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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.

To receive constant updates from Hipther Agency 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 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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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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