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The GPI European Poker Conference comes to the SiGMA 2017 Conference in Malta on Nov. 23​rd

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The 2 nd Annual GPI European Poker Conference is coming to SiGMA 2017 this November 23 rd at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre. GPI’s European Poker Conference is the year’s defining opportunity for the European poker community to come together for collaborative brainstorming. Operators, media, organizers and players are all welcome to join in on and learn from discussions on current player, operator ecosystem trends, as well as the future outlook of the industry and more held between experts via moderated panels.

 

Eman Pulis - SIGMAThe GPI European Poker Conference is excited to build on its offerings via partnership with SiGMA, Malta’s seminal gaming convention held in one of Europe’s gaming and poker business hubs. As SiGMA Managing Director Eman Pulis notes, “For [SiGMA] this is a partnership made in heaven – thanks to GPI’s authority and leadership, SiGMA can truly claim to be a 360° showcase for igaming. We look forward to welcoming poker executives and stakeholders to network and do business together and with the rest of the igaming community.

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GPI Chief Alex Dreyfus offers equal optimism for this partnership; explaining that, “…the GPI European Poker Conference needed a stronger platform to connect the live and online poker industry. SiGMA attracted almost 4,000 visitors last year and expects that number to grow to over 7,000 in 2017. Working with them will allow us to have a much broader reach and develop initiatives aimed at growing the game of poker, by connecting more and more the industry stakeholders.

 

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The 2017 GPI European Poker Conference will be highlighted by five different 45 minute long panels. Each panel will be centered around a different contingent of industry experts, with discussion focused on a diverse array topics currently most relevant to the poker ecosystem.

The goals are clear – opening conversation on what different pockets of the European poker world is doing right and wrong, synthesizing a clear outlook on the future of the game throughout the region, and finding solutions to work together to push towards evolution and growth. Operators, sponsors, casino executives, tournament directors, players and media will all be heard from. This is a great opportunity for European poker industry members to come together, network, meet and set up future business.

For more information on the 2​ nd​ Annual European Poker Conference please visit ushere​.

SiGMA 2017 – the 4​ th Edition of the Malta iGaming Summit will be held on November 22​nd​-25​th​, 2017 in Malta. For more information on the convention please visit SiGMA online ​here​.

 

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Exclusive Q&A w/ Rory Credland, Head of Strategy at Next.io

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  • Could you provide an overview of the upcoming Next.io summit in May?

We are hosting our 4th annual NEXT.io event in Valletta on 15 – 16 May. With a global delegation of 5,000 attendees, Valletta’24 is more than just a conference; it’s where groundbreaking ideas and innovations converge. In addition to the leadership stage, we host several side tracks on marketing, investment, HR, sustainability, technology, emerging markets/jurisdictions – plus a new track on personal development. As we expect over 5,000 attendees, we have also increased our networking space with a new hall dedicated to more exhibitors, entertainment area, lunch, and a chill-out zone. Finally, our recent partnership with Ask Gamblers will ensure greater affiliates and operators in attendance, so as you can see there is definitely something for everyone and the event promises to be one of endless connections and activities.

 

  • What speakers or panelists can attendees expect to hear from during the summit?

We have tailored the event to make this event the pinnacle of the iGaming industry, offering unparalleled networking opportunities and insights from 300 industry-leading voices. We have many c-level speakers attending including Angus Nisbet, VP Gaming, BetMGM, gaming industry expert Paris Smith, Lahcene Merzoug, CEO. PressEnter, Francesco Postiglione, CEO, Casumo, Martina Akerlund, CEO, CallsU, Jeffrey Haas, Chief Growth Officer, William Hill, Todd Haushalter, CPO, Evolution Group, Tim Heath, General Partner, Yolo Investments plus an amazing keynote to kick off the start the event. We have two amazing keynotes to kick-start day 1 and 2 of the event, so I urge you to check out our agenda via

 

  • Can you share any insights into the format of sessions and discussions planned for the summit?

We like to change the formats and concepts up at NEXT.io compared to the norm that you see at other organisers. For instance, we base our talks at 30mins max to ensure that it is short and sharp straight to the point discussions and a limited number of speakers on each session so that more interactive discussion and debate can be had. We also are putting the CEOs under the spotlight this year – think Mastermind – with each CEO – one by one – under a “spotlight” for 10mins with direct questioning from the host. Should be awesome and insightful.

 

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  • How does Next.io ensure diversity and inclusivity in the selection of speakers and participants for its summits?

Internally we take an active stance to ensure that there is a cross selection of speakers to this regard based on our own internal metrics. Wherever possible we encourage new speakers to be put forward by their organisations or through connections that we make – this allows for new and different perspectives on the discussion to hand which make the event and tracks interesting and informative for the audience.

 

  • What unique networking or collaboration opportunities will be available to participants during the event?

For two years ago we have designed NEXT.io Valletta to be a festival week of iGaming, encouraging people to arrive for the week to take part in our activities we have on the Monday and Tuesday before attending the event on Wednesday. This year we have Golf, Padel, Run Club plus many networking events taking place from Tuesday through to Friday night, so check out the website where you will be able to find more information.

 

  • How does Next.io leverage technology or innovation to enhance the summit experience for attendees, whether in-person or virtual?

We have a unique advantage hosting the event at the MCC in that the main stage is built like a theatre – so with use of such a big stage we can use LED screens which allow for animation and interaction on screen as well as several attendee applications which ensures they get directly involved with what session is taking place and have an input into the direction of the questioning.

 

  • What motivated Next.io to choose Malta as the location?

NEXT.io head office is based in Malta, so it felt a natural fit to organise our flagship event within the country and at one of Malta’s iconic venues – The Mediterranean Conference Centre – with epic views over the harbour and Mediterranean Sea. When NEXT.io was formed the company had amazing support from the Maltese Gaming Authority who backed us at the time and so since day one we continue to use Malta to host what we feel is becoming an event on everyone’s calendars.

 

  • How does Next.io ensure that its summits provide a platform for emerging voices and perspectives alongside established leaders and experts?

As mentioned previously we like to continuously promote not only the established experts but also the leaders of tomorrow. Our Advisory Board is instrumental in that regards as they also have an ear to the ground as to whom is best to suggest for topics and discussions. I think what works best is a mix of experience and new to crate that interesting discussion on stage.

 

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  • How does Next.io plan to capture and share the insights and outcomes from the Malta summit to extend its impact beyond the event itself?

We record our main stage sessions and use this through our awesome marketing to promote the event long after it is over via access on our news part of the website. In fact, we never see an event having an “end” more of a continuation to the next show as we promote what was and what is new for the following year. Continuous dialogue with our audience and clients is important to ensure consistent messaging and allows us to react to what market forces are in play at the time.

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Stakelogic’s Slot and Live Casino Content is now live with L&L Europe

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Stakelogic expands its reach in the UK, Malta, and Sweden through integration with L&L Europe

Stakelogic, the industry’s leading cutting-edge provider of casino content, has continued its European expansion after integrating its innovative slots and live casino games onto L&L Europe’s platform.

This means that players at L&L Europe based in the UK, Malta and Sweden can now access Stakelogic’s award-winning portfolio of games, including Tiki Tiki Hold ‘N’ Win, Wild Wild Bass 3, Wild Hogs and Pigeon Hut.

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This is matched by the immersive and creative experience offered by Stakelogic Live’s live casino offering. Titles like Super Stake Blackjack and Spin to Win have helped Stakelogic Live redefine the live casino landscape.

Speaking of redefining the landscape. The newly launched Super Wheel™ does exactly that. This optional feature brings players the best of both worlds. Players trigger the feature and are taken to a live-casino setting. A host spins the Super Wheel, giving players the chance to land multipliers or one of three bonus features.

Neil Tanti, Senior Sales Manager at Stakelogic said: “The team at L&L Europe has spent the last few years creating a unique market position across all sectors of the iGaming industry and we are absolutely delighted to be partnering with such a progressive operator.

Similarly, we are passionate about creating the most thrilling and state-of-the-art content and we can’t wait to see our games enjoyed by L&L Europe’s players.”

Jan Wienk, Head of Marketing & Product of L&L Europe said, “At L&L Europe, we are committed to offering our players the best possible casino experience, and partnering with Stakelogic aligns perfectly with this goal. Additionally, Stakelogic Live’s product fills a gap for particular GEO’s we service and therefore partnering with them is the right choice.

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“As we continue to expand our portfolio, identifying the right suppliers is key and we are really excited to see where this collaboration goes.”

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Soft2Bet inaugurates new offices in Malta

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The new Malta office will enable Soft2Bet to welcome more team members and handle its corporate expansion in the best conditions.

Soft2Bet, a leading casino and sportsbook operator and platform provider, announces an important growth milestone – the official opening of its new offices in The Quad Central business center, one of Malta’s latest and most modern business complexes.
Situated in the centre of the island, Soft2Bet’s new office was officially inaugurated on 28 March in the presence of the Hon. Silvio Schembri, Malta’s Minister for Economy, Enterprise and Strategic Projects, Ivan Filletti, CEO of Gaming Malta and Soft2Bet’s long-term partners based on the Island.

Minister for Economy, Enterprise and Strategic Projects, Silvio Schembri said: “It is an honour for us to be here because Soft2Bet shows what we believe in as a country and as a government. The perseverance of a company starting from a small office in Sliema, just a few years ago employing less than 5 people, and in just a few years within the land of opportunity, they became one of the most important gaming companies in Malta, acquiring 2 floors and another 2 floors in this iconic building in Malta, employing more than 130 people from different nationalities. Malta is not just an island, is not just a place where you work, it’s a home, home for you and even for us to be able to not only accommodate but to be able to share the experiences with all of you here. Your success is our success.”

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Also present were many of the company’s senior leaders such as Founder and CEO Uri Poliavich, General Counsel David Yatom Hay, COO Gilad Naim, CMO Oksana Tsyhankova, CFO Max Portelli, CPO Yoel Zuckerberg and CBDO Martin Collins.

Soft2Bet’s new Malta office spreads over two levels, accommodating more than 130 employees. It was designed to provide the maximum comfort while working in a state-of-the-art well equipped business centre.

Creating a comfortable, safe and stylish work environment for employees is part of Soft2Bet’s DNA: there is a large networking space, a lounge area including two balconies with panoramic views of the Maltese countryside, private meeting rooms and modern working equipment.

Max Portelli, CFO of Soft2Bet, added: “The new office will provide even more opportunities to serve the Group’s partners in Malta and attract top talent. We are delighted to be contributing to the local economy and the iGaming industry by creating attractive employment opportunities for executives interested in developing strong careers and enjoying the best professional progression paths available in Malta.”

Soft2Bet supports a series of corporate events, social responsibility initiatives and provides employees’ families medical insurance with extended coverage. Soft2Bet believes that only by creating a comfortable environment for its employees and their families can high results be achieved together.

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Martin Collins, CBDO of Soft2Bet, said the new space was an important milestone for the Group: “The opening of the new office shows the impressive growth and development dynamics of Soft2Bet. We are delighted to share our success with our team members, partners and distinguished guests.”
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he official part of the event started with inspiring speeches from Soft2Bet’s Founder and CEO Uri Poliavich, followed by the ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon and the start of the celebration. The event featured a lounge area with DJ sets and maximum networking opportunities with Soft2Bet’s key business partners.

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