eSport experts share essential information about unique moment in the online gambling industry at CEEGC 2019.
An incredible growth for eSports betting between 2019 and 2026 with is predicted with key players such as Pinnacle Sports, Bet365 Sport, 888 Sport, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Betway and Betfair, all lining up for their fair share.
There is no doubt that the target audience is the new generation, the millennials, for whom this is clearly a turning point in history of online gambling. Just by taking a look at the winners of the most popular eSports events in 2019, we can see that these players have won more prize money than the traditional sports like golf and tennis.
For example, the winners of Dota 2’s The International 2019 and the Fortnite World Cup were paid more per-player than the winners of Wimbledon and The Masters this year.
With more support than ever being thrown behind aspiring esports athletes, it might not be too long before more young people recognize Johan “N0tail” Sundstein than they do Novak Djokovic. While the treatment of players in eSports still requires some work – one needs to look no further than Tfue’s dispute with FaZe Clan to see that there are still plenty of missteps involved in growing the scene – it is without a doubt a fixture of sports in general now.
As esports becomes a more legitimate pursuit for young people who find they have a natural ability at competitive games, it is entirely possible a much bigger influx of talent to enter the scene over the next few years.
Coming back to the industry, just a couple of days ago, ISFE, the Brussels-based organisation representing Europe’s video games industry and the European leaders of the global eSports industry have united to launch ISFE Esports, a new group that brings together the key stakeholders and major players of one of the fastest-growing and most exciting industries in the world, with a global community of hundreds of millions of people who actively play, compete in, or watch eSports each year.
Video games publishers, developers and their communities are the very foundation of eSports. Their games and players generate an ecosystem that includes media services, tournament organisers, teams, professional players and fans. ISFE’s sister organisations in the U.S. (ESA), Canada (ESAC) and Australia and New Zealand (IGEA), are proud to support the launch of ISFE Esports and to be part of a global alliance with a united voice to represent the eSports industry.
At the 2019 edition of CEEGC Budapest, which will take place on the 24th of September, we are bringing together some of the most influential companies of the gambling industry from all spheres and among the compliance, tech and several vertical related discussions, you can find “The eSports movement which is not to be missed” panel discussion.
The topic of the panel discussion is not first at European Gaming Media and Events organized conferences, however this is the first time it is exclusively dedicated for the niche.
The panel discussion will be joined by experts from both sides of the eSports and marketing industries and fresh views about the project will be presented by Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay), Cédric Schlosser (Board Member of the Swiss eSports Federation) and Oleg Profatylo (Chief Strategy Officer at Digital Choo – DC).
The discussion will be moderated under the professional guidance of Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW).
Please see below the bios of the moderator and the speakers of the panel discussion.
About Dr. Simon Planzer (panel moderator)
Dr. Simon Planzer is a partner at PLANZER LAW, a Zurich-based gaming law boutique.
PLANZER LAW’s team provides strategic, regulatory and legal advice to companies, regulators and other stakeholders across all areas of the gaming and entertainment industry.
The firm’s primary focus is on EU/EEA gaming law, compliance issues such as AML as well as Swiss gaming law and related commercial, corporate and financial matters.
Dr. Simon Planzer is General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. An alumnus of the College of Europe, he specialised early on in EU affairs and gaming law, working at the EFTA Court, the legal service of the EFTA Secretariat and as research fellow in European business law.
Dr. Simon Planzer is the author of the monograph (PhD) ‘Empirical Views on European Gambling Law and Addiction’(2014) and the book chapter ‘Gambling Law’ in The Handbook of EEA Law (2016), both published by Springer International Publishing. Simon also works as a Lecturer in Law at the University of St.Gallen where he teaches European Economic Law. He studied and did research i.a. at Harvard University, the College of Europe and the European University Institute.
Dr. Simon Planzer, founding partner of PLANZER LAW has recently received the recognition from Chambers & Partners and has been listed as a global gaming law expert. Clients and firms across many practice areas and geographies have trusted Chambers’ research for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Simon Planzer, founder of Planzer Law, is endorsed by interviewees (Chambers & Partners) as “absolutely excellent” and “the top Swiss lawyer” for gaming. He is actively involved in the shaping of gaming regulations in Switzerland, regularly interacting with the authorities, as well as providing regulatory advice to private clients. Based in Zürich, he is additionally active representing fantasy sports companies. Make sure that you are among the delegates of CEEGC Budapest this year for a new and engaging format that is going to increase the engagement and interaction of the attending delegates.
Lyubomira Petrova is the Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay and has been with the company for a few years now, learning and experiencing what eSports is all about.
Leading UltraPlay’s marketing team, Lyubomira uses her extensive knowledge and experience in communication to position and expand the company’s brand and key messages to diverse audiences.
About Oleg Profatylo
Oleg is the Chief Strategy Officer of Digital Choo (DC) marketing agency. An expert with 10-year experience in development and implementation of complex 360° international projects, both for the mass market and niche categories. In his opinion, the strategy aimed at addressing business development objectives first and foremost is the key to success.
At Digital Choo, Oleg Profatylo is responsible for developing strategic business guidelines and coordinating the work of agency’s teams (digital, analytical, creative, PR and others) to effectively achieve the clients’ business goals.
About Cédric Schlosser
Cédric has founded the esports team mYinsanity 10 years ago. After building the worlds most successful Starcraft 2 team, he created MYI Entertainment, the first esports agency in Switzerland. Building event, LAN-Parties with over 2’000 players and countless client projects MYI employs 18 full-time staff today based in Bern, Switzerland. As a board member of the Swiss Esports Federation, he helps to build and shape Swiss esports.
Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu
About the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference
The Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards (CEEGC & CEEG Awards) has been launched in 2016 with the aim of bringing together gambling industry professionals, executives, and government representatives.
Every year, +125 like-minded delegates have the opportunity to discuss collaboration opportunities, learn about compliance updates and harvest the tech & marketing related information which is presented by industry leaders from the ever-evolving international gambling industry community.
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 here: www.ceegc.eu
About the organizer, European Gaming Media and Events
European Gaming Media and Events is a leading media and boutique event organizer company in Europe and produces the prominent conferences in the region such as:
- CEEGC (Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference)
- CEEG Awards (Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards)
- Prague Gaming Summit
- Mare Balticum Gaming Summit
- Baltic and Scandinavia Gaming Awards
- EGC (European Gaming Congress)
- VIGE (Vienna International Gaming Expo)
The live events/conference division is in charge of organizing boutique style executive gaming events that focus on bringing inside information from the top gaming experts in the European Union and beyond.
In short, they cover most areas of Europe with international events that serve the local and global industry, optimize networking opportunities and bring the hottest topics into scope.
The event destinations in 2019 will include a further expansion for the company in their quest to enter the Western European region and bring their expertise to produce local gaming events.
For more details about the calendar, agendas and locations, visit the Live Events/Conferences section on europeangaming.eu
European Gaming Events in 2020, Sustainability, Gender Diversity and Goals for 2025
We are announcing major developments and implementations for the upcoming years.
We are ready to reveal the calendar of events for 2020 and also some of the major developments we will be implementing in the upcoming years.
The 2020 Calendar
First off, in 2020, we are once again organizing 4 conferences in different regions, each one targeting a different audience and topics.
The already confirmed dates and conferences for which you can already register are:
- Prague Gaming Summit – 6 March 2020 – Register here
- MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit and the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards – 7 May 2020 – Register here
The confirmed conferences and proposed dates for the second semester are:
- CEEGC and CEEG Awards Budapest – Proposed date: 29 September 2020 – Pre-Register here
- European Gaming Congress and the Southern European Gaming Awards – Proposed date: 5 November 2020 – Athens, Greece – Pre-Register here
We are also happy to reveal the plans which include the implementation of measures that will make us further stand out from all gambling industry and non-gambling industry conferences in Europe.
The first measures have been added to have a positive impact on the environment and respect the principles of sustainable development. The action taking is the direct result of a two-year experiment which was observed by our team at European Gaming Media and Events.
“Starting with 2019, we have experimented with recycling the badges, lanyards, flyers, magazines and have seen that it was well taken by our delegates. While our conferences are boutique style and are capped at 125-150 delegates, we have managed to save up to 45% from the lanyards which were later washed and cleaned by eco-friendly washing services, then reused at later conferences. We encourage large event organizers to also try and take action as it is certainly a good way of preserving our ecosystem. We are also encouraging sponsors to opt for earth-friendly when it comes to promotional materials.” commented Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.
While recycling and reusing certain materials at the conferences are important steps towards achieving sustainability, the team is also sending a clear message about how conference organizers can directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity.
“Starting 2018, we have asked the delegates to fill out a field when registering in which they would state their dietary need and we are amazed to see that the choice of plant-based foods has risen with 30% in 2019. While some might argue at this point, but meat-eating is one of the biggest environmental hazards facing our planet. So, for 2020 we decided to go for a fully plant-based menu at all our conferences and we are happy to say that we have the full support of the venues which think that is a great idea and already working on delicious plant-based meals for our delegates to enjoy in Prague, Tallinn, Budapest, and Athens” added Zoltán.
In 2020, the programs of the conferences will also embrace the subject of Gender Diversity in the gambling industry and will have special panel discussions in which female leaders and role models are invited to join the evolving conversation of achieving true equality within the sector.
Those interested to join the Gender Diversity panel discussions are invited to send an email to [email protected] in order to be included.
Goals for 2025 are HIPTHER
European Gaming Media and Events will join sister brand PICANTE Media and Events under a parent brand which further expands the exposure palette of services the company offers.
The parent brand is titled HIPTHER Agency and starting from November 2019 the platform serves as a gateway for ticket/delegate pass purchasing for events organized under both brands, press release service contracting, outsourcing and more. For more details, visit hipther.agency
Under HIPTHER Agency, we will organize 6 conferences (4 gambling + 2 in tech) in 2020 and the future plans include launching several more in order to reach a minimum of 12 conferences yearly by 2025. Among the future plans, we are also planning expansion into North America and Asia.
With this occasion, we are now offering investment opportunities to those interested in helping us implement further projects that are in the pipeline. For more details contact [email protected]
Post-Event CEEGC2019 Budapest: Another one for the history books
CEEGC gets better every year and possibilities for learning and networking are endless!
The 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest took place over two weeks ago at luxurious Ritz-Carlton Budapest and we would like to thank all speakers, delegates, guests and last but not least the supporters of the event!
The 2019 edition of the conference recorded 14 sponsors and most of them have already shown interest in the 2020 edition. The big thank you goes to the following supporters of CEEGC Budapest:
- Iforium – MAIN STAGE SPONSOR
- SBTech – LANYARDS SPONSOR
- UltraPlay – REGISTRATION SPONSOR
- BDK Advokati – BALKAN REGULATORY SPONSOR
- PLANZER LAW – EUROPEAN REGULATORY SPONSOR
- TAL RON, DRIHEM & CO LAW FIRM – LEGAL AND BANKING SPONSOR
- Digital Choo (DC) – DELEGATES BAG SPONSOR
- BETEGY – TECHNOLOGICAL SPONSOR
- BtoBet – DIGITAL SPONSOR
- Altenar – PEN, PAPER AND PAMPER SPONSOR
- NSoft – GENERAL SPONSOR
- Digitain – GENERAL SPONSOR
- Netshop ISP – GENERAL SPONSOR
- Magellan Robotech (Stanleybet Group) – GENERAL SPONSOR
“We are happy to say that CEEGC Budapest has now truly become the traditional yearly autumn conference and we love seeing the happy faces at the conference. We are also happy about the support we received by the sponsors and I have to tell you that 14 is a pretty high number for a boutique-style conference. This support enables us to further increase the quality of the conference and we will continue to bring this opportunity year by year in Budapest” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.
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The conference brought together compliance experts, leading gambling industry operators, marketing experts and several service providers from the Central and Eastern European region, the Baltics, the D-A-CH region, but also from several other European regions.
The agenda of the conference included several panel discussions, an exclusive IMGL MasterClass about North America, a unique and informative keynote presentation, a fireside chat and several networking opportunities.
The attending delegates had the unique opportunity to hear the recent updates and enjoy networking sessions with some of the leading names of the industry. You can find the full list of speakers below at the end of this press release!
The audio recordings of the panel discussions are available for European Gaming PREMIUM Members.
During the 4th edition of CEEGC Budapest, attending delegates also had the opportunity to decide the winners in the 20 categories of CEEG Awards 2019 (Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards).
As in earlier years, the winners were announced in the final session of the conference, after the secret vote casted by the attending delegates. You can view the full list of the winners per each category on the following link.
Special thank you goes to the presenters of the awards for their professionalism, Kamila Spalińska (WH Partners – Polish Desk) and Dan Iliovici (ROMBET)
Congratulations to all the winners and the organizers look forward to welcoming you back in 2020!
The next edition of CEEGC Budapest will be held in September 2020, you can Pre-Register here to get the latest notification about the official date, location, and speaking possibilities.
The team is already working hard on the next events and the look forward to seeing you soon in Milan for the second edition European Gaming Congress!
Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of CEEGC Budapest:
“We had an excellent time at the CEEGC networking and participating in the payment discussion panel. Not only was it a great chance to catch up with some of the CEE region’s major players, but also to stay on top of such a dynamic region’s evolving trends and developments.” – Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming, OKTO
“CEEGC in Budapest 2019 was my first of hopefully many European Gaming Media events. Combining a balanced and interesting range of topics presented by quality speakers and an excellent networking environment, the organizers did a great job of demonstrating that they know what they are doing to make a great conference.” – Jessica Maier, LLM, Partner at MELCHERS law firm
“CEEGC 2019 was a very well organized event that included multiple great panels with some of the industry experts discussing the trends across different markets and gaming verticals. Moreover, this event offered excellent networking opportunities with a wide range of representatives from the industry, including operators, providers, suppliers, and regulatory experts. I will definitely attend next year because events like this one add a lot of value to the work I do at Trustly and allow me to stay up to date with the industry changes but also create new collaborations and partnerships.” – Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly
“Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at CEEGC 2019 in Budapest. I speak at a lot of conferences over the years and this was very well done and one of the best. It was well organized, substantive, great venue and excellent networking.” – Bill Pascrell, III, Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
“CEEGC is an event every serious gaming and betting industry expert from the region has to add to her/his calendar. With an agenda full of valuable content and many key professionals from the market gathered in one place, it is a conference you cannot miss.” – Jakub Myszkorowski (Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE)
“For us at Inplaynet, it is important to get the latest information and take the pulse of the whole betting market from other companies. At the conference which European Gaming organizes, we always have the possibility to get a meeting at the meeting. The family atmosphere you create give us the possibility to find and create relationships, while also having the opportunity directly contact, give information and get information for and from the whole market.” – Deniz Yildirim, Co-Founder, and Shareholder at Inplaynet
“The event is a great opportunity to get deep insights about the regulations and the markets in the area.” – Domenico Mazzola, Commercial Director at Altenar
“I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be a delegate at CEEGC 2019, already looking forward to 2020 :)” – Natalia Černáková, Compliance Officer at SYNOT Games
The lectures and industry insight during the conference were given 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), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Petrica Soptelea (EEME Senior Sales & Account Manager at Magellan Robotech), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection Officer at NSoft), Luka Popović (Partner at BDK Advokati), Alex Kornilov (CEO at BETEGY), Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest), Ewa Lejman (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners), Andrei Andronic (General Counsel at Playson), Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar), Dr. Alan Littler (Gaming Lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen), Robert Dowling (Chief Commercial Officer at Singular), Michele Magro (Chief Counsel – Policy & International Affairs for the Malta Gaming Authority), Hannah Kennish (Legal and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Playtech), Jessica Maier, LLM (Partner at MELCHERS LAW FIRM), Robert Toth (Key Account Manager at Global Bet), Cédric Schlosser (Board Member of the Swiss eSports Federation), Lyubomira Petrova (Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay), Oleg Profatylo (Chief Strategy Officer at Digital Choo), Bill Pascrell, III (Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.), Andrew Cochrane (Chief Development Officer at SBTech), Ilkim Hincer (Partner at McCarthy Tetrault), Jeremy Kleiman (Partner at the New Jersey law firm of Saiber LLC), Vasilije Lekovic (Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly), Simon Dorsen (Director of Gaming at OKTO), and last but not least Max Krupyshev (CEO at CoinsPaid).
Special gratitude is also extended to the panel moderators for keeping the discussions flowing and educative:
Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm), Joe Ewens (Managing Editor of GamblingCompliance), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), and last but not least Tiago Aprigio (CEO at All-in Global)
For further inquiries about the 2020 edition of CEEGC and CEEG Awards, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to [email protected] or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.
CEEG AWARDS: Magellan Robotech – Stanleybet GROUP WINS “Best Lottery Service Provider”
Great success of Magellan Robotech, the B2B brand of Stanleybet Group, a company that creates gaming solutions for gambles and virtual 3D games, at the fourth edition of the CEEG Awards, among the most important in the industry of the game, held on the 24th of September at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Budapest. In fact, the brand won the coveted “Best Lottery Service Provider” award, beating fierce competition.
The whole group was enthusiastic, in particular Christian Maglia, the company’s new sales director: «Receiving this award is a source of great pride and satisfaction for us. Magellan Robotech and Stanleybet Group are firmly focused on Central and Eastern Europe. Our presence in Romania, Croatia and soon Serbia, Bulgaria and Poland confirms it. The success of our numerical games and lotteries is confirmed with the CEEG Award “Best Lottery Service Provider”.
After the success in Romania and Croatia, we aim to bring over 80 lotteries available, as well as Keno and Greek Keno also in Africa, Latin America and in the European countries where it will be allowed. I also would like to congratulate – concluded Maglia – with the organizers of the CEEG, in particular Zoltan Tundik, who have shown great professionalism bringing this event dedicated to the Central and Eastern European market to the highest levels in the sector ».
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