Regulation is currently one of the biggest hurdles to many companies when it comes to the global online gambling market. Over the next 24 months some of the largest and most important jurisdictions will be changing the way their markets operate and being informed on the changes that will undoubtedly happen will be a key to success.
Thankfully, during the hustle and bustle of London’s iGaming conference season, the Legal Gaming in Europe summit, organized by Bullet Business, gives you the chance to get filled in on jurisdictions from all sides of the world. Now into its seventh year, the event has become famous among those on the more serious side of the industry and is a chance to network with key policymakers.
In advance of the conference, which takes place from Feb. 4-5, we’ve decide to take a closer look at a few of the sessions taking place at this year’s summit with our five MUST ATTEND sessions.
The German Market: A Look Ahead (Feb. 4, 9:45 a.m.) is a half hour overview of what is going on in the home of sauer-kraut and sausages. Carina Eichstadter, founder of Keyplayer and Wulf Hambach, partner with Hambach & Hambach, will attempt to dissect their home market. The two will compare to regime in Schleswig-Holstein to the proposed German State Treaty as well as looking at what gambling advertising regulation will look like once regulations have been agreed upon.
Just before lunch Asia-Pacific – Winning Big at a Crowded Table (Feb. 4, 12:20 p.m) will see George Mangion, founder and partner at GMM Business Solutions, take a quick look at the market in Asia – in particular China and the Philippines. He will aim to answer questions on how to enter the market if you’re currently just in Europe and the best approach to take in order to make the most of the market.
Latin America – an Untapped Market (Feb. 4, 3:15 p.m.) will examine a geographical area that is lauded over at just about every conference in the online gambling biz. The session will see Alfredo Lazcano, founding partner at Lazcano Sámano, S.C, look at the state of the industry in the region and focus on how to enter a market that is being dubbed the “last frontier” of online gambling.
Towards the end of the first day, a round-table of regulators and polticians will convene for the Harmonising Europe: Policy Panel (Feb. 4, 16:00). The session lasts for over an hour and gathers the likes of Jürgen Creutzmann, MEP, European Parliament, Harrie Temmink, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission, Andre Wilsenach, CEO, Alderney Gambling Control Commission Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority Francesco Rodano, Head of Remote Gaming, AAMS and Peter Naessens, Head of unit Regulatory Advice, Research & Development, Belgian Gaming Commission. The esteemed list of speakers will discuss how harmonisation across the continent will attempt to simplify what is a complicated continent when it comes to online gambling.
Social Gaming: Challenges, Opportunities and Likelihood of Regulation (Feb. 5, 12:30 p.m.) looks at another growing piece of the global gambling industry – and it’s one of the parts of the industry that is getting people rather excited. The expression saving the best until last couldn’t be more appropriate here with the session looking at the likelihood of social gaming regulation and how regulators plan to act in the coming 12 months. A panel made up of Richard Roberts, CEO of Slingo, Peter Wilson, partner at Peter Wilson Legal, and Stephen Ketteley, partner at DLA Piper UK, will aim to shed some light on this important part of the industry and where it might end up come this time next year.