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Regulation & Compliance

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09:00-09:05

Inauguration and welcoming remarks

James Scicluna

WH Partners
09:05-09:35

360 days later: the Malta gaming act

Malta has long been a beacon for iGaming. Let's analyse the results, regrets and targets following the ratification of the Malta gaming act.

Healthcliff Farrugia

Malta Gaming Authority

Rebecca Smith

William Hill PLC

Olga Finkel

WH Partners
09:35-09:50

African markets, remittances and money

The emerging African market poses both risks and rewards amidst an ever-changing financial landscape. Let's hear it from the experts.

Dr. Hans Wolfram Kessler

RGOAL
09:50-10:00

Brazil update: what's next on the Latam horizon?

Brazil's online gaming market is estimated to generate over $2.1 billion per annum. Let's find out how they do it.
10:00-10:10

Welcome to the world's iGaming village

Ladies and gentlemen, let's please give a warm welcome to the Prime Minister of Malta, the Hon. Joseph Muscat, as he elucidates his thoughts on the iGaming Village.

Hon. Joseph Muscat

Government of Malta
10:10-10:20

Next steps: pitfalls to avoid, opportunities to embrace

The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, the Hon. Silvio Schembri gives an update on the world's iGaming village.

Hon. Silvio Schembri

Government of Malta
10:20-10:50

Venture capital: bringing new forms of fundraising into the limelight

What does capital formation look like in today's markets and how can regulation help to protect everyday investors?

Joseph Portelli

Malta Stock Exchange

Susan Breen

Mishcon de Reya

Ruth Galea

WH Partners
10:50-11:20

Regulatory update: auditing and compliance testing

It's time for a bird's-eye view of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into today's igaming businesses.

Antonio Zanghi

Maxima Compliance

Robert Zammit

WH Partners
11:20-11:30

US operations: streamlining complexity in the world's biggest market

What is the world's largest market doing to streamline gambling oversight processes? Let's dig in.

Sue Schneider

11:30-12:00

Digital taxation across jurisdictions

The digital economy has brought with it challenges and opportunities for traditional tax models. Time to dig in.

Frieder Backu

SSW - Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller

Ramona Azzopardi

WH Partners
12:00-12:30

Responsible gambling: sustainability for commited operators

Responsible gambling and adequate player support systems is a major priority for committed operators. Let's find out the latest on this front.

Jason Chess

Wiggin

Yanica Sant

Malta Gaming Authority

Philip Davies

Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming
12:30-13:00

IMGL Masterclass: a European regulatory update

TBC

Quirino Mancini

Tonucci & Partners

Maria McDonald

Nordic Gambling

Justin Franssen

Kalff Katz & Franssen
13:00-13:30

Overzealous enforcement? Challenging today's hard-line narrative

Over-regulation kills innovation and stifles the free exchange of ideas and information. The question is: where is the right balance to be found in today's various jurisdictions?

Carl Brincat

Malta Gaming Authority

Nicholas Aquilina

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Ewa Lejman

WH Partners

Santiago Asensi

Asensi Abogados

Joseph Borg

WH Partners
13:30-13:35

Closing remarks

James Scicluna

WH Partners

A.I. & Blockchain

14:00-14:15

Bitcoin SV: The Ideal Digital Currency & Blockchain for iGaming

A fork of Bitcoin, Bitcoin SV has set its sights on the iGaming sector for the vast opportunities that lie ahead.

Jimmy Nguyen

Bitcoin Association
14:15-14:30

A Bitcoin vision for iGaming

Business is booming and so is Bitcoin SV. Let's take a deeper look at this convergence of business and tech.

Dr Craig Wright

nChain
14:30-14:55

Cryptocurrency payment Integration for iGaming Operators

The time of extortionate fees from payment service providers is coming to an end as new solutions emerge to address market concerns. Good-bye Paypal, hello Bitcoin SV.
14:55-15:20

Blockchain industry trends & what they mean for iGaming

15:20-15:45

Setting the standard: use of Tokens in iGaming

How can tokenized assets be implemented across the board for operators to mitigate excess costs and streamline processes? Let's find out.
15:45-16:05

Blockchain applications for iGaming

Let's take a closer look at the multitude of practical use cases for blockchain in the gambling sector.
16:05-16:30

Esports: advancements with blockchain technology

16:30-17:00

The future of iGaming & Blockchain

Sit back and tune into a fireside chat with some of the best minds in the business.

Dr Craig Wright

nChain

Jimmy Nguyen

Bitcoin Association

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New Frontier : Asia expand icon

09:00-09:10

The Asian experience: shining a light on iGaming trends and opportunities

It time to take a closer look at the Asian landscape, both in terms of current trends as well as game development concepts as we move into 2020.
09:10-09:20

Onwards and upwards: analysing a thriving Asian landscape

The Asian market presents a plethora of challenges and opportunities, be it in sports-betting, online casinos, lotteries and mobile games. Let’s stay ahead of the curve and discuss what works and where.

Dov Allin

Marketing Cross Media
09:20-09:40

Sports Betting, eSports & Market Disruption

Now is the time to discuss established sports betting markets, their overlap with budding eSports ventures, and the prospect of market disruption through innovation.

Jesper Ramskov Jensen

iGaming Asia

Simon Westbury

VSoftCo
09:40-10:00

Headquatered in Asia: Opportunities for Online Verticals

Are there lucrative opportunities to be found between online and land-based operators in Asia? Time to dig in.

Hai Ng

Continent 8 Technologies

Veronika Andrino

10:00-10:20

Tech Trio: A.I., Blockchain and Automation

Blockchain is here to stay and enterprise deep learning data management systems are now heading a reality. How will affiliates and operators adapt as this fast-paced environment unfolds?

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14:00-14:10

SEO as brand awareness and protection

14:10-14:30

Opportunities and challenges: a supplier and operator perspective

As the dust settles, suppliers and operators must take stock of the latest developments while looking to unchartered territories in an altered marketplace. Where are we a year on from the repeal of PASPA?

Bruce Merati

BC Technologies LLC

Bill Pascrell

Freedom Bank
14:30-14:40

A modern love story: Machine learning and iGaming

Machine Learning is revolutionising every data-heavy industry and iGaming is no exception. It's time to discuss modern developments that specifically impact the efficacy and long-term viability of stakeholders across the ecosystem.

Lloyd Danzig

ICED(AI)
14:40-15:00

America: what works and where?

Regulation of a growing sports betting market in the US has been steadily gaining traction as pioneer states such as New Jersey lead the way towards a thriving market. Let’s hear what the experts have to say.

Brian Sabina

NJEDA

Martin Lycka

GVC
15:00-15:20

State regulation and competition

The DOJ’s revised opinion on the Wire Act has provoked uncertainty for the future of online interstate gambling. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
15:20-15:50

US betting odds: a state-by-state approach

15:50-16:00

Closing remarks

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Payments & Fintech

09:00-09:10

Introductory remarks

Vasilije Lekovic

Trustly
09:10-09:20

Blockchain: a new industry backbone?

Will blockchain technology become the new layer that underpinns modern fintech firms as we know it? Here's the lowdown from an industry expert.

Eric Benz

Changelly
09:20-09:30

TBC

09:30-09:50

Cryptocurrency settlement solutions in iGaming

Cryptocurrency has proven to have favourable operator use-cases across industries. Let's take a 360 look at the projects that made it through the 2017 meat grinder.

Paul Marcantonio

ECOMMPAY

Chris Smart

emerchantpay
09:50-10:00

Regulatory hurdles for new payment processors on the block

Regulation is often touted as a necessary evil; but how much regulation is too much? Let's find out.

Rune Loderup

Goldblue AB
10:00-10:20

Payment technology as a means to enhance AML & KYC

With payment technologies pushing the envelope in all directions, the rippling effect into the regulatory and compliance scene hardly comes as a surprise.

Reuben Portanier

Afilexion

Samuel Barrett

Trustly

Andreas Glarner

MME
10:20-10:40

PSD2 and industry disruption

How has the industry faired one year after the EU's PSD2 directive? Has the banking data monopoly finally come to an end?

Jemima Kelly

Financial Times
10:40-10:50

Exploring anti-fraud and security solutions

Let's get the lowdown on the latest in the security and anti-fraud front from a leading industry professional.

Joshua Bower-Saul

Cybertonica
10:50-11:10

Exploring B2C verticals across continents

What are the latest trends and opportunities for increasing growth across continents? Let's find out.

Daniel Bugeja

LeoVegas
11:10-11:30

Payment and IP blocking in Europe, the US & Asia

Let's take a deep dive into the differences and similarities between compliance approaches accross continent and how VPN's have come rushing into the iGaming scene.
11:30-11:50

Tech giants, payment solutions and emerging markets

Payment processors hold the gateway keys that could make or break businesses in emerging markets. Time to ruffle some feathers.

Bryan Blake

Hexopay

Marc Wood

ExChain

Mickael Marceau

Kindred
11:50-12:00

Beyond Fintech: payments to enhance user experience

With the emergence of a multimplicity of value-transfer options and a greater opennes to new forms of money, it's time to delve into the user-experience of today's players.
12:00-12:20

Challenges and opportunities in payments and fintech

Payments are arguably the most important aspect of any igaming operation. What are the current trends and challenges in the banking and payment industries moving into 2020?

Saulius Racevičius

Connectpay
12:20-12:30

TBC

TBC
12:30-12:50

Tackling cybercrime in the 21st century

Every generation faces new opportunities challenges across a multiplicity of evolving industries. Let's talk cybercrime in the digital age.

John Marsden

Iovation Inc
12:50-13:10

The application of A.I. in payment processing

Having been successfully implemented across banking applications such as fraud analysis and customer risk scoring, the prominence of AI in decision making continues to augment our daily spending habits.
13:10-13:20

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TBC
13:20-13:30

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Affiliates & CMO's

14:00-14:10

SEO as Brand awareness and protection

What are the trends SEO-gurus need to watch out when moving into the new year? Let's find out
14:10-14:20

Europe vs Asia: new horizons to embrace, pitfalls to avoid

As the European and Asian markets face off in a head-to-head frontal assault, what should affiliates and operators look out for?

Simon Eaton

GiG
14:20-14:40

Affilliates in the Asian landscape: opportunities and challenges

Mastering the enormous Asian market means, among other things, that entrepeneurs must look beyond GAFA and cultural differences. Let the games begin.

Johan Styren

Dilanti Media

Simon Eaton

GiG
14:40-14:50

Twitch.tv: the new face of affiliate marketing?

As Youtube cracks down on iGaming content, is Twitch the next frontier in overcoming today's tight restrictions?

Martin Calvert

Blueclaw
14:50-15:10

Next level affiliate operations: referrals through streaming services

With social media and tech conglomerates enforcing stringent rules on otherwise innocuous affiliate operations, streaming services and alternative outlets have set their sights on the affiliate limelight.

Shahar Attias

Hybrid Interactions Ltd.

Rickard Vikström

Internet Vikings

Ralitsa Vasilovska

Overmore
15:10-15:30

Content is king: U.S. & Asian markets

Regardless of the vertical, country-specific content is a must-have for any affiliate with a target audience. Let's see how the experts make it happen.

Claus Jansson

Better Collective A/S

Bob Schmidt

Robin Caller

Overmore
15:30-15:50

Conversion, retention and web push notifications

Getting users to interact with web push notifications requires a customised user-oriented appraoch. Let's dig into what can make or break user engagement.

Matthew Ingman

Iovation Inc

Mark van den Haak

Dynamic Yield

Jason Barnard

Kalicube SAS
15:50-16:05

Regulatory update: pitfalls to avoid - opportunities to embrace

How does a heavily regulated European market stay competitive given the rise of Asian operations across the board?

Charles Gillespie

Gambling.com Group

Johan Styren

Dilanti Media
16:05-16:25

Client acquisition rates: boosting your presence across emerging markets

What key takeaways are there for affiliates and operators to bridge the gap between referrals and conversions? It's time to make this conversation happen.

John Wright

StatsDrone

Stephen Quinn

OpenPayd

Monica Rangel

Gamesoft
16:25-16:40

Don't sell your affiliate business short: top 10 M&A checklist for affiliates

Let's get the lowdown on preparing your affiliate business for a sale from the best legal mind in the business.

Susan Breen

Mishcon de Reya
16:45-16:55

Omni-channel profitability: poker, sportsbook and eSports

Let's delve into the differences and similarities across several sectors and their respective audience.
16:55-17:15

Boosting cross-border marketing through messaging apps

Given the declining engagement rates with email marketing, could messaging apps be the way forward to improve cusomter communication?

Steve Donoughue

Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming

Ralitsa Vasilovska

Overmore

Jonas Dam Vesti Petersen

GiG
17:15-17:35

Harnessing the power of blockchain-powered social media

Steemit, Earn, Obsidian and finally Brave browser have opened up an entirely new game where users are rewarded for using the platform. Will this revolutionise the affiliate landscape?

Peter Freden

Everlounge
17:35-17:55

Regulatory crackdown: the changing face of Italy’s iGaming landscape

Following a recent mandate to ban gambling advertising in Italy, let’s dive into the effects this will have on the online and retail gaming sector in the country.

Konstantinos Farris

Quanta
17:55-18:00

Closing remarks

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CRM Workshop expand icon

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09:00-11:00

TBA

Slot Games expand icon

14:00-14:10

Slot games: industry overview

What are some of the most prominent games on the market and how should operators prepare for the incoming generational shift?
14:10-14:30

Mind the gap: exploring the shift from land-based to mobile slots

Whether it's online casino games, fantasy sports, sports betting or everything in between, the transition to online games is well-underway and ripe for new ventures.
14:30-14:40

What can algorithms tell us about our user-base?

Let's explore the differences and similarities in player behaviour across Europe and Asia for a deeper understanding into a player's psyche
14:40-15:00

Gamification, user experience and game design

What are the do's and dont's for slot game designs that enhance user experience and player retention across the board?

Tony Pearce

Centurions

Oren Cohen Shwartz

Skywind group
15:00-15:20

Merging video games with casinos

The history of slots is filled with technological breakthroughs, innovative ideas, and massive rewards. The question is: how do today's games ensure immersion in a highly competitive environment?

Oron Barber

CoinPoint
15:20-15:30

Gambling affordability: can operators take better care of their users?

Can AI help smooth the waters for operators with regards to social responsibility and ethical business practices?

Harry Cott

beBettor
15:30-15:40

iGaming vs Landbased: which platform is king?

15:40-16:00

Euroasian markets: slots, sportsbetting, fantasy gaming

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HR & Careers

09:00-09:10

Inauguration & welcoming remarks

09:10-09:20

Addressing the shortfall in human resources

Human resources are scarce and turnovers high. It's time to come up with a plan of action.

Jonathan Shaw

Baton&Baton
09:20-09:40

Understanding the brain drain

Immigration is a double-edged sword when it comes to human resources and talent acquisition. How do the top agencies in the industry fit this into their recruitment strategies?

Megan Easey

Videoslots
09:40-10:00

Emerging trends in talent acquisition: what's the next big thing?

Let's take a look at today's emerging trends and the changing landscape we find ourselves in as we approach the next decade.
10:00-10:10

Talent retention in 21st century firms

Fasten your seatbelts as an industry expert gives us the lowdown on how to keep your most valuable assets.

Megan Easey

Videoslots
10:10-10:30

The emotional contract: understanding talent retention

First impressions have a lasting effect. What should firms do to strengthen the emotional contract between employer and employee?

Martin Schillig

Raketech

Franklyn Brincat

Genesis Global Limited
10:30-10:40

Employee engagement in a fast-paced industry

The digital era has shifted everything into high-gear. How can the workplace cater to this change?
10:40-11:00

Employer branding, public perception

Nowadays a company's reputation matters more than ever. Let's look at this from the public's point of view.
11:00-11:10

DAO: an imminent disruption in human resources?

Can the human resources sector follow DAO's lead and use the 'wisdom of the crowds' to operate?
11:10-11:30

Taking data-driven action through people analytics

HR has always been a data-heavy industry, let's examine how we can use and leverage this data in ways that align with business goals, such as increased revenue.
11:30-11:50

Powerful leaders: transforming brands and executive presence

Let's examine how a company recognises employee contribution within its culture
11:50-12:00

The importance of culture in the employee proposition

How do AGILE teams function within the iGaming environment. How does this differ from the waterfall approach?
12:00-12:20

HR in an AGILE environment

How can HR embrace the core principles of AGILE management - is an Agile Lite solution the answer?

Martin Schillig

Raketech

SiGMA Pitch

12:30-14:00

10 startups with innovative projects will pitch on stage in front of established entrepreneurs and business-savvy investors. Set your sights on the moon and battle it out in a shark-tank environment with some tough love from a select panel of stern judges.

eSports & Disruption

14:00-14:10

Opening remarks

Ivan Filletti

Gaming Malta
14:10-14:30

From basement dwellers to superstars: meet the top gamers in the industry

Who would have thought that focusing on your Dota-APM skills would ever be a viable career path? Clearly, nobody saw this coming, but it happened anyway. Let's dig in.
14:30-14:50

The eSports gaming community: opportunities and challenges

Esports is now a multi-billion dollar sector that surpasses the film industry by orders of magnitude. Let's get cracking.

Ian Smith

ESIC

Oren Cohen Shwartz

Skywind group
14:50-15:00

The state of online marketing: past, present and future

Marketing and advertising have changed dramatically over the years as organic content-driven growth takes centre stage. Let's hear it from the expert.

Simon Bennet

AoE Creative
15:00-15:20

Has Twitch changed the entertainment landscape as we know it?

On-demand streaming services laid waste to traditional notions of televised entertainment. What will this new decentralised market look like in ten years?

Stephen Hanna

Corporate Advantage

Hai Ng

Continent 8 Technologies
15:20-15:30

Horizons and pitfalls in a burgeoning gaming market

Nuanced monetisation strategies have made for quite the roller-coaster ride in recent history. What's next for the gaming sector?

Joshua Kell

Horizon AVL
15:30-15:40

eSports betting and market disruption

How do operators navigate the challenge of offering relevant products for esports iGamers?
15:30-15:50

Coming together: the use-cases for blockchain in Esports and entertainment

Public ledger use-cases stretch across many industries given the infrastructural proposition. How does Esports fit into the blockchain picture?

Tony Pearce

Centurions

Joshua Kell

Horizon AVL
15:50-16:00

Simulated data as an efficient tool for accurate prediction

Artificial intelligence and data management systems can create incredibly accurate prediction models for both B2C and B2B environments. What are the next steps on this front?

Guy Bar Sade

16:00-16:10

Data the new oil: the commercial opportunity

Everyone wants your data in exchange for a service. How have enterprise solutions adapted to this shift in public perception?

Stav Zilbershtein

Hyperion Tech LTD
16:10-16:30

Analysis: what can we learn from the overnight success story of the battle royale genre?

What started out as a bug-ridden game modification is now the most popular genre in gaming history. How did this happen?

Aleksi Halsas

Trustmary
16:30-16:50

Esports and peer-to-peer gaming across continents

Real-time betting has taken on a whole new meaning with the introduction of ubiquitous peer-to-peer services. How does this change the narrative?
16:50-17:00

Investment in Esports: next steps for the multi-billion-dollar industry

Sujoy Roy

LUCKBOX
17:00-17:20

Dota 2019: from game mod to 30-billion dollar-prize pool tournament

17:20-17:40

Game lifecycles: analysisng the competitive and casual gaming scenes

17:40-17:50

The evolution of game development: user experience, graphics, in-game economies

17:50-18:00

Closing remarks

Ivan Filletti

Gaming Malta

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New frontier: LatAm expand icon

09:00-09:10

Opening Remarks

Alan Burak

GET in
09:10-09:20

Latam and European markets: differences and similarities

09:20-09:40

Latin America Regulatory update

Let's take a deep dive into the regulatory opportunities and risks within the Latam ecosystem, as this budding market flexes its jurisdictional muscles into new territories.
09:40-10:00

Payment solutions in iGaming

Cryptocurrency is a gateway for Latam-based iGaming firms to hit both local and international markets. Let's analyse the payment solutions on the cards in this exciting landscape.
10:00-10:20

Case study: Operator experiences in Columbia, Peru and Argentina

Gonzalo Perez

Apuesta Total
10:20-10:30

Running an affiliate program in LATAM

Jorge Diment

JSD

New frontier: Africa expand icon

10:30-10:45

Pushing the envelope in emerging economies

Where do we stand and where are we heading in the next 5 years?
10:45-11:15

Operational challenges and opportunities in Africa

Gaming operations are drastically different across continents. Let's delve into the technical obstalces and opportunities in this emerging market.
11:15-11:45

Localised approach: an African platform

It's time to take a personalised approach to successfully build the ideal platform an emerging African market
11:20-11:40

Regulatory update: step by step guide

Let's dive into a step-by-step guide to establishing successful partnerships in the land of opportunity.

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12:00-12:15

Pushing the envelope in established economies

Where do we stand and where are we heading in the next 5 years?
12:15-12:45

Operational challenges and opportunities in Australia

Operational challenges and opportunities in Australia
12:45-13:15

Australian opportunities: lottery, sports betting, land-based and igaming

Which verticals offer the most lucrative opportunities in Australia? Let's get into the details and find out.
13:15-13:30

Regulatory update: step by step guide

Let's dive into a step-by-step guide to establishing successful partnerships in the land of opportunity.
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