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Tal Itzhak Ron

Advocate and Notary Tal Itzhak Ron is one of the most influential lawyers in the Gaming and Financial Entertainment legal industries. Tal graduated from Haifa University School of Law (LL.B.) and Faculty of Computer Science (B.Sc.), and further obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University (M.Sc). Tal established Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. Law Firm in 2003, focusing on Forex, Binary Options, Fin Tech, Online Gaming, Offshore Company Formation, Lotteries, Fantasy Sports, Affiliates, Hi Tech and Online Capital Markets, advising top-tier international clients in these fields.

Over the years, Tal gained extensive knowledge in Financial and Gaming regulation, International Taxation and Payment services. Today his team of 18 highly seasoned attorneys and partnering professionals operating from Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Limassol, London, Anguilla and Curacao offers an international one-stop shop for incorporation, banking, regulation, and ongoing legal, banking and compliance services. Tal, a member of International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP), provides legal consultation and representation to worldwide companies and assists numerous start-ups to become significant players in the industry.

Relive the highlights from our last show and stay tuned for this year’s SiGMA. Watch out for what we’re branding as the ‘iGaming Village’ this year.

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Fili Wiese

A former Google senior support engineer and Google Search Quality analyst, Fili Wiese is a renowned SEO expert for successful recovery of penalized websites, technical and international SEO consulting, in-depth backlink analysis and empowering clients with SEO workshops. As part of SearchBrothers.com Fili is on the DeepCrawl Advisory Board, acts as an official brand ambassador for Majestic and frequently speaks at online marketing events such as SEOktoberfest, BrightonSEO, SMX, SES, London Affiliate Conference and Performance Marketing Insights.

Before becoming an international SEO consultant, Fili tackled Web Spam on the Google Search Quality team and Click Spam on the Google Ad Traffic Quality team for seven years. On both teams he was a senior team member and the driving force behind spam policy creation and enforcement, external communication and internal tools development.

Relive the highlights from our last show and stay tuned for this year’s SiGMA. Watch out for what we’re branding as the ‘iGaming Village’ this year.

Are you an operator looking for top affiliates? Are you a top affiliate looking for a nice treat with like-minded affiliates playing at the same level?

WATCH: SiGMA Networking Drinks & Press Conference

On April 17th, a press conference followed by networking drinks was held at Tapaz, InterContinental Arena. C-Level entrepreneurs and the media were invited. Details about SiGMA15 were given by the organisers, MGA COO Heathcliff Farrugia and the Parliamentary Secretary for iGaming Jose Herrera.

Government, MGA reiterate support for SiGMA

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Eman Pulis

With such a busy events calendar, igaming entrepreneurs often have to choose which shows to attend or miss. In a recent press conference and networking drinks session held at InterContinental Arena, the organisers outlined why SiGMA and Malta are worthy choices in an otherwise busy calendar.

In the words of Eman Pulis, “To start off, it’s essential to understand that the gaps between the three pillars in the gaming industry – suppliers, operators and affiliates – are constantly shrinking. Today’s super affiliate, for instance, is fast becoming an operator, thanks to lower barriers to entry. Such trend calls for a show that brings those three pillars under one roof. SiGMA is the only 360° show in Malta that brings the entire industry, from C-Level Executives to Super Affiliates, under one roof.”

Dennis Dyhr-Hansen went on to elaborate that in one year alone SiGMA won the trust of many industry players. Virtually all exhibitors from 2014 will exhibit again in 2015. SiGMA also won the trust of many exhibitors who did not take part last year for whatever reason.

The Malta Government Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness, Jose Herrera said that he is truly honoured

MGA COO Heathcliff Farrugia addressing the audience

MGA COO Heathcliff Farrugia addressing the audience

to launch the second edition of the iGaming Summit being held at St. Julian’s, a hub for iGaming companies and an undisputed cradle of remote gaming companies in Europe.

Hon. Jose Herrera commented about the solid reputation Malta enjoys, referring to the latter as the tiny state with a big entrepreneurial spirit. Malta is home to 300 gaming companies, some 500 licenses and a 9,000 strong workforce, making it easier for both locals and foreigners to meet, greet and do business. The Government is also committed to sustain the various entities and operators in the maritime sector to prosper and expand their business and employ more people.

In his address, Heathcliff Farrugia, chief operations officer of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), reiterated the Authority’s trust and support towards such initiative that will showcase Malta as an igaming hub to the rest of the world. In his own words, “the MGA believes that similar events are important for the industry and if well planned, they can improve or sustain Malta’s reputation”. He went on to elaborate that that such expos provide excellent networking opportunities.

Malta’s ambassador to Finland, Michael Zammit Tabona emphasised on the need to have networking platforms such as SiGMA where one can promote Malta as an entrepreneurial destination with an unrivalled quality of life, not only throughout Europe, but to the rest of the remote gaming community worldwide. One of the main supporters of the event, CEO Ory Weihs, whose company XLMedia has recently been public listed, had these words to say; “With Malta being an important and well regulated iGaming jurisdiction in Europe, a conference like SiGMA was an absolute necessity. I look forward to participate and share a speech at this event”. Similarly, LeoVegas CEO Johan Styren, elaborated; “As a fast growing gaming venture licensed in Malta we are happy to see a dedicated gaming conference established down here. We are looking forward to participating and exhibiting at SiGMA”.

SiGMA Press Conference

From left to right: Gabriel Vollman (Mobilbet), Dennis Dyhr-Hansen (SiGMA), Daniel Bradtke (Mobilbet) and Martin Pettersson (Ambassador Events)

Following feedback from last year’s show, SiGMA15 will feature four conferences where industry experts can network more closely. Conference one will provide a world regulatory briefing; conference two will focus on payments and financial technology, including crypto-currencies; conference three is dedicated to affiliates and SEO trends, and finally; conference four will discuss gamification in detail.

A free admission policy for affiliates and a low entry fee for all other participants is indicative of a solid turnout. The organisers are anticipating 3,000 quality delegates, thanks also to extensive worldwide coverage by the likes of media giants GPWA, CalvinAyre, Asia Gaming Brief and others.

SiGMA can guarantee both quality and quantity with one Expo, four Conferences, 40 Affiliate Programs, 60 speakers, 100 Exhibitors  and 3,000 participants. The show is unlike any other, with a different format, different organisers and a different crowd, implying that different deals are made. Put succinctly, delegates will not run into the same faces again.

SiGMA15 is taking place between the 4th and 7th November at the InterContinental Arena, St. Julian’s. Further details, registration, as well as exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available online at www.maltaigamingsummit.com.

Who Should Attend?

  • Remote Gaming operators and associations
  • Regulators and related government entities
  • Land-based operators
    Hon. Jose Herrera with SiGMA guests

    Hon. Jose Herrera with SiGMA guests

  • Recruitment agencies
  • Digital Games representatives
  • Affiliates
  • Lottery, racing, sports betting and skill game representatives
  • Industry vendors and suppliers
  • Marketing, media and communications firms
  • Legal firms
  • Financial institutions, accountancy and consultancy firms
  • B2B IT and software providers
  • Social media innovators

Michael Finderup

With years of experience under his belt, Michael Finderup is considered a veteran in the online marketing industry, specifically email marketing. He co-founded Power Media Group in Copenhagen and over the past six years has helped over 100 companies to acquire and retain more customers through online marketing, graphic design and programming. His knowledge across all digital platforms is key to this success.

His specialties include online gaming, bingo, casino, Linkedin marketing, Facebook marketing, social media strategy, affiliate expert, ad-server, software solutions, e-mail marketing, twitter, wordpress, Youtube exposure, magic bullet, Frank Kern student, Anthony Robbins mastery student, Mass Control 2.0 certificated, creator of raving fans, worst copy writer in the world, creator of new ideas, Foursquare marketing expert.

At SiGMA, Michael Finderup has agreed to share some of the best kept email marketing secrets. Permission marketing is one of best ways to converte users into players. Michael will show how to collect the data and use it. For advanced email marketers there will be plenty of solid information to gather. He will share his insights on how to reduce costs, increase delivery to inbox, mistakes to avoid and necessary steps to avoid blacklisting. This conference is expected to fill every corner of the conference hall.

Gambling business & development in Kazakhstan

Gaming zones in Kazakhstan is one of the most successful examples of the gambling market localization in the CIS countries. Today, there are more than four dozen gambling halls, operating casinos and many betting shops. However, investments into the gaming industry are smooth and growing due to low prices on licenses and a steady stream of players.

Therefore, to promote the further development of the industry and to conduct a full discussion of the peculiarities of the gambling industry, we will hold the first Gaming Congress Kazakhstan on August 20, 2015, Almaty. It is worth noting that today this is the only place, bringing together representatives of the gambling business in the country, http://gamingcongress.kz/en/.

The event will bring together:22 (1) (1)

  • Administrators, managers and top management of casinos;
  • Owners of hotel and tourism business;
  • Owners and developers of online platforms;
  • Large developers who specialize in this field;
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of gaming equipment;
  • Betting companies;

 

In order to set the pace and develop a constructive dialogue between the participants of the Congress, we will organize a conference within the event where experts and entrepreneurs directly involved in the gambling field of both Kazakhstan and the near abroad will make their reports.

What will be discussed at the congress?

  • Mechanism and specificity of online gambling;
  • Legislative regulation and taxation of gambling business in Kazakhstan;
  • How to attract players to casinos: shows and entertainment programs as a lever for influencing;
  • Success stories and tricks of creating a successful casino from owners of the largest casinos in Kazakhstan;
  • Analysis of gambling zones in Kazakhstan: how to choose the most profitable area;
  • Modernization methods of lotteries to increase their popularity;
  • Approaches to attract investors to casinos.

Moreover, Gaming Congress will involve a demo area where guests will be able to see the latest technologies in the gambling industry, as well as to find reliable suppliers, contractors and partners.

Welcome to Gaming Congress in Kazakhstan!

http://gamingcongress.kz/en/

Tour of arena planned for exhibitors

On Wednesday 15th July at 11:00hrs SiGMA is organising a tour of the newly refurbished InterContinental Arena. The refurbishment process is now complete and the venue looks better, bigger than 2014.

Exhibitors and potential sponsors can take a tour of the venue and facilities as well as discuss stand build up and other logistical queries with local suppliers of stands, printing and furniture.

The tour will be followed by networking drinks at the InterContinental hotel itself. Interested participants are welcome to join this tour by RSVP at info@maltaigamingsummit.com.

Bradley J. Wiskirchen

Bradley J. Wiskirchen is the CEO of Keynetics and Kount and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Clickbank.

Wiskirchen joined Keynetics in 2005. His skills and experience in business, technology and law give Keynetics an edge in strategic planning and negotiation in the Internet sector. Under his guidance Keynetics has become one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest privately held technology companies. Kount has become the premier fraud prevention solution for card-not-present merchants, and affiliate marketing giant ClickBank has grown to be one of the world’s largest online retailers.

Among his many industry and community involvements, Wiskirchen serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is also the co-founder and former Chair of the Idaho Software Employers Alliance (ISEA) which merged with the Idaho Technology Council (ITC) in 2010. Additionally, Wiskirchen has held board positions with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise State University Office of Technology Transfer, FUNDSY, Discovery Center of Idaho, Intermountain Venture Forum and many other organizations.

Prior to joining Keynetics, Wiskirchen was a partner in the law firm of Holland & Hart, where he managed the firm’s Business Entities and Transactions Practice Group. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer and licensing and debt and equity financings.

He was awarded a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Experience –

Brad is a dynamic and expert speaker. He has been asked to speak at several events and conference each year on the topic of fraud and fraud mitigation, including Merchant Risk Council (both US and Europe), Money 20/20, Direct Response Forum, MasterCard Academy of Risk (US and Europe), and our own Kount Fraud 360 World Tour.

SiGMA15 exhibitors Endorphina and Betconstruct partner up

A deal that entitles BetConstruct to integrate Endorphina games onto its Spring platform has been signed.

London-based gaming and betting technology supplier BetConstruct has concluded an agreement with Endorphina, a Prague-based online slots provider, enabling BetConstruct to distribute Endorphina’s games to its base of over 120 partners.

The deal further expands the range of content available via Spring platform that was introduced earlier this year at ICE trade show in London. BetConstuct’s platform will be enriched with popular titles from the Endorphina game portfolio such as Sushi, Fairy Tale and Satoshi’s Secret.

Ruslan Lyulko, Head of Sales from Endorphina: „I am glad to announce that now we are partners with such a great platform as BetConstruct. A company that has established itself as a responsible and trusted partner in gaming sphere. It’s always pleasure to meet guys from BetConstruct at igaming events such as ICE, Bitcoin Conference or RGW and I’m looking forward to meeting them again at iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam nextweek.“

Vahe Baloulian, BetConstruct‘s CEO, said “Endorphina’s games will enrich the Spring platform with a content that stands-out and will prove popular with our base of over 120 partners. BetConstruct is an innovator and we look forward to a successful relationship with like-minded companies, such as Endorphina.”

About Endorphina

www.endorphina.com

Endorphina, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, is a software provider that offers a wide range of Flash-based slot games for online casinos. Endorphina provides a full package of entertaining games, technical solutions and highly personalized service. Their games default in a full screen mode to give players the most immersive experience, although they can be reduced to any conventional size.

For more information please reach the team at mail@endorphina.com or +420 222 564 222.

About BetConstruct

www.betconstruct.com

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based betting and gaming solutions and services.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include market leading online and land-based Sportsbook, Live Dealer Casino, RNG Casino Suite, Poker, Skill Games, Virtual Betting, Financial Betting and Fantasy Sports. BetConstruct currently powers 120 partners globally, fully supporting them in offering their players the finest betting and gaming experience, while efficiently managing their business through a single back office suite. For more information, please visit BetConstruct website at www.betconstruct.com.

SiGMA, Showers partnership renewed

SiGMA is pleased to reaffirm its partnership with Pierre and Martin from Ambassador Events and Events by Martin, organisers of Showers. On the 27th of June, (St. Julian’s) Showers (formerly Champagne Wars) will return to Café Del Mar Malta and put Malta on the map as a leading high-end destination of choice.SiGMA Showers

Following a smashing partnership in 2014, SiGMA is, once again, extending an invitation to all its exhibitors, speakers, super affiliates and sponsors to join in and share some fun times outside the office!

The main event in Malta will feature world-class entertainment from renownedperformers of Cirque Le Soir London, performing with international rising star DJ Tom Swoon at one of the most luxurious lidos in Europe, Café del Mar Malta. The events official representative will be showersnone other than Malta’s own Britain’s Next Top Model Tiffany Pisani, who commented by saying,“Malta is known as a party island and it’s about time we get a top international event like Showers to our shores”. Showers is the flagship event and brainchild of Martin Pettersson and Pierre Lindh, both directors of Ambassador Events, a premium events organizer in Malta, who have been working to set a new standard for events both locally in Malta and internationally for over 2 years. In Pierre’s words, “In 2014 we made our statement in Malta. In 2015 we’re coming for Europe.”

SiGMA guests (specifically exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and super affiliates) are entitled to free entrance and a VIP table worth a whopping €15,000. Message us for details. Limited seats available!