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The 10th BEGE Expo with record high attendance



 Accompanied by the magnificent sound of Bulgarian national pipes and drums, over 5 thousand professionals from the industry stepped inside the 10th anniversary edition of the leading gaming event in Eastern Europe – BEGE Expo.

The impressive performance of the folklore ansamble Chinary greeted the visitors and emerged them in the show. BEGE Expo is initiated by The Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI) and is supported by the Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling.

With over 80 companies from 20 countries presenting their latest solutions and product portfolio the exhibition introduced the latest technological achievements and gathered representatives from the global gaming industry. The organisers reported visitors from Eastern Europe including Georgia and Cyprus, as well as representatives of the branch from UK, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and USA, concluding a very succssful first decade of the BEGE Expo history, stepping boldly and ambitiously in the second decade.

This year BEGE Expo went under the slogan “Bulgaria – the technology hub of the Balkans”, which meant to highlight the importance of the gaming industry as an initiator of technological achievements and innovations. The exposition “In the world of the Bulgarian discoverers and inventors”, which presented the accomplishments of past innovators attracted great interest, as well as the Innovation zone where the latest cutting-edge technologies were revealed. The companies that took part in the zone were: Alberici, Ainsworth, Novomatic, Casino Technology, EGT, E-Service, Fininvest and Count-R, IBA Entertainment, BET3000, Intergames, Innovative Technology, JPL and nanoVo.

The two-day program of the exhibition was tight with various events and accompanying activities. The humanoid robot Sanbot greeted the visitors at the opening ceremony of the event and set a tone of good mood, kept all through the trade show.

Later on the beauty contest Miss Gaming BEGE 2017 was held and the new beauty queen was officially selected at the BEGE party in the evening. The contestants were presenting the biggest operators, having locations in Bulgaria. The crown was given to the graduated economist Alexandra Peyovich, contesing on behalf of the Admiral casino.The runner ups were the girls presenting CGI Clubs and Eldorado Bet and the „Audience’s favorite“ was Sara Amar, selected by Casino Royale Palms.

Day two was even busier and started with the official BEGE Awards ceremony, acknowledging people and companies for special contribution and excellent achievements. Among the companies who were honored were Zitro, NOVOMATIC, Casino Technology, Euro Games Technology (EGT), Intergames (with Konami), Interblock, Abbiati, BetConstruct, NYX Gaming Group, Advansys, Bet3000, Suzohapp, Change Italia, Innovative Technology, Quixant, Fininvest and Alberici.

Morover, the young entrepreneurs of the industry had also tribune and introduced their novelties during the Gaming StartUp Challenge. The jury, headed by the Executive director of Casino Technology – Ivan Tzankarsky, honored the company Zebra Digital with the 1st place award in the contest for startup companies in the gaming field. The company has developed a concept for online games as a unique way of engaging prospects and generating new leads.

The second place was for the Macedonians from Football Chat AI, who give football betting tips calculated with AI. The third place won the dark fantasy action-adventure video game of Incineration Productions.

The second day concluded with the traditional discussion between operators and representatives of the Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling.

With the interest that exceeded all expectations and being a platfrom for extending the business relations and partnerships, the gaming trade show defined itself once again as the preeminent expo for the gaming and entertainment industry in Eastern Europe. The floorplan for 2018 is almost fully booked already so stay tuned!

BEGE Expo – the leading gaming and entertainment exhibition in Eastern Europe. The event is business oriented and provides opportunities for commercial contacts and presentations of products for the leisure, gaming and entertainment industry as well as technology products for optimizing operational, management and control processes. BEGE welcomes manufacturers, vendors, operators and representatives from the gaming and entertainment industries. For more please visit:

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Albanian president signs new law that restricts gambling



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Albanian President Ilir Meta has put his signature in the new gambling bill in the country to make it part of the law. The new law, titled Law No. 75/2018 On Several Amendments and Changes to Law No.155/2015 On Gambling in the Republic of Albania, aims to crack down on all forms of gambling.

The new law will come into force on 1 January 2019.

The proposals of the new legislation were proposed by Prime Minister Edi Rama and were unanimously approved in the Parliament during voting, with opposition members boycotting voting process.

The amended law bans all casinos and other physical gambling facilities from operating in residential areas. Casino gambling will only be allowed at five-star hotels and tourist areas around the country. Slot machine halls and other venues providing gambling services will have to relocate to city outskirts or close in order to comply with the recently approved changes.

Prime Minister Rama did not spare online gambling, as well, in his effort to curb the proliferation of gaming and betting activities in his country. Under the amended law, all betting and casino operations provided remotely will have to shut down.

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

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Albania’s new betting regulation could bring betting monopoly



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Albania is planning to introduce new betting regulation, which includes some radical proposals. First, sports betting will be banned in residential areas. Electronic casinos will also be relocated. The most important proposal is that there could be a state-monopoly on sports betting so that the state can effectively control gambling in the country.

“We are considering the possibility of treating sports betting and betting on races as a state monopoly and allow their operation by specially set up state structures,” a government report says.

Until now, gambling is privately run and generates over €130 million in income yearly, employing around 7,000 people. However, it could soon be partially turned into a state-run activity as sports betting would be controlled by the government, as it happens in many other European Union countries.

According to Prime Minister Edi Rama, upcoming changes – to be enforced as of January 2019 – will limit gambling and generate an extra €700 million in household consumption. However, there’s some opposition from the Democratic Party, which voiced its concern over gambling, and the government, allegedly being linked with organised crime, accusations that have been quickly dismissed by the majority.

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49 gamblers turn millionaires in 2017 in Bulgaria



National Revenue Agency (NRA) of Bulgaria has reported that 49 gamblers in the country became millionaires in 2017 alone. The agency has also stated that the total winnings from gambling received Bulgarian gamblers in 2017 amounted to BGN 627 million.

The report also indicates that as many as 13,447 Bulgarian gamblers have won more than 5,000 BGN last year.

The biggest winning was 9,815,422 BGN, and the game is not specified. The second biggest winning amounted to BGN 7.9 million, the third place was 5.7 million BGN. The other TOP 10 winners of the ranking have won from 4 to 5 million levs, the NRA reports. A total of 49 Bulgarians have become millionaires due to gambling last year with their winnings over 1 mln BGN.

80 Bulgarians have won between BGN 500,000 and BGN 1 million. Most gamblers, 12,395 people were lucky to receive winnings between BGN 5,000 and BGN 100,000.

The NRA statistics is not segmented by type of gambling because such information was not collected. However, it is clear from the tax agency data that the biggest winning was paid by companies which are the lottery operators.

The National Lottery has paid more than 5,000 levs to 6,209 people, according to official data from the NRA. Eurobet has provided such prizes to 259 people, New Games reported about 672 winners.

Since the lottery operators are required by law to pay out at least 50 per cent of the value of the bets, it can be concluded that turnover of lotteries is about BGN 1 billion in Bulgaria.


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