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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 complements the events portfolio with Virtual Quarterly Meetups and assigns Way Seer (Advisory Board)

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European Gaming’s leading conference portfolio to be complemented with Virtual Quarterly Meetups starting 2021.

 

There is no doubt that virtual gatherings will still be a key activity for content sharing and networking in 2021 as well and we are adapting our agenda accordingly by launching the virtual European Gaming Quarterly Meetups series.

The quarterly meetups will complement the yearly conferences that will be hosted (if allowed) in hybrid formats, and will be strategically coordinated by the European Gaming Way Seers (Advisory Board).

We observed, tested and now implementing a special format to our audience. The idea is to continue brining an efficient communication channel that allows participants to stay up to date in a comfortable way with the latest updates. Only the vital information will be shared during the meetups and we are also allowing the participants to add to the topics. It is important for the industry to share their knowledge among each other in an efficient way that also creates a conversation that leads to opinion forming. This temporary abnormal is pushing us out of our comfort zone of hosting traditional conferences and he future looks brighter than it did in April-May 2020, even some might argue this”, stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.

European Gaming Quarterly Meetups

The European Gaming Quarterly Meetups are designed to keep you up-to-date with what is fresh in the European gambling industry. The meetups also focus on countries in the EEA region and also on the CIS countries.

All the 4 meetups in 2021 are virtual and can be attended from the comfort of your office or home.

The virtual meetups will be organized quarterly and the calendar looks the following way:

  • February 11, 2021 – European Gaming Q1 Meetup
  • June 10, 2021 – European Gaming Q2 Meetup
  • September 09, 2021 – European Gaming Q3 Meetup
  • November 18, 2021 – European Gaming Q4 Meetup

The tickets are sold at the rate of 89 EUR per Meetup or you can benefit of the full year membership offer and save 25%. You can find more details about the passes here.

The meetups feature several panel discussions per region and topics that are joined by key industry experts, CEOs, C-Level Executives, Business Development Managers, and sometimes government officials/regulators.

All meetups offer the opportunity to network online in special break-out sessions, but also join a round table discussion which answers all burning questions of the industry at a certain point in time during 2021.

To receive constant updates about the registration opening and agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

Advisory Board

In order to fully embrace all hot topics and regulatory updates from the above-mentioned regions, the topics and discussions will be put together by a group of experts, which were hand-picked to join the European Gaming Way Seers (Advisory Board).

We honored to announce the appointment of the following experts:

  • Raffaela Zillner, LL.M (General Secretariat of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG))
  • Nadiya Attard (Director of Sales at Relax Gaming)
  • Charmaine Hogan (Head of Regulatory Affairs Playtech)
  • Jessica Maier (Chief Risk Officer, Head of Legal and Compliance at Push Gaming)
  • Sissel Weitzhandler (Chief Compliance Officer at Play’n GO)
  • Bahar Alaeddini (Partner at Harris Hagan)
  • Joerg Hofmann (Partner at MELCHERS LAW)
  • Morten Ronde (CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling)
  • Pieter Remmers (CEO at Assissa Consultancy Europe)
  • Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling)
  • Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm)
  • Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW)

The excitement about 2021 is also shared by the above-mentioned experts and here are some inputs that were stated:

“It’s great to see European Gaming Media and Events challenging the ‘new normal’ of gaming conferences. I‘m delighted to be part of this journey as a member of the advisory board.”Jessica Maier (Chief Risk Officer, Head of Legal and Compliance at Push Gaming)

“This is a great initiative. I look forward to participating in this project together with the other members of the advisory board.”Charmaine Hogan (Head of Regulatory Affairs at Playtech)

“Regular exchanges of experts not only strengthen the industry’s networking, but also support the goal of keeping gambling safe, fun and responsible. I am therefore very pleased to support the project as a member of the Advisory Board.”Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M (General Secretariat of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG))

“European Gaming is the organization where I feel at home. It will be interesting to say the least to be involved as a member of the advisory board.” Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm)

“European Gaming has developed into the obvious choice for anyone in search of knowledge and insight regarding the gambling industry. I look forward to not merely observe its future development, but take part of it.”Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling)

“I have come to know Zoltan as a self-made man who has learned to understand the gambling industry within a relatively short period of time and created a position for himself and his activities.

The boutique format conferences that Zoltan set up a couple of years ago definitely created a ‘must attend’ event for all of us that want to stay informed.”Pieter Remmers (CEO at Assissa Consultancy Europe)

For further sponsorship/speaking and marketing inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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European Gaming Congress surpasses all expectations and achieves supreme goal

Zoltan Tundik

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Good morning Hipthers!

Digital events have been key for the industry this year and we’ve made it a priority to not only keep things going with our hybrid conferences but to also make sure that we’re able to adapt and offer the latest in technology to make sure that the format never gets old.

Last week’s Congress and PICANTE MARKETING Summit smashed all our expectations, and we want to thank each and every one of you for taking part to make it truly brilliant!

With more than 500 registrants and more than 3,000 viewers over the festival via our streams, it was truly an honor to have close to 100 brilliant speakers draw up a virtual chair and offer some of the industry’s best insights on Europe.

We also saw plenty of firsts at the Congress, with our new Altenar-sponsored interactive panel discussions topping out at more than 400 viewers at both sessions – and based on your feedback, we’ll definitely be doing more to bring the audience into the panel conversations at our upcoming events.

Our (newly launched) virtual networking platform also had the chance to make its trial appearance, and we’ll be doing plenty of work to develop it in the coming months to ensure we can start making more connections for our community during the coming winter!

Of course, these events could never happen without our fantastic sponsors, and special thanks goes to Altenar (Registration Sponsor) and Golden Race (Gold Sponsors), as well as Trustly, SoftSwiss, BetGames.TV and Nordic Gambling.

Looking ahead, we’re already planning our live calendar for Q1 2021 – with our Prague Gaming Summit 2021 and MARE BALTICUM going ahead on-location as planned, as well as plenty of virtual appearances for those who can’t make it!

Here is a small break-down of the hybrid events we are planning for 2021:

Prague Gaming Summit – 30 March – (Registrations are open)
MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit and BSG Awards – 13 May (Riga)
CEEGC Budapest – End of September
European Gaming Congress – beginning of November

You can subscribe to our communications on this link to be updated with all it’s happening at Hipther!

Make sure to also register for our upcoming free webinar: What is Hipther and what are our plans for 2021?

Until then, stay tuned for plenty more awesome news soon enough, and enjoy your October!

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BetGames.TV sponsors the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Report Panel at European Gaming Congress 2020 VE (Hipther Festival)

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Award-winning live dealer betting games supplier joins the sponsors’ list at Hipther Festival.

 

There is just one day left until European Gaming Congress 2020 kicks off (between 6-7 October). The event is part of Hipther Festival, which kicks off today with PICANTE MARKETING Summit.

The organizing team is honored to announce the support of BetGames.tv as the panel sponsor of the “GAMING REPORT: BALTICS AND SCANDINAVIA” panel discussion.

The panel discussion is scheduled for the 7th of October between 14:50 – 15:50 CEST (Central European Summer Time) and will be joined by:

  • Morten Ronde (CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling)
  • Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling)
  • Dainis Niedra (Chief Operating Officer at Enlabs)
  • Richard Hogg (Director, Online Betting and Gaming at TV)

The panel is moderated by Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm) and will focus on Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, and Sweden.

The registration is free and you REGISTER HERE NOW!

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European Gaming Congress aims to become Europe’s largest gaming compliance gathering which during the two days of discussions will cover all compliance-related updates from the EU/EEA and Balkans region.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

The speaker lineup at the European Gaming Congress is well-known for its colorfulness that includes the presence of regulators, industry experts, and industry representatives.

Even from its launch in 2018 in Ljubljana, the conference has topped all boutique-style conferences and has continued to offer an even bigger platform in 2019 when it was held in Milan.

 

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