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CYPRUS GAMING SHOW Friday, 29 September 2017
CGS2017 brought the online and offline gaming sectors together in Nicosia, Cyprus
The Cyprus Gaming Show (CGS), the first gaming event bringing the online and offline gaming sectors together has successfully taken place in Nicosia at the Hilton Hotel on 20 and 21 September. The two-day conference and exhibition focused on Cyprus as a prospective regional gaming centre. CGS is the first gaming industry event on the island and, given the excellent turnout, is set to become a regular feature in the B2B occasions calendar of Cyprus.
The event was chaired by Christina Thakor-Rankin, the Principal Consultant for 1710 GAMING. The start of CGS was reflective of the ample support the event received from the local Governmental, as well as independent and non-profitable business-facilitating bodies on the island. Day one saw speeches and presentations from representatives of the following:
Invest Cyprus, Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA),
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus,
Cyprus National Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission,
National Betting Authority of Cyprus (NBA).
It is safe to say that the island has put infrastructure in place to create a hospitable environment for the industry, ensuring that international ‘best practice’ policies are put in place.
The panel discussion on the future of the new Integrated Casino Resort (ICR), which is set to be the biggest in the EU was a lively one. Mr Andy Choy (Melco Resorts & Entertainment) was well prepared in answering the myriad of questions on the planned operations, including the impact of the ICR in creating employment opportunities.
The casino itself is an opportunity for many local industries, some of which have not even been developed yet.
For instance, the operational issues of running a casino is something only foreign professionals could cover, such as details of the product mix and ways to optimise the casino floor, as covered by Mr Robert Brassai of Kerzner International. Furthermore, delegates could learn about the evolution of the specifications of roulette machines, as described by Mr Andrew Cammegh of Cammegh Ltd.
The representatives of The Training and Development Unit of the University of Nicosia took careful notes. After all, the specific exhibitor is charged with developing 'homegrown' talent to fill casino vacancies and that does indeed include maintenance staff.
The license given to the physical casino has sparked various reactions among the locals. Many are optimistic that Cyprus is en route to become the next regional hub for the offline and online gaming industries. Others are concerned that the expansion of gaming is a threat. The opportunities, the drawbacks and the current legislation, as well as various regulatory bodies were discussed in depth at various panel discussions, including one led by an industry connoisseur, Mr Graham Martin (Cardinal International Group).
No B2B event escapes ‘tech talk’ and CGS was no exception. Panel discussions on tech and innovation, topped with a comprehensive guide on use of cryptocurrencies in gaming, as well as the introduction to VR as part of a gaming experience, were vigorously discussed.
Regulation was another hot topic. This ranged from the key attributes of the privatisation of the National Lottery to the dangers of disregarding EU Personal Data Protection Laws and furthermore drew attention to the importance of the European Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (UCPD).
By the end of day two it was clear that gaming has a bright and promising future in Cyprus and seasoned professionals are more than happy to share ‘know-how’ and insights. It was evident that the local authorities are supportive of responsible gaming practices.
Lastly, service providers, instrumental to the industry, are ready to offer a comprehensive list of tools and processes to make the industry flourish. Exhibitors of CGS included: ECommPay, BetConstruct, Prospectacy, SB Betting Software, SBTech, Sunobel, UNIC Training and Development Unit.
CGS would not be the glorious success it has been without the support and key offerings from our sponsors: ECommPay, BetConstruct, Denitza Demitrova Consultus, Healys LLP, BtoBet, Prospectacy, PlayPearls, NBA and CIPA.
The event proved so popular that Managing Director of Eventus International, Yudi Soetjiptadi, already speaks of the 2018 instalment: "What a fantastic first-time experience for Eventus in Cyprus. Fantastic venue, beautiful country, and great people. The expertise and knowledge of our speakers, partners, and the attendees make this a must-do-again event. We are already planning our next offering and will be back in Cyprus next year. We thank our sponsors and exhibitors, our strategic partners Healys and BtoBet, and the support from the NBA and CIPA."
CYPRUS GAMING SHOW Monday, 28 August 2017
The Cyprus Gaming Show hones in on the impact and opportunities the ICR brings and the future of gaming in Cyprus.
The Cyprus Gaming Show (20 – 21 September 2017 at the Hilton Cyprus in Nicosia) features a packed conference menu with hard hitting topics and a speaker panel with of some of the most distinguished and forward thinking leaders and regulators in the gaming industry. The two day conference and gaming exhibition is a first for Cyprus and excitement is building as the event draws near.
Ioanna Fiakkou, chair of the National Betting Authority and Christos Mavrellis, chair of the Cyprus National Gaming and Casino Supervision Committee will set the scene for the day by presenting the current gaming and betting regulatory framework and casino and gaming regime in Cyprus to the delegates.
Regulators and thought leaders will waste no time and hone straight in on two crucial points of discussion, namely the impact and opportunities the Integrated Casino Resort presents to Cyprus, and what the future holds for gaming in Cyprus.
The expert panel tackling the ICR and the opportunities and challenges it brings to Cyprus will be chaired by David Schollenberger, partner and head of gaming, hotel, and leisure at HEALYS LLP. The panel features Andy Choy, property president at Melco Resorts & Entertainment, Philippos Katranis, head of the procurement directorate of the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus and project manager of the Cyprus Integrated Casino Resort Steering Committee, Simon Oaten, partner and global head of gaming at Deloitte LLP, and Soteris Scholarios, principal at Scholarios Consulting.
The ‘Future of Gaming in Cyprus’ panel discussion will focus on the possibility of Cyprus becoming a regional gaming centre and the opportunities and drawbacks that accompany all legalized and licensed online casino gaming and betting exchanges. The panel is expertly chaired by Graham Martin chair of Cardinal International Group and features Michael Pollock the managing director of Spectrum Gaming Group, Soteris Scholarios, principal at Scholarios Consulting, Joseph Avraamides, chair of the Association of the Online Betting Companies in Cyprus, Christos Mavrellis, chair of the Cyprus National Gaming and Casino Supervision Committee, and Spyros Tsakonitis, legal advisor of the National Betting Authority.
But the excitement of the first day will not end there and sessions on big data, optimizing productivity, bitcoin and cryptocurrency, 4AMLD and PSD2, protecting gaming security, and an AML panel discussion will make the day diverse and satisfactory for both the online and offline gaming sectors. And that even before day two kicks off!
To book your seat and learn more about the Cyprus Gaming Show, the panel of expert speakers, and what day two holds, visit www.cyprusgamingshow.com
Lou-Mari Burnett, Marketing Manager
P: +2782 907 5850
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CYPRUS GAMING SHOW Thursday, 3 August 2017
Eventus International and Healys LLP Announce Strategic Partnership Ahead of the Cyprus Gaming Show.
HONG KONG, JOHANNESBURG, and LONDON (August 2, 2017) - Eventus International, the global events and exhibitions company responsible for bringing forward-thinking events to the gambling and gaming industry, today announced a strategic partnership with Healys LLP to develop and support the Cyprus Gaming Show (CGS 2017). The partnership will combine Eventus International’s event expertise and reach with Healys’ extensive experience on regulatory and compliance issues for both online and land-based gaming. Healys is part of the team of consultants supporting the Cyprus government on the Integrated Casino Resort Project, assigned the role of the legal advisor.
Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director at Eventus International explains the excitement about the event and the partnership: “The Cyprus market is increasingly opening up to new gaming products and with the largest integrated casino resort and casino of its kind in Europe looming on the horizon for the island country, the excitement is tangible and the opportunities rife.” He further emphasized that it is Eventus’ job – and mission - to bring the best possible knowledge and networking product to market, and that the strategic partnership with Healys will serve to enhance the quality of the event: “As we are able to tap into the insight, expertise, and network of the specialist gaming and betting team at Healys, CGS 2017 will bring to table the most insightful speakers and relevant topics. This is a very exciting opportunity and the start of a relationship that we look forward to developing and building upon.”
Marios Pattihis, Senior Partner at Healys, comments, “We are excited and proud to support the first Cyprus Gaming Show conference in Cyprus. I hope to see the expansion of gaming activities in Cyprus as this will bring more investment, jobs, and tax revenue”.
Graham Martin, Advisory Board Member to Eventus and Chairman of the Cardinal House International Group, further elaborated on the importance and future of the partnership: “Bringing the parties together for this new Cypriot event is very satisfying: the conferences’ importance will grow in tandem with the development of regulated gaming activities which will benefit the Cypriot economy. In this regard, we are looking forward to creating other annual forums to enhance the cultural and commercial well-being of Cyprus.”
CGS 2017: The Future in Opportunity
About Eventus- International
Eventus International is an independent global events company specializing in gaming conferences and exhibitions. Based in Hong Kong and South Africa, we pride ourselves on our relationships and connection with the best software and technology companies, owners and operators, gaming platform providers, payment solution providers, regulators, attorneys, and media companies in the gaming sector. We believe in bringing our clients together with peers, industry leaders, and solution providers to network and exploit business opportunities. www.eventus-international.com
About Healys LLP
Healys LLP is a full service law firm based in central London with an established international practice. Healys is one of the UK’s pre-eminent Gaming practices with extensive experience on regulatory and compliance issues for both online and land-based gaming. The Gaming team at Healys regularly consults to leading operators, suppliers and service providers, and their clients range from multinational businesses to SMEs and start-up companies. The Gaming team often works closely with colleagues in other specialist teams at Healys to provide clients with a holistic commercial legal service that includes Corporate, Hotels & Leisure, IT and IP, and Franchising. www.healys.com
Lou-Mari Burnett, Marketing Manager
P: +2782 907 5850
F: +2786 603 2427
CYPRUS GAMING SHOW Monday, 31 July 2017
The Cyprus Gaming Show is moving to Nicosia!
Eventus International, the events and exhibitions company responsible for bringing forward-thinking gambling and gaming events to the industry, announced today that the Cyprus Gaming Show (CGS) is moving venue to the largest city on the island of Cyprus: Nicosia (Lefkosia).
Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director of Eventus International noted that Nicosia, known for its cultural heartbeat and fascinating street life, is just about perfect as the new space for the event and that gaming professionals will now gather from 20 - 21 September at the Hilton Cyprus: “At Eventus International our mission is to always explore beyond the ordinary and to bring new opportunities to the industry. CGS 2017 will bring the online and offline gaming sectors together on the island country to discover and explore first-hand how the market is rapidly opening up to new opportunities. And with the ink barely dry on the deal for the construction and operation of the largest integrated casino resort and casino of its kind in Europe, we know Cyprus is setting the scene perfectly to become the new regional gaming hub.”
Gaming operators, suppliers, regulators, investors, software providers, and industry leaders intent on discovering new audiences will attend CGS 2017 to network, share insights and identify practical strategies. The menu for the conference will feature an array of forward-thinking presentations and panel discussions: amongst them the opportunities and challenges of the ICR are to be discussed and evaluated, new technology, innovation, and disruption introduced, and the future of sports betting probed.
CGS 2017: The future in opportunity.