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Interview with Milena Savcheva, Conference Coordinator at EEGS and BEGExpo

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In our endless effort of giving you all the inside stories, updates and informations about the Eastern European Gaming demographic, we have manage to interview Milena Savcheva, who is the Conference Coordinator at EEGS. The EEGS(Eastern European Gaming Summit) is run in parallel with BEGE Expo(Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo) and shall between 23-25 November 2015 in Sofia.

She will enlighten you in regards of these to important conferences in the region, which are a must attend if you are looking to build your business in Eastern Europe. We would also like to thank her for this opportunity for being their media partner and we shall strive to bring you the full and most up-to-date informations daily.

EEG: First of all we would like to know more about you. How did you end up in the industry, and what are you plans for the future?

Milena: Let me start with a thank you for this opportunity to present our events to your audience. I am grateful and proud to be part of them and to contribute to their future development and expansion.

I am involved in the industry for almost 3 exciting years now. My journey into the gaming started in the summer of 2012 as intern at Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo. Three months later I was invited to become part of the team as Marketing Assistant. In the autumn of 2014 I was entrusted with organization of EEGS 2015 as Conference Coordinator.

Being part of such a dynamic industry for several years now, I am already used to flexibly adapt my plans for future to the rapidly changing circumstances in order to be able to accept any professional challenge that could arise. At the moment I am investing all my efforts to organize a very successful 8th edition of EEGS in November! 

EEG: What is the Eastern European Gaming Summit all about for you personally?

Milena: For me EEGS is a great opportunity for networking with a very broad scope of people – from law experts to regulators and professionals from the industry. It is also a chance to see how the land lies in regard of the latest regulatory and technological trends.

My work on the organization of the event also allowed me to gain a thorough knowledge of the industry across the region and the rest of the world. For me, each EEGS is unique and unforgettable, and my ultimate goal is to make each edition better than the previous one. It’s one of the most exciting and tense periods throughout the year for me but it’s always worth it!

EEG: As we know, Eastern European Gaming Summit already has a history in Eastern Europe. When did it get started and what is its mission? Has it taken a huge effort to build it?

Milena: The first edition of the Eastern European Gaming Summit took place in 2008. It became reality due to the tireless efforts of a team of highly motivated and dedicated people that allowed to establish it in just a few years as the most prestigious forum and an annual focal point for gaming professionals in the Balkans.

We do our best to add each year something new as topics and speakers to the concept.  For example, rapid advent of new remote gaming technologies, related regulation changes and their impact on the land-based industry will take a center stage in the program of the next edition. This is our mission – bridging the gap between all stakeholders in order to explore and present the changing gaming landscape regarding the development of the industry with focus on Eastern Europe and beyond.

EEG: What about the Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo (BEGE Expo)? Could you fill us in on the details of why this Expo is special? When did it get started?

Milena: Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo (BEGE Expo) started in 2008 as a parallel event of EEGS, both organized by the Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry.  Since then it has established as a must-attend event for every company which would like to promote its products and latest technology innovations in the Balkan markets. It is the most important trade show in the region that supports local manufacturers and allows land-based and online operators to take advantage of various new business opportunities, innovative solutions and new technologies. Last year’s show was a huge success, according to both exhibitors and visitors. This year’s BEGE Expo is expected to have even more attendance as some of the leaders in the industry have already reserved their preferred booth locations. The rich accompanying program, including the annual BEGE Awards, Miss Gaming BEGE beauty contest, Round table of casino operators with The Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling, also has a great merit for its success.

EEG: Judging by the speaker lineup, it will probably be a huge attraction this year as well. Has the registrants number increased since the last few years?

Milena: We are still at an early planning stage regarding the conference agenda for the upcoming edition but as you can see on our website, last year’s speaker line-up was really good and diverse. We do have lasting partnerships with major international gaming institutions such as IMGL, AGEM, RGA, IAGA, IAGR, GREF, which also have representatives among the speakers. We will also have an IMGL Masterclass and a Global Gaming Women Networking panel which was introduced last year in cooperation with the American Gaming Association. We will announce the complete agenda in May, but sponsorship packages are already finalized. At this stage we can definitely promise to our audience that EEGS 2015 will meet their expectations, bring together world’s leading figures and companies from the industry.

Regarding the registrants number, in 2013 we marked a 25 % percent increase of the attendance, and in 2014 there was a 30% growth. We are extremely happy that we manage to attract more and more interest with every edition of the event.

EEG: We also noticed a huge interest shown by the top level operators in Eastern Europe, has that been a success for them? Is there a high number of feedback?

Milena: Eastern European Gaming Summit is an important nexus for every industry expert and professional who is eager to gain insight on the current legislation, technology and market trends and updates across the region. Operators are particularly interested to keep pace with the latest developments in business environment and learn about best modern practices. Not surprisingly, each edition attracts more and more top level operators from Eastern Europe and beyond. Their interest is also boosted by the fact that the conference is held in a country like Bulgaria, which can serve as an example in terms of legislation and development of the industry as a whole. This conclusion was supported also by the very positive feedback from the previous editions.

EEG: Referring to the affiliate side of the event. How can this crowd of professionals benefit of the knowledge that was and will be shared at the 2 events?

Milena: The fact that the two events are organized simultaneously in the same venue, Inter Expo Center in Sofia, contributes substantially to their success. By conducting BEGE Expo and Eastern European Gaming Conference as co-events, we manage to bring under one roof the theory and practice of the gaming industry. Many of the trends and topics discussed at the conference can be seen as real technology developments during BEGE Expo. So I think this format is extremely successful.

EEG: What do you think about EEG? Could you give us your thoughts on our mission, the one to build a bridge between Western and Eastern European Gaming world?

Milena: You have been really doing a great job! Honestly, I do read your news daily and I truly believe your work is crucial for raising awareness of everything happening in the industry across the region. You are a bright rising media star for the industry in Eastern Europe. Кeep going with the great work and quality content!

EEG: Ok, here comes the fun part. What is your favorite food and if you would have to pick a country in Eastern Europe to travel to, where would you go?

Milena: Interesting question. My favorite food is fried zucchini with yogurt-dill sauce. As for the country, for a traveler soul like me it’s hard to point out just one favorite destination.  Every country has its own splendor and gives you a whole new experience when exploring it. I definitely would like to see more from Romania, Czech Republic and, why not, some summer music festival in Ukraine!

EEG: And as a closing question, which is not really a question, more like an opportunity to spread the word… advertise your event.

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If you are an industry expert, lawyer, manufacturer, operator or another gaming professional, join the 8th edition of EEGS to share experience, learn about latest developments, network with interesting people, have fun! Get involved to get insight into the future of the industry!

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The 8th edition of the Romanian Conference on Gambling

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On the 6th of March 2018, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest hosts the 8th edition of the Romanian Gambling Conference – CRG8, the biggest annual event of the gambling industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

The eighth edition of the CRG, a regional conference of gambling, will be held under the slogan “Ready for the Gambling of Tomorrow.

As in the previous editions, this years event aims to approach all elements of the gambling industry based on the novelties of the legislation and the enforcement rules, both in Romania and other European countries, as well as the vulnerabilities of the current system, passing through the slot rooms and AWPs, but also casino life or online gambling. Special sections will be provided for human resources, marketing, image, social responsibility and responsible gambling.

Among those who will speak, we find representative names in the gaming world both in Romania and abroad. Representatives of the Romanian authorities, as well as from other European Union countries, are on the guest list.

Those present at the event will be able to ask questions to clarify all the unclear aspects in the special questions and answers (Q&A) sections.

The organizer, as in all previous editions, is the most popular magazine of the Romanian gambling industry, Casino Life & Business Magazine, the double winner of the “Best iGaming Magazine of the Region” Award at the CEEG Awards Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and 2017.

As in the previous editions, during the conference, the organizers wish to host a mini-exhibition in the lobby, so that participants can see on the spot the novelties, as well as other projects of interest.

The event, of both local and international importance, will be hosted by the famous marble halls of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, on March 6th, 2018.

The Draft of the Program has four plenary sessions as follows:

– Partners Presentation
– CSR & Responsible Gambling
– Europe up-to-date
– Romanian Actuality

The Program has also coffee breaks and a working lunch.

Permanent partners of the events organised by Casino Life & Business Magazine are DGL PRO, GRISOGONO jewelry and ROMBET.
Gold Partner of the conference is NOVOMATIC Romania.

Media partner of the event are the portal www.forrichonly.ro, BURSA news-paper and the very well-known iGaming Business Magazine, part of Clarion group.

Those interested can download the Registration Form from here: Registration Form conf march 2018

For details, registration and other information send your inquiries to [email protected]

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The gambling industry in France, un problème historique

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The link between France and gambling always has been strong and could even be described as historic.

The country largely contributed to the development of gambling through time with the creation of inescapable games such as roulette (by the mathematician Blaise Pascal) and the 52 card game which gave birth to Baccarat or Shimmy (also known as Chernay).

As a consequence, it feels natural for gambling to be legal in France. But to settle on this territory, you must have a license from by several organisations:
• for betting activities: Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and Pari Mutuel Urbain(PMU);
• for bingo lotteries and sports betting, only the Française des Jeux (FDJ) keeps the monopoly on land base activities.

Some conditions must however be respected if you want to offer gambling activities in France. For example, physical casinos can only be established in seaside and tourist towns (except Paris) and on some cruise ships with the French flag.

Since 2010, online gambling is regulated by the Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), which can authorise licenses for club games (until now, only the poker is allowed), sports betting and horse races. Online casino games are forbidden in France.

Fifteen licenses have been issued by the ARJEL so far. This particularly low number of licenses can be explained by high tax rates which can frighten some operators.

However, the market is doing well as the third quarter of 2017 results show: an increase by 23% of the revenues linked to sports betting despite a year without international competition, a 10% growth of horse racing revenues and +5% for poker.

France is a market which needs to be followed especially as online casinos should be authorised very soon. The 2018 Football World Cup, with a French team considered as favorite for this new edition, should also contribute to the sector’s success thanks to high sports betting revenues.

On October 16, 2018, the inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana is set to host a panel where the state of France will be discussed directly with the regulator. To find out more details about the event make sure you follow our news.

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We are sponsoring the prizes at ASEAN Gaming Summit Poker Freeroll

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We are excited to announce our first event sponsorship and we would like to thank our friends at All-In Translations for the opportunity and initiative. As a strategic partner of Asia Gaming Brief (organizers of ASEAN Gaming Summit), the honor is even higher. (see EEGMedia/EEGEvents engages in strategic partnership with Asia Gaming Brief)

It was great to see that All-in Translations will once again host the official poker tournament of the ASEAN Gaming Summit in March and we want to make it even more interesting for the players by giving some prizes on behalf of our company.

The tournament is a freeroll for delegates attending the conference and we will be sponsoring the prize pool with no less than three packages of great value.

Prize 1 (worth $1600): 1 Seasonal ticket for a company representative which includes access to 5 EEGEvents in 2018.

The ticket includes access to the conference/seminar, complimentary lunch and access to all networking sessions.

More details about the events can be found on the official landing page of the events division: www.eegevents.org


Prize 2 (worth $550): Tickets for 2 EEGEvents in 2018 for a company representative. 

The winner can choose from the above list of events.


Prize 3 (worth $900): Featured radio spot for 3 months and interview on iGaming Radio

The player who wins this gets the opportunity to present the company with a radio spot which will be streamed during peak hours on iGamingRadio.comThe radio spot can be created by the representative’s team or by the team at the first online radio dedicated exclusively for the b2b sector of the online gambling industry. A selected representative will also get the chance to take part in the Innovation Talks monthly show and discuss the latest innovation in the industry.

As you may already iGaming Radio is the first online radio streaming gaming related news exclusively through daily shows, interviews and press releases. The aim of the station is to keep its audience connected 24/7 with the online gaming industry by playing awesome music and serving the news first hand.

You can tune in on www.igamingradio.com


About ASEAN Gaming Summit

TECH TRENDS, CONVERGENCE, STRATEGY, RETURN ON INVESTMENT
20-22 MARCH, 2018, CONRAD MANILA, PHILIPPINES

The ASEAN Gaming Summit draws together the region’s leading operators, regulators and suppliers, who are successfully developing the next generation of gaming offerings, both terrestrial and online.

From new-style integrated resorts, addressing the premium mass market, to sports betting innovations and online gaming, this event is for anyone with an interest in this dynamic region.

Mark your calendars for 20 -22 March, 2018.

For any questions about the 2018 conference, send an email to [email protected] or visit the official website www.aseangaming.com

 

About All-In Translations

All In Translations is the only Language Service provider offering such a large variety of languages (70+) combined with a true enthusiasm for iGaming, hence their slogan “We speak your iGaming language”.

They are now a market-leading provider of language services to the iGaming industry. Their high-quality standards and service level are ISO certified and trusted by several of the biggest platform providers, developers, operators and affiliate marketers. The team helps companies like Playtech, William Hill, Betfair, Microgaming, Interblock, Betsson and many more to boost their online presence and grow their brands internationally.

The subject of iGaming has been their bailiwick since the company started up in Malta in 2008, meaning that all their linguists and project managers have both a strong knowledge of and a genuine passion for casino games, poker, sports betting, lotto, bingo, trotting, backgammon, roulette and more.

Visit their official website for more details: www.allintranslations.com

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