One of the highlights of SiGMA16 was the Big Foundation Dinner, a sports charity dinner that was brought to SiGMA for the first time. It was held back in November 2016 at the Intercontinental 5-star Hotel in St Julians Malta, one day before SiGMA16 officially kicked off.
The BiG Sports Dinner, the only sports dinner in the Betting and Gambling industry, has raised funds for several charities over the years including Malta Community Chest Fund, Restart Rugby and others. The sum of 20k was raised from this dinner, half of which went to support the Malta Community Chest Fund which is chaired by the President of Malta, Her Excellency, the honorable Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The other half went to Restart Rugby, a charity organization based in the UK.
Last Friday, at a small gathering, Her Excellency was officially presented with the cheque from the Foundation Dinner which she also was in attendance of. The presentation took place at the brand new Gaming Hub offices situated opposite the Msida skate park. The President inaugurated the new premises that same day, which is now SiGMA’s official head office. Gaming Hub, as the name implies, will act as a hub for startups and will be offered at no cost to all startups taking part in the SiGMA Startup Pitch this November.
In the words of Eman Pulis, “It was an honor to welcome Her Excellency to our new offices where we had prepared for her a short two-minute presentation about SiGMA. This was followed by a brief discussion about where we are heading as a small Maltese company within iGaming, our corporate social responsibility and a discussion about how we can assist the President and Malta moving forward.” It ended with the official presentation of the 10k donation to the President.
Gaming Hub partner, Jonathan Caruana, went on to elaborate: “We were pleased to welcome her Excellency, the President of Malta, to the idea of the Gaming Hub, where businesses and start-ups alike, can grow their network, meet affiliates, operators and solution providers and encourage a faster business growth rate.”
Her Excellency even got tho meet the youngest member of the firm, the adorable Frenchie puppy Stewie who seemed pleased to meet her. After an introduction to all of the colleagues in the firm, she also spoke about celebrating diversity in the work environment with so many colleagues in gaming coming from different backgrounds.