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SKS365 At European Gaming Congress: “Responsibility, Awareness And Common Sensitivity Are The Answers Against Prohibitions And Prejudices In Italian Gaming Industry”

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SKS365’s Senior Strategic Advisor, Maurizio Bernardo.
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Maurizio Bernardo (Senior Strategic Advisor) and Francesco Gaziano (Chief Marketing Officer & Country Manager Italy) engaged in the first Italian edition of the EGC

Milan, november 8, 2019Italy in the European Gaming Congress spotlight. The international event this year dedicated an entire day to gaming in Italy to open the debate about the state of the art in the political, regulatory, technological and economic sphere, with the contribution of some of the most authoritative names in the international market.

Almost physiological, this year, the choice to bring together operators, shareholders, professionals, service providers and management from all over Europe in Italy, given the excitement and uncertainties of the last few months. For this reason, in the planning of the event, the main debates were Focus on Italy (compliance panel discussion) and Marketing for Operators in Regulated Markets, which saw the respective participation of Maurizio Bernardo (SKS365’s Senior Strategic Advisor) and Francesco Gaziano (SKS365’s Chief Marketing Officer and Country Manager Italy).

In public gaming market and actors are in continuous and rapid evolution, so it’s necessary aim for a single and widespread regulation, in order to penetrate the territory through management and control actions by the institutions and of the Authorities all and, in this sense, the Municipalities could play a fundamental role – said Bernardo in his morning speech, focused on the consequences of the Dignity Decree and on the lack of effect of the distance meterThe role of the Municipalities is essential for a framework law governing the location of sales outlets in the area. An perfect machine, which considers the different needs and all local and national actors, could even be able to feed itself: just think of what it could mean to include the Municipalities and local authorities in the revenue, aiming to establish a virtuous circle in which part of the revenue could be used for the prevention of gambling addiction and for responsible gaming training.

In the afternoon, it was Gaziano‘s turn to intervene on the aspect most linked to the operators: “In a context where communication activities are drastically reduced, we must focus on the recognition and reliability of the product on the one hand, and on an ethical approach and aware at all levels, especially at the physical level – continued Gaziano, referring to the importance of retail for the identity of each operator – Today more than in the past it is necessary to ‘put your face’, which in this case means to present ourselves to the customers throughout the national territory. Therefore we could not miss this meeting to make our voice heard also in such a crucial phase for the Italian market and beyond, given that this European Gaming Congress is the evidence that the importance of the Made in Italy industry goes well beyond the borders of our Country.

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Post-Event European Gaming Congress 2019 Milan: Quality Networking, Interesting Discussions and Destination Athens 2020

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EGC2019 Milan a huge success, announcing Athens as the destination of the 2020 edition!

The second edition of the European Gaming Congress (EGC) took last month on the 8th of November at Radisson Blu Milan and gathered +110 high-level delegates from around Europe, including official delegations from Cyprus, Malta, and South Korea.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2019 edition for their support and here are the companies for which we are thankful:

NetEnt – MAIN STAGE SPONSOR

SBTech – LANYARDS SPONSOR

PLANZER LAW – EUROPEAN REGULATORY SPONSOR

TAL RON, DRIHEM & CO LAW FIRM – LEGAL AND BANKING SPONSOR

BETEGY – TECHNOLOGICAL SPONSOR

BtoBet – DIGITAL SPONSOR

Altenar – PEN, PAPER AND PAMPER SPONSOR

NSoft – GENERAL SPONSOR

Netshop ISP – GENERAL SPONSOR

The 2019 edition of the conference recorded 9 sponsors and most of them have already confirmed their support for the 2020 edition.

“European Gaming Congress is here to stay and we are happy that the platform has received so much encouragement by leading brands, regulators and government officials coming all the way from Asia. We are happy that the second edition was a sold-out event and the information which was shared by some of the biggest names of the industry has reached so many interested delegates. We are already planning for the 2020 edition and make sure to pre-register in order to receive the updates”, stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

Based on the survey which was filled out by 68% of the delegates, the conference will move to Athens, Greece in 2020 and the proposed date of the conference is the 5th of November. The venue will be disclosed at the beginning of next year and the organizers look forward to greeting delegates in new European capital in a market that will probably be highlighted in many news.

You can view the full official image gallery on the following link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJqP3u8

The conference brought together compliance experts, regulators, leading gambling industry operators, marketing experts and several service providers from Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, South Korea, the Baltics, the D-A-CH region, but also from several other European regions.

The agenda of the conference included several panel discussions, and an exclusive IMGL MasterClass which was titled as “Ideal connection and communication between regulators and the industry” and was joined by Ioanna Fiakkou (Chairwoman of the National Betting Authority Cyprus), Michele Magro (Chief Counsel – Policy & International Affairs for the Malta Gaming Authority), Maarten Haijer (Secretary-General of the European Gaming and Betting Association – EGBA), Quirino Mancini (Partner at Tonucci & Partners) and Andrew Cochrane (Chief Development Officer at SBTech).

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 second edition of EGC, attending delegates also had the opportunity to decide the winners in the 26 categories of inaugural SEG Awards (Southern European Gaming Awards).

Special thank you goes to the presenters of the awards for their professionalism, Julia Peeva-Sertov (CEO at Amusnet Gaming) and Andrius Gabnys (Founder at Gabnys Law Firm).

As in other awards ceremonies hosted by our team, the winners were announced in the final session of the conference, after the secret vote cast by the attending delegates. You can view the full list of the winners per each category on the following link.

Congratulations to all the winners and the organizers look forward to welcoming you back in 2020!

Make sure to also subscribe to the social media channels of the conference for continuous updates regarding the 2020 event: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Page, LinkedIn Group.

The next edition of EGC will be held in November 2020 in Athens, you can Pre-Register here to get the latest notification about the official date, location, and speaking possibilities.

We are already working hard on the next events and the look forward to seeing you soon in Prague or Tallinn! More details about the upcoming events calendar can be found here.

Here are a few of the testimonials that have left by the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of European Gaming Congress which was held in Milan:

The event appeared very interesting for me in terms of networking opportunities. The first panel was in-depth analyses of the Italian regulatory regime and it was very useful. I am planning to attend the next event as well.” – Polina Nedyalkova – Business Development Manager at EGT Interactive

I was attending the European Gaming Congress in Milan last week. It was a great pleasure for me to take part in this event. I met a lot of people. I took part in a panel discussion about marketing on the regulated markets. I told a lot about Parimatch practices regarding that. I heard a lot about GDPR in the European Union and in the advertising industry. I heard about the practices of Italians and other countries. Thank you for the great possibilities to take part in such an event. Thanks to organizers. See you soon at other events.” – Ivan Liashenko – Chief Marketing Officer at Parimatch

The best way to describe EGC in Milan is with Paul J. Meyers quote: ‘Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.’ Thanks again to Zoltan for another great event with high-quality attendees.” – Melanie Hainzer – Marketing Manager at Wildz

EGC is a boutique event pitched at influencer level delegates and of the size and structure that facilitates open discussion and engagement, thoroughly informative and enjoyable.” – Graham Luke – Gaming Industry Consultant – Marathonbet

Nice mingle between regulators and the industry. A great chance to share views with key players and have a grasp on the most recent developments of the industry.”  – Michalis Karamanlis – Legal Counsel at Betano

Once again, European Gaming Events put together a quality, boutique event that brought together people from different, but interconnected sectors of the iGaming industry. It was the most beneficial learning and networking experience!”Maria E. Arnidou – Marketing & Communications Management at Fantasy Sports Interactive

It is always a pleasure to attend the organizers’ events since they provide useful insight and, most importantly, the context for unpretentious and productive networking with key people in the gaming industry.” – Anastasios (Tassos) Panagiotaros – Sales Director at Golden Race – Virtual Sports & Betting Solutions

EGC2019 Milan was nothing short of what I was expecting, a great opportunity to share and learn from the best of the industry.” – Vasco Albuquerque – SEO Manager at All-in Translations

Professionally organized with highest targeting precision for relevant topics” – Dr. Joerg Hofmann – Senior Partner MELCHERS law firm; President IMGL (2014 + 2015)

The lectures and industry insight during the conference were given by:

Maurizio Bernardo (Senior Strategic Advisor at SKS365), Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar), Quirino Mancini (Partner at Tonucci & Partners), Andrea Eletto (Legal and Research Analyst at GamblingCompliance), Alessandro Allara (Sportsbook and Digital Director at SNAITECH), Willem van Oort (Founder of Gaming in Holland / Gaming in Spain), Marko Jankovic (Head Of Business Development at G-Core Labs S.A.), Ioanna Fiakkou (Chairwoman of the National Betting Authority Cyprus), Michele Magro (Chief Counsel – Policy & International Affairs for the Malta Gaming Authority), Maarten Haijer (Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association – EGBA), Andrew Cochrane (Chief Development Officer at SBTech), André Wilsenach (Senior Vice President, Government Relations at BMM Testlabs), Ariel Weiss (CEO of n00b), Melanie Hainzer (Marketing Manager at Wildz), Sara-Swetlana Klimper (Senior Independent Gaming Consultant), Amir Mikay (CEO at Trafficlightmedia), Graham Martin (Third Generation Bookmaker and Gaming Industry Veteran), Martina Scalpello (Senior Manager at ARQ Group Malta), Dr. Holger Jakob (Head of Legal at G2 Esports), Stav Pischits (CEO at Cynance), Dr. Christian Rapani (Attorney at Law at Dr. Christian Rapani), Ivan Liashenko (Chief Marketing Officer at Parimatch), Francesco Gaziano (Chief Marketing Officer and Country Manager Italy at SKS365) and last but not least Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection Officer at NSoft Company).

Special gratitude is also extended to the panel moderators for keeping the discussions flowing and educative:

Christian Tirabassi (Senior Partner at Ficom Leisure / Gioconews.it writer), Donata Szabo (Junior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance), Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW), Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW), Tal Itzhak Ron (Advocate, Certified Computer Scientist and Notary), Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm) and last but not least Vasco Albuquerque (SEO Manager at All-in Global).

For further inquiries about the 2020 edition of EGC and SEG 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.

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European Gaming Events in 2020, Sustainability, Gender Diversity and Goals for 2025

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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.

Sustainability

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.

Gender Diversity

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]

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SKS365 At European Gaming Congress: “Responsibility, Awareness And Common Sensitivity Are The Answers Against Prohibitions And Prejudices In Italian Gaming Industry”

George Miller

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SKS365 At European Gaming Congress: "Responsibility, Awareness And Common Sensitivity Are The Answers Against Prohibitions And Prejudices In Italian Gaming Industry"
SKS365’s Senior Strategic Advisor, Maurizio Bernardo.
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Maurizio Bernardo (Senior Strategic Advisor) and Francesco Gaziano (Chief Marketing Officer & Country Manager Italy) engaged in the first Italian edition of the EGC

Milan, november 8, 2019Italy in the European Gaming Congress spotlight. The international event this year dedicated an entire day to gaming in Italy to open the debate about the state of the art in the political, regulatory, technological and economic sphere, with the contribution of some of the most authoritative names in the international market.

Almost physiological, this year, the choice to bring together operators, shareholders, professionals, service providers and management from all over Europe in Italy, given the excitement and uncertainties of the last few months. For this reason, in the planning of the event, the main debates were Focus on Italy (compliance panel discussion) and Marketing for Operators in Regulated Markets, which saw the respective participation of Maurizio Bernardo (SKS365’s Senior Strategic Advisor) and Francesco Gaziano (SKS365’s Chief Marketing Officer and Country Manager Italy).

In public gaming market and actors are in continuous and rapid evolution, so it’s necessary aim for a single and widespread regulation, in order to penetrate the territory through management and control actions by the institutions and of the Authorities all and, in this sense, the Municipalities could play a fundamental role – said Bernardo in his morning speech, focused on the consequences of the Dignity Decree and on the lack of effect of the distance meterThe role of the Municipalities is essential for a framework law governing the location of sales outlets in the area. An perfect machine, which considers the different needs and all local and national actors, could even be able to feed itself: just think of what it could mean to include the Municipalities and local authorities in the revenue, aiming to establish a virtuous circle in which part of the revenue could be used for the prevention of gambling addiction and for responsible gaming training.

In the afternoon, it was Gaziano‘s turn to intervene on the aspect most linked to the operators: “In a context where communication activities are drastically reduced, we must focus on the recognition and reliability of the product on the one hand, and on an ethical approach and aware at all levels, especially at the physical level – continued Gaziano, referring to the importance of retail for the identity of each operator – Today more than in the past it is necessary to ‘put your face’, which in this case means to present ourselves to the customers throughout the national territory. Therefore we could not miss this meeting to make our voice heard also in such a crucial phase for the Italian market and beyond, given that this European Gaming Congress is the evidence that the importance of the Made in Italy industry goes well beyond the borders of our Country.

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