- The online voting phase for the 2023 BSG Awards is now live
- MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit is held between 16-17 May in Riga, Latvia
- Leading speakers from globally recognized companies confirmed
- Discounted rate available until mid-March
The #hipthers are excited to announce that the online voting stage to determine the shortlist of the 2023 BSG Awards is now live.
BSG Awards will be held on 16 May at the luxurious Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga alongside the newly launched BTECH Awards, both awards as part of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit.
The awards’ online voting process opened today (6th of March), with the industry invited to vote online up until March 20th.
Totaling 36 nomination categories, the awards are considered the leading accolade in the region, established to provide an independent, fair and representative awards event that recognizes significant achievements across the Baltic and Scandinavian gaming industries.
Here are the categories in which you can help decide the finalists:
Baltic | region
- BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE BALTICS 2023 (OPERATORS)
- BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (B2B)
- RISING STAR IN BALTIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2023 (B2B)
- RISING STAR IN BALTIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2023 (B2B)
- BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (CONNECTED)
- BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE BALTICS 2023 (OPERATORS)
- BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (B2B)
- RISING STAR IN BALTIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2023 (B2B)
- BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE BALTICS 2023 (CONNECTED)
- BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2023 (CONNECTED)
Nordic | region
- BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE NORDICS 2023 (OPERATORS)
- BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (B2B)
- RISING STAR IN NORDIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2023 (B2B)
- RISING STAR IN NORDIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2023 (B2B)
- BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (CONNECTED)
- BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE NORDICS 2023 (OPERATORS)
- BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (B2B)
- BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (B2B)
- RISING STAR IN NORDIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2023 (B2B)
- BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE NORDICS 2023 (CONNECTED)
- BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2023 (CONNECTED)
To provide a fully transparent process, the final winners of each shortlist category will be decided by a special voting session held during the day of the conference.
BSG Awards had been launched in 2019 and the awards ceremony is part of MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit, a leading boutique style gambling & deep tech industry conference of the Baltic and Scandinavian region. Even at its inaugural edition, BSG Awards has become the most important gaming industry awards in the region.
*BSG Awards stands for Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards
The success of the MARE BALTICUM 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 Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and more.
The event takes place at the luxurious Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, 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 rate that is available until 19 March.
The draft agenda includes the following panels and topics:
- Gambling Industry Spotlight: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
- Blockchain in the Baltic region
- Fintechs in the Baltic region and beyond
- Gambling Industry Spotlight: Nordics
- SEO for the Baltic region, localization and translation
- Gambling Industry Spotlight: D-A-CH
- Blockchain in gaming and the future of Web3
- The opportunity and challenges of entering the Baltic
- IMGL MasterClass
- Marketing in the metaverse
- VRevolution – XR, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
- Responsible Gaming
- AI at the tip of our fingers, changing the world rapidly
- Esports, Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports in the Baltic and Nordic region
- Slots, Gamification, game development, streaming by the masters
- BSG Awards 2023 & BTECH Awards 2023
Besides the speakers and moderator, the top decision-makers and business influencers are joining the key event of the Baltic and Nordic 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 Riga between 16-17 May 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 to register early. You can find more details here: https://hipther.com/events/riga/regriga2023/
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.
Nordcurrent turns players into fashion designers with UGC marketplace
Developer and publisher Nordcurrent has released a revolutionary update to its leading mobile fashion game, Pocket Styler, with the launch of a new creator platform, Pocket Styler Studio. The digital platform allows players to work like real-life fashion designers to create clothing, shoes and accessories to their exact specifications. Once finished, digital designers can market their creations under their own ‘designer label’ name and sell them in-game to millions of Pocket Styler’s players in return for in-game currency, which has never been possible in a mobile fashion game before.
The gaming skins market is a multi-billion dollar industry, with almost 50% of players buying skins with in-game currency and around 40% buying skins with real money, according to Newzoo. But, conceptualising, drawing and polishing collections takes time, and even with Nordcurrent artists supplying over 100 items every couple of weeks, Pocket Styler players still had a thirst for more items inspired by current fashion, movies, and celebrity looks, thus limiting the time players were spending in the game and subsequently Nordcurrent’s revenue.
The integration of user-generated content into Pocket Styler has revolutionized the in-game design process. It has provided players with a wider range of options to choose from while also allowing them to earn in-game currency. This feature has also addressed the creative burden faced by game artists and developers who previously struggled to keep up with the demand for fresh content. Designers now upload over 2,000 original items into the game every day, adding nearly 300 times more content than before the launch of Pocket Styler Studio.
Victoria Trofimova, CEO of Nordcurrent, said: “‘With over 100,000 daily active users, Pocket Styler is one of the world’s most popular fashion games, and now one of the most advanced thanks to the introduction of Pocket Styler Studio. It provides a platform for creators to become professional digital fashion designers who can build their brands and promote their designs globally.
“By empowering players and letting them design and sell their clothing, we hope to inspire the next generation of fashion designers while supporting them as active contributors to the game they love, helping us form a community of designers who play a genuine part in making the game even better.“
Pocket Styler Studio has been in beta since February. Currently, over 1,000 designers are creating items for the game, and another 5,000 designers are expected to upload daily in the first year of launch, creating trillions of outfit combinations and millions of new looks submitted weekly. Nordcurrent is also testing the option of designers earning real currency from their designs in the future.
Designs are saved into a designer’s profile until they are ready to be marketed. Once on sale, individual designers can track their brands’ success by ‘Publishing’ items and assessing how many sell. Players can choose a name for their designer label and earn ‘Gems’, the in-game currency, for every item sold to other players. Pocket Styler Studio is available globally; players must have Pocket Styler installed on their phones and have a free Nordcurrent ID to use Pocket Styler Studio, which can be accessed through a browser.
Launched in May 2021, Pocket Styler is based on attending different in-game events, creating looks based on the criteria of the events, submitting those looks, getting scores, and competing with other players to become “trendsetters” and climbing on top of the leaderboard. The game has 21 million downloads, with 100,000 players spending 10,000 hours on the app and giving 10 million votes to outfits daily.
PopOK Gaming games are now certified for Lithuania
18 PopOK Gaming slots are now ready to be enjoyed in Lithuania.
Renowned for crafting top-tier slot games, PopOK Gaming celebrates the certification of 18 of its games alongside the validation of its 4-level progressive jackpot, meeting the regulations set forth by the Lithuania iGaming jurisdiction.
The acquisition of this certification marks a significant milestone for PopOK Gaming, expanding their game distribution across the Lithuanian region while solidifying their position in the regulated market. This breakthrough represents a pivotal step towards offering players top-notch gaming experiences within a secure environment, contributing substantially to the company’s partners’ business ventures.
Product Manager, Tsovinar Elchyan, said: “It is extremely encouraging to gain game certification also for Lithuania. It paves the way for local players to savor a diverse array of our games, including beloved titles such as Yummy, Diamond Flash, Lost Treasure, 20 Hot Bar, Los Apaches, Lucky Jungle, and many more! Quality is of utmost importance at PopOK Gamings, and meeting local regulations helps us to achieve the quality we are so proud of.”
Hacksaw Gaming Launches in the Baltics with Betsafe Lithuania
Hacksaw Gaming has officially gone live with its exceptional portfolio of games on Betsafe Lithuania!
On the 24th of November, Hacksaw Gaming graced the online casino with leading titles including Chaos Crew, Wanted Dead or a Wild and RIP City. The thrills do not end there, as Betsafe promises another batch to hit the Lithuanian screens by Q1 of 2024.
Hacksaw Gaming announced its affiliation with Betsson in January 2021, and has since fine tuned the collaboration by leaving its mark across a plethora of regulated markets. However, the long-awaited launch with Betsafe Lithuania marks a significant milestone of particular notability, as Hacksaw games are popularized across a jurisdiction where iGaming is flourishing at a rapid rate, bringing a unique gaming experience to Lithuanian players.
Betsafe Lithuania stands proud at the top of the leaderboards, holding its spot in the top 3 each and every quarter. Betsson, known for its commitment to delivering a top-grade gaming platform, is the perfect partner for Hacksaw Gaming’s innovative and high-quality game content.
In a joint statement, representatives from Hacksaw Gaming and Betsafe Lithuania express their enthusiasm with the new partnership. “This is going to be an unparalleled gaming adventure as Hacksaw Gaming takes the spotlight with Betsafe Lithuania” said Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming. Aurimas Silys, Head of Betsafe Lithuania added, “We are very thrilled to add the brilliant content of Hacksaw Gaming to our outstanding casino portfolio and expand our cooperation even further in 2024”.
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