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Winners of the historical gala of Polish Gaming Aces 2019 were chosen

George Miller



Winners of the historical gala of Polish Gaming Aces 2019 were chosen
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For the first time in history after the amendment to the gambling act in Poland, awards were granted to companies in the entertainment industry. The Polish Gaming Aces Gala, which was created on the initiative of the largest Polish entertainment website – Interplay, was held on February 20th at City Hall Production in Warsaw.

The jury awarded seven main prizes and two special prizes. “Totalizator Sportowy” won the most awards, winning in three categories – Company of the Year, Special Grand Prix Award for activities on the e-commerce market, as well as President of the Year.

On April 1, 2017, an amendment to the gambling act entered into force in Poland. The legal provision applies, among others to bookmakers, poker, slot machines and casinos. Pursuant to the Act on games and mutual wagering, the state-owned company Totalizator Sportowy has become a monopolist in the field of number games, cash lotteries, arcades (excluded land-based casinos) and online casinos. According to the regulations, betting in Poland is only legal with entities that have a permit from the Ministry of Finance. Under Polish law, all gambling games are subject to a tax on games – 15% cash lotteries, 12% betting, 20% games, 50% poker. In the case of winnings above PLN 2,280, they are also taxed with 10% personal income tax.

The first main Polish Gaming Aces award in the Provider of the Year category went to IGT. In 2019, the company comprehensively served Totalizator Sportowy in the provision of lottery software. In addition, IGT was distinguished by the fact that company was promoting Diversity & Inclusion with an emphasis on equalizing professional opportunities for women and men in the IT industry.

BETFAN turned out to be the best debutant in 2019. The bookmaker hit the Polish market by storm and built a good base in less than a year to compete on the market with other companies. BETFAN’s success proved to be a tax-free promotion and marketing campaign with Mariusz Pudzianowski, who helped build the brand’s credibility.

The main prize in the Product of the Year category was awarded to the Promatic Group for creating the game Husaria. Designers of the slot from PromaticGroup tried to reflect the most important attributes of Polish cavalry. Gamers were certainly captivated by the animation of Hussar speeding into battle, who took players into the middle of the battle.

OlgierdCieslik became the President of the Year, who successfully led Totalizator Sportowy through the difficult process of technological revolution, which consisted in increasing the e-commerce sector in the operations of the state-owned company. The state-owned company has achieved significant development in every range of products – both online and from the retail network.

In the Marketing Campaign of the Year category, the award was granted to BETFAN together with its ambassador Mariusz Pudzianowski. The best debutant of the previous year needed credibility and Mariusz Pudzianowski assured one. The former strongman and current MMA fighter appeared on the brand’s advertising materials, in social media, but also on the BETFANs’ home page. The slogans promoting the campaign with Pudzianowski were attractive, mentions of cooperation appeared all over the Internet – also on websites that do not deal with gambling or sport on a daily basis.

STS became the winner of Polish Gaming Aces in the Bookmaker of the Year category. The company managed by Mateusz Juroszek maintained its position, and with innovative ideas and creative marketing efforts increased the competitive advantage in many fields. For STS in 2019 there were two breakthrough moments – the introduction of BETGAMES and rebranding with a completely new graphic design of the home page in the desktop, mobile, but also the renewed mobile application. STS has also been operating on foreign markets since last year.

In the last and also the most prestigious category of the Company of the Year, Totalizator Sportowy once again triumphed. Business, which until now was largely associated with activities in retail, in less than two years had to undergo a huge transformation and now Totalizator Sportowy can be considered as a technology company. From the tax on games developed only by the brands of a state-owned company, over 232 milion euro will go to the state budget. Novomatic, IGT and STS were also nominated in the Company of the Year category.

The first special award for contribution in development of the entertainment industry went to Iwo Bulski. Totalizator Sportowy won the Polish Gaming Aces Grand Prix for activities on the e-commerce market.

– I am glad that for the first time in Poland we had the opportunity to organize a Gala with awards for the entertainment industry in Poland. After the event, we received many favorable reviews, which means that we are heading in the right direction as an industry – said the editor-in-chief of Interplay, Maciej Akimow

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Gambling industry of Austria in the scope of coronavirus

George Miller



Gambling industry of Austria in the scope of coronavirus
General information about the current state of the Austrian gaming industry as related to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Gambling industry of Austria in the scope of coronavirus: what awaits the locals? 

What started out as a contained threat somewhere in East Asia – turned out to be a world-wide threat. What we’re talking about, of course, is the coronavirus pandemic that caught the world’s attention. Practically everyone and everything is affected – even the gaming industry has experienced a serious impact. If you’re a visitor of some of the most popular online casinos in Austria, then you too may have some questions about how exactly the gambling industry is affected by the coronavirus. Read the rest of this article to find out.

The effects of Coronavirus on the gaming industry in Austria

It’s still too early to measure the full extent of the coronavirus impact on the Austrian gaming industry – especially given the fact that the pandemic still rages all around the world. But it’s safe to say that land-based casinos have gotten their fair share of profit-loss since the pandemic came out.

Namely, the Austrian authorities have implemented strict measures and now the Austrian casinos are closed. This includes all twelve of the Austrian Casinos that are spread all over the cities in Austria (from Baden to Zell am See).

It’s easy to see why this is the case. In extreme cases, there were even curfew measures introduced by the governments of the severely-affected countries. This means that people are still forced to stay at home until the pandemic gets cleared out – and it follows that they can’t go to the land-based casinos. But also – people are not much in the mood of visiting the online casinos, either.

So, Ute Schreiner, CMO & Product Adviser at CasinoNow Austria Portal, comments the following:

“The gambling industry is a long-term story. Keep calm – we work as usual and continue to review the most popular online casinos in Austria. The current situation is challenging, and online casinos will offer various tasty bonuses to visitors, striving to attract the newcomers and do everything to keep old players.”

How does the future look?

If you follow the news (I bet you do), then chances are that you have seen that the epidemic in East Asia has begun to subside. As more and more of the European countries – Austria included – begin to implement draconic measures to protect the people from the coronavirus – the situation is likely to be under control in the near future.

And this means that the economy will get back to normal – and people will start earning money once again, which, in turn means that the casinos will start to get more and more visitors in the near future. In an optimistic scenario – all of the casinos will reopen and the gaming industry in Austria will return to normal in the end of April 2020.

For now, suffice it to know that people are generally safe when they are in their homes. And if you have access to the internet – then this means that you can still enjoy playing your favorite gambling games – all from the safety of your home.

Online gaming

As it was mentioned by the local industry’s expert – the owners of the online casinos are doing their best to attract new customers and retain their old ones. Given the fact that people are, for the most part, afraid for their lives – it’s easy to see why they aren’t particularly inclined to do online gaming, among other things.

So, in our estimate, in the next six months the owners of online casinos will have to work extra hard to give the players an incentive to play. So, you can expect that there will be newer and bigger bonuses for the new players – in the form of deposit match and free spins. There will also be many other bonuses dedicated to capturing the attention of the current players. This is all good news – the players such as yourself will have an even bigger incentive to use the online casinos until the coronavirus pandemic is finally contained.

In conclusion

Whatever happens, we sincerely hope that the coronavirus pandemic will subside as soon as possible. There are indications that show that exactly this is the case – the number of people that are getting infected is getting reduced in various parts around the world. And, with the implementation of strict measures across the Europe, this trend is likely to continue.

Either way, you can still enjoy playing online gaming games in the relative safety of your home – and the new bonus offers will serve to attract your attention even more. The situation is pretty bad at the moment in terms of eGaming, but as soon as the pandemic stops – the Austrian casinos and eSports industry will start working its way towards full recovery.

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Greentube expands in Switzerland with Swiss Casinos deal

George Miller



Greentube expands in Switzerland with Swiss Casinos deal
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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has further bolstered its presence in the newly-regulated online market in Switzerland after launching its premium slot titles with Swiss Casinos Group.

Swiss Casinos is the third operator in the country to take on Greentube’s popular content including Queen Cleopatra and Golden Games’ Super Cherry series which have all proven successful in Switzerland’s land-based casino sector. Top-performing titles like the widely popular Book of Ra™ deluxe, Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe and Sizzling Hot™ deluxe will be added to the operator’s online offering in April 2020.

By partnering with Swiss Casinos, Greentube has strengthened its presence in Switzerland. The international supplier was one of the first to provide its services in the Swiss online market, following the introduction of new legislation in 2019 which enables the country’s land-based casinos to operate online.

Michael Bauer, Greentube CGO/CFO, said: “The Swiss online market is just under a year old and we are extremely pleased with how well received our games have been by both local operators and players. This deal with Swiss Casinos, a prominent operator in the territory, is an important step for us as we continue our growth strategy in the country which has quickly become one of our key markets. We look forward to our future partnership together.”

Patrick Mastai, Director of Online Casino at Swiss Casinos, said: “Greentube is known for offering an extensive portfolio of premium games that are extremely popular with players and we are excited about now being able to offer best-selling titles to our customers. We have no doubt that the addition of Greentube’s content will help reinforce our reputation as a leading operator of world-class entertainment in Switzerland.”

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Registrations are open for CEEGC Penta Budapest and CEEG Awards 2020, save the date, 28 September 2020

George Miller



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Registrations are open for the leading conference in the CEE region, CEEGC Penta Budapest and CEEG Awards 2020

We are happy to present the 5th edition of the most popular conference in the CEE region, which takes place yearly in September.

CEEGC Penta will take place on the 28th of September at the already traditional base, The Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and will follow the tradition of the earlier editions and bring a plethora of information via the most interesting talks and panel discussions while also offering quality networking opportunities.

You can register here and catch the Early Bird Rate!

Besides the recent updates from Central and Eastern European gambling jurisdictions, you have the opportunity to leverage on the important information about the Balkans and D-A-CH region.

In 2020 the agenda will also include special round table discussion which will run in parallel with the afternoon session.

The 2019 edition of the conference recorded 14 sponsors and most of them are already among the sponsors of the 2020 edition.

The CEE, Balkans, and D-A-CH regions are playing a huge role in the future of the gambling industry and we are once again counting on hosting a sold-out event in Budapest later this year. The regional round table discussions will also play a huge role in the experience of the delegates to learn more about recent rumors and of course get the straight forward answers for their burning questions. We are also happy to host the 5th edition of the prestigious CEEG Awards where once again, leading companies can battle to win in their respective categories” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

You can view the full official image gallery from the 2019 edition on the following link:[email protected]/albums/72157711142443497

The audio recordings of the panel discussions are available for European Gaming PREMIUM Members.

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 the 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 gives us the possibility to find and create relationships, while also having the opportunity to 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 into 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

For further inquiries about the 2020 edition of CEEGC and CEEG Awards, speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

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

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