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The eSports movement which is not to be missed among the main discussions at CEEGC2019 Budapest

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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).

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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.

About Lyubomira Petrova

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.

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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.

Register here!

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

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D-A-CH market in focus at CEEGC2019 Budapest, updates from Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Germany

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Mainly German-speaking region in focus at CEEGC2019 Budapest!

There has always been quite a stir when it comes to discussing the D-A-CH region at the European Gaming Media and Events organized conferences, however, this time it is different.

Germany:

The industry has seen lots of news coming out about the German gambling industry during the summer and among them is the report which showed that gambling advertising spend in Germany had increased 300% in last five years, but also PayPal’s Crackdown in Germany for transactions that are tied to online gambling.

In other news, the Regional Council of Darmstadt in the German state of Hesse has issued the guidelines to apply for sports betting license in the country.

As per the new guidelines, the gambling operators seeking licenses for online sports betting in Germany will have to show that they are not associated with online casino operators or affiliates offering online casino products to locals.

The guidelines explicitly mention that the licensed online gambling operators in Germany would not be allowed to “operate or broker unauthorized gambling in Germany, either themselves or through affiliated companies, once the license has been granted.”

Austria:

IWG – the award-winning supplier of online, instant win games – has been selected to supply the Austrian Lotteries (Österreichische Lotterien) with its portfolio of games.

Following the initial launch at win2day.at, the gaming site of the Austrian Lotteries, titles from IWG’s portfolio of over 100 games will be regularly added over the coming months giving players an alternative and unique playing experience.

Other news also mention that players in Austria have filed a lawsuit against the online casino websites, reclaiming the losses incurred over a period of past two and a half years. It is estimated that players who have filed the lawsuit lost sums to the tune of €3,000 over the past two and a half years.

According to the OVWG, the reclaim is not promising: “The online operators licensed in the EU offer completely legally in Austria, because the Austrian gambling monopoly is contrary to EU law. The contracts are therefore valid and gambling losses cannot be reclaimed. The operators will defend themselves against possible lawsuits. OVWG provides its members with extensive argumentation material for this purpose”.

Liechtenstein:

Casinos Austria International will open Liechtenstein’s second casino in the Pirandello business center in Schaanwald on 25 October.

Liechtenstein saw the opening of its first casino, operated by Admiral, part of the Novomatic group, in August this year.

Local newspaper Wiener Zeitung reported that businessman Wolfgang Egger planned to open a casino near the principality’s capital city of Vaduz after the entrepreneur won the constitutional monarchy’s initial public tender for a license.

Switzerland

On Friday 5th July 2019, jackpots.ch, the online brand of Grand Casino Baden became the first legal online casino to go live in Switzerland under the new regulatory framework. It was announced earlier this year that Grand Casino Baden had made a strategic move to secure its own online destiny by investing in Gamanza, a highly promising start-up with the capacity to build a world-class platform solution.

As mentioned above, there is more to talk about the D-A-CH region than ever before and we are excited to announce that the “D-A-CH regional update compliance panel discussion will be joined by leading experts such as Hannah Kennish (Legal and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Playtech), Jessica Maier, LLM (Partner at MELCHERS law firm) and Robert Toth (Key Account Manager at Global Bet).

The compliance panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW), who is the key expert in the region when it comes to the gambling industry.

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.

You can view the profiles speakers and moderator below:

Hannah Kennish – Legal and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Playtech

Hannah Kennish is a Legal and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Playtech, the gambling industry’s leading software and services supplier, which supports operators in over 25 regulated markets worldwide.

Since joining Playtech in 2018 Hannah has been responsible for all regulatory compliance matters in newly-regulated markets, including Switzerland, Sweden and is leading Playtech’s license applications in various states in the USA.  Hannah also focuses on Playtech BGT Sports compliance, which includes retail sports betting operations in Austria and Germany.

Hannah has a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Laws LL.M in International Corporate Legal Practice from the University of Law, London.

Jessica Maier, LLM – Partner at MELCHERS law firm

Jessica is a partner with MELCHERS law firm in Germany. She advises clients on all aspects of gambling law with a focus on regulation, licensing and compliance. She has been involved in regulatory due diligence reviews in the context of corporate acquisitions and provides strategic advice to her clients. Jessica is experienced in lobbying and regularly contributes to industry publications. She is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and Global Gaming Women (GGW).

Robert Toth – Key Account Manager at Global Bet

Robert Toth started in the iGaming industry more than 10 years ago. He joined Global Bet in 2012, where he was responsible for high profile customer accounts, during a period of considerable business growth. Currently, he is managing the company’s various aspects of business development, project coordination, and account management.

He has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the gaming industry and his exceptional interpersonal skills enabled him to bring together his business experience from across all continents. As one of the pioneers in virtual gaming development, he is one of the few people in the industry with sufficient in-depth know-how regarding virtual sports-related matters.

The company he works for, Global Bet, is the biggest independent provider for virtual sports, with an in-house team of expert developers and award-winning 3d artists. With customers on all continents, Global Bet provides a fully customized Virtual Sports portfolio of more than 15 sports and number games. Global Bet offers a broad portfolio of games, including everything from Football and Tennis to Basketball, Horse and Greyhound races.

Dr. Simon Planzer – Partner at PLANZER LAW (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.

Browse the official event website for more details: 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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