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SEE Gaming Business Forum is About to Start

SEE Gaming Business Forum Begins Today

Taking place in Belgrade today, the SEE Gaming Business Forum is the first event of its kind focused on South East Europe. The Forum will be held entirely online, envisioned as an interactive discussion platform which will bring together C-level executives, software suppliers and major providers, casino and sportsbook operators, payment solutions and KYC companies, professional associations, and national regulators. The SEE Gaming Business Forum has invited AskGamblers to participate in such an important iGaming event, where AskGamblers' Vice President Nikola Teofilovic will be one of the speakers.

AskGamblers' Vice President Nikola Teofilovic - One of the SEE Gaming Participants

Today’s online event brings together C-level executives, software suppliers and major providers, as well as casino and sportsbook operators, payment solution companies and national regulators. The contributors will tackle many interesting topics including industry requirements, regulatory obstacles, social responsibility, business strategy and the role of technology in the industry.

AskGamblers' Vice President Nikola Teofilovic will be one of the speakers in the second panel.

The SEE Gaming Business Forum has invited AskGamblers to participate in such an important iGaming event, where AskGamblers' Vice President Nikola Teofilovic will be taking part in the second panel. The speakers are to discuss strategies and business models are emerging on the global landscape, regulatory updates, Online vs. “On-land“ – in terms of global innovative trends in the gaming industry and the post-pandemic world, market segmentation and products diversification and E-sports.

SEE Gaming Forum Split Across 4 Panels

Originally planned as a hybrid event, The SEE Gaming Business Forum has moved fully online in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants and speakers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With sessions taking place between 10am and 4pm CET, the Forum will feature 4 panels during which SEE Gaming participants will discuss business strategy, regulatory obstacles, industry requirements, social responsibility and the role of technology in the industry. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Panel I – The game is on – Regulatory and Compliance Challenges Ahead? Legislative amendments and EU harmonisation
  • Panel II – Strategies and business models to thrive in the era of digital. What are the latest industry trends in SEE?
  • Panel III – Responsible gaming and social responsibility – the art of good business
  • Panel IV – How is technology disrupting the gambling industry and what can we do about it?

Jasna Nedic, New Angles Consulting, Reveals Details on SEE Gaming Business Forum

A few days ago, we had a pleasure of talking to Jasna Nedic (Director, New Angles Consulting) and here’s how she described the concept of the Forum:

“New Angles Consulting specialises in creating networking platforms to facilitate business development and enhance business community. We produce bespoke events intended to bring together top management, decision makers and regulators coming from various industries, and provide them with a suitable platform allowing them to initiate discussions around the most relevant business topics, exchange opinions, knowledge and best practices.”

She also added: “On one hand, our idea is to gather the entire eco system of the gaming industry and empower them to talk about business trends and strategies, exchange best practices and network, of course. On the other hand, this is an opportunity to open a public private dialog surrounding burning business and regulatory issues in this exciting, yet complex industry in South East Europe. As we like to emphasize, this event is not designed to be a fair, it’s a business conference, although companies are given an opportunity to promote their products, of course.”

Being focused on policies and business trends in the iGaming industry, mainly in South East Europe, the Forum is the first event of its kind. As Nedic commented: 

"The Forum is not solely focused on iGaming, although iGaming is one of the main topics throughout the four panel discussions. We are proud that we have managed to gather an impressive list of industry professionals coming from the regional and global leading providers, software solution firms, regulators and such as: GVC, Betsson, Sportingbet South Africa, MaxBet, AskGamblers, Push Gaming, Relax Gaming, Mozzart, Betagy, Balkan Bet and many more, for our first event. We are also honored that the Serbian Gaming Authority has recognized this event as strategically important for the development of the local and regional markets and has given us their institutional support." 

As for the agenda, the program will tackle the most important topics such as relevant legislative issues and markets development, business models and strategies, responsible gaming and CSR, along with the use of technology in the industry. Nedic also explained: 

“Besides the director of the Serbian Authority, Mr. Zoran Gašić, one of our distinguished guests will be Yanica Sant, Head of International Affiairs and Policies of the Malta Gaming Authority. 

Some of the industry heavy hitters that will join today, are: Tyrone Dobbin, Director, Sportingbet South Africa , Nikola Teofilović, Vice President AskGamblers at Catena Media, Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC Holding, Jessica Maier, CRO, Push Gaming, Greta Agius, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Betsson Group, Vasiliki Panousi, Manager of EU Affairs, European Gaming and Betting Associ­ati­on (­EGBA), Raymond Chan, Founder and CEO, AlphaSlot, Nikola Perić, Director, Betagy , Joseph Borg, Partner, WH Partners, etc.

We are thankful that MaxBet Group, one of the leading regional operators, has recognised the importance of this type of business dialogue and topics and is supporting the Forum as the Platinum sponsor. Our other sponsors include WM Equity Partners and Blinking.”

Given the current circumstances and the coronavirus outbreak, Nedic agrees it was quite challenging to organise this event with some big obstacles they had to overcome:

“To use the gaming industry jargon, this Forum was originally planned as a “land-based” event. We planned to organize it in one of the Belgrade’s exciting brand new five-star hotels located in the most vibrant part of the Serbia’s capital. Belgrade is in the heart of Europe, a rising star amongst world’s tourist destinations exceptionally well connected with other major world destinations, recognized by its vibrant social life, food and hospitality. 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemics interfered in our plans and we moved the event online. Health and wellbeing of our guest are currently our primary concern. After announcing our decision to go online most of our participants expressed their wish to come to Belgrade next year, so every challenge has its brighter side.” 

When asked about how the lockdown has given all of us an opportunity to innovate and become more flexible, Nedic conclu­ded­:  

"I firmly believe that when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you grow both personally and professionally. I consider this situation to be just that, a challenge that pushes you to be better."

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