KPMG’s 7th annual eSummit in Gibraltar was held aboard the Sunborn Hotel on March 23rd. Nearly 300 delegates attended the event which featured more than 40 keynote speakers and experts of the eBusiness world.
The March event was but one of 15 in a series KPMG has hosted across Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Malta presenting issues ranging from regulatory and market updates to presentations by advisers, experts, and key advisers to the technology and gaming sectors. Included in recent events were critical updates post-Brexit and pre-Moneyval for hosting locales.
Hon. Albert Isola of the Government of Gibraltar opened the summit setting the tone of enthusiasm and optimism that marked the event when he stated: “Since Brexit last June, our growth figures have actually increased in both the eGaming and Financial Services sectors. We have been working closely with the UK government to look for the benefits within the challenges we face, including maintaining fluidity at the frontier. We are engaged in a healthy, constructive and very positive view and vision for the future of Gibraltar.”
While major sessions continued in the Main Room, delegates accessed concurrent workshops on gender diversity in the gaming sector conducted by KPMG and Mishcon de Reya, social responsibility and customer interaction by GamCare, and the National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme from the NOSES project team.
Masterclasses instructed on Consumer Protection, Technology & Data, and Regulation. Clive Hawkswood of the RGA (Remote Gambling Association), and by Keith Bristow of the GAMLG (Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group) provided particularly noteworthy updates. GeoComply’s David Briggs followed up with a focus on technology explaining how cyber-crime is less possible when location fraud is removed from the equation and Iain Corby of Gamble Aware exploring harm and minimization online.
John Kamara of Global Gaming Africa provided a fascinating look at how half of all payment transactions in Kenya occur via mobile. Jeremy Harding-Roberts of Featurespace held the topic of effective risk management
KPMG eSummits have always attracted first-class speakers, and again this year a closing panel discussion was moderated by Phill Brear of the Gibraltar Gaming Commission. The topic was “Evolution of eGaming”.
The Government of Gibraltar hosted a dinner for key speakers and visiting delegates where open discussion occurred over drinks focused on the topics of the day.
Judging by attendance, continued growth, and the caliber of speakers, presenters, and delegates seen this year – KPMG eSummit is considered to be one of the most prestigious occasions in the global eGaming calendar and is increasingly becoming the optimal event for industry professionals to meet others in their sector and glean the most current news.
The KPMG eSummit is supported by many generous sponsors, including HM Government of Gibraltar, Continent 8 Technologies, Gibtelecom, ISOLAS, Mishcon de Reya, Hassans, SMP Compliance Academy, W2 Data, Gecko Technology Partners, Ramparts, Featurespace and Joelson.
Micky Swindale, Head of Advisory for KPMG Gibraltar, and the organizer of the KPMG eSummits since the first event seven years ago said, “I was delighted with both the content and the attendance this year – and the generosity of the feedback is really encouraging. On a personal note, it was a pleasure to lead the gender diversity workshop, and I feel there is some really important work we can do in this area to assist the many operators who are missing out on competitive advantage in terms of their talent and customer base.”