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Post-Event: The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards (MARE BALTICUM) sets a precedent in the region

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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:

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.

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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.

You can view the full official image gallery on the following link:

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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.

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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

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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.

The team is already working hard on our next events and we look forward to seeing you 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 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 zoltan.tundik@europeangaming.eu or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

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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Playson teams up with TOPsport

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Slot supplier to provide titles to Lithuania’s leading operator

 

Casino software developer Playson has cemented its position in the Baltic states after agreeing a direct integration with online sportsbook and casino TOPsport.

The number one operator in Lithuania will receive a host of top-performing games including the supplier’s Timeless Fruit titles.

Players at the site will also be able to enjoy access to more than 50 proven hits such as Book of Gold: Double Chance, Wild Warriors, and Crystal Crush.

Blanka Homor, Sales Manager at Playson, said: “We are extremely excited about this new partnership with the leading Lithuanian operator TOPsport. This deal is very much in line with our strategic move to expand further in regulated markets.

“We have new games and innovative features that we are excited about releasing to the market in the coming months.”

Gintaras Staniulis, CEO at TOPsport, said: “As a supplier, Playson have a great range of titles which appeal to a wide variety of players. As the leading operator in Lithuania, we want to assure that our players receive the best casino content, as they always did since gaming was added to TOPsport. This is a very positive development for us, it is going to help us to sustain number one position in Lithuania and we look forward to working with them as they roll out their back catalogue and add new hits.”

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Urve Palo Becomes the New CEO of Novoloto

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Urve Palo, the former Estonian minister of population and ethnic affairs, has become the new executive director of the Novoloto. Novoloto is part of the Austrian holding Novomatic AG, one of the largest manufacturers of hardware and software for slot machines in the world.

“Novomatic is not only one of the largest companies in its field in the world, but also an innovative and socially responsible enterprise. My main goal is to maintain a level worthy of a parent company in Estonia and to increase Novoloto’s market share. In Estonia, Novoloto wants to be a good employer for more than 300 employees,” Urve Palo said.

Novoloto operates 22 gambling halls throughout Estonia. Palo announced her intention to end her political career in July last year. From April 2007 until May 2009, she served as Estonian Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs. She also served as the Minister of Entrepreneurship in Taavi Rõivas’ second cabinet.

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Matching Visions Opens Shop in Lithuania

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It’s official, Matching Visions have opened their doors in Lithuania! With offices situated in Malta and Denmark, Matching Visions decided to broaden their horizons further by opening an office in Lithuania.

This began due to the company hiring quite a few Lithuanian employees and felt the need to grow at a speedy rate. First to join the Matching Visions team was Agnė Galvelytė in 2018. This opened the doors to the idea of hiring more people and opening an office.

Running the office in Lithuania, will be Matching Visions brand new hire, Alanas Ivšinas. This top affiliate manager joins Matching Visions from the successful Oddschecker Global Media. This is what he had to say:

“After few amazing years at Oddschecker Global Media (ex. iBus Media), it is time for me to take a new step and pursue other career opportunities in the gambling industry. Most in the gaming industry are very well aware about one of the best affiliate networks – Matching Visions, and knowing Dennis personally, made the decision that much easier to make the move.

Lithuania is an amazing country, known for its talented people who are looking for their next steps in the international market. There is no doubt that this market can help Matching Visions create some new ideas and find new opportunities.”

Currently, there are 4 great Lithuanian employees working for Matching Visions and we can only imagine this will strengthen them in many industries. What did, CEO, Dennis Dyhr-Hansen have to say?

“We are always on the look out for the best opportunities. Opening an office in Lithuania was definitely the next step for us as our team is growing quite quickly. We have secured a great spot and are pleased to announce the joining of Alanas Ivšinas to our team.

We have also hired some other great Lithuanian employees and can only see more success on the horizon!”
Matching Visions have officially opened their doors and are looking forward to conquering more in the future!

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