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Greece, Italy and Malta in focus at #EGC2020VE with Dr. Joseph F. Borg (WH Partners), Dr. Yanica Sant (Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)), Panagiotis Skyrlas (Kaizen Gaming), Vasileios Neiadas (Fantasy Sports Interactive), and Domenico Mazzola (Altenar)

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Highly recognized experts from Malta, Italy and Greece will join the hot discussion at European Gaming Congress VE (Virtual Edition).

 

#EGC2020VE – The virtual edition of European Gaming Congress 2020 is taking place between 6-7 October and gathers top names of the gaming industry who will present their insights to create Europe’s largest gaming compliance gathering.

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Among the +28 jurisdictions that will be covered during the event, you will also find some of the most anticipated topics such as the gaming industry opening in Greece, the twisted regulation of the Italian market, and the future vision of the Maltese regulation.

In the autumn of 2019, the Parliament of Greece has passed a package of legislation that includes a bill reforming the country’s gambling laws. The gaming bill will see operators permitted to continue offering Random Number Generator games, such as slots, something omitted from an earlier draft.

Ever since then, the operators are forming lines to hear more about the ways in which they can obtain a license, while just recently the Greek government has implemented tough norms on online gaming and advertising.

In Italy, the Italian betting leadership criticized the parliamentary discussions for slapping a new 0.75% tax on betting and virtual sports revenues for garnering funds for ‘distressed Italian sports.’

The Italian Parliament has started discussions on a proposed ‘Revival Decree’, which is intended to help business and society’s recovery from COVID-19’s long-term consequences.

Some of the members of the parliament talked about a possible implementation of a 0.75% tax on all betting-related wagers – online, retail and virtual sports content.

All Italian gambling trade bodies criticized the proposal, alleging that COVID-19 discussions had been hijacked to further punish the industry.

When it comes to Malta, in exercise of the power conferred by article 7(2) of the Gaming Act, 2018 (Cap. 583 of the Laws of Malta), the Malta Gaming Authority has issued the Directive on the Key Function of the Prevention of Money laundering and the Financing of Terrorism (Directive 3 of 2020).

From the coming into force of this directive, B2C Licensees shall ensure that at least one of the Key Function Holders vested with exercising the Key Function of the Prevention of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism must also be an FIAU-registered MLRO in accordance with the procedures laid down in the directive.

The directive has come into effect as of the 20th of July 2020, however, B2Cs holding a license before the coming into force of this directive have been afforded a two-month transitory period to align with the requirements specified in the directive.

During the “GAMING REPORT: SOUTHERN EUROPE” panel discussion, you have the opportunity to hear more about these subjects and of course access even more information which will be shared by the panelists under the moderation of Dr. Joseph F. Borg (Partner at WH Partners).

The panel will be joined by Dr. Yanica Sant (Head of International Affairs and Policy at Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)), Domenico Mazzola (Commercial Director at Altenar), Panagiotis Skyrlas (Head of Information Security & Compliance – Group DPO at Kaizen Gaming) and Vasileios Neiadas (Chairman at Fantasy Sports Interactive).

You can find more details about the speakers’ and moderator bios below.

AS MENTIONED ABOVE THE EASY REGISTRATION PROCESS IS SPONSORED BY ALTENAR AND YOU CAN REGISTER HERE NOW!

The HIPTHER FESTIVAL includes a full week of conferences that are designed to bring together innovation with compliance via several talks and discussions in multiple industries and will run between 5-9 October.

The festival includes the following conferences:

  • PICANTE Marketing Summit (#MS2020ve) – 5 October
  • European Gaming Congress (#EGC2020ve) – 6-7 October
  • PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (#TCE2020AutumnVE) – 8-9 October

The registration is free and you can attend all three conferences with just one registration!

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

For further inquiries about the speaking/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Marginean (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).

Dr. Yanica Sant – Head of International Affairs and Policy at Malta Gaming Authority

Yanica joined the MGA in 2014,  and has occupied the position of Head of International Affairs and Policy since 2019. Her main areas of work include horizon scanning for any international initiatives or industry developments that prompt policy or regulatory intervention. She is responsible for the management of the MGA’s bilateral relations with other gambling regulators, and for all efforts of international cooperation. Yanica is particularly involved within matters relating to responsible gambling and data protection.

Yanica also sits on the board of GREF and is an active participant within the egambling and responsible gambling working groups. She is also a member of IAGR.

Panagiotis Skyrlas – Head of Information Security & Compliance – Group DPO at Betano-Stoiximan (Kaizen Gaming)

Panagiotis Skyrlas holds the position of Head of Information Security and Compliance at Betano-Stoiximan and has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Information Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and Data Privacy. He has completed numerous licensing projects and regulatory consultations in many European countries such as Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Portugal, Austria. He has served as DPO for over 10 years. Since 2018 he also holds the position of Vice President of the Institute of Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Domenico Mazzola – Commercial Director at Altenar

Domenico Mazzola is Commercial Director of Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider based in Malta. Altenar works collaboratively with licensed operators, combining proven stability with a flexible and personalized service to offer clients the highest quality online sportsbook solutions.

With a strong background in sales strategy and software development combined with rich experience working across international and European markets, Domenico is an expert in developing successful commercial strategies and establishing and maintaining long-term business relationships.

Domenico previously held the position of Head of Sales at iGamingPlatform.com, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve and maximize sales targets, solidifying the company’s reputation as a leading gaming solutions provider. Prior to this, Domenico worked as Account Manager at World Match Ltd, spearheading the company’s successful long and short-term sales strategies. Domenico’s professional background also includes over eight years of working as a software developer, honing his technical expertise.

A highly recognized industry figure, Domenico’s in-depth experience in both the business and technical side of the gaming industry places him in the unique position of being able to advise clients on all aspects of their gambling operations, taking into account their wider business objectives.

Vasileios Neiadas – Chairman at Fantasy Sports Interactive

Currently Chairman of FSI’s Board, Mr. Neiadas brings his wealth of experience in a variety of business and sports-related fields to FSI and the wider gaming industry.

Following his extensive experience as a CEO in a major Greek Pharmaceutical company, Mr. Neiadas utilized his know-how in Operations Management by actively contributing to the national Sports and Cultural sector. He offered his services as a General Manager in the emblematic return of the Olympic Games in Greece at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee, in a work cycle that lasted 3,5 years.

His valuable contribution was recognized by OPAP S.A., the leading gaming company in Greece, which sought him out for his expertise; Mr. Neiadas served as OPAP’s CEO between 2005-2007, a position which led him to be elected as an Executive Committee Member of the World Lottery Association (WLA), while he served at the Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC / ΕΕΕΠ) as well.

His vast experience in Business Management and Administration and his expert know-how of the global gaming industry led him to more key roles in the Greek and International iGaming industry, such as the Vice President of Business Development in CENTRIC HOLDINGS S.A, the company that promoted Sportingbet’s rights in Greece.

Mr. Neiadas has also been a member of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) and of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AmChamGR).

Dr. Joseph F. Borg – Partner at WH Partners

Dr. Joseph F. Borg is an Advocate and Partner at WH Partners, heading the Gaming and Gambling Advisory and the Blockchain Advisory sections of the firm.  He also practises in the areas of Esports, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law.  He also lectures on Gaming Law at the University of Malta.  Before joining WH Partners, he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta.  Joseph was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012.

Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), with Distinction.  Earlier, he was awarded an LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending a thesis entitled, ‘Protection of Trademarks Against Domain Names’.  In November 2000, Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and Humanistic Studies.  Joseph went on an Erasmus Exchange in 2002 at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza of the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna.  In 2009, he completed a Regulator Development Program organised by the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV).  In 2012, he was awarded a certificate in Casino Management by the UNLV.

Conferences in Europe

European Gaming Q1 Meetup records tremendous success, announcing Q2 Meetup date and the launch of the European Gaming Mini Meetups

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The Hipther team proves that the Meetup concept works exceptionally and announces the launch of the Mini Meetups

 

The European Gaming Q1 Meetup took place on 11 February and has brought together +1500 participants for a full day of learning.

35 industry leaders from the European continent have joined 7-panel discussions and launched into forward-thinking conversations that were highly attended by industry shareholders.

We would like to thank the support of our sponsors: Altenar, Play’n GO, Nordic Gambling, Singular, and All-in Global.

Here are some testimonials left by some of the participants:

Enjoyed first quarterly meetup of 2021, great cut through different markets and operations in the constantly changing gaming environment. Well done!” ~ Marke Räsänen, Head of Affiliates at VIPs Casino Gaming

Long day, well organized and timed, more than helpful and interesting.” ~ Mattia Nicelli, Independent Consultant

“In a short time, a great scope about regulation, how to deal with emergents markets, a link between online and offline (that’s now a key issue as some sports need the offline for the social link), and a rising topic: Responsible gaming” ~ CATHERINE CHAUVIN, Area manager at PMU

“The European Gaming QMeetups keep you up to date on the legislation updates of the past months and upcoming months. A must-attend for gaming industry decision-makers.” ~ Christiaan Bollen, SEO Consultant and Founder at Boljoro

You can view the full recording of the meetup here:

The program has satisfied all content needs for companies interested in updates from the EU/EEA/CIS and Balkan regions.

Some of the panel discussions have created many new ideas that have to be developed, or have to be discussed further. Thus, are creating a series of Mini Meetups that will feature only one panel discussion per edition and allow the participants to engage even deeper into the conversation.

After receiving positive feedback and engaging into organizational discussions, Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency commented: “We are thrilled to see that our regional meetups are helping the industry engage in forward thinking conversations and are not as tiring as a large conference would be. With such occasions, we can keep the momentum going by also maintaining the quality of the content. During the two Q1 Meetups (Americas + Europe), we had a total of 3000 participants and over 17k viewers on YouTube. We are complementing the Meetup offering by the launch of the Mini Meetup series which will take place monthly and have only one panel discussion that allows participants to engage in the discussion themselves.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • February 25, 2021 – 10:00 – 12:00 CET – Do-s and don’ts for emerging markets (European Gaming Mini Meetup) – Focus on Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia
  • March 25, 2021 – 10:00 – 12:00 CET – Regulator’s decisions and politics (European Gaming Mini Meetup)
  • April 8, 2021 – 10:00 – 12:00 CET – Follow up: Regulation Outlook on 2021 in Europe (European Gaming Mini Meetup)
  • June 10, 2021 – 9:30 – 15:30 CETEuropean Gaming Q2 Meetup

Please note that all meetups are totally FREE to attend and you only need to register once to receive the updates in regards to the upcoming opportunities.

See more details here | Register for free

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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Announcing the final agenda for European Gaming Q1 Meetup (11 February), your top virtual event on the European continent

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European Gaming announces the final agenda for their first virtual quarterly meetup in 2021.

 

The European Gaming Q1 Meetup is taking place on 11 February and we are ready to reveal the final agenda for the event. See more details here | Register for free

The meetup already attracted +1.5k registrations and has +50 confirmed speakers, which has transformed the meetup into a full day conference dedicated to the European region.

The team at Hipther Agency along with the Way Seers at European Gaming has designed a program that will satisfy all content needs for companies interested in updates from the EU/EEA/CIS and Balkan regions.

Here is how the final agenda looks like:

All times are in CET

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM – Regulation Outlook on 2021 in Europe

  • ANDRIUS GABNYS – Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm
  • JOERG HOFMANN – Partner at MELCHERS LAW
  • SIMON PLANZER – Partner at PLANZER LAW
  • RAFFAELA ZILLNER, LL.M – Secretary General at Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG)
  • ZLATAN OMERSPAHIĆ – Head of Legal and Compliance, Data Protection Officer at NSoft Company
  • JESSICA MAIER – Chief Risk Officer, Head of Legal and Compliance at Push Gaming (panel moderator)

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – Do-s and don’ts for emerging markets

  • ARAKSI SARGSYAN – Head Of Business Development at DS Virtual Gaming
  • CHARMAINE HOGAN – Head of Regulatory Affairs at Playtech
  • ILYA MACHAVARIANI – Senior Partner, CEO at Agency
  • MARIO GALEA – Senior Consultant at Random Consulting
  • VLADIMIR MALAKCHI – CBDO at Evoplay Entertainment
  • ANDRIUS GABNYS – Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm (panel moderator)

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Regulator’s decisions and politics

  • MINNA RIPATTI – Founding partner and legal advisor at Legal Gaming in Finland
  • LUDOVICO CALVI – President at Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) – Sport Betting Consultant at Oregon State Lottery
  • ODETTE NESTOR – Former Romanian Regulator, President at Asociatia Organizatorilor de Jocuri de Noroc la Distanta (AOJND)
  • GUSTAF HOFFSTEDT – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling
  • MORTEN RONDE – CEO at Danish Online Gambling Association and Managing Partner at Nordic Gambling (panel moderator)

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – The synergy between land-based and online operations (Sponsored by Play’n GO)

Includes 30 minutes interaction with the participants

  • DIMITRIS PANAGEAS – Group General Counsel of KAIZEN GAMING
  • NICK TOFILUK – Chief Executive Officer at the National Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission Cyprus
  • KEITH CARUANA – Technical Compliance Lead at Play’n GO
  • ROBERT DOWLING – Chief Commercial Officer at Singular
  • DOMENICO MAZZOLA – Commercial Director at Altenar
  • TIAGO APRIGIO – CEO at All-in Global (panel moderator)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Will eSports and Virtual Sports reign on the industry in 2021

Includes 15 minutes interaction with the participants

  • VERONIQUE DOS REIS – Executive General Counsel at Pinnacle
  • LAZAR MIUČIN – VP of Strategic Partnerships at NSoft
  • GEORGE SHAMUGIA – CEO and co-founder of Singular
  • MAREK SUCHAR – Head of Partnerships at gg
  • ANASTASIOS (TASSOS) PANAGIOTAROS – Sales Director at Golden Race – Virtual Sports & Betting Solutions
  • LYUBOMIRA PETROVA – Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay (panel moderator)

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Game design in 2021, introducing the responsible game design (Sponsored by Play’n GO)

  • RICHARD BAYLISS – Senior Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Manager at Playtech
  • JAMES MARSHALL – CEO at Push Gaming
  • MATTHIAS CIAPPARA – Gamification Advocate & Consultant at XperiencePlay
  • ALEX MARGINEAN – Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency (panel moderator)

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM – Responsible advertising/focus on affiliates

  • YAROSLAV STANEV – Head of Marketing at Oddspedia
  • ASSAF STIEGLITZ – President at Odds1x2 Holdings
  • ANTON SIKSTRÖM – Head Of Compliance at Catena Media
  • VASCO ALBUQUERQUE – SEO Manager at All-in Global (panel moderator)

You can also view the full schedule and times of the panels on the following link: https://europeangaming.eu/meetups/schedule-q1-meetup/

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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Play’n GO to sponsor several panels at the European Gaming and Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups in 2021

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Leading supplier for slot gaming in the casino industry all virtual quarterly meetups by Hipther Agency through 2021

We are excited to announce the support of Play’n GO as panel sponsor for multiple discussions all through the 8 quarterly meetups our team is hosting in 2021.

Based on several surveys and feedback, the team at Hipther Agency has made the necessary steps to support the gaming industry’s informational needs all through the year.

Starting from 2021 you can tune in on quality discussions and meet up with the top names from the EU/EEA/CIS and Balkans via the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, or with the North and Latin American gaming industry via the Gaming Americas Quarterly Meetups.

The aim of the quarterly virtual meetups is to increase the access to quality information, but also provide an excellent opportunity to participate in engaging discussions between the industry stakeholders.

It did not take long until the industry reacted and we are also eager to reveal that both Q1 Meetups already have +1000 registrations and each confirmed a lineup of +40 industry experts.

The Q1 Meetups will take place on the following dates:

Each meetup features 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.

As mentioned above, Play’n GO is supporting the Quarterly Meetups as Panel Sponsor in multiple panels, and here are few things you should know about them:

Play’n GO are a leading supplier for slot gaming in the casino industry. One of the first suppliers to recognise and utilise the potential of mobile slot gaming, their innovation has revolutionised the industry and led Play’n GO to the forefront of the casino supplier market. Since its inception Play’n GO have curated a portfolio of award-winning games developed and tailored for compatibility with all devices and operating systems. In addition to this, they also provide back-end services and solutions to ensure operators are equipped to provide the ultimate gaming experience; this includes their casino platform and their server-based gaming solution, OMNY.

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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