Riga Gaming Congress will gather under one roof entrepreneurs, manufacturers of hardware and software for gambling, investors, representatives of payment systems, software developers for bookmakers. Essential speakers are managers of globally known companies and representatives of the government.
Casino Campione D'Italia
Carlo Pagan, the CEO at Casino Campione D'Italia, will speak about Casino marketing.
Carlo Pagan is a leading expert in marketing and gambling business. His professional achievements include the following:
up to 2010, member of casino executive team in Venice;
since 2007, the head of the noncommercial association of Italian casinos – Federgioco;
he holds a position of marketing vice-president of European Casino Association (ECA);
since 2010, he is the CEO at Casino Campione D'Italia;
he teaches marketing and business management at several Italian universities.
Carlo Pagan will tell the audience about the key elements of marketing strategies for business growth.
Steve Donoughue, a consultant specializing in the business strategy and politics of the gambling industry, will compare its legal regulation in Latvia and Great Britain within Riga Gaming Congress on October 12.
The expert has been offering consultations on gambling business management and legal regulation for 20 years. Based on his recommendations, the government of the Turks & Caicos Islands reviewed its gambling laws, and Holland casino changed its financial policy. Currently, Steve is the Secretariat of the UK Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group.
At the conference, the specialist will speak about topic: Gambling legislations in Latvia. Comparison of Latvian and UK gambling markets. Within his presentation, the speaker will:
- focus on key legal aspects affecting gambling;
- reveal advantages and disadvantages of active policy in the state;
- give tips on its improvement based on UK gambling experience.
Buy a ticket to Riga Gaming Congress in order to keep up with the gambling industry development in Latvia and worldwide.
Francisco Javier Vidal Caamano
Sortis & Golden Lion Casinos
On October 12, Francisco Javier Vidal Caamaño, COO at Sortis & Golden Lion Casinos, will speak at Riga Gaming Congress.
His presentation will be dedicated to land-based and online casinos both in Latvia and worldwide. He will tell the audience about the development of Latvian gambling business and compare it with other countries.
Francisco Vidal has devoted 20 years of his professional career to gambling business. He started as a croupier in Luxor Casino in Las Vegas and grew to a casino manager in Grupo Comar Dominican group of companies. Then, he continued his career in other countries: Peru, Panama, Mexico, Croatia, and Spain as a regional manager.
Currently, Francisco Vidal is a chief operations officer of the casino in the Sortis & Golden Lion Casinos entertainment complex.
Benjamin Carlotti, co-founder and Managing Director, holds a Master in Sport Finance (Georgetown University). He was a financial consultant for three years, as well as a shareholder of a mobile gaming company. Benjamin has been following the evolution of the Fantasy Sports industry in the USA and has anticipated its rise on the European market. He therefore launched Oulala.com four years ago. He regularly speaks at conferences, and contributes to various B2B publications.
On October 12, the first Latvian gaming conference Riga Gaming Congress 2017 will include the report of General Director at Federbet and expert in dealing with match-fixing Francesco Baranca.
Topic of the report is “Fixing and Cheating in Fantasy games and e-sports”.
Federbet is a Belgian association aimed at minimizing illegal influence on the results of official sports matches. The company focuses on the support of the rights of bookmakers and their clients.
Federbet cooperates with the Spanish League, football clubs of the country and Bookmaker’s Association SRO. Last year, Francesco Baranca became the head of the Committee on ethics and fair game of the Football Federation of Ukraine.
At the conference, the speaker will present analytics of fantasy and e-sports markets; using various cases he will also reveal ways of match-fixing and types of fraud, as well as give advice on fighting unfair game.
Vladimirs Remi is a financial expert with more than eight years of experience. He started his career in the industry in 2008, when together with partners they founded a payment system startup. Later, he worked for WebMoney Transfer, several other payment systems, and acquiring banks in Latvia. The expert believes that the position of vice president at WebShiled Limited, MasterCard’s security partner, was a milestone in his career.
Currently, Vladimirs Remi is running a family business in the field of financial consulting and development of financial technologies. The expert notes that his career has been closely connected to gambling business at times (possibility to work with the market regulator in Latvia, learn details about Visa and Master Card operations in gambling).
The Founder of Storm International, Michael Boettcher is a businessman and entrepreneur with interests in businesses around the world. With a wealth of gaming experience from the United Kingdom, Iran, the Bahamas and the United States, Michael arrived in Russia in 1991 ready to embark on the adventure that was to become Storm International. Through branded gaming and his unique approach, Michael transformed the gaming industry in Russia and Storm is now ranked as the leader in the gaming business in the CIS region. Under his leadership, Storm International established an international presence and is an equity shareholder and operator of gaming properties in Germany, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and continues to pursue business opportunities in emerging markets.
Belaya Veja casino
Vasily Stepanov Master of Economics and Management, graduated from Belarusian State Economic University, Belarusian State Economic University Lecturer, Department of Marketing,
Best Art Director casino Vkybe TV version in 2013, the current Art Director of casino Belaya Veja.
1.Theoretical and methodological foundations of branding in the services sector
2 Economic and social bases of formation of legal casino brand in the Republic of Belarus.
3. Strategic management of t casino brand in the Republic of Belarus
Max Krupyshev, COO of Cubits.
Blockchain-based project Cubits, headquartered in the Germany and Malta, deals with solutions that allow users to quickly convert bitcoins into cash and vice versa. Company’s mission is to make bitcoin accessible all over the world and simplify the process of cryptocurrency use for companies and individuals. Cubits works with various electronic payment systems, including Visa and Master Card.
Max will explain how to integrate bitcoin in the payment system of a casino (for depositing and withdrawals) and what opportunities open up for gambling business through the usage of bitcoin.
The main topics covered in the presentation:
bitcoin transactions for various types of wallets: review;
ways of storing and using bitcoins for players;
speed of bitcoin payments;
protection of cryptocurrency payments against fraud and cyber-attacks;
risks of operators;
relations with a regulator and banks.
Aleksandra Fetisova is an expert in the field of IT and fintech with eight years of experience in managing large projects. She had a degree in Business Management and Certificate of International Coach Federation.
At the conference, the speaker will tell which opportunities are opened for gambling industry by decentralized blockchain technologies and other innovative P2P communications.
Viktor Romaniuk Wanli
Viktor Romaniuk Wanli is an entrepreneur and visionary in the gaming and the eSports ecosystem since 2007. In 2013 he pioneered the secondary market for digital games, by creating the first marketplace where gamers could monetize extra cd-keys. This year the secondary market is projected to surpass one billion dollars annually.
- CEO of Kinguin.net, a marketplace for digital games with 6 million users
- CEO of Team Kinguin SA, the number one eSport organization in Poland
- CEO of Kinguin Franchising Systems a company created with the purpose to establish eSports hubs around the world
Ilya Mikov is an entrepreneur engaged in IT, telecommunication and game development sectors; founder and co-founder of such successful projects as Active Games (2 years), Mobile Active (14 years), and Internet Plus (9 years).
Active Games studio is the speaker's youngest project. In the summer of 2017, it launched Lordmancer II, the first MMO RPG for mobile devices (Android OS), allowing to obtain cryptocurrency while playing. Google Play rating of the game is 4.2.
Lordmancer II has been developed since 2015. It was selected to US Global Top Round accelerator in 2016.
In August, Active Games conducted a pre-ICO, raising $100k in less than a week. The main ICO round is scheduled for October 23, 2017, and developers are going to raise $1.6M.
At Riga Gaming Congress, Ilya Mikov will talk about black markets of game resources and reveal how various companies have previously tried to legalize them. Besides, based on the Lordmancer II example, the speaker will explain how cryptocurrency can solve this issue.
The expert has 8 years of experience in organizing innovative exhibitions, conferences and summits. He focuses on holding gambling events, including Affiliate Grand Slam (Bucharest, Tallinn) and SiGMA (Malta).
Pulis founded and headed Maltese Summit of iGaming in 2013. Since 2014, the event has become annual. Previously, he worked in such companies as BonusVikings and Marshall-Pulis Creations.
Industry evangelist will be involved in the Latvia & Malta panel discussion at Riga Gaming Congress. He will tell the audience how Malta has started accepting bitcoin payments in the context of the new gambling legislation compared to Latvia.
Jakub Kolomičenko is Head of legal department in company Endrophina Ltd., which develops on-line casino games. Jakub started his practice as a corporate lawyer and member of Czech Bar Association but then he changed his focus and as an in-house counsel specialises on IP law and all aspects of gaming law namely licensing, regulations and compliance.
Jakub is also member of IMGL association and Association of In-house Lawyers of the Czech Republic.
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