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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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Draft agenda available for Prague Gaming & TECH Summit 2023 (29-30 March)

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  • Draft agenda of the 2023 Prague Gaming & TECH Summit is now available
  • Leading speakers from globally recognized companies confirmed
  • Early Bird rate available until the end of the year

The success of the PRAGUE GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results the team at HIPTHER Agency has seen in the past 7 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during their summits and meetups. Without any doubt, the #hipthers always strive to bring quality discussions for the audience.

In 2023, the 2-day event will feature even more forward-thinking discussions, bring quality compliance reports and share the latest market-related information from Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, and more.

The event takes place at the Vienna House Andel’s Prague between 29-30 March, and the delegates are invited to take part in an upgraded event that has always been considered as a must-attend conference in the region for many leaders.

The draft agenda is now available and the organizers invite you to register at the discounted Early Bird rate that is available until the end of the year.

Register here | View the program | Become a Sponsor

The draft agenda includes the following panels and topics:

  1. Gambling Industry Spotlight: Czech Republic
  2. Gambling Industry Spotlight: Slovakia, Poland
  3. Gambling Industry Spotlight: D-A-CH
  4. Fintech in the CEE region and beyond
  • Fintech-bank partnerships
  • Emerging Risks in the Convergence of Payments and Commerce
  • The risks that are ahead for Fintech, increased exposure to regulatory requirements, sanctions, and legal actions
  • Thrive in a more regulated business environment
  1. Blockchain in the CEE region and beyond
  • European Union wanting regulations on crypto
  • Digital Euro
  • Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA)
  • Blockchain for Supply Chain Transparency
  • Sustainability, and the blockchain
  1. IMGL MasterClass
  2. The opportunity and challenges of entering the US, iGaming market trends and global expansion
  3. Preparing for Quantum Times
  • Quantum computing and Quantum technology
  1. 10. How is the technical SEO setup different for affiliates versus operators and what to watch out for?
  2. 11. VRevolution – XR, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in their golden age
  3. AI and automation, ethics and barriers
  • The Ongoing Democratization of AI
  • Generative AI
  • Ethical and Explainable AI
  • Augmented Working
  1. Responsible Gaming
  2. Marketing in the metaverse, how will Web3 and NFTs help define the future of iGaming and sporting events
  • NFTs – unlocking the potential of digital assets
  1. Esports in the CEE region
  2. The Slots Business, game development, streaming
  3. Cybersecurity, a growing need

 

75 speakers are already confirmed, here are some of the names from the extensive list:

  • Claire Osborne – Vice President of Interactive, Inspired Entertainment
  • Hayley Brady – PARTNER, HEAD OF MEDIA AND DIGITAL, UK at Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Deborah Boecha – Founder and CEO at Onit Center
  • Viktoria Soltesz – Founder at PSP Angels
  • Ivana Flynn – SEO Director at ComeOn Group
  • Rita McClelland – Principal Analysts at VIXIO
  • Jose Uribe – Head of Innovation at All-in Global
  • Daniel Gunba – Founder / CEO of NFT project TRIIONFT
  • Conrad Bugeja – Group Head SEO at LeoVegas
  • Vadim Aidlin – Chief Executive Officer at Mamuta Media
  • Milorad Matejic – Director of SEO & Publishing at Gaming Innovation Group
  • Robert Lenzhofer – Co-Founder & CEO at Hölle Games
  • Dr. Arthur Stadler – Attorney and Founding partner at STADLER VÖLKEL Attorneys at Law
  • Alexis Wicén – CEO and Founder of Unibo and Scatters
  • Dimitris Panageas – Group General Counsel of KAIZEN GAMING
  • Marek Plota – Founding Attorney at RM Legal & Gaming In Poland
  • Amir Mirzaee – COO & Managing Director of Bayes Esports
  • Dr. Joerg Hofmann – Partner at MELCHERS LAW
  • Sönke Kirchhof – CEO at INVR.SPACE
  • David Stancel – CTO & CIO at Fumbi
  • Jakub Kolomicenko – Senior Compliance Officer at Kaizen Gaming
  • William J. Pascrell, III, Esq – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
  • Gustaf Hoffstedt – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling
  • Piotr Dynowski – Partner/Attorney at Law/Head of IP/Media/Tech&Comms Practice at Bird & Bird Poland

Besides the speakers and moderator, the top decision-makers and business influencers are joining the key event of the Central and Eastern European region during Spring time and be ready to gain access to a wealth of information while also enjoying some quality networking.

C-level executives, compliance experts, government officials who are active in the iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, and many more are going to share their knowledge and are ready to meet you in Prague between 29-30 March 2023.

Participants also have the opportunity to explore the future by entering the metaverse via virtual reality goggles onsite during the show.

At the moment you can enjoy a substantial discount by opting for the Early Bird Rate when registering your Delegate Pass or opting for the Combo Pass (which includes 3 nights of accommodation at the official hotel). You can find more details here: https://hipther.com/events/prague/regprague2023/

As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from the HIPTHER network and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Zoltan Tuendik (Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther) at [email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther) at [email protected]

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Hamburg Games Conference 2023: Focusing on the topic “Invest in Games” on March 1-2, 2023

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The Hamburg Games Conference will return on March 1 and 2, 2023 as an on-site event in a new location in Hamburg. The conference theme “Invest in Games” will shed light on current and future developments in the international games industry: Where are still untapped potentials in the games markets? What challenges do studios face in acquiring funding and partners for their projects? Will the wave of billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions in the international games industry continue? The last edition of the conference, 2022’s Hamburg Games Conference Hybrid welcomed more than 600 participants online and in Hamburg. Tickets are available now, starting with discounted early bird tickets at last year’s rate until January 12, 2023: https://HGC2023.eventbrite.co.uk. The Call for Speakers for HGC 2023 runs until January 20, 2023: https://www.gamesconference.com/call-for-papers 

The Hamburg Games Conference 2023 will feature two parallel conference tracks on each of the two days: In the main track, the conference theme “Invest in Games” will be explored from the perspective of game studios and investors. The second track will on one hand highlight the topic of “Funding” – numerous speakers will share their experiences and best practices for working with investors or public funding to finance and market digital games.  On the other hand, talks and keynotes on developer and start-up topics will provide a comprehensive insight into the opportunities and challenges in the growing games market. Additionally, exhibitors from various areas of the games industry will present their (indie) games and services in an expo area.

“Our conference theme ‘Invest in Games’ has many facets – with the Hamburg Games Conference 2023 we are creating a platform to share knowledge and first-hand experiences. Both in terms of the big picture and very hands-on best practices for the multitude of companies and start-ups that are active in the games industry in Hamburg and around the world,” says Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg, the location initiative which is a co-organizer of the Hamburg Games Conference.

 

First program highlights to be announced soon – further contributions sought via Call for Speakers

 

The conference’s organizing team, consisting of Super Crowd Entertainment, Gamecity Hamburg and GRAEF Rechtsanwälte, will soon announce first highlight speakers from the international games industry.

 

Concurrently, the Hamburg Games Conference is calling for submissions of proposals for conference contributions in English. The call for speakers runs until January 20, 2023. Submissions on the topics of “Invest in Games”, funding, and game development as well as marketing are now open at https://www.gamesconference.com/call-for-papers.

 

Strengthening networking and exchange with an on-site-only event

 

After two conference editions with digital and hybrid event concepts, the program of the 14th Hamburg Games Conference in 2023 will again be held completely on-site and for the first time at the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg.

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“The numerous successful deals in the games industry in the recent past show that it is very attractive to invest in games and games companies. To this end, we would like to present examples and best practices in an on-site-only event. The Hamburg Games Conference stands for innovative content, high-quality networking, and inspiring exchange”, explains Dr. Ralph Oliver Graef, Managing Partner of the co-organizing law firm GRAEF Rechtsanwälte.

 

Early bird tickets available now

 

Tickets are available for the Hamburg Games Conference 2023 now, starting with a discounted early bird phase until January 12, 2023:

 

Business tickets for 199 euros give access to the two-day conference program as well as the opportunity to arrange meetings with other conference guests and make valuable new contacts via the MeetToMatch digital matchmaking system.

 

Startup tickets are also available exclusively for small enterprises and startup companies. They allow participation in the entire conference program as well as use of MeetToMatch at the discounted price of 99 euros.

 

Students can participate in the conference program for 25 euros.

 

All current information on the Hamburg Games Conference is available at www.gamesconference.com.

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Registrations are open for the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2023 (16-17 MAY); BSG Awards 2023 & BTECH Awards 2023; new format, more industries and networking

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  • The leading conference in the Baltic and Nordic region returning under a new format and title
  • Register to attend the live conference which will be held at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia between 16-17 May 2023
  • Topics in the agenda for 2023: iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, FashionTech, Virtual Reality, Mobility, Climate Change, EdTech

After announcing the registration kick-off for PRAGUE GAMING & TECH SUMMIT, the #hipthers are ready and excited to announce that the registrations for MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT are now also open. The MARE BALTICUM Summit is part of the events collection which in 2023 will receive a complete makeover.

By combining multiple industries that are already cooperating in certain ways, a new conference is born, the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT.

The success of the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results we have seen in the past 6 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during our summits and meetups.

The event, taking place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia, will feature 65 speakers, 300 attendees, 15 panels, two networking parties, and two award ceremonies.

We are excited to reveal that our yearly conference in the Baltics will be combined with another conference that we are hosting in the region to synergize into a new format that further strengthens networking and learning in the Baltic and Nordic region. The new format will allow industry leaders from several industries to make new connections and share their latest news about iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, FashionTech, Virtual Reality, Mobility, Climate Change, EdTech, and more. We invite you to join us in May for a two-day event with lots of opportunities for everyone involved” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency

The summit has become the region’s most important in-person gathering for the past years and in 2023, the team wants to top that by adding more industries. As mentioned above, the conference series has been launched in 2018 and has enjoyed yearly growth while continuously bringing innovation to the boutique-style events landscape.

The top decision-makers and business influencers are joining the key event of the Baltic & Nordic region during Springtime and be ready to gain access to a wealth of information while also enjoying some quality networking.

C-level executives, compliance experts, government officials who are active in the iGaming, eSports, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, FashionTech, and many more are going to share their knowledge and are ready to meet you in Riga between 16-17 May.

Here are some photos from past editions of the event:

Participants also have the opportunity to explore the future by entering the metaverse via virtual reality goggles which, can be tested during the show.

At the moment you can enjoy a substantial discount by opting for the Early Bird Rate when registering your Delegate Pass or opting for the Combo Pass (which includes 3 nights of accommodation at the official hotel). You can find more details here: https://hipther.com/events/riga/regriga2023/

The prestigious BSG Awards and the inaugural BTECH Awards

And to top all the talks, discussions, and networking opportunities, the organizers are also continuing the traditional Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) and launching a new yearly award that aims to reward the Baltic TECH companies for their achievements in the region. The categories for the Baltic TECH Awards (BTECH Awards) are the following:

  • AI: Best Startup
  • AI: Rising Star
  • AI: Company of the Year
  • Blockchain: Best Startup
  • Blockchain: Rising Star
  • Blockchain: Company of the Year
  • Fintech: Best Startup
  • Fintech: Rising Star
  • Fintech: Company of the Year

The nomination phase for both BSG Awards and BTECH Awards will open at the beginning of November. Watch this space for the official announcement with all categories.

As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, Gaming Americas, eSports Connect, the HIPTHER news app, and the WireUp networking app found on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from the HIPTHER network and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Zoltan Tuendik (Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther) at z[email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther) at [email protected]

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