The Albanian parliament has voted to reverse a five-year-old ban on online sports betting. This move comes as a response to the burgeoning black market, which has flourished despite the country’s sweeping gambling prohibition.
The vote, held on February 9, 2024, saw all 75 parliament members present endorsing the regulatory changes. This decision marks a significant departure from the blanket ban on gambling imposed half a decade ago.
The Albanian economy ministry’s documents reveal that the ban’s reversal is an attempt to curtail the spread of illicit betting activities. Despite the prohibition, many betting shops have continued to operate clandestinely, contributing to a thriving underground economy.
Under the new regulation, only 10 betting companies with prior experience will be granted licenses to operate online sports betting platforms. The selective approach aims to ensure that the resurgence of the industry is managed responsibly and transparently.
“We want to make sure that we’re only working with reputable companies who understand the importance of responsible gaming,” stated a spokesperson from the economy ministry.
The largest exhibition of the gaming industry in Bulgaria marks its 15 year
The largest trade exhibition of the gaming industry for Central and Eastern Europe – BEGE, which takes place in Sofia, marks its 15th anniversary this year. The event will be held on November 27th and 28th at the Inter Expo Center, Sofia, and dozens of companies from Europe, the USA, and Asia have already announced their participation.
The day before the start of the exhibition, the traditional BEGE Awards will be handed out. The glamorous ceremony will take place on 26 November 2024 in a sophisticated setting with the participation of representatives from across the sector. The awards are presented to individuals and companies with significant contributions to the gaming and entertainment industry.
During the exhibition, the Eastern European conference of the gaming industry – EEGS will be held, again at the Inter Expo Center. It is a preferred platform for experts who have the opportunity to learn about regulatory changes, technological developments and the latest trends in the sector.
In 2023, dozens of exhibitors from three continents presented their latest products. “We are glad that hundreds of professionals and experts visited BEGE and our expectations for this year are to welcome even more people. For 15 years, the event has become one of the most influential exhibitions in Europe for the sector, gathering experts, professionals and companies from all over the world, covering all verticals of the online and offline segments of the industry,” explained Natalia Baevska, Project Manager of the exhibition.
BEGE provides an opportunity to make business contacts, present the latest products from the industry, which successfully applies the latest technological innovations, including artificial intelligence.
FK Partizan Signs Sponsorship Contract with MaxBet
FK Partizan has signed a 3-year general sponsorship contract with MaxBet company followed by official ceremony staged at Sava Centre.
In January, MaxBet became part of Flutter International, parent company of international brands and operations such as PokerStars, Sisal, Adjarabet, BetFair International or Junglee Games.
Flutter International is part of Flutter Entertainment, international sports betting and gambling company present at more than 100 international markets with more than 24,000 employees around the world and over 40 licences.
MaxBet General Director Savo Bakmaz and FK Partizan General Director Milos Vazura addressed guests and media representatives, revealing the details of the project and underlining this is the first big sponsorship in the world of sport since MaxBet joined Flutter International in January 2024.
Moreover, there was a live auction of first Partizan shirt with the MaxBet logo, signed by Partizan players and sold for 260,000RSD.
Proceeds from the auction will be forwarded to Budi Human charity, namely little girl Helena Gavran for her hydrocephalus treatment.
The event ceremony and the introduction of the new general sponsor was attended by Milorad Vucelic, Milos Vazura, Igor Duljaj, Milorad Nikolic, Dragan Velanac, Zarko Zecevic and many other past and present FK Partizan players and personnel.
HIPTHER Renews Media Partnership with Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo – BEGE and The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS)
HIPTHER, the pioneering event organizer and media agency in Central and Eastern Europe specializing in cutting-edge Gaming and Technology sectors, is thrilled to continue the fruitful media partnership with the renowned Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo – BEGE and The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS).
This year marks the Anniversary editions of the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo – BEGE and the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS), both celebrating 15 successful years. The exhibition and the conference will be held on November 27-28. The longevity and continued success of these events underscore their significance in the gaming industry.
Representatives from BEGE & EEGS have participated in ICE London 2024, seizing the opportunity for iGaming industry professionals to connect, network, and lay the groundwork for business growth in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Anticipation for BEGE 2024 is already building, with many exhibitors from the previous year securing their space for the upcoming event. This trend is a testament to the positive experiences and business opportunities created through BEGE.
The success of BEGE and EEGS in 2023 was extraordinary, with over 80 exhibitors hailing from 3 continents and 68 countries participating in the exhibition. BEGE 2023 saw a staggering attendance of over 6000 visitors, highlighting its status as a premier gaming expo in the region.
EEGS 2023, the Eastern European Gaming Summit, featured 50 speakers from 25 countries, attracting over 400 delegates to participate in insightful discussions and networking opportunities.
“We are delighted to extend our media partnership with HIPTHER into 2024. Leveraging a robust foundation that we’ve meticulously built, we aim to enhance our past accomplishments, as well as to cultivate fresh successes collaboratively.” – shared Natalia Baevska, Project Manager at BEGE & EEGS.
Zoltan Tundik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at HIPTHER commented: “We at HIPTHER are immensely proud to renew our media partnership with the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo (BEGE) and The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS). This year, as they celebrate the 15th anniversary of these landmark events, our collaboration stands as a testament to our dedication to the gaming and technology sectors. The success of BEGE and EEGS in recent years, marked by significant international participation and groundbreaking discussions, perfectly aligns with our mission to foster growth and innovation in the industry. As we prepare for an exciting array of events in 2024, we look forward to further elevating our content and networking opportunities, while continuing to showcase the dynamic developments in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and beyond. Here’s to another year of unparalleled achievements and to making a significant impact on the global stage!”
The renewal of the media partnership between HIPTHER, BEGE, and EEGS underscores a commitment to delivering exceptional content and networking opportunities to the gaming and technology sectors. As HIPTHER prepares for a highly successful calendar of premier GameTech events in 2024, spanning across CEE, the Balkans, and the D-A-CH regions, and with EEGS and BEGE celebrating 15 years of stellar gaming exhibitions, we eagerly anticipate communicating our continued success across Europe and around the world.
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