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“Francisco Leiva: Forging the Future of the Gaming Industry in Chile”





In the vibrant gaming industry in Chile, Francisco Leiva’s figure emerges as a key reference. A trained industrial civil engineer, his professional journey spans 35 years, from his beginnings in the public sector to his prominent role as Superintendent of Casinos, and more recently as Corporate Manager of Strategic Development at Marina del Sol. His entry into this industry, marked by challenges and significant achievements, reflects his commitment to progress and innovation. In this interview, Francisco shares his vision, experience, and accumulated wisdom over the years.


Could you tell us a bit about your career, professional trajectory, and path to where you are today; What motivated you to enter the Gaming industry?

I am an industrial civil engineer, and my career started in the public sector 35 years ago. Initially, I worked at the Ministry of Health and then at the Ministry of Finance, where I was involved in the drafting and legislative processing of various bills, such as the anti-money laundering law and the gaming casinos law.


Given my work in the legislative process of the gaming casinos bill, after its enactment in February 2005, President Ricardo Lagos appointed me as the first Superintendent of Casinos to implement the law. It was a significant professional and personal challenge as it involved bringing an industry that was far behind similar developed countries as Chile up to date.


During your time as Superintendent of Casinos in Chile, what were the most challenging tasks you undertook, and what would you say was your legacy in the gaming industry?

The main challenge was implementing the new gaming casinos law, which involved setting up the Superintendency, hiring staff, and preparing all conditions for private investors to apply for new casino operation permits. This led to 52 projects being submitted for the 18 available casino permits, with investments exceeding US$ 755 million at the time. Foreign investment accounted for 55%, and national investment for 45%.

The result was the construction of 18 new casinos along with complementary facilities such as hotels, convention centers, restaurants, and other leisure facilities that turned these areas into tourist attractions in the cities where they were built.


Undoubtedly, the main challenge was meeting the tender requirements within a tight timeframe. We managed to have a competitive process with operators from around the world, radically changing Chile’s gaming casinos industry.

The legacy was transforming the gaming casinos industry from seven municipal casinos to a modern industry with 24 top-level casinos and facilities.


What significant lessons have you learned throughout your career? And what message would you like to leave for future generations?

One lesson is that ambitious goals can only be achieved through dedication and by building motivated teams with clear objectives. It’s impossible to do it alone in tasks like these.


I believe the message is to work with honesty, dedication, and without losing sight of the task entrusted to you.


Knowing you personally, not just professionally, what activity inspires you or helps you achieve balance in your life?

Since I was a child, I have been passionate about playing tennis, and I have tried to maintain this passion even as a senior player. In this sense, I think engaging in sports helps maintain a healthy mind and body, which is essential to counter the stress that comes with demanding and complex work.

Similarly, one cannot neglect family life, as they are the ones who will ultimately support you in difficult times.


In summary, the only way, although not easy, is to harmonize work demands with a balanced life.


Finally, what is your opinion on hosting such an important international event in your country? And in a way, being one of the hosts to such important international personalities.

It is very important for the country to host such events that allow interaction among different actors in the gaming industry. It facilitates the exchange of experiences and networking, allowing the industry to continue developing. It is also important for public authorities, especially regulatory ones, to participate so they can understand the industry’s reality and see where the industry is heading given technological and cultural changes.

Francisco Leiva’s story in the gaming industry in Chile is an inspiring testimony of determination and success. From his crucial role in implementing the gaming casinos law to his contribution to the industry’s growth and modernization, his legacy endures as a beacon of positive change. Beyond his professional achievements, Francisco reminds us of the importance of balancing work and personal life, as well as the need to stay focused on values such as honesty and dedication. His optimism and commitment to the future of the gaming industry in Chile are a reminder that success is achieved through effort, teamwork, and a clear vision.



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The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) and CGS Events sign Cooperation Agreement to enrich future conferences





The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA), one of the leading global authorities on gaming standards, announces a strategic collaboration with CGS Events, a leader in organizing gaming industry events in Latin America.

This cooperation agreement involves IGSA’s active participation in all conferences organized by CGS Events in the future. The collaboration aims to continue offering highly valuable knowledge and the best selection of speakers for C-Level participants. IGSA’s contribution will enrich CGS Events’ agendas by disseminating knowledge about international standards and norms in the global gaming industry, adding value to CGS’s Gaming Insights.

“I am very pleased that IGSA is collaborating with CGS Events and excited to speak at their high-quality conferences in Latin America,” said Mark Pace, President of IGSA. “This cooperation with CGS Events, and IGSA’s participation in these conferences, will allow us to share information about the standards and best practices that IGSA has already developed, and identify areas that could benefit from future standards.” Mr. Pace continued, saying: “I look forward to meeting and conversing with conference attendees from CGS, regulators, operators, and providers in the exciting and dynamic Latin American gambling market. I am convinced that IGSA’s existing standards can add tremendous value to this market, and that there will be many areas where collaboration can truly benefit the Latin American gambling industry, which is at the heart of IGSA’s mission.”

CGS Events is proud to partner with IGSA and looks forward to working together to provide the gaming community in Latin America with top-notch educational and enriching experiences.

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CGS Events Revolutionizes the Chilean Gaming Scene with the Launch of CGS Santiago in its Fourth Edition





CGS Events, an American company with over 20 years of experience and a history of collaboration with governments across various territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, known for its distinguished track record in organizing events within the gaming industry, has recently announced a complete overhaul of its image and structure. This marks a milestone in the provision of professional sector meetings with innovations like Gaming Insights, XPO 360 and CGS Xperience at various convention centers across Latin America, thereby paving the way for new participants and expanding the market offering.

It announces its next event, CGS Santiago, which will be held on May 29 and 30 at Espacio Riesco, a renowned convention center in the capital of the country. This fourth edition in the southern country promises to be broader and more inclusive than ever, positioning itself as a crucial forum for discussing the imminent regulation of the sector in Chile.

CGS Santiago will offer two days filled with knowledge, with more hours dedicated to conferences, discussion panels and parallel activities. Participants will enjoy the experience of a space dedicated to the presentation of new products, services and solutions for the gaming industry.

The event will also provide excellent networking opportunities including a welcome cocktail, a gala dinner and the CGS Awards ceremony where the outstanding achievements of key market players will be recognized. The guest list includes regulators, tax experts, cybersecurity specialists, FinTechs, marketing agencies, representatives from casinos, lotteries, iGaming and certification laboratories among others.


This year, the event will also include the Chat and Wine segment, sponsored by the prestigious Brazilian company Pay4Fun, designed to foster dialogue while attendees enjoy an excellent selection of national wines.

With these new proposals, CGS Events positions itself as a benchmark in creating meeting and dialogue platforms in the gaming industry in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as redefining the way professionals and companies in the sector connect and explore future opportunities in an evolving market.

For more information about CGS Santiago and other events, visit the website: www. CGSEvents. io and access details about the CGS Santiago event.

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Gaming Insights Rio announces Premium Panel: “Comparative Analysis of the Lottery Market in Brazil”





This week, CGS Events, organizers of Gaming Insights Rio, have announced an intriguing panel for the lottery segment titled “Comparative Analysis of the Lottery Market in Brazil.” This panel promises to be an enlightening and indispensable discussion, shedding light on the current and future panorama of lotteries in the country.

Headlined by four of the most influential voices in the Brazilian lottery industry, this panel will feature distinguished figures including Wesley Cardia, President of the National Association of Lottery Games (ANJL); Hazenclever Lopes, President of Lotteries of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Jhonatas Mendes, Director of Lotteries at Lotema; and Amilton Noble, Executive Director of Hebara. These leaders collectively bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the event, making it a must-attend for anyone involved or interested in the Brazilian lottery sector.

The focal point of the discussion will revolve around the current challenges and opportunities facing the lottery industry in Brazil. From regulatory hurdles to fostering innovation, improving player participation, and meeting social responsibility, these topics will be meticulously examined and analyzed by the panelists.

Attendees can expect to gain unique insights and perspectives on how to navigate towards a prosperous future in the Brazilian lottery market. Leveraging their extensive experience and deep understanding of the industry, the panelists are prepared to offer invaluable guidance on charting a course forward.


“We are thrilled to host this distinguished panel of industry leaders,” said Samuel Osorio, Operations Manager of CGS Events, adding, “Their collective wisdom and knowledge will undoubtedly provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the Brazilian lottery landscape and inspire innovative approaches to addressing its challenges.”

The Premium Panel “Comparative Analysis of the Lottery Market in Brazil” is scheduled for March 4th and will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. This event is open to all industry stakeholders, professionals, and enthusiasts eager to gain a deeper understanding of the Brazilian lottery market. To access the event, click here.

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