Horn Gaming
- B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology 2019 – Tom Horn Gaming
- Connected Services – Payment Providers: Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics 2019 – ConnectPay
- B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Sports Betting Technology 2019 – Altenar
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Innovation in the Nordics 2019 – BetConstruct
- B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Nordics 2019 – SBTech
- B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics 2019 – NetEnt
- B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Innovator in the Nordics 2019 – Play’n GO
- Connected Services – Payment Providers: Best Payment Service Provider in the Nordics 2019 – Trustly
The 2020 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will be held in one of the following two destinations, Tallinn (Estonia) or Copenhagen (Denmark), based on a final surveying and strategy setting.
Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit:
Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros (Sales Director at Golden Race – Virtual Sports & Betting Solutions):
“MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit reconfirmed the Organizers’ efficacy, to bring together the region’s main stakeholders, for structured and multi-faceted interactive discussions. In parallel to the educational aspect, though, it offered the chance of personalized networking, in a relaxed and unpretentious way. I look already forward to the next edition!”
Ineta Mačinskienė (Head of Sales at ConnectPay):
“MBGS is focused on people looking for collaboration with well-known companies in the Gaming industry.”
Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay):
“I had the pleasure to speak at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit and present why eSports is going to play a key role in the gambling industry in 2020 and beyond. Discussing what the future holds for the industry, we see the tremendous growth of eSports and its importance in terms of betting and player’s engagement.”
Margo Prylypska (Director of International Sales at Hyperion Tech):
“We would like to thank Zoltan and Betty for another great event! The organization was at a very high level, great timing and amazing people attending the event! It is definitely the best place to meet good old friends and partners, as well as find new ones and of course, get insights about things happening in the iGaming industry!”
Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert):
“Great event. Great timing. Great location.”
Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar):
“MBGS was a pearl in the sea of so many conferences around the world. Such interesting panels! Zoltan and Betty did a great job inviting so many relevant people from the industry, regulators, and from governments putting all of them together to discuss regulations, exchanging ideas, and solutions on how different countries regulate the gambling sector. A must-attend event!”
Kristina Bučinskaitė (Customer Experience Manager at ConnectPay):
“Well organized, industry-focused event. It is a great opportunity to connect with potential clients, partners and create valuable business relationships. Looking forward to the next year!”
Agnė Galvelytė (Head of Legal and Compliance at Matching Visions):
“Great conference, bringing together regulators, legal specialists, and igaming business professionals. Perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest developments in the region and the industry.”
Dainis Niedra (Regional Director Baltics at Enlabs – Optibet):
“This is a very nice initiative to create and develop such kind of event in the Baltic countries. By working together and establishing a strong base no matter is it compliance or marketing, we build the right environment for the future development of the business and society.
Baltics are small but at the same time are very different in many aspects. It’s becoming challenging to replicate the previous experience in the new markets and such events are here to help us. Organizational wise – on a very high level. It’s hard to say where did we benefit more – from the main event of from the networking parts.”
Sara Urbanovicova (Chief Commercial Officer at Tom Horn Gaming):
“This is a fantastic event and it is sure to establish itself as a must-attend conference in the diary for the online gaming community. Its Baltic and Scandinavian focus, with a careful selection of high-quality speakers on the panels, an amazing location, organizers’ dedication to creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, make it a one-of-a-kind event that proved to be really productive for us. We’re sure to return next year!”
Andrius Gabnys (founding attorney at Gabnys Law Firm, Ambassador of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit):
“MBGS2 was literally a very pleasing event. Both content-wise and visually. It’s one of those examples when you can feel it goes smooth throughout the whole event, where the interest of the audience is not lost somewhere in the middle, and you don’t find yourself waiting for something else, other than what is happening on stage. It’s where the organizational talent of Zoltan and Betty really kicks in. This second edition proves that the idea of having the Baltics and Scandinavia in a single event is spot on. It was a pleasure to serve as an ambassador of this event and already looking forward to the third edition.”
Andrius Čepkus (Chief Business Development Officer at Ondato):
„The event was very well organized. Especially networking breaks and how participants were seated, which opened many new networking and business opportunities. The content was very up to date and valuable. Thanks again for the great experience!“
The lectures and industry insight during the conference were given by:
Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania), Rūta Giedrienė (Gaming Control Authority, Lithuania), Kaido Ulejev (Managing Director Baltics at Betsson Group), Karolis Gogaitis (General Manager at CBet.lt), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft), Robert Toth (Key Account Manager at Global Bet), Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay), Signe Birne (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia), Linda Reneslāce (Associate at law firm Sorainen), Viktorija Antanaviciute (Managing Director at TonyBet), Margo Prylypska (Director of International Sales, Hyperion), Eduard Rogov (CMO at Quints.io), Paul Plewman (COO at CurrencyTransfer.com), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW, Zurich), Birgitte Sand (Director of the Danish Gambling Authority), Morten Ronde (CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling), Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n GO), Gustaf Hoffstedt (General Secretary at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling), Rolf Sims (Public Affairs Manager for Kindred Group in Norway and Board Chairman of the newly formed Norwegian Trade Association for Online Gambling Companies), Alex Kornilov (CEO & Founder at BETEGY), Bogdan Coman (Executive Director at Rombet), Martin Arendts (Founder of ARENDTS ANWAELTE), Julia Kotanko (Associate with Dr. Christian Rapani).
Special gratitude is also extended to the panel moderators for keeping the discussions flowing and educative:
Andrius Gabnys (Founder at Gabnys Law Firm), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm), Pieter Remmers (CEO at Assissa), and last but not least, Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner, MELCHERS LAW).
For further inquiries about the 2020 edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to [email protected] or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.
Lithuanian Gambling Revenue Up 66% to €89.3M in H1 2022
Gambling revenue in Lithuania increased 66% YoY in H1 2022 as customers returned to land-based venues following the removal of Covid-19 restrictions.
Gross revenue for the six-month period amounted to €89.3m, up from €53.8m in the previous year when Covid-19 measures continued to affect land-based casinos, slot parlours and retail betting.
Land-based gaming revenue was up 1139.3% from €2.8m in 2021 to €34.7m. Category B slot machines with €0.50 stake limits were the main revenue generator, accounting for €15.3m. Uncapped category A generated €6.2m. Lottery ticket sales reached €65.2m, up 3.2%.
Online gambling also continued to grow despite the return of land-based options and the tight marketing restrictions on online gaming. Revenue was up 7.7% YoY at €54.9m. Category A online slots generated €15.5m and category B slots €683,313. Online sports betting revenue hit €9m and table games €3.5m.
Revolutionary hybrid sports tournaments now greatly enhanced with Sportradar’s Universal Fraud Detection System
Twain Sport, the newly launched live sport vertical from the Hybrid Sports League and BetGames, has partnered with Sportradar to integrate its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) into its hybrid sports tournaments.
The partnership will enable Twain Sport to promise its tier-one operator partners the world’s very best in integrity and fraud detection – with the same system deployed across the likes of UEFA, the NBA and the NHL.
Sportradar’s UFDS is considered the industry’s premium integrity bet monitoring service, identifying betting-related manipulation in sport, made possible by the product’s proprietary algorithms and constantly maintained database of odds, leveraged to detect match-fixing.
By tracking odds changes and liquidity across a wide range of markets, the UFDS is in an unrivalled position to detect irregular betting patterns in real-time.
Set to be deployed with Twain Sports’ League launch on the first of August with T-Basket, and all other future games, the integrity partnership will include auditing of the League, its rules and concepts and monitoring of every single match played.
Athlete education is also set to be introduced and will see a comprehensive induction in the integrity standards expected of all those involved.
Commenting on the launch, BetGames’ CEO Andreas Koeberl said: “The highest level of integrity has always been the foundation of our new betting offering. We see the integration of Sportradar’s industry leading FDS into Twain Sport as key layer of integrity on behalf of our operator partners – ensuring we offer the very best live sports product on the market.
“Promising high-frequency betting and low-spend extended playing sessions, we’re confident that Twain Sport will prove transformative in the industry and we can’t wait until the action kicks off in August.”
Andreas Krannich, Managing Director, Sportradar Integrity Services, added: “UFDS is the world’s best system to monitor and analyse the worldwide betting market for suspicious betting patterns. Using it, we support integrity in sport, law enforcement and state authorities to monitor, detect and analyse betting-related manipulation and other types of corruption.
“The extensive UFDS historical database and our unmatched experience mean that we are uniquely positioned to analyse and report on any relevant matter related to suspicious activity. We’re sure that with Twain Sport, we can now promise its products will be protected by some of the world’s most advanced technology.”
Set to launch with T-Basket in August 2022 and backed by some of the industry’s leading brands, Twain Sport will offer short-form, live-action across a range of custom-built arenas in selected European locations.
Created to bridge the gap in demand for increased live sport with a high-frequency entertainment format, Twain Sport will deliver head-to-head tournaments every hour – with a match every three minutes, totalling 6300 monthly.
Lithuanian Regulator Issues Fines to Gaming Strategy Group and Tete-a-Tete Casino
Lithuania’s Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued fines to Gaming Strategy Group, the operator of Betsson-owned Betsafe in the country, and Tete-a-Tete Casino.
Gaming Strategy Group was fined €25,000 for breaching rules regarding advertising after it distributed a newsletter to 10,430 customers about an online game.
Sent in February this year, the newsletter included information about the game and its features, as well as the option for players to click on links to log in to their account or to request a new password if they had forgotten their login details.
Last year, the Lithuanian government introduced a ban on range of gambling advertising, including promotional bonuses. The law on gambling prohibits the promotion of gambling through activities such as special events, test games, promotions, discounts, gifts and other incentives.
In its ruling, the Gambling Supervisory Authority said that as the newsletter’s intention was to draw attention to a gambling service and specific details about the game, including its win percentage and free spins features, this was in breach of Article 10 (19) of Lithuania’s gambling regulations (ALI).
In the case of Tete-a-Tete Casino, the Gambling Supervisory Authority issued the operator a fine of €15,000 for allowing players located outside Lithuania to gamble through its website remotely.
The regulator said this breached Article 205, Part 3, Article 201, Part 1 of the ALI as gambling with an operator licensed in Lithuania while not physically located in the country is illegal on the part of the gambling operator.
Tete-a-Tete Casino was also warned that its licence could be suspended if it does not put in place the relevant processes to halt such activity in the future. The operator has until 10 August to comply with the request.
The Gambling Supervisory Authority noted that neither decision was final, and both of the operators can appeal the rulings.
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