Conference Room

Workshop Room

Conference Room

Regulatory

Conference Chair

James Scicluna

Co-Managing Partner

WH Partners

Hosted by:

09:00-09:05

INTRODUCTION BY CONFERENCE CHAIR

James Scicluna

WH Partners
09:05-09:15

UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS: 4 MONTHS OF THE NEW GAMING ACT

Let's analyse the law, how it’s been implemented and what the issues are today.

Olga Finkel

WH Partners
09:15-10:00

REGULATORS AND OPERATORS – IS MALTA’S GAMING LAW MEETING, EXCEEDING OR FAILING TO MEET EXPECTATIONS?

Olga Finkel

WH Partners

Heathcliff Farrugia

Malta Gaming Authority

Jesper Karrbrink

Mr Green

Jesper Svensson

Betsson Group

Martin Lycka

GVC
10:00-10:05

Welcome to the World's iGaming Village

Hon. Joseph Muscat

Government of Malta
10:05-10:35

THE NEXT PARADIGM OF INNOVATION - HOW IS THE REGULATION EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGIES?

AI, AR, VR, Blockchain:Products, tools, opportunities

Joseph Borg

WH Partners

Angelo Dalli

Umnai

Alexandre Tomic

Alea Affiliates

Carl Brincat

Malta Gaming Authority

Aleksandra Fetisova

DAO.Casino

Simon Planzer

Planzer Law
10:35-11:15

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE: TOWARDS MORE EMPHASIS ON CONSUMER PROTECTION AND RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING

Morten Ronde

Nordic Gambling

Chris Elliott

Wiggin

Quirino Mancini

Tonucci & Partners

Anna Soilleux-Mills

C M S

Yanica Sant

Malta Gaming Authority

Santiago Asensi

Asensi Abogados
11:15-12:00

IMGL MASTERCLASS

Robert Zammit

WH Partners

Dr. Joerg Hofmann

Melchers

Maria McDonald

Nordic Gambling

Bartosz Andruszaniec

WH Partners

Justin Franssen

Kalff Katz & Franssen

Andreas Glarner

MME
12:00-12:30

TAX – GAMBLING TAX, VAT AND OTHER NECESSARY EVILS

Ramona Azzopardi

WH Partners

Mónika Molnár

MME

Frieder Backu

SSW - Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller

Amandus Jabin

Betsson Group
12:30-13:05

THE NEXT BIG STEP: BUY, SELL, LIST, LEVERAGE?

James Scicluna

WH Partners

Christian Tirabassi

Ficom Leisure

Jason Fisher

Wiggin

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Nicholas Aquilina

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH
13:05-13:35

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR A PAN-AFRICAN REGULATION?

With reforms in Kenya and Tanzania and remote gambling progression in many Sub-Saharan jurisdictions, the need for creating regulation that is both domestically beneficial and internationally attractive is high.

John Kamara

Global Gaming Africa

Yahaya Maikori

Law Allianz

Ivan Camilleri

Camilmac Services Limited

Dr. Hans Wolfram Kessler

RGOAL
13:35-13:45

RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING – SUSTAINABILITY FOR FULLY-COMMITTED OPERATORS

Understand the mechanics, initiatives, best practices, flaws and challenges within responsible gaming.

Jack Symons

Gamban

Blockchain

Conference Chair

Mark Suwan

CEO

BlockChip

Hosted by:

14:00-14:05

INTRODUCTION BY CONFERENCE CHAIR

Mark Suwan

BlockChip
14:05-14:20

Exciting times ahead for Gaming

Private: Brock Pierce

Open Data Exchange
14:20-14:35

Battle of the jurisdictions: Malta vs Zug

This presentation seeks to explain Switzerland`s new laws, their impact over Malta`s providers and more.

Andreas Glarner

MME

Chris Grech

Payscout
14:35-14:50

Fasten your seat belts!

An animated fireside chat between Brock and Monty is about to take centre stage.

Private: Brock Pierce

Open Data Exchange

Monty Munford

Forbes
14:50-15:45

ICO BATTLE

Six Gaming ICOs will battle it out on stage in front of a fierce panel of judges.

Eric Benz

Changelly

Dave Pulis

ZBX

Matthew Scerri

KPMG

Damian Xuereb

Credence Corporate Advisory Services

Max Zmitrovich

Secure Crypto Payments

Natalia Leanca

SABIGLOBAL

Rene Pomassl

Salamantex

Wesley Ellul

Quizando

Anton Sivoded

MyCryptoBank

James Catania

Intelliblock

Johan Zammit

Smart Studios

Giuseppe Calabrò

Thrive Labs Ltd

Evgeny Borchers

SP8DE
15:45-15:55

Affiliate Commissions in the Crypto vertical

Uncover the challenges ahead and the differences between CFD & Crypto Exchanges.

Amedeo Moscato

DX.Exchange
15:55-16:05

Tightening regulations for ICOs

The rules governing ICOs are catching up with this fast-paced industry.

Joseph Borg

WH Partners
16:05-16:25

ICO, IPO, STO: All you need to know

The crypto and Blockchain space is riddled with acronyms and buzz words, increasing the knowledge gap between those actively involved and the rest of the society.  This discussion seeks to close or, at least,  narrow that gap.

Monty Munford

Forbes

Jimmy Zhao

ZBX

Jean-Michel Azzopardi

Kralanx

Laurence Wolf

ShellPay

David Vaz

Infinite Group
16:25-16:35

The advantages of building original blockchain platforms

Hayato Terai

GanaEight Coin
16:35-16:40

Transparency vs the Right to be Forgotten

Blockchain has the potential to solve many of the transparency issues of current data storing solutions. But how does it relate to the ongoing debate about the right to be forgotten at an EU level?

Reuben Portanier

Afilexion
16:40-17:00

MGA ON DLT

How is the Malta Gaming Authority taking the lead from a regulatory standpoint? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead?

Gerald Fenech

Forbes

Carl Brincat

Malta Gaming Authority

Jean Paul Fabri

A|R|Q Group

Abdalla Kablan

Wyzer
17:00-17:10

A cryptic future

What's behind the cryptocurrency sell-off? Will Bitcoin remain a reference point for altcoins? Our next guest speaker will enlighten us with his market analysis.

Marco Mottana

CFX Advanced Ltd
17:10-17:20

MDIA: The new authority on the block

Stephen McCarthy discusses the objectives and innovations of the newly established Malta Digital Innovation Authority.

Stephen McCarthy

Malta Digital Innovation Authority
17:20-17:40

WILL THE CASINO AND SPORTS BETTING FUTURE CHANGE WITH BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AND IF SO ARE THE AFFILIATES INTERESTED IN PROMOTING AND JOINING THIS TREND?

Will marketers, seo wizzards and affiliates embrace this trend? What's in it for the early adopters?

Lee-Ann Johnstone

AffiliateINSIDER

Diana Rotaru

BlockChip

Jan Sammut

RefToken

Funsho Ajibade

Blockchain Business Index Pages
17:40-17:55

Is Blockchain Disrupting the Gaming Industry?

The opportunities for a transparent and fair platform for iGaming is there. Thanks to Blockchain technology players can do away with the need to trust a central authority. Strong communities based on tokens can also be built, paving the way for operators to reinvent themselves.

Steve Muscat Azzopardi

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Silvana Zammit

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates
17:55-18:05

LAUNCH YOUR ICO IN 5 DAYS

What makes an ICO successful and how to integrate and launch your project in one week.

Viktor Petrov

TokenGet
18:05-18:25

Investing in Blockchain

A distinguished panel of industry experts analyse the pros and cons that go hand in hand with investing in Blockchain. The panel will investigate a plethora of perspectives; from investors interested in high ROI, to techies who truly believe in Blockchain's revolutionary potential - and everyone in between.

Christina Scicluna

MAMO TCV

Mark Thomas

ZenSports

Mark Suwan

BlockChip

Justine Scerri Herrera

Michael Kyprianou and Co

Workshop Room

The Evolution of Programmatic for Gaming expand icon

CRM Workshop by SalesForce expand icon

Conference Chair

Michael O'Grady

Head Country Manager for Cyprus & Malta

SalesForce

Hosted by:

14:00-14:30

Introduction to Salesforce and the iGaming Success Platform

Discover how Trailblazers from the iGaming industry can use Salesforce, the #1 CRM and Customer Success Platform to achieve a 360-degree view of their customers.
You will learn about Salesforce, and how the Customer Success Platform is the best technology partner for the iGaming industry.
14:30-15:00

Salesforce for Customer Service: Deliver an amazing customer experience with the world’s #1 customer service application

Learn best practices around Customer Service in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with Salesforce Service Cloud. Find out how other leaders in the iGaming industry are leveraging Service Cloud to achieve higher customer happiness with Salesforce, and get a live view of how Salesforce can help you exceed customer’s expectations with personalised service on every channel.
15:00-15:30

Salesforce for Marketing: Make every customer interaction a reason to love your brand

Discover how Salesforce can help marketers create seamless experiences at every touchpoint with their brand, and drive more business with connected experiences. You will learn how Marketing Cloud can help you be successful in the iGaming industry.
15:30-16:00

Salesforce Platform: Fast App Development

Fast app development has become a huge competitive advantage. Leverage the power of the customer success platform to support your app development needs. With Salesforce you will learn how to give everyone the power to quickly and easily build any internal or external app on the Lightning Platform 59% faster.
You will discover how Salesforce is the right IT tool to develop apps with clicks or code, digitize any business process, and integrate and connect anything.
16:00-16:30

Who is Changi - iGaming technology best practices with Changi Consulting

Meet Changi Consulting, one of the leading Salesforce gold partners in the EMEA and Ricston, the most longstanding partner of MuleSoft, and discover how you can leverage our combined expertise in CRM implementation, cloud-based solutions and enterprise integration to drive your growth and success within the iGaming industry. You will learn about some of the best practices in unlocking customers data and creating customer-centric solutions in an agile API-led way
16:30-17:00

Salesforce iGaming Success Story Panel

Learn from a panel of leaders in the iGaming industry, who will share their firsthand tips about driving customer success in the industry with Salesforce.

Conference Room

Payments

Conference Chair

Patryk Kadlec

CEO

BitBay Pay

Hosted by:

09:00-09:05

INTRODUCTION BY CONFERENCE CHAIR

Patryk Kadlec

BitBay Pay
09:05-09:20

AML/SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Improve your game against money laundering. Verify sources of funds and wealth and identify problem gambling challenges while protecting players against financial crime.

Ray Wilson

AML Global Solutions
09:20-09:40

MOVING FORWARD WITH EXTERNAL INVESTMENT

For Africa to reach its full market potential, external investment and strategic acquisitions will be paramount. What are the common risks? The operational needs of the market? The most relevant areas for investment? What's the impression among African states on foreign partnerships?

John Kamara

Global Gaming Africa
09:55-10:25

PAYMENT AND IP BLOCKING IN EUROPE, ASIA AND THE NORDICS - A COMPARATIVE APPROACH

A distinguished panel will explore issues in Europe, Asia and the Nordics on IP blocking vs payment blocking as well as the current state of competition in the Nordics from .com markets.

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Ilkka Aalto-Setälä

Borenius

Dr. Ola Wiklund

Wiklund Law

Assaf Stieglitz

Odds1x2

Rolf Sims

Kindred

Robert Courtneidge

Moorwand
10:25-10:35

Innovations in payments

Fasten your seatbelts! Learn more about the trends and solutions in payments with this animated fireside chat.

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Robert Courtneidge

Moorwand
10:35-10:45

PAYMENT CHALLENGES WITHIN HIGH RISK INDUSTRIES

Viktoria Soltesz

10:45-11:10

IPO vs ICO: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Let's explore what an IPO and ICO brings to the table, and how regulation and due diligence can influence investment strategies.

Joakim Falkner

Baker McKenzie’s

Adam Kostyál

Nasdaq

Patryk Kadlec

BitBay Pay
11:10-11:20

A BETTER BANKING EXPERIENCE

Digital transformation is the new buzzword in banking circles. Archaic banking systems have stifled the advancement of technology. But Revolut is born 100% digital. For Revolut; "The future is here and banks are already late".

Dimitris Litsikakis

Revolut
11:20-11:30

UNDERSTANDING CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS

There is a clear move towards a digitalised payments world. How do crypto payments compare to traditional methods? Can decentralised payment systems integrate with the current online gaming model?

Patryk Kadlec

BitBay Pay
11:30-12:00

Cryptocurrency VS Fiat payment solutions

The unbanked are increasingly relying on crypto payment solutions. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by emerging markets in relation to their financial woes.

Monty Munford

Forbes

Gerald Fenech

Forbes

Wesley Ellul

Quizando

Jimmy Zhao

ZBX

Patryk Kadlec

BitBay Pay
12:00-12:10

Paving the way for crypto mass adoption

Ilya Bere

Changelly
12:20-12:50

Banking the unbanked

Over 2 billion people still don't have access to a bank account. Blockchain could help create financial alternatives in an efficient, transparent and scalable manner. "Know Your Customer" processes could be achieved with a digital identity. Property rights could be moved to the blockchain, allowing them to enter a formal network and leverage their property as collateral. The possibilities are endless.

Monty Munford

Forbes

Wesley Ellul

Quizando

Vladislav Hveckovics

SoftGamings

Theo Goodman

Proof of Work media
12:50-13:00

LESSONS FROM THE PAYMENT CARD INDUSTRY

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard has been around for years, but there are always areas to improve. Let's focus on the common failing points; from non-compliance risks to merchant standards and customer rights and obligations.

Trevor Axiak

Kyte
13:00-13:20

PRECIOUS METALS AND DIGITAL SAFE HAVENS

The gold standard came to an end when the US dollar was no longer pegged to it. Deflation became the norm for all currencies until Bitcoin, with its hard-coded limited supply, kicked in.

Monty Munford

Forbes

Jimmy Zhao

ZBX

Patryk Kadlec

BitBay Pay

Theo Goodman

Proof of Work media

Affiliates & CMOs

Conference Chair

Rickard Vikström

Founder

Internet Vikings

Hosted by:

14:00-14:25

Positioning SEO as Brand Protection

Is SEO that elusive missing piece in your brand protection puzzle? Discover the role SEO has in building and defending your brand’s reputation online.

Rickard Vikström

Internet Vikings
14:25-14:55

Coming into their own – explore the APAC, Africa and US markets

Global investor appetite has driven growth and development. Take a look at some of the factors responsible for emerging markets in APAC, Africa and the USA.

Yancy Naughton

HasTraffic

Rickard Vikström

Internet Vikings

Yahaya Maikori

Law Allianz

Adekunle Adeniji

9jawin

Peter Freden

Income88
14:55-15:05

The ultimate edge for affiliates: artificial intelligence

Angelo Dalli

Umnai
15:05-15:15

Conversion, Engagement, Retention and web push notifications

In the digital era, which channels will facilitate low bounce rates and instant conversions? Discover how iGaming delivers innovation and optimisation through various web push channels.

Filip Lysikowski

MaxTraffic
15:15-15:35

AFFILIATES IN REGULATED MARKETS: PITFALLS TO AVOID, OPPORTUNITIES TO EMBRACE

Bringing you up to speed with all the latest industry updates and trends, both from a local and global perspective.

Yancy Naughton

HasTraffic

Itamar Ronen

Cellxpert

Christian Skoglund

MIR Limited

Johan Styren

Dilanti Media

Alex Munteanu

AXL AFFILIATES
15:35-15:45

HEAD START! SEO TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2019

In this rapid fire presentation, Martin distils the most important aspects of SEO and player acquisition into a practical and growth-based proposal.

Martin Calvert

Blueclaw
15:45-15:55

Connect with players in real time

Learn how to apply real-time thinking to your customer engagement strategies and technologies.

Oren Cohen Shwartz

Skywind group
15:55-16:15

Change is on the cards – Italy’s decision to ban gambling advertising

Italy’s recently introduced ban on advertising suggests dark times are ahead for affiliates and operators - but is this truly the case? Let's discuss practical survival tips should the cataclysm comes to pass!

Christian Tirabassi

Ficom Leisure

Rodolfo G. La Rosa

Baker McKenzie’s

Marco Castaldo

Microgame

Barbara Beltrami

16:15-16:35

The story behind the $900,000 domain name – Great.com

Erik Bergman reveals the story behind the $900, 000 domain name – Great.com. Sit back and follow his personal journey to success.

Erik Bergman

Great.com
16:35-17:00

Google Manual Penalties Explained

Understand the ins and outs of Google manual penalties and their impact on your website. The presentation is followed by a live Q&A.

Kaspar Szymanski

Search Brothers
17:00-17:25

Omni-Channel Loyalty – a case for sports, casino and poker

Get the low-down on how to operate a successful omni-channel loyalty program and improve efficiency across the board.

Shahar Attias

Hybrid Interactions Ltd.

Kresimir Spajic

Hard Rock International

Angelo Dalli

Umnai

Thanos Marinos

Entergaming Platform

Suren Khachatryan

Digitain

Itai Hadas

Former William Hill PLC
17:25-17:35

Boost customer acquisition rates across emerging markets

Get ready to capture, qualify and connect to your customers in established and emerging markets. Gain access to all the latest techniques with a particular focus on BOT and mobile marketing strategies.

Grant Fraser

Digitonic
17:35-18:15

live Affiliate coaching at your service

Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to get your site analysed by some of the industry's most established and successful affiliates and SEO experts.

Dan Ray

DanRay.me

Elaine Gardiner

Global Gaming

Workshop Room

Compliance Briefing by iGaming Academy expand icon

Conference Chair

James Lephew

Senior Compliance Content Manager

iGaming Academy

Hosted by:

09:00-10:00

GDPR – HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Data is a key component to achieving a competitive edge in the gaming and betting industry. This means that with the onset of the GDPR, operators and suppliers had important decisions to take on how to handle personal data, which decisions affect the very core of their business. This session will cover:
  • Key changes that were brought about by the GDPR;
  • Select issues affecting the gaming and betting industry; and
  • Steps necessary to achieve and maintain compliance.

Sharon Xuereb

Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
10:15-11:15

GAMING LAW – THE NEW GAMING ACT UNDER THE LENS

Malta’s new gaming law, led by the Gaming Act, represents a significant step towards future-proofing Malta as a jurisdiction of excellence. Our speakers will explore the main differences between the original and new regimes. Subject matter will include:
  • The new horizontal regulatory approach adopted by the MGA
  • The newly introduced certification for material gaming supplies
  • The replacement of license fees with compliance contributions and the shift to a point of consumption model for gaming tax;
  • The division of the Key Official role into a number of key function positions
  • Distributed Ledger Technology and the acceptance of cryptocurrencies

Malcolm Falzon

Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
11:30-12:30

RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING – A COMPETITIVE EDGE OR JUST DAMAGE CONTROL?

Due to regulatory pressures, the introduction and ongoing management of responsible gambling measures by operators has become increasingly important. Nonetheless, this topic is still seen by some as a burden; something operators have to do in order to comply with stringent regulations or to protect a brand against negative media coverage. During this session, we will discuss responsible gambling innovation and how it can bring benefits from both a PR and financial perspective. We will also cover the operational transition from a reactive to proactive responsible gambling approach and the important part to play empirical research has in shaping it.

Maris Bonello

Kindred
13:00-14:00

CSR - ARE YOU A GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN?

In the digital era, where modern consumers are inclined ask questions of companies, the importance of taking a socially responsible approach has never been higher. This session will take examine CSR and how it contributes to sustainable corporate development. It will discuss CSR’s main concepts, introduce practical ways in which companies implement CSR strategically and highlight ways of engaging stakeholders to ensure the introduction of a socially responsible approach is a success.   This session will include:
  • What is CSR and Why does it matter?
  • The 7 Core Pillars of CSR as outlined by the ISO
  • Taking Action – Assessment, Planning and Implementation
  • Reporting and ensuring stakeholder engagement

Roberta Lepre

Weave Consulting

European Fantasy Sports Summit by GamingMalta expand icon

Conference Chair

Ivan Filletti

Head of Business Dev.

Gaming Malta

Hosted by:

14:30-14:35

Introduction by Ivan Filletti

Ivan Filletti

Gaming Malta
14:35-14:50

Emerging themes in DFS

Hampus Hagloff

Fsport AB
14:50-15:05

Challenges and opportunities in Gaming Q&A

Jeffrey Haas

DraftKings
15:05-15:20

DFS players: the best customers for online gaming

Niccolo’ Caramatti

DFS Italie
15:20-15:40

Emerging Themes in DFS

Hampus Hagloff

Fsport AB

Niccolo’ Caramatti

DFS Italie

John Gordon

Incentive Games
15:45-16:00

Engaging the millennial generation through innovation

James Camilleri

Scout Gaming Group
16:00-16:15

Next generation fantasy sports

Bjørn Furnes Fjellby

Scout Gaming Group
16:15-16:45

Fantasy Sports: The ultimate customer acquisition tool

John Gordon

Incentive Games
16:45-17:00

The millennial challenge and future themes

Marco Castaldo

Microgame

Alessio Crisantemi

GIOCONEWS

Niccolo’ Caramatti

DFS Italie

Karl Grech

Global Daily Fantasy Sports

Conference Room

DGaming

Conference Chair

John Robery

Editor-in-Chief

DGaming.com

Hosted by:

09:30-09:45

What is the DECENTRALISED GAMING INDUSTRY?

Get ready to explore what the decentralised gaming industry is all about. Let's delve into the trends, the economy, and the future of this budding landscape.

John Robery

DGaming Media
09:45-10:10

The BLOCKCHAIN GAMING REVOLUTION

ICOs and blockchain are disrupting the iGaming and entertainment industries. But how will monetisation tie into this new space?

Carla Maree Vella

ConsultXD

John Robery

DGaming Media

Steve Muscat Azzopardi

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Wesley Ellul

Quizando
10:10-10:35

GAMING ON BLOCKCHAIN: Challenges and opportunities

An industry set on integrating blockchain technology is sure to face challenges and opportunities. As we move on from legacy systems, let's turn our attention to solving scalability on decentralised platforms.

John Robery

DGaming Media

Steve Tendon

Blockchain Island Club

Khaled Elbedr

Microsoft
10:35-10:45

Language-based creative AI to TURBOCHARGE YOUR REVENUE

Competition for customer attention is at an all-time high. Can creative AI be the solution to creating a meaningful connection with audiences?

Paul McNea

Persado
10:45-11:10

Data Science: The Building Blocks of Gaming AI

iGaming stats and data science are a match made in heaven. Now is the time to get knee-deep into player behavioural science and AI driven gamification.

Igor Samardziski

Nexus Gaming Intelligence
11:10-11:35

GAME MECHANICS and DECENTRALIsED GAMING

Blockchain technology is the next step for gaming. The emerging tech combines the best of both worlds and makes for a smoother, more captivating experience. Time to dig in.

Mantas Ratomskis

TonyBet

Monty Munford

Forbes

John Robery

DGaming Media

Dimitry Belianin

DAO.Casino
11:35-12:00

CRYPTOKITTIES - THE viral BLOCKCHAIN game

The Ethereum network has brought colossal potential to a nuanced video-gaming ecosystem. At the same time, network and monetisation obstacles remain a sticking point to overcome.

John Robery

DGaming Media

Jonathan Galea

Blockchain Advisory

Alexander Pfeiffer

Danube University Krems
12:00-12:25

GAMBLING ON THE BLOCKCHAIN: POSSIBILITIES FOR GAME DEVELOPERS

No games can exist without the behind-the-scenes-work of game developers. This talk seeks to address the interplay between iGaming and DLT.

Dimitry Belianin

DAO.Casino
12:25-12:35

WHAT LIES BEYOND A FIREWALL?

The average time to respond to a firewall hack is 35 days. How can security professionals work to make real-time protection a reality?

Jean-Michel Azzopardi

Kralanx
12:35-12:45

WIN THE HEARTS OF sports PLAYERS WITH BIG DATA

Sportsbook leverages visual data, making for a monumental success story. It's time to break barriers and increase affiliate traction by setting a new standard for rich content creation.

Alex Kornilov

Betegy
12:45-12:55

GOOGLE'S DIALOG FLOW

Marc Lesnick

Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc.
12:55-13:10

Fusing blockchain and gaming in the cloud era

Gamers were the earliest adopters of cryptocurrencies. Blockchain and public cloud technologies offer new tools to manage interactions in the gaming industry. What are the challenges that lie ahead?

Khaled Elbedr

Microsoft
13:10-13:20

UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF GAMING TO SHAPE ITS FUTURE

Sue Schneider

13:15-14:30

SiGMA Start Up Pitch

13:20-13:25

Sit back as this conference comes to a close with some final remarks before the SiGMA Startup Pitch takes centre stage. Up next: John Robery

John Robery

DGaming Media

Malta Esports Summit by GamingMalta

Conference Chair

Ollie Ring

Head of Media and Editor

Esports Insider

Hosted by:

15:00-15:10

Malta Welcomes Esports

Ivan Filletti

Gaming Malta
15:10-15:30

Game on: Esports - the fastest growing sport

We’ve all heard about eSports. But how and why has this industry been so successful? This presentation sets the stage for all things eSports. It's game on!

Eirik Kristiansen

Pixel.bet
15:30-15:45

Get organised. Boost your esports event.

An industry veteran with a formidable track record flexes his organisational muscles. Get the low-down of what makes for a successful and global eSports event.

Jaap Visser 

ESL Benelux
15:45-16:00

Esports: An Operators Perspective

Gain access to industry insights from the perspective of an iGaming platform. Which verticals are accelerating growth for operators today? Let's find out.

Jesper Karrbrink

Mr Green
16:00-16:15

ESPORTS MEETS IGAMING

Another day another iGaming interplay. It's time to discuss how eSports and iGaming are converging towards a shared future.

Ben Bradtke

Esports Betting
16:15-16:30

Monetisation: Time to Commercialise eSports

A solid ROI strategy is key to any eSports sponsorship program. To this end, a European market industry expert will outline ROI prospects, monetisation and more.

Marco Albregths

Lagardère Sports Netherlands
16:30-16:45

The esports opportunity: is it more than just a millenial user acquisition tool?

Ollie Ring

Esports Insider

Mario Ovcharov

UltraPlay

Victor Martyn

Gosu Gamers

Jaap Visser 

ESL Benelux
16:45-17:00

Esports and the educational game

The benefits of eSports are often understated.  So what better way to educate the masses than by showcasing the ideas of a top eSports athlete?

Koen Shobbers

17:00-17:15

Maximising influencers in esports

eSports is the new vanguard for influencer marketing. Get a taste of the possibilities with today's industry titans.

Miranda Huybers

Brash esports
17:15-17:30

Game changers and Homegrown Stories

Malta’s growing eSports ecosystem has unprecedented momentum behind it. Let’s explore what the game-changers in the frontlines have to say.

Alexander Pfeiffer

Danube University Krems

Kersten James Chircop

Gamers.com.mt

Justin Misfud

simracing

Simon Theuma

quickFire

Alessio Crisantemi

GIOCONEWS
17:30-17:45

THE NEXT STEPS FOR MALTA NOW

Ivan Filletti

Gaming Malta

Workshop Room

Careers & Women in Gaming Workshop expand icon

Conference Chair

Christina Thakor-Rankin

Co-Founder

All-In Diversity Project

Hosted by:

09:00-09:10

IT SOURCING ALTERNATIVES - HOW TO SMASH THE GLASS CEILING

- Main Challenges In Sourcing Today
- The 5 Sins of Traditional Staffing Companies
- Key Success Factors in A Development project
- How To Create The Right Setup for Success

Stav Zilbershtein

Hyperion Tech LTD
09:10-09:25

CHOOSING THE BEST COUNTRIES FOR DEVELOPMENT, REGULATION AND OPERATION – A TO Z

In this exclusive session top law firm Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. team members, who have been exhibiting and partnering with SiGMA team since its first ventures five years ago, are hosting international expert Stav Zilberstein from Hyperion Tech, a speaker and educator in the field with more than 500 hours of public speaking and vast experience in the online realms. This hands-on practical workshop shall analyze the shortage of blockchain developers in the industry; why is Ukraine a favorable choice in the blockchain and fintech industries; where are the best places to incorporate and to operate, and how to deal with MasterCard’s new jurisdictional regulatory requirements.

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Stav Zilbershtein

Hyperion Tech LTD
09:25-09:55

WOMEN OF THE YEAR PANEL: HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IN THE DEMANDING ONLINE INDUSTRIES?

In this exclusive session, for the first time in SiGMA, prominent successful female figures from the online industries discuss their personal tips for success. What does it take to be a successful woman in the online industry? How does your organization accept successful women in the industry? Are there specific roles who are more female-oriented than others and why? How can a successful woman bring benefit to the services and solutions of her organization? Who is easier to do business with – men or women? Is there a glass ceiling in the industry? All this, and more, in an inspiring and thoughtful session.

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Claire Wellard

Ihre Consulting

Margo Prylypska

Hyperion Tech LTD

Nina Zafirovska

BtoBet

Viktorija Antanavičiūtė

TonyBet

Jessica Walker

BloxLive.tv

Lital Zur

Commpeak

Jenny Erez-Shamova

Jubiter
09:55-10:05

FROM TOLERATING TO CELEBRATING DIVERSITY ON THE WORKPLACE.

What does diversity actually mean for the gambling industry at the workplace as well as among punters; how should political correctness coexist with equal access to opportunities?

Ana-Maria Baciu

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
10:05-10:10

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

How SiGMA is making history by being one of the first conference organisers to have a session which is almost all female. Exploring the challenges faced by the individuals and the industry, and how a more diverse workforce can address the key issues of reputation, risk and revenue.
10:10-10:30

‘THE CONFIDENCE GAP’: ASSERTIVE VS AGGRESSIVE - HOW MEN AND WOMEN THINK DIFFERENTLY IN THE WORKPLACE

Exploring the impact of gender-psychology on workplace practices, from recruitment and selection to internal promotion and Board appointments, and understanding how changing the way we think, can change the way our business looks and performs.

  • How men and women look for jobs differently : focusing on different sources and different aspects of the job
  • How men and women approach job applications differently – focusing on the different ways of thinking between men and woman as well as the psychology behind it . ‘The Confidence Gap’ will also be mentioned.
  • Men and women at interview stage
  • The Negotiation stage – how men and women negotiate salary differently – the aspect of assertive vs aggressive will also be mentioned.
  • Do you use a less assertive approach when discussing salary with future/potential employers?

Francesca Buhagiar

VacancyCentre
10:30-10:50

STILL MALE, PALE AND STALE?

De-bunking the myth of diversity in the world of the betting and gambling sector and promoting it as career of choice for all.

Looking at how changing the public face of the sector can attract talent and transferable skills from other sectors

Shireen Haddadeen

Global Gaming
10:50-11:20

ENGAGING THE ‘OTHER’ 50% - HOW HIRING A WOMAN COULD DOUBLE YOUR BOTTOM-LINE

Some of the industry’s most successful product specialists discuss the challenges of the changing player demographic and how to face them head-on.

Looking at why the industry must address out-dated stereotypes relating to players and products and the changing profile of tomorrow’s customers;

How to eradicate commercial ‘blind spots’ and open up to new revenue opportunities with existing products;

How to develop my products for a new generation and customer base where women will have more purchasing power

Helen Walton

Gamevy

Karolina Pelc

SG Digital

Amy Remes

Kootac

Megan Easey

Videoslots

Kelly Kehn

Kelly A. Kehn Consulting Ltd.
11:20-11:30

BREAK

Leg stretch and comfort break
11:30-11:45

BETTING & GAMBLING SECTOR TO LEAD THE WORLD IN DIVERSITY & EQUALITY

Looking at how betting and gambling is leading the way in setting a global standard for diversity, equality and inclusion;

Key headlines from the first All-Index;

Tina Thakor-Rankin

1710 Gaming Ltd

Kelly Kehn

Kelly A. Kehn Consulting Ltd.
11:45-12:10

Fire-side Chat: Why employers should embrace the 2% disability target

A frank and open conversation with Amy Camilleri Zahra exploring the topic of disability in the workplace.
  • Understanding that disability can happen to anyone at any time and not something that just happens to other people;
    • Seeing the person not the disability - exploring the challenges faced by employees and employers;
  • How embracing the legal target can see business tapping into undiscovered potential, enhancing a culture of creativity and creating employment opportunities for everyone;

Amy Camilleri Zahra

University of Malta

Roberta Lepre

Weave Consulting
12:10-12:25

Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage

Understanding how sustainability and competitive advantage go hand in hand from one of the industry’s fastest growing tech companies in the iGaming industry. iGaming should be fair and fun for all - the industry needs to work together in growing a sustainable iGaming industry across all sections of the value chain.

Liesbeth Oost

GiG
12:25-12:40

PLAY FAIR - #METOO AND THE GAMBLING SECTOR

Sexualisation and sexual harassment in the betting and gambling sector - key findings from new Malta research

Roberta Lepre

Weave Consulting
12:40-13:30

Vive la difference - brand DNA & the Diversity Gene

Opening presentation by Lorraine Sammut of Videsoslots discussing the importance of brand reputation and diversity, followed by an interactive session sharing experiences of working in an industry seen by many as an ‘old boys’ club and covering topics such as:

  • How to be a successful woman in a male industry
  • Calling out bad behaviour
  • ‘Mansplaining’ and other every day challenges
  • Female ‘competitive threat’
  • Identifying and addressing passive aggressive discrimination

Roberta Lepre

Weave Consulting

Helen Walton

Gamevy

Karolina Pelc

SG Digital

Melanie Sinton

Virtual Gaming Worlds

Lorraine Sammut

Videoslots
13:30-13:50

Understanding the brain drain

Talent has always been a valued resource and companies who clearly identify outstanding individuals early on have a head start in the recruitment game. At the same time, challenges for talent acqusition, retention, and strategic hires stretch far beyond merely identifying said individuals. Meanwhile, the iGaming industry has brought with it a nuanced approach in comparison to traditional human resources. This panel seeks to discuss Malta's varied approaches towards recruitment and how this weighs in to the "brain drain" phenomenon more broadly.

Fran Moisa

Nicholls Moisa

Megan Easey

Videoslots

Adam Woodley

Betsson Group

Matthew Camilleri

Castille
13:50-14:00

Reasons why we need more oestrogen in the office

If you haven't realized the importance of women in your company yet, you are missing out. Research proves that women into your organization may also increase your financial performance. Companies with the highest representation of women on boards financially outperform companies with the lowest representation of women on boards. Moreover, gender-diverse teams have higher sales and profits compared to male-dominated teams, and a recent study found that gender-diverse business units have higher average revenue than less diverse business units.

Matthew Bartolo

Willingness
14:00-14:20

Employer branding

Employer branding has come a long way. The concept has outgrown its initial controversy and has become an integral part of acquiring talent within the industry. Despite this success, I would pose challenging questions to the experts out there.
  • Has employer branding become a formality or is it an effective reality lived by employees?
  • Has the practice of employer branding become too fake or is it real added value?
  • What the next step for this industry?

Thomas Mahoney

Mahoney

Roderick Spiteri Schillig

Betsson Group

Sharon Sale

Paddy Power Betfair

Omar Bitar

The Stars Group
14:20-14:30

The F-Word

Aideen Shortt

Random Consulting

LatAm: The New Frontier expand icon

Conference Chair

Tal Itzhak Ron

Managing Partner

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Hosted by:

15:00-15:20

How to win with Regulation and Content in LaTam and beyond

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Tiago Aprigio

All-In Translations

José Aníbal Aguirre

3A Producciones

Assaf Stieglitz

Odds1x2
15:20-15:50

Opportunities in the Columbian market

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Dinos Stranomitis

Altenar

Tiago Almeida

Egamingservices

Mario Benito

R. Franco Digital
15:50-16:10

Focus Argentina

The resent  progress of the online gambling regulation in Buenos Aires and the potential evolution in LatAm region.

Juan Jose Andicochea

SAGSE
16:10-16:30

Fireside chat: Affiliate Marketing in Brazil and LatAm

In this presentation learn the similarities and differences of how affiliation in LatAm, specifically in Brazil, differs from that in European markets such as UK and Nordics.

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Alessandro Gherardi

Advice Global

Genia Gurevitz

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.
16:30-16:50

The future of payments is diverse – tap into the complexities of the LatAm markets

Tal Itzhak Ron

Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

David Flynn

Pay4Fun

Maximiliano Majo

Belatra Games
16:50-17:00

Case study: Use of AI in Columbian Market

Angelo Dalli

Umnai
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