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March 29th will be an exciting day for Pangea Localization Services as we will be visiting Prague for an insightful gaming summit. This conference will shed light on essential matters in the industry such as legislation, regulations and license issues.

From round-table sessions to workshops, Pangea will be joining several other gaming service providers in the business including software providers, operators and licensees. Seminars and Q & As will be focused around issues in countries like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Poland.

We are excited to hear about updates in the iGaming world as well as discuss our services with potential clients. This industry is constantly in need of translation and content services so Pangea will be there to enlighten them about why we’re worth it.

Pangea’s Managing Director, who will be a delegate at the event said, “One of our main areas of specialty is the iGaming sector. We translate and write content for this area every single day whether it be poker, sports betting or bingo-related. Hearing about different outlooks on the market will be interesting. I look forward to networking and giving pointers about content in the gambling world, especially about how it can be very fragile – with regards to regulations. This conference will keep us well-informed of any updates in this market which will ultimately help us maintain our quality standards in translating and writing.”

Also attending the Prague Gaming Summit? Meet the Pangea team there!

Established in 2015, Pangea provides services in Translation, Localization and Content in a variety of fields including Forex, Trading, iGaming and Marketing. Our thriving team of industry expert linguists specialize in 40+ languages. Pangea’s objective is to help businesses go global and reach new markets worldwide by delivering impactful content in ultra-competitive markets.

In the meantime you can read an exclusive interview with Michal Shinitzky, Managing Director at Pangea Localization Services here!

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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Prague Gaming Summit 2018 is set to become a platform designed for regional regulatory updates, innovations talks and social responsibility

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The second edition of Prague Gaming Summit is set to become a leading platform which will highlight the Slovakian, Czech and Polish market, while also focusing on the latest innovations which are trending at this moment and help increase the social awareness of the industry.

 

Regulatory updates from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland

As is typical, legislation has lagged behind innovation in the industry in Europe and we’re just starting to see more nations undertake the balancing act between ensuring they generate sufficient tax revenue, and providing a safe environment for their bettors. This process is made particularly difficult since levying too much tax will discourage investment in localities, as well as promote a move to less regulated, altogether dodgier iGaming venues from the punters themselves. Despite the divides between legislators, there are still good offers for specific counties across Europe. The Czech, Slovak and Polish market are not among them. This is why we are reaching out to the industry to encourage this effort of bringing together the key stakeholders of the industry to discuss potential amendments.

The special regulatory briefings will be held by top names of the industry who are well known in the region for their contributions to the online and land based gambling market and here are some of the already experts that will speak during the regulatory update panels:

Dr. Robert Skalina(WH Partners), Jakub Kolomicenko (Endorphina), Jan Rehola (PS Legal), Vojtech Chloupek (Bird&Bird), Piotr Dynowski (Bird&Bird), Tal Zamstein (Fortuna Group), Bogdan Coman (Rombet)

 

Social Responsibility, Anti-Money Laundering and Gambling Licensing Procedures

Social responsibility is all about protecting players from gambling-related harm and the organizers encourage the fact that crime should be kept out of gambling. The industry is facing a period in which more and more regulated markets are adopting licence conditions and codes of practice which revolve around responsible gambling. However, these programs should be implemented in a manner that it does not block the industry totally.

When speaking about the implementation of the EU AMLD we must mention the fact that there are rumors about a 5th AMLD which will focus on the following 5 main requirements: Extending the Directive Scope to include Virtual Currencies, Addressing the Issue of Anonymity in Relation to Prepaid Cards, Beneficial Ownership Registers, Enhancing cooperation and information sharing among EU financial intelligence units and Developing a Consistent EU Approach Toward High-Risk Third Countries.

The already confirmed speakers of the discussion are: Pieter Remmers(Assissa), Alex Henderson (The Ritz Hotel Casino London), Dan Iliovici (Romanian National Office for Gambling), Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWĂ„LTE)

 

Innovation Talks, Retention and Marketing

There is no doubt that talks around crypto is going to be among the highlights of many industry related news, thus we are once again putting together a panel where the experts of the crypto industry will share their wisdom and talk innovations.

For the first time in our portfolio, we are implementing a panel style workshop which will revolve around Conversion and Retention which will help attending delegates to gain access to information that will help increase their profit.

The already confirmed experts of the panels are: Tal Itzhak Ron (Tal Ron, Drihem and Co. Law Firm), Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners), Max Krupyshev(Cubits), Robert Dowling (EveryMatrix), Joseph Borg (WH Partners)

 

With such an incredible lineup of expert speakers, the event is expected to surpass the inaugural edition in numbers and networking opportunities as we are already receiving a high number of registrations.

 

Delegate pass price breakdown:
•Early Bird Rate (60% Off): 199 EUR – Sales end on December 31, 2017
•Combo – Early Bird Rate + 2 nights accommodation (60% Off): 379 EUR – Sales end on December 31, 2017
•Advance Rate (40% Off): 299 EUR – Sales end on March 22, 2018
•Combo – Advance Rate + 2 nights accommodation (40% Off): 479 EUR – Sales end on March 22, 2018
•Regular Rate (no discount): 499 EUR – Sales end on March 29, 2018

Tickets can be registered via the special new registration gateway created by EEGEvents where you can opt for fiat and cryptocurrency payments.

Register here: http://bit.ly/Prague18

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Prague as well as your contributions to the topics!

 

 

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Save the date for the 2nd edition of Prague Gaming Summit and new destination in the EEGEvents portfolio

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The team at EEGEvents has carefully examined the feedback received during 2017 and has already announced 2 dates in the 2018 calendar which include the second edition of Prague Gaming Summit and an inaugural event in Riga, Latvia.

After receiving a positive feedback in regards to the organizing of their events and calls from the industry to engage in new markets and landscapes, the team is ready to take on 2018 and add 2 news destinations in the events portfolio.

Zoltan Tundik, Found and Head of Business at EEGMedia/EEGEvents, has added: “The year 2017 has seen an unprecedented growth in terms of new events being organized all around the world and surprisingly, all have attracted new connections. We should take this growth seriously and look towards organizing more quality events, which are for the benefit of the industry. When analyzing the already past calendar we have started noticing some gaps that need to be filled, thus have contact our friends in regions where there is huge potential to conduct business. These regions are often overlooked and can serve as a great opportunity to expand and network while building a global industry. Besides adding 2 new locations to our already established 3 in our event portfolio, in 2018 we will implement new sessions that will be in the benefit of the attending delegates that help increase networking and interactivity. We look forward to welcoming you at our events in 2018!”

 

Prague Gaming Summit 2018

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The 2nd edition of “the most successful boutique-style gaming event in Prague” is going to be held on the 29th of March, 2018 at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague.

The conference is designed to give the latest insights about the regulatory updates in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Workshops and reports will be given be the top gaming experts who are active players of the online and land-based industry within the mentioned countries, thus serving operators and software providers with information about what to expect in 2018 and how they can apply for licenses where licensing is possible.

As in 2017, the summit will feature a round table discussion with the Czech regulators in order to discuss burning question that arise during the period.

We officially invite you to a must attend event if you are an active company in the online and land based gambling industry of the region. The event will also open up investment ideas if you would like to start being a legal supplier or operator in the demographic.

Those seeking networking will find that Prague Gaming Summit offers a great variety of networking possibilities via the event and connect networking dinners and parties. See what the delegates had to say about the 2017 event here…

Delegate pass price breakdown:

  • Early Bird Rate (60% Off): 199 EUR – Sales end on December 31, 2017
  • Combo – Early Bird Rate + 2 nights accommodation (60% Off): 379 EUR – Sales end on December 31, 2017
  • Advance Rate (40% Off): 299 EUR – Sales end on March 22, 2018
  • Combo – Early Bird Rate + 2 nights accommodation (40% Off): 479 EUR – Sales end on March 22, 2018
  • Regular Rate (no discount): 499 EUR – Sales end on March 29, 2018

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*New ticketing gateway is now available

Preliminary Agenda

Focus on Slovakia

The panel will focus on the latest developments and insights of the Slovakian gambling market where experts will share their ideas and information about licensing and potentials of the market.

Already confirmed speakers:

Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners)

More speakers to be announced soon

Focus on Czech Republic

Given the fact that the Czech Republic is a newly regulated market, the government are not rushing into making decisions that will affect the taxation and the competitiveness of the country. Currently, the regulators know that they don’t have a perfect solution for the industry, but are waiting to adjust this accordingly. The panel is very important for the Czech industry and all international operators as the latest amendments will be explained.

Already confirmed speakers:

Jan Rehola (PS Legal)

More speakers to be announced soon

Focus on Poland

In 2017, the new amendments in the Polish gambling law have entered into force. Operators have found themselves either blacklisted or dealing with heavy paperwork and more announced amendments. The panel will shed light on the state of the Polish gambling market and will also explain what are the key aspects that you need to consider when entering the market.

Already confirmed speakers:

Piotr Dynowski (Bird & Bird)

More speakers to be announced soon

Innovation Talks

The Innovation Talks series will continue in Prague as well and we are looking forward to giving our delegates the most recent information about technology that is being adopted in the industry to increase revenues and attract new clients.

Speakers coming soon

Recent updates about Responsible Gambling programs

More and more countries are looking towards tightening the rules and implementing harsher Responsible Gambling programs in the industry that affect operators, software providers and affiliates. Many have stated that the year 2017 and 2018 are the years in which the Next Phase in Responsible Gambling is going to be implemented.

Speakers coming soon

Round table discussions with the Czech regulators (limited to 25 delegates)

The 2017 meeting with the regulators was the top rated session of the inaugural event, thus we are honored to once again invite you to a formal discussion session with the local regulators in order to discuss the most important questions you may have that are in the field of the regulator.

Prague Gaming Summit will set the stage for local and international companies involved in the online and land based gambling industry to network and exchange ideas.

More details of about Prague Gaming Summit 2018 can be found the official website of the event: www.praguegamingsummit.com

 

Announcing a new destination, Mare Balticum (Baltic Sea) Gaming Summit 2018 – Riga

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The inaugural edition of the yearly event will take place on the 8th of May, 2018 at Astor Riga.

The Baltic and Scandinavian region provides a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to online gambling. The regulations in the region have bee carefully adjusted and the current status of the markets show good investment potential. The region is known to adapt quickly to changes and it’s flexible towards involving digital innovations. This is why the Baltic and Scandinavian region is good adopter of quality measurements that insure the online and land based gambling co-exist.

The inaugural event will give a good opportunity for international gaming operators and vendors to touch base with the regulators that will be present at the event. The intention and mission of the event is to bring together industry professionals and regulators for the Baltic and Scandinavian region in order to discuss the future of the industry of the region.

Tickets at the Early Bird Rate (50% Off) are available until April 20, 2018!

A special rate for accommodation at the official hotel is also available!

Delegate pass price breakdown:

  • Early Bird Rate (50% Off): 199 EUR – Sales end on April 20, 2018
  • Combo – Early Bird Rate + 2 nights accommodation (60% Off): 449 EUR – Sales end on April 20, 2018
  • Advance Rate (40% Off): 238.80 EUR – Sales end on May 4, 2018
  • Combo – Early Bird Rate + 2 nights accommodation (40% Off): 499 EUR – Sales end on May 4, 2018
  • Regular Rate (no discount): 398 EUR – Sales end on May 8, 2018

Register here

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Preliminary Agenda

The state of the industry in Latvia

The panel will focus on the latest developments and insights of the Latvian gambling market where experts will share their ideas and information about licensing and potentials of the market.

Speakers coming soon

The state of the industry in Lithuania

The panel will focus on the latest developments and insights of the Lithuanian gambling market where experts will share their ideas and information about licensing and potentials of the market.

Already confirmed speakers:

Andrius Gabnys (‎Attorney At Law – ‎Gabnys Law Firm)

The state of the industry in Estonia

The panel will focus on the latest developments and insights of the Estonian gambling market where experts will share their ideas and information about licensing and potentials of the market.

Speakers coming soon

The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden

The panel will focus on the latest developments and insights of the Danish and Swedish gambling markets. As the industry already gotten used to the fact the the Danish legal framework which revolves around the gambling industry has been taken as an example of a good regulation and the Swedish market is an upcoming jurisdiction, the panel promises to bring a wealth of information about the two Scandinavian countries.

Already confirmed speakers

Morten Ronde (Chief Executive of the Danish Online Gambling Association)

Innovation Talks

The Innovation Talks series will also continue in Riga and we are looking forward to giving our delegates the most recent information about technology that is being adopted in the industry to increase revenues and attract new clients.

Speakers coming soon

Round table discussions with the Baltic regulators (limited to 15 delegates per regulator)

We are honored to once again invite you to a formal discussion session with the local regulators in order to discuss the most important questions you may have that are in the field of the regulator.

More details coming soon

Baltic Sea Gaming Summit – Gathering the gambling industry of the Baltic Sea region

More details about the event can be found on the official website: www.marebalticumgaming.com

 

For quick information requests, please do not hesitate to contact the team at EEGMedia/EEGEvents

Programme & speakers/Sponsorship

Zoltan Tundik – Founder and Head of Business

EEGMedia/EEGEvents

Tel: +40 (0) 735 559 234 / +40 (0) 726 388 370

Email: [email protected]

Media accreditation and Registration enquiries

Betty Tundik – Event Coordinator and PR Manager

Tel: +40 (0) 799 777 959

Email: [email protected]

George Miller – Media/Sales Manager

Tel: +40 (0) 799 772 801

Email: [email protected]

 

About EEGEvents

EEGEvents is the leading boutique gaming event organizer of the Central and Eastern European region.

EEGEvents is a sub-division of EEGMedia and is in charge of organizing boutique gaming events in Eastern and Central Europe. The team serves under the most experienced and well know company in the region which operates and A to Z service for online gambling companies.

EEGMedia(Eastern European Gaming Media) has been launched with the mission of bringing together the online gambling (igaming) industry of Central and Eastern Europe and building an communication bridge between the region and the already booming industry of Western Europe.

EEGMedia is the founder and owner of the largest igaming focused online news portal of the CEE region and since its launch in 2015 the company has managed to create a large database of clients and subscribers to become the leader of the industry.

The Events divison was founded in May 2016 and was the result of the many queries and feedback the company has received from B2B clients, operators and partners. This was the year when the inaugural Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference was held in Budapest and since then, the team has managed to organize two other inaugural events (VIGE – Vienna International Gaming Expo and Prague Gaming Summit).

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Post Event: CEEGC2017 reports considerable growth and becomes the key event in Central and Eastern Europe

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The second edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC) took place last week in Budapest at Kempinski Corvinus Budapest. Delegates took full advantage of the extended agenda which this year has been rolled out between 19 and 20 September (2 days).

The organizers would like to thank the supporters of the event for their contribution to helping make this great event reach the next level in terms of content and networking opportunities. Their grateful thank you goes for the following companies:

Iforium (Gold Sponsor)

NetEnt (Main Stage Sponsor)

SBTech (Registration Sponsor)

NSoft (Bronze Sponsor)

BetConstruct (Lanyards Sponsor)

LottoHero (Networking Break and Lunch Sponsor)

Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. Law Firm (Legal Sponsor)

Second, but also as important, the organizers would also like to thank the delegates who have attended the event, the speakers for their great contribution to the contents and all our media partners for helping spread the important news of the event. With their help, CEEGC has become the most prestigious boutique gaming event which gather C-level executives every year to network and gather information about the Central and Eastern European markets.

From beginning to the end…

The conference kicked off with a short networking session among the delegates who have bumped into each other while registering for the event at the luxurious Kempinski Corvinus.

The organizers were delighted to see that the networking among the attending professionals started straight away and a positive feedback was received about the diversity of the companies which were present at the event. This is the direct result of the quest on which EEGEvents has embarked on when starting to organize their events. The mission is to build a strong community and a platform for the online and land based gambling industry, where every company can benefit of exposure and of course take advantage of the educational sessions.

As the first business card batch was exhausted we have introduced the first panel discussion of the day, which focused on bringing a wealth of information about the current state of the gambling market in Serbia and Croatia. The panel was moderated by Bogdan Coman (Executive Director at Rombet) and featured keynote speakers such as Mirjana Acimovic (President of JAKTA and Chair at EUROMAT) and Hrvoje Vincetic (Managing Director of Casino Adriatic). Both speakers have brought a large volume of updates about the activity in the region. Hrvoje Vincetic stressed on the land-based sector of the gambling market in Croatia which is growing exponentially due to the high volume of tourists. Gambling tourism is an important part of the Croatian gambling sector and has been the main driver of incomes for the state.

Mirjana Acimovic has highlighted the main facts about why the possibilities of Serbia to become an attractive gambling market are real and what is the main evolution factor. The main takeaways of the topic was that the traditional model of gambling is disappearing and the online business is growing. This is due to joint business options where investors can invest in online gambling companies which are already established in the region. Ms. Mirjana also addressed concerns about the fact that the state doesn’t have a well structured regulation and the laws are outdated and in some cases inapplicable. This is a clear call for a new and modern regulation framework.

The PowerPoint Presentation can be requested by e-mail at [email protected]

The 2nd program on the Agenda was the CEEG Awards Contest, where the assigned delegates of the shortlisted companies took advantage of the chance to give a short speech about their activity and of course asked for the votes. The presentations were limited to a short 2 minutes speech and it was among the highlight moments of the morning. The personal touch of the presenters created a magical moment for the audience as they were getting ready to start the first Networking Break of the day.

Roy Pedersen – CEO & Chief Editor at All In Translations has commented:

For All-in Translations’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour we decided to attend more smaller conferences. Zoltan and Betty are much of the reason for this. They have a unique way of giving a personal touch to the events they organise while at the same time keeping them highly relevant. CEEGC Budapest was another great example where we felt truly welcome, and at the same time it was great for business.

The program continued with the Eastern European focused panel which was titled as “The growth of regulated markets in the Eastern European region“, which was specially designed to bring the key information about the current state of the gambling market in Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Ukraine. The organziers have picked to extend to only the listed markets because these are the current hot topics of the industry in Eastern Europe.

The panel was moderated Rita McClelland (Content Manager at GamblingCompliance) and the keynote speaker were Dan Iliovici (President of the Romanian National Gambling Office ONJN – the Romanian gambling regulator), Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor to WH Partners), Jan Rehola (PS Legal) and Iryna Sergienko (CEO at Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association).

The panel was rated among the top 3 panels of the event as its content has focused on the highly debated changes of the Czech Republic’s regulatory system and the awaited changes is the law, Slovakia’s possible market regulation, the key points on which the Romanian gambling sector wants to improve and of course the state of the Ukrainian gambling market.

Jan Rehola (PS Legal), has highlighted he’s main comments about the current regulation of the Czech Republic and he has encouraged the attending companies to show interest in the market as it will become one of the most competitive market in the region.

Dan Iliovici (President of the Romanian National Gambling Office ONJN – the Romanian gambling regulator) has pointed out that major amendments are coming to the regulatory framework on the Romanian market and he plans to focus also on the responsible gambling program implementations in the land based sector.

Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor to WH Partners) has stressed on the importance of paying attention of the Slovakian gambling market, a market which has recently been in the focus of many online newspapers that cover the industry. A possible new framework is to be announced soon.

Iryna Sergienko (CEO at Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association) expressed an open invitation for all the industry to join the upcoming event in Ukraine, where all burning questions about the market will be discussed with the government officials. The Ukrainian market will be regulated in 2018 and it is important for the regulator and legislator to understand the demands of the industry in order to create a competitive market for all.

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After the “quality gambling industry update” (quoted from the event survey) the delegates got the chance to dive into the world of cryptocurrency, smart contract and blockchain.

The program continued with a new episode of the Innovation Talks series which was titled as “Innovation Talks – The Cryptocurrency Effect” and was moderated by Joseph F. Borg (Senior Advisor to WH Partners and VICE-PRESIDENT of BitMalta).

The delegates have rated the panel among the top 3 panels of the agenda and received a full scope around what Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies mean for the industry and that this is only the start of the blockchain revolution.

Keynote speakers of the panel were Jonathan Galea (Blockchain & cryptocurrencies lawyer, President of Bitmalta), Jarek-Górny (COO of SiGMA), Max Krupyshev (COO of Cubits), Dr. Andreas Glarner  (Partner at MME Legal Tax Compliance). The expert have tackled the potential effect and benefits of the blockchain technology in the remote gaming industry and the future of ICOs.

Jonathan Galea – Legal Counsel at NetEnt & President of Bitmalta commented:

Safe to say that CEEGC is quickly becoming the the go-to boutique gaming conference, with a fantastically balanced range of topics covered in sufficient detail. It is going from strength to strength, so I’m certainly very eager for next year’s event!

The program continued with the traditional EEGEvents style “Complimentary Lunch Break” where as usual, the delegates have taken the advantage to feast with a great variety of food options, including vegan and dietary. The lunch break gave way for more networking as delegates got the chance to continue where they’ve left off while enjoying a good meal.

Soon after the delegates enjoyed a good meal, the program continued with the panel which focused on the Central European gambling market, particularly on Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia. The panel which was titled as “Where is the Central European gambling industry heading?” highlighted the concerns of the market which are located in the region. Moderated by Mihnea Paul Popescu-Grisogono (Founder at Casino Life & Business Magazine) the discussions included the main stories which shape the industry in region. Keynote speakers of the panel were Gabor Helembai (Partner at Bird&Bird), Helmut Kafka (President at Automatenverband), Jaka Repansek (Founder at Republis) and Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Head of the Betting and Gaming Group of Melchers Law Firm).

Opposite to the Eastern European panel, where some anticipations were discussed, the panel has shown the critical situation in which the industry currently is and all speakers have concluded that they are mostly facing the same political issues when it comes to a clear regulation.

As the discussion unfolded and came to an end, delegates understood that there is a huge market which is waiting to be regulated accordingly and there is need for a better lobby.

Julia Peeva – Gambling Compliance Officer at EGT Interactive stated:

Attending all events of EEGMedia so far, we are pleased to share that the 2nd edition of #CEEGC showed us a huge growth and steps ahead in the online gaming industry.

All the three members of EGT Interactive compliance team, were grateful to participate in such dynamic and quality conference. The great speakers selection discussing the hot topics, future regulation updates and trends shaping the industry in 2017, and great organization on all levels, brought us essence update. These two days of attendance grabbed us every time when a new discussion / presentation was initiated.

One of the most interesting parts was about the cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

For me personally, the honor to present this year’s #CEEGC edition winners in the company of Mr. Dan Iliovici – President of the ONJN Romania was a huge compliment and real excitement!

Looking forward to take part in the next big gathering organized by EEGMedia!

The panel was followed by the final networking break of the day and the second Innovation Talks panel. The panel was titled as “Innovation Talks – World Cup, Technology Innovation, Affiliates Turning Operators – what are the challenges ahead?” and it focused on the latest innovation suppliers and affiliates are bringing to the table. Moderated by Tal Itzhak Ron (Adv. and Notary at Tal, Drihem and Co. Law Firm) the discussion was very constructive and gave way for the keynote speaker to address concerns about the technology which is being delivered and about super-affiliates taking over the industry.

Keynote speakers of the panel were Assaf Stieglitz (Founder and owner of odds1x2.com), Angelo Dalli (CEO of Bit8/Lotto Hero), Kostandina Zafirovska (CEO at BtoBet) and Amnon Goldrat (Founder, VP Business Development at FinTech Logic).

Kostandina – Nina Zafirovska – CEO at BtoBet commented:

CEEGC in Budapest was the event that brings together experts in the industry together with Central and Eastern European regulators to exchange thoughts and knowledge for development of iGaming in the region. Great experience with wonderful people.”

The constructive discussion gave way to move forward with the program as the final session of the day was announced. The education continued with the IMGL Masterclass which was titled as “The devil is in the details as regulators apply stricter rules” and was moderated by expert Dr. Joerg Hofmann (Head of the Betting and Gaming Group of Melchers Law Firm)

The panel way joined by Jaka Repansek (Founder at Republis), Dan Iliovici (President of the Romanian National Gambling Office ONJN – the Romanian gambling regulator), Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor to WH Partners) and Tal Itzhak Ron (Adv. and Notary at Tal, Drihem and Co. Law Firm)

As Mr. Dan Iliovici was the only regulator in the panel, the panelist have managed to ask the vital questions about the creation of a regulatory framework and what is the impact of politics in regards to the design. Mr. Dan Iliovici was clear to express he’s experience when it comes to drafting a law or adding amendments. He also mentioned that the creation of a competitive gambling market is the key concern of the regulator however the legislator is the one who will make this happen.

Mr. Jaka Repansek has stressed on the fact that the creation of a regulatory framework should focus on the cycle where the industry addresses the regulator and the regulator than heads to the legislator. The creation of this cycle is important and is a key ingredient of having a well regulated market.

The concerns of the affiliate industry were raised by Mr. Tal Itzhak Ron, who underlined the fact that applying for a second class license as an affiliate is only correct if the regulator is blacklisting non-compliant affiliates. Questions were also raised about the recent hot topics about the legal role of affiliates in media and advertising campaigns.

All attending keynote speakers of the IMGL Masterclass agreed that technology is way ahead of the regulatory frameworks and it usually takes about 5 year for the regulator and legislator to catch up with them. Thus, all regulators should attend technology conference to learn about the new methods that are implemented by operators and suppliers to keep up with the demand.

The first day concluded with a Networking Party sponsored by iGamingRadio which was held at 4Bro Downtown, one the hippest venues in Budapest at the moment. The delegates got the chance to unwind, enjoy a few drinks and network in much more relaxed manner.

The second day of the event has been scheduled to start later because of the exhaustive networking session on which some of the delegates embarked after the Networking party. The program started with the 3rd Innovation Panel, which was rated among the top 3 panels of the event. We can certainly say that the Innovation Talks series has become a great platform where suppliers and operators can exchange information and even start collaborations to enhance the offer of the industry.

The final panel of the event was titled as “Innovation Talks – Latest innovations in the field of gambling and hot topics that shape the industry in 2017 and 2018” and was moderated by Konrad Gill(Founder at ViARsys) who expressed that these series of panels are an important part of the innovation which we witness in the industry.

The keynote speakers and presenters of the panel were Andrew Cochrane (CCO at SBTech), Thomas Willomitzer (Founder and CEO at Snapscreen.com), David Gasparyan (CTO at BetConstruct), Valery Bollier (CEO and Co-founder at OulalaGames) and Borislav Borisov (COO of UltraPlay).

Contrary to other conferences, the speaker have discussed the hot topics of the industry and did not dive into sales pitches for the audience. Subjects such as Omnichannel, DFS, eSports and the options to customize your casino brand were discussed in a conversation that could have lasted for hours. We would like to add at least 1 Innovation Talks panel to all our events to continue this initiative.

 

The final session of the event was the announcement of the CEEG Awards 2017 winners where the hosts were Ms. Julia Peeva (Gambling Compliance Officer / EGT Interactive) and Mr. Dan Iliovici (President of the Romanian National Gambling Office ONJN – the Romanian gambling regulator).

The winners for the CEEG Awards 2017 per category are as the follow:

B2B sector:

Sports betting providers

  • Best Sports Betting Innovation in 2017: BtoBet
  • Best Sports Betting Customer Support in 2017: BetConstruct
  • Best Overall Sports Betting Provider in 2017: SBTech

Casino software providers

  • Best Casino Innovation in 2017: NetEnt
  • Best Casino Customer Support in 2017: Iforium
  • Best Overall Casino Software Provider in 2017: BetConstruct

Operators

Sports betting

  • Best Overall Sports Betting Operator in Central and Eastern Europe: Superbet

Casino

  • Best Overall Casino Operator in Central and Eastern Europe: LeoVegas

 

Connected services

  • Best Payment/Finance Solution Provider in 2017: Acapture
  • Best iGaming Press in Central and Eastern Europe: Casino Life & Business Magazine
  • Best iGaming Service Provider (translation, hosting, consulting, etc.): All-In Translations
  • Best Software Testing Laboratory in 2017: NMi Gaming

 

The team at EEGMedia / EEGEvents would like to once again thank all attendees for their presence at the event and look forward to welcoming you at their next events:

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