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Nominations period open for the BSG Awards 2023 & BTECH Awards 2023 (Riga, Latvia – 16-17 May)

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  • The leading conference in the Baltic and Nordic region returning under a new format and title
  • Register to attend the live conference which will be held at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia between 16-17 May 2023
  • Nominations period is open for 2 prestigious awards

 

After announcing the registration kick-off for MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT, the #hipthers are ready and excited to announce that the nomination period for the BSG Awards (Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards) and BTECH Awards (Baltic TECH Awards) are now open.

As announced earlier, by combining multiple industries that are already cooperating in certain ways, a new conference is born, the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT.

The success of the MARE BALTICUM GAMING & TECH SUMMIT is guaranteed based on the results we have seen in the past 6 years when connecting several industry stakeholders during our summits and meetups.

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The event, taking place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia, will feature 65 speakers, 300 attendees, 15 panels, two networking parties, and two award ceremonies.

To secure your seat and be part of this unique event, follow this link: https://hipther.com/events/riga/regriga2023/

The prestigious BSG Awards and the inaugural BTECH Awards

  • Nomination period: 01.01.2023 – 19.02.2023 (session is ongoing)
  • Online voting session: 01.03.2022 – 19.03.2022
  • Shortlist announcement: 03.04.2023
  • Final vote: 16.05.2023

To top all the talks, discussions, and networking opportunities, the organizers are also continuing the traditional Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards). You are invited to nominate your company in the following categories:

Baltics: Operators

  • Best Online Casino in the Baltics
  • Best Sports Betting Operator in the Baltics

Baltics: B2B

  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Baltics
  • Rising Star in Baltic Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  • Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology
  • Best Sports Betting Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider in the Baltics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology
  • Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider in the Baltics

Nordics: Operators

  • Nordics: Best Online Casino in the Nordics
  • Nordics: Best Sports Betting Operator in the Nordics

Nordics: B2B

  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Rising Star in Nordic Sports Betting Technology
  • B2B Providers (Sports): Best Sports Betting Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider in the Nordics
  • B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology
  • Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider in the Baltics
  • Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider in the Baltics

With the launch of the new format of the event, the #hipthers are launching a new yearly award that aims to reward the Baltic TECH companies for their achievements in the region.

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The categories for the Baltic TECH Awards (BTECH Awards) are the following:

  • AI: Best Startup
  • AI: Rising Star
  • AI: Company of the Year
  • Blockchain: Best Startup
  • Blockchain: Rising Star
  • Blockchain: Company of the Year
  • Fintech: Best Startup
  • Fintech: Rising Star
  • Fintech: Company of the Year

You can nominate your company on the following link: https://hipther.com/events/riga/awards/

As always, the team is continuing their initiative for a sustainable future are taking even more steps that directly impact the conservation of the planet’s ecosystem and biodiversity

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye on the European Gaming Quarterly Meetups, which also offer a virtual opportunity to stay up to date with the gaming industry throughout the year.

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Lithuania Mulls Cracking Down on Gambling Ads

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Lithuanian MPs have registered amendments to the Gambling Law proposing to further tighten gambling advertising in the country as of 2025.

Around 50 MPs, mostly from the ruling majority, have signed the amendments proposing to prohibit the dissemination of information of the gambling companies sponsoring any public events, activities, natural or legal persons.

If adopted, the amendments would eliminate the advertising of betting, wagers, and casinos on television, in newspapers, magazines, or news websites and on street billboards. Neither the names nor the logos of gambling operators could appear on the jerseys of athletes and in arenas during the sporting events.

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Companies would only be able to publish information on the types of gambling at the gambling venue or on the company’s website, the address of which is specified in the Gambling Regulation.

It is proposed to allow gambling companies to publish information on gambling only in publications aimed at professionals in the business. They could advertise their name and brand on their head office building or gambling venue.

Lithuanian MPs have started considering tightening the requirements for gambling advertising amid allegations that Šarūnas Stepukonis, a former BaltCap Infrastructure Fund partner, has embezzled and gambled away millions of euros of the fund’s money.

The initiator of the amendments, Mindaugas Lingė of the ruling conservative Homeland Union, has previously said that last year the total revenue of gambling operators amounted to 222 million euros, up from 103 million euros in 2020.

The amount spent on advertising in the gambling business doubled from 6.36 million euros in 2020 to 12.73 million euros in 2023. Gambling operators’ profits increased from 20 million euros in 2020 to more than 53 million euros in 2022.

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IGT Signs 12-Year Contract Extension with UAB Perlas Network in Lithuania to Deploy Upgraded Central System Software

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has extended its contract with UAB Perlas Network (“Perlas”) for an additional 12 years until 2035. As part of the agreement, IGT will provide upgrades to the Lottery’s central retail system including advanced software and user interfaces.

“Upgrading Perlas’ central system with IGT technology will help us optimize and elevate the country’s most popular and exciting lottery games,” said Mindaugas Marcinkevičius, UAB Perlas Network CEO. “We look forward to implementing IGT’s upgrades and are pleased to continue this successful relationship for another 12 years.”

“The technology enhancements being provided to Perlas are backed by IGT’s decades of lottery industry leadership and experience,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer Global Lottery. “This upgraded technology will introduce an administration portal that will enable the Lottery to view and manage all applications and back-office functions, helping to improve efficiencies and maximize profitability.”

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The Lottery has been a customer of IGT’s since 1994. In 2023, IGT announced that it signed a contract with Euloto UAB (Perlas’ dependent company) to deploy its advanced cloud-based remote game server and at least 12 eInstant games per year.

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Spinomenal goes live in Lithuania with Optibet partnership

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Leading iGaming content provider, Spinomenal has extended its successful partnership with Optibet to take its games into the regulated Lithuanian market. Spinomenal first started working with Optibet a while ago when it launched its games with the operator in Estonia and Latvia.

The library of slot content for Lithuania is being integrated via Light & Wonder’s OpenGaming™ platform. Optibet’s Lithuanian players will be able to engage with Spinomenal’s extensive collection of exciting games that stars Majestic King, Poseidon’s Rising, Times of Egypt, Book of Rampage and Lucky Jack – Lost Jungle.

Lior Shvartz, CEO for Spinomenal commented: “Optibet is a huge player in the Baltic region where we have already had significant success within the Estonian and Latvian markets. We’re thrilled to go live in Lithuania with such a strong partner.”

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Davit Khatiashvili, CPO for Optibet commented: “After a very successful launch in Latvia & Estonia, we are pleased to offer Spinomenal games to our Lithuanian customers.”

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