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The live edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is going ahead as planned, 6 August – Tallinn, Estonia

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With the lift of travel restrictions, the 3rd edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit might become the first live conference in the industry after lockdown relaxing.

We are excited to announce that the live edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is going ahead as planned and will be held on the 6th of August in Tallinn at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn.

Based on official sources, Estonia has allowed from June 1 for people from EU and EEA countries with a slow current spread of COVID-19 to enter the country without the requirement of a 14-day self-isolation period.

As rates of infection change, countries with no quarantine requirement can be added/removed from the list, but at the time of writing, visitors from the following countries can freely enter Estonia without a quarantine requirement: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

“While most of the audience at the MARE BALTICUM series is from the Baltic and Scandinavian region, we are happy to announce that the live conference will be possible to attend in person by those interested to some safe networking and learning possibilities. We have had talks with the Health Ministry in Estonia and also with the team at Radisson Blu and we ensure everyone that are as safe as possible to attend the conference and we look forward to welcoming all participants in August. You might also want to plan a short summer break in Tallinn as the beach is really nice and even in tourist seasons it does not get crowded” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.

From July 1st, indoor events of up to 500 participants will be allowed as long as the rooms are used at only 50% of their standard capacity, nevertheless, our team is limiting the conference to 80 delegates to make it comfortable for participants.

So, in order to secure your seat, make sure to book in advance and choose one of the packages which include either delegate pass or delegate pass and accommodation combo.

Register here!

Earlier this week, we have also announced the reset of the online voting stage at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards). Read more here…

You can vote for your favorite companies in the Baltic and Nordic region between 1 – 30 June to help them reach the top 5 and advance to the shortlist. Vote here!

MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

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

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the following this link.

Browse the video archives of the panel discussions which were recorded on the 7th of May at the virtual edition of the conference.

For further inquiries about the 2020 live edition of MBGS and BSG Awards (6 August – Tallinn, Estonia), 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.

Visit www.marebalticumgaming.com for more details!

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

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CEEGC Budapest brings back the magic to the CEE and Balkans region with the 2022 comeback conference

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CEEGC Budapest and CEEG Awards shine again as comeback event brings magic back to the region

 

Two weeks ago, on 16 September, industry experts of the CEE and Balkans region gathered in Budapest for the 7th edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC). The conference was held at its now traditional location, The Ritz-Carlton in Budapest, and the participants enjoyed quality learning and networking sessions throughout the day.

The team at Hipther Agency would like to thank the excellent support of the conference sponsors: Nordic Gambling, Endorphina, UltraPlay, Oddin.gg, Global Bet and NETSHOP ISP.

There have been many hand-shakes, business cards exchanges, hugs, and smiling faces in Budapest during the event and you can find the full photo gallery at the following link: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA7Vif

The panel discussions approached regulatory, tax, and operations in markets such as Hungary, Romania, Czechia, Poland, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sweden, Denmark, and Ukraine.

The experts who joined the panel outlined some of the main aspects of each market and here are headlines:

Czechia: “The first step was made, but the improvement will take time.”Petr Kozák – IFGR Lawyer and Secretary General

Hungary: “It will be a very tricky position for new online gaming operators.”Gábor Helembai – Counsel in the Corporate Practice Group of the Budapest office of TaylorWessing

Romania: “The good news in Romania is that the law is going to change and hopefully it will change for the benefit of the operators.”Dan Iliovici – Vice President at Rombet

Romania: “Taxes are really high in the iGaming industry. That’s the bottom line.”Andrei Cosma – Managing Associate at SIMION & BACIU

Sweden: “We [Sweden] are going from a left-wing government to a centre-right-wing government, so I am expecting some changes.”Gustaf Hoffstedt – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling

Denmark: “We really find these regulatory steps [in Denmark] counterproductive.” – Stephan Normann Østergaard – Nordic Gambling team Denmark

Poland: “I’d like to debunk some of the myths saying that it is difficult to enter the Polish market.”Marek Plota – Founding Attorney at RM Legal & Gaming In Poland

Ukraine: “I’ve heard some good things about Poland. (…) We [Evoplay] are looking to enter Sweden and Denmark as well.”Vladimir Malakchi – Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Evoplay Entertainment

Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina: “I believe, the biggest problem we have is the education of the players. (…) That’s also why land-based casinos are so popular.”Lazar Miučin – CEO and Co-Founder of iGaming Advisor

Serbia, Montenegro: “There is a similar political uncertainty in Montenegro as well. There is a big chance that after the potential elections, the situation will be the same as now, which means the same parties would have to negotiate.”Luka Popović – Partner at BDK Advokati

Bulgaria: “Despite the new players on the [Bulgarian] market, the competition is still very low.”Silviia Baykoucheva – Senior Compliance Officer at Amusnet Interactive

The technological advancements of the online gaming industry:We need to understand where this [AI, NFT, Crypto, Blockchain] is going (…) and how it will effect us.”Robert Dowling – Chief Commercial Officer at GlobalBet

The technological advancements of the online gaming industry: “It is very likely that crypto will be regulated in some form, and players will understand that it is not anything illegal. (…) Once that happens, the industry will experience a new boost.”Péter W. Szabó – CEO of AceTech

The technological advancements of the online gaming industry: “[In eSports] most of the betting volume (86%) comes in live. (…) The prize pools of eSports are coming to match normal sports.”Vladan Blagojevic – Oddin.gg’s Marketing Project Manager

Responsible Gaming:I think we should let the academics sit down and work out a system that provides information [on problem gaming] that is beyond any doubt.”Dan Iliovici – Vice President at Rombet

Responsible Gaming: “Entain (…) is getting more and more involved in the prevention of problem gaming.” Bill Pascrell, III – Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.

The video recordings of the panel discussions are available on-demand on HIPTHER TV. You can access it here: https://hipther.com/tv/premium-access-ceegc-budapest-2022/

– You can also order the 2022 full collection of conference recordings (4 conferences) and benefit from a substantial discount. You can find more details here: https://hipther.com/tv/premium2022/

“We are delighted about the outcome of CEEGC Budapest and being the final in-person event we host this year, I would personally like to thank all participants who joined us over the course of 2022 in Vilnius, Prague, and recently in Budapest. It has been a very busy year with many conferences colliding in several months, but it is important that the industry has evolved to a new level. We would also like to thank our media partners for the coverage throughout the year. We are looking forward to hosting our final virtual event this year, The HIPTHER FESTIVAL, and will soon announce the 2023 calendar with many new changes coming to our portfolio of in-person events and virtual meetups. So, watch this space for our upcoming announcements,” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency

Besides the panel discussions and networking session, the winners of the 2022 edition at the CEEG Awards have also been revealed, after a final secret vote by the attending participants.

With all this been being said, the #hipthers are busier than ever and many new announcements will land soon in your inbox, social media channels, and news outlets.

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.

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

 

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

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The winners of CEEG Awards 2022 have been announced on 16 September at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

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The winners of the 2022 edition of the CEEG Awards have been revealed after a final secret vote by the attending participants of CEEGC 2022

On the 16th of September, the Central and Eastern European industry stakeholders gathered for the 7th edition of CEEGC Budapest. Besides the panel discussions and networking, the participants also engaged in a secret vote to determine the winners of the CEEG Awards 2022, an award ceremony that aims to reward the hard work of companies (gaming software suppliers, operators, and service providers) that are active in the Central and Eastern European region. The Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards are the most important gaming industry awards in the region.

“We are delighted to offer a yearly opportunity for the CEE and Balkans industry professionals to collect the applauses for their hard work. With this occasion, I would like to congratulate all the winners and all the shortlisted companies who are among the top leaders of the industry in the region,” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.

Below you will find the winners at the 2022 edition of the CEEG Awards which were announced on 16 September in Budapest.

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN CEE 2022: PRINCESS CASINO
ONLINE CASINO – BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN CEE 2022: BETANO
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN CEE 2022: SUPERBET
SPORTS BETTING – BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT IN CEE 2022: STANLEYBET
BEST LOTTERY SERVICE PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: SZERENCSEJÁTÉK ZRT.
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: WAZDAN
RISING STAR – ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY IN CEE 2022: ENDORPHINA
ONLINE CASINO INNOVATOR IN CEE 2022: EVOPLAY
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: ALTENAR
RISING STAR – SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY IN CEE 2022: BETCONSTRUCT
BEST SPORTS BETTING INNOVATION IN CEE 2022: GIG (GAMING INNOVATION GROUP)
RISING STAR – VIRTUAL SPORTS / FANTASY SPORTS IN CEE 2022: GLOBAL BET
BEST VIRTUAL SPORTS / FANTASY SPORTS PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: GLOBAL BET
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: ODDIN.GG
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN CEE 2022: GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL(GLI)
BEST PAYMENTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: PAYSAFE
BEST INDUSTRY PRESS IN CEE 2022: VIXIO – GAMBLINGCOMPLIANCE
BEST AUXILIARY IGAMING SERVICE PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: ALL-IN GLOBAL
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN CEE 2022: NETSHOP INTERNET SERVICES
BEST SUPPORT FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING IN CEE 2022: AMUSNET INTERACTIVE (FORMER EGT INTERACTIVE)

Congratulations to all the winners!

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

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CEEGC Budapest ’22 Speaker Profile: Stephan Normann Østergaard – Nordic Gambling team Denmark

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The 7th edition of CEEGC Budapest and CEEG Awards will take place on 16 September 2022 and welcomes leading operators, service providers, and gambling industry experts from all across Central and Eastern Europe, and the Balkans regions.

Find more details here | Register / Get tickets here 

#ceegc2022 –You are invited to join the eminent gaming conference in the Central and Eastern European region.

It would be our honor to see you at the seventh edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference which includes several panel discussions about regulatory updates in the region, industry topics, technology workshops, quality networking opportunities, and the prestigious CEEG Awards.

CEEGC and the CEEG Awards is the key event of the Central and Eastern European region during Autumn and brings a wealth of information while also focusing on quality networking.

As mentioned above the conference will take place on the 16th of September in Budapest at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest and is bringing a new format that will allow more interaction among the attending delegates.

The event gathers experts who share their knowledge around compliance-related matters and updates from the CEE, Balkans, and CIS, and even includes talks about the Scandinavian region and North America to the participants! Make sure you are one of them!

Each week we are introducing some of the great minds that are going to share the stage in Budapest and bring you the latest and most vital information.

Today, we are introducing: Stephan Normann Østergaard – Nordic Gambling team Denmark

Stephan Normann Østergaard is a danish licensed attorney-at-law and is educated from the University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen Business School and the University of Queensland. Through his studies and work as an attorney-at-law, Stephan has specialized himself in the following practice areas: Gaming, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute resolution, Sport & Esport and Startups. In addition to his work in Denmark, Stephan has worked at the Arbitration Institute in Hong Kong and as an in-house lawyer in Spain. Stephan is the co-author of the Chambers & Partners article on Danish Sports Law 2021 and co-author of the ICLG Danish chapter on Anti-Money Laundering 2021-2022. Stephan is part of the team of Nordic Gambling based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP (Combo) Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

The summit has the support of Global Bet and Nordic Gambling as sponsors.

Here is what the participants of the CEEGC series are saying:

“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

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