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With one month to go until the 2nd Annual SPiCE opens its doors, the full speaker line up has been announced. The Eventus International team has brought together leading industry speakers from diverse affiliations among others to discuss on how elections of 2019 will affect the regulatory scenario for gambling and betting in India; opportunities in the South Asian casino industry; and growth of online poker and poker leagues.

There will be five panels hosted by experts in the industry. The panels will discuss opportunities and growth in online fantasy gaming, eSports in India, need for introduction of responsible gaming practices in India, structuring and growing online skill gaming businesses in India, and opportunities, monetisation challenges and solutions in Mobile Gaming market in India.

Interview with Mark Watts

 Mark Watts

Head of Gambling paysafecard

Mark Watts began his career in the online gambling industry in 2005. He was based on the Isle of Man for six years, with Microgaming. Since 2006 Mark has specialised in online casino merchant management for poker, bingo and casino in core markets including Europe, Canada and Australia as well as emerging markets Asia, LATAM and Russia. In 2012, he moved to Data Cash/MasterCard as Head of Gaming, London. Focused on acquiring, gateway card processing and APM’s, his core verticals were sportsbook and casino. Mark joined paysafecard in August 2014 as Head of Gambling based in Gibraltar. He is responsible for merchant acquisition, retention and launches into new territories.

Eventus: How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position?

Mark: After working in IT for 8 years, managing direct sales teams, it was time for a change. An advert sparked my interest and I took a chance. The person who interviewed me turned me down initially, however I persisted with him and once I was given an opportunity I have never looked back.

Eventus: What do you think the industry will look like in five years?

Mark: A difficult question as each country or territory has its own complexity. Mature markets are at a position of established regulation, taxation and operate within the controls they have set out. Self-exclusion and the social impact of gambling will become more of a topic in time. Emerging markets need to be realistic about how to regulate and agree taxation for gambling revenue. Also, any licence applications need to be at a level which will allow new entrants to capitalise on the opportunities available.

Mobile will dominate to the point of being 90% of all gambling revenue, with in-game bets also becoming more of the preferred option in time. Players will ultimately desire simplicity.

Eventus: If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be and why?

Mark: Implement gambling taxation the same on all verticals for all game types. Countries should adopt the GGR model (Gross Gambling Revenue); this would place all verticals on the same operating path.

Eventus: What advice would you give your younger self, starting out in the Gaming Industry?

Mark: Take a leap of faith, secure funding, and go for it. Become an operator in a market I would feel comfortable entering.

Eventus: How is the global gaming industry responding to the liberalisation of gambling regulations in and the growth in demand from India?

Mark: Slowly. Unless you start local and find secure and socially responsible partners it will be difficult to gain traction. Invest wisely and focus on key goals.

Eventus: What are the innovative products that can be offered in the current market and are you looking to expand your offering?

Mark: India has a strong leverage on cash, so solutions need to be delivered. paysafecard is the perfect payment solution for this market as it enables everyone to pay online with cash, no bank account or credit card is needed. Consumers first buy a paysafecard voucher that has a specific value with cash in a local sales outlet, and can use this to make purchases with their favourite online services or retailers using a 16-digit PIN.

paysafecard, part of Paysafe Group, is a global market leader in online prepaid payment methods and is available in 47 markets at more than 650,000 sales outlets.

Eventus: In your own words, describe what you believe SPiCE 2019 to be.

Mark: A new platform which provides the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded businesses and to build new strong relationships with local partners and customers.

Eventus: What do you look forward to by being a part of SPiCE 2019?

Mark: It will be a learning curve for me, I am an open book and willing to listen to any business models which would generate significant revenues. Any merchant focusing on Mobile in the gaming space in India is my focus.

Mark Watts looks forward to meeting you in person at SPiCE 2019 in Goa. See more information on SPiCE 2019 and how you can register below.

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Nektan builds on B2B momentum with Dench partnership

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Nektan plc the fast-growing international gaming technology platform and services provider, has boosted its global reach and commercial partnership network after securing a deal with turnkey gaming platform, Dench eGaming Solutions.

As part of the agreement, Nektan will aggregate its premium casino content to Dench’s operator network via E-Lite, Nektan’s content distribution platform.

Dench partners will significantly expand their casino offering with direct access to more than 800 HTML5-developed slots and table games from the industry’s leading providers, available across all desktop and mobile devices.

This latest partnership further strengthens Nektan’s B2B division and highlights the growing appeal of its B2B E-Lite platform from global tier one operators to platform providers alike.

Dench specialises in providing a turnkey gaming platform, white label services and real-time marketing automation solutions for the iGaming industry. It focuses on customer bonusing, rewards and engagement.

Jane Ryan, Chief Operating Officer of B2B at Nektan, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering our B2B E-Lite platform to Dench eGaming Solutions. This latest commercial agreement will allow us to grow our international scale even further, while providing Dench customers with access to a growing portfolio that is brimming with premium content.

“Nektan’s B2B division is enjoying significant growth at present thanks to our proprietary technology and ease of access to world-class casino content. We look forward to announcing more commercial contracts over the coming months as demand builds for our services.”

Dobromir Mitev, Chief Executive of Dench, said: “We’re really excited to be working alongside Nektan, allowing our client base to instantly enhance their casino offering with the addition of such a diverse range of games, to suit all tastes and preferences.

“Nektan shares similar values to ourselves, with our company mission to bring the next generation of casino game experiences to operators through strong and reliable technology.”

 


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Inaugural Casino Marketing Boot Camp A Success

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The inaugural Casino Marketing Boot Camp, held March 10-12, 2019 in Winter Park, Colorado, was a success, and plans are already in the works to hold a second event in 2020.

 

“Our small group size allowed us to deliver one-on-one consultation-level attention to each participant,” said Julia Carcamo, president of New Orleans-based marketing agency J Carcamo & Associates, and co-founder of Boot Camp. “We were able to share casino industry knowledge as well as insights from leaders in the fields of strategic thinking, learning, and business management of seasonal business.”

Held over two days, participants participated in interactive sessions from dynamic speakers such as Len Hernstein, CEO of ManageCamp; Josh LeDuff, EMPATHIQ chief strategy officer; and Jeff Klem, co-founder of Adventures in Leading.

“I feel like I came into this training knowing nothing about Marketing and came out with just enough information to be ‘dangerous’,” said participant Martha George-Sachava, manager-in-training, Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

“We gathered a group of casino marketers from across the country and provided them with content relevant to their day-to-day business along with the opportunity to share their challenges and best practices,” said Nicole Barker, Boot Camp co-founder and loyalty program/database analytics marketing consultant with Relationship Marketing Solutions Inc. “They left ready to implement what they learned.”

Outside of the working sessions, participants and session leaders continued the discussion while exploring the local sights of their host community with a whiskey tasting and tour at Idlewild Distillery.

“I think this (conference) would be good for my managers up to the director-level,” said Jennifer Johnson, vice president – loyalty marketing, Foxwoods Casino.

Sarah Barten, chief communications manager, Grand Casino Mille Lacs furthered, “I valued making connections with this small intimate group. Our challenges are similar to the ones other casinos face. We were able to delve into our casino database and identify areas where our players are falling through the cracks. A big takeaway for me was the brand framework we built that will help us as we rebrand our casino.”

 

The 2020 Casino Marketing Boot Camp is scheduled for March 2020 in New Orleans, LA. More information is available at www.casinomarketingbootcamp.com


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IAGR2019: Gaming regulators securing industry integrity, vibrancy and innovation

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The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has announced the official speaker line-up and program for its annual conference, IAGR2019, to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.

IAGR’s President Trude Felde said that the annual conference is the key event for gaming regulators and industry stakeholders on the crowded calendar of gambling conferences.

‘IAGR2019 is an unrivalled opportunity for delegates to connect with and hear from senior gaming regulators and leading researchers and experts and access the latest international insights on emerging trends and issues and help shape regulatory approaches,’ Ms Felde said.

Titled “Regulating the game”, the 2019 event will focus on how best practice in gaming regulation can foster a secure, vibrant, innovative, safe and responsible industry.

‘We’re really excited to announce the details of our four-day program for IAGR2019, which follows our hugely successful call for speakers,’ said Ms Felde.

‘We’ll be delivering a thought-provoking mix of key note speakers, expert analysis and panel discussions on everything from responsible gambling and behavioural insights to the role of AI and big data in gaming regulation.’

Other key themes to be explored at IAGR2019 include:

  • risk and crisis prevention, and response
  • responsive regulation theory and practice
  • strategic interviewing and detecting deception
  • cyber security
  • blockchain and gaming
  • behavioural insights that impact gaming regulation
  • the future of responsible gambling
  • sportsbetting integrity and match fixing.

The full-program is now available to view.

Ms Felde said, ‘We also look forward to working with our hosts in Jamaica – the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission and Casino Gaming Commission – in putting on a fantastic event for the international regulatory community and industry stakeholders.’

Mr Vitus Evans, Executive Director of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, said, ‘We’re delighted to be hosting the world’s leading regulatory minds here Jamaica this year – it’s a great opportunity to engage with our peers in other jurisdictions.’

‘The impressive speaker line-up with provide valuable insights for all international regulators, particularly those in the Caribbean that are developing or refining their regulatory approaches.’

Ms Felde added, ‘As part of IAGR’s conference launch it has released special early bird rates for members and non-members, so if you’re interested in attending book now to take advantage of this discounted offer.’

To register or to find out more about the program, fees and hotel bookings for IAGR2019 visit IAGR’s website.


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