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Bulgarian gambling industry becoming more and more interesting for international companies

Zoltan Tundik

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EGT Interactive Legal Counsel / Compliance Manager to share industry insight about the Bulgarian market at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

Recent headlines in the gambling industry media outlets have reported that the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance has appointed Alexander Georgiev as the new Head of Bulgaria’s State Gambling Commission, however, there has been quite a few movements in the region that need mentioning.

The former head, Maria Filipova, is appointed as the deputy chairman of the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) and is now in charge of the Investment Activity Supervision Division.

The naming of the new and now former Head of Bulgaria’s State Gambling Commission comes after the dismissal of Ohnemir Mitev, who was accused by media publications in regards to the commissions’ inaction against the aggressive advertising of gambling on national televisions.

Besides the shifts in the state-wide industry management, there have been quite a few large names mentioned that have entered the market or established strategic offices.

Kambi Group plc is now powering the international sports betting expansion of Bulgaria’s National Lottery JSC after the two companies strengthened their partnership by signing an extended sportsbook agreement.

The new deal which is already in effect enables Kambi to continue to provide its Sportsbook and managed services to the National Lottery JSC’s 7777.bg brand in Bulgaria and in addition, support the operator’s planned entry into Moldova this summer.

Scientific Games has also successfully launched the first in a series of online slot games with National Lottery Bulgaria and within 24 hours following the initial launch of nine player-favorite digital games, the games generated over a half million Euros in sales.

Scientific Games’ partnership with National Lottery Bulgaria builds on the Company’s presence in regulated European gaming markets, where it is reaching new players with a portfolio of immersive online games. The launch in Bulgaria included globally renowned favorites like 88 Fortunes®, Giant’s Gold®, and Rainbow Riches™. Scientific Games plans to launch more titles with National Lottery Bulgaria in 2019 to entertain a broader audience and drive player engagement.

Microgaming, one of the industry’s leading software providers, is also now live with National Lottery AD to provide its award-winning poker platform in Bulgaria.

The major poker deal, signed through Prima Networks Limited, marks the first time that Microgaming’s poker network has been made available in the Bulgarian market. The move is in line with Microgaming’s strategic goal of continuing to expand its presence in key regulated markets.

All these movements are recorded on the supplier side, however, when we examine the operators’ side, it is a totally different story. However, this doesn’t mean that the industry isn’t booming at the moment in Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry’s (BTAMOI) has reported in at the end of 2018 that the country’s online gaming revenues showed a growth in the last financial year. The industry paid €57 million in taxes to the government, which corresponds to a 17 percent rise year on year. BTAMOI said in a press release: “For the period 2017/2018 the gaming industry in Bulgaria has shown very good results at a national level, based on the country’s upward economic performance.”

The online gambling segment in Bulgaria represents about 10 percent of the country’s total gambling market. The segment posted revenue of €89 million in the nine months to September 30, a spike of 30 percent compared to the figure same time last year.

At the 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, which takes place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, Georgi Dimitrov, Legal Counsel / Compliance Manager at EGT Interactive will join the “Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion and share the latest insights on the subject and how Bulgaria can be a good opportunity for operators to expand in regulated markets.

About Georgi Dimitrov

Georgi Dimitrov is a legal counsel at EGT Interactive Ltd., with a focus on legal, regulatory and technical compliance matters related to the iGaming industry. He specializes in international gambling regulation and provides guidance on licensing and certification frameworks, policy drafting, and compliance processes. His line of work involves communication with local stakeholders in the business such as testing labs, regulators and operators. He has background in company structuring, M&A, business and corporate development and extensive expertise in competition law. As a lawyer, he has advised the Bulgarian operations of large-scale corporate clients and public authorities.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

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Browse the official event website here: www.ceegc.eu

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NetShop Internet Services – Leading Data Center Provider announced as General Sponsor at CEEGC 2019

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Leading Data Center Provider announced as General Sponsor at CEEGC2019 Budapest!

 

The 4th edition of CEEGC (The Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference) is breaking all records in terms of support and there is no doubt that we need to supplement the seats.

As announced in earlier press releases, the location of the conference is The Ritz-Carlton Budapest and the date is set for the 24th of September. If you haven’t marked this in your calendar, you best do it now and secure your seat now!

Do not miss out in this unique opportunity to meet some of the biggest names of the online and land-based gambling industry from all around Europe with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe, North America, D-A-CH region and the Balkans.

With so many companies lined up as sponsors, we are honored to welcome NetShop Internet Services as General Sponsor in the impressive list of supporting companies.

Kateryna Nechaieva, Sales & Partnerships Executive at NetShop ISP, stated: “This year’s CEEGC iGaming Conference is a milestone for NetShop ISP as it signals the Company’s global expansion worldwide, with key Data Center locations in countries with newly formed iGaming legislation framework. We are excited to Sponsor the CEEGC 2019 and looking forward to share our news with all participants!

Register now and meet the NetShop team at CEEGC2019!

About NetShop Internet Services – Leading Data Center Provider

NetShop Internet Services Ltd is a leading Data Center Provider n with a privately-owned infrastructure in more than 9 Datacenters in Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom, and Los Angeles.

With more than a decade of presence in the iGaming industry, NetShop ISP is today, one of the most preferred choices for Startups, B2C and B2B Operators, iGaming Suppliers and Payment Providers. Our wide range of IT services includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • Colocation
  • Bare-metal Dedicated Servers Leasing
  • Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Hybrid Cloud, SaaS and PaaS Platforms
  • High-availability & Disaster Recovery Solutions
  • Technical Documentation Drafting
  • IT Audit Assistance
  • DataCenter Managed Services

In September 2019, NetShop ISP is officially going to be present at the CEEGC2019 in Budapest where will have the chance to present the igaming oriented hosting solutions to the participants of the event.

The Company has been Nominated for the Award of the “Best iGaming Service Provider” at the CEEG Awards 2019.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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BtoBet Shortlisted For Esports at CEEG Awards 2019

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Sabrina Solda: “Pleased to be considered as one of the main contributors in the region for a market with immense potential”

BtoBet is pleased to note that it has been shortlisted in the Best Overall eSports Service Provider for this year’s Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards.

Sabrina Soldà, BtoBet’s Chief Marketing Officer, stated that BtoBet is always keen on improving its provision of iGaming technology to online casino and bookmakers alike, and the fact to be shortlisted in this important category demonstrates not only the validity but also the level of excellence of its core technology.

Soldà further added that eSports is surely one of the industry’s most interesting verticals, with its year-on-year increments making it the fastest growing market in the industry. “I perceive enormous growth in regards to eSports in the short to medium term, especially with the ever increasing use of smartphones and social media, which directly result in increased player engagement in this vertical.

“At BtoBet we do not only understand the true potential of this market, but more importantly what the players themselves want, and thus are always evolving our products to augment engagement and enhance the user experience.”

The CEEG Awards aim to reward the hard work of gaming software suppliers, operators and service providers that are active in the Central and Eastern European region. BtoBet will look forward to the 24th of September to find out the winners that will be announced at the exclusive event that will be held at The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest.

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Petrica Soptelea (EEME Senior Sales & Account Manager at Magellan Robotech) to share CEE operator experience at CEEGC2019

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Here more from Leading expert in Sales, Marketing and Operations Management at CEEGC2019 Budapest!

 

We are excited to announce that the “Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion will be joined by Petrica Soptelea (EEME Senior Sales & Account Manager at Magellan Robotech), who will bring the opinion from the operations side of the gambling industry in the region.

As announced earlier, the panel discussion will be moderated by Gambling Industry Expert and MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit Ambassador, Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm) and will be joined by Dan Iliovici (Vice President at Rombet), Georgi Dimitrov (Legal Counsel / Compliance at EGT Interactive), Jan Řehola (Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal) and Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert).

Petrica Soptelea started his career in Sales, Marketing and Operations Management working for international companies like Coca Cola, European Drinks, Air Liquide.

He joined Stanley Leisure PLC in 2003. At that time, Stanleybet was the United Kingdom’s largest casino operator and fourth-largest operator of betting shops.

In more of 15 years of career in Stanleybet he covered different roles at Global level. He lead operations in Romania as General manager in Romania, in Cyprus as Country Manager and in Peru with a development role.

Petrica recently joined the Software Company of the Group, Magellan Robotech, becoming part of the Commercial team managed by the new CCO Christian Maglia.

While continuing to provide expertise to the Group for the Retail operations, the new focus as Senior Sales & Account Manager is on the B2B aspects of the business. Magellan Robotech as betting software provider is becoming one of the most important investments for Stanleybet Group, having already acquired customers in several European countries, but also approaching new markets in Africa and in Latin America.

The 2019 edition of CEEGC Budapest takes place on the 24th of September at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest and welcomes some of the biggest names of the online and land-based gambling industry from all around Europe with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe, North America, D-A-CH region and the Balkans.

Secure your seat now!

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

 

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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