The tenth edition of the Eastern European Gaming Summit is concluding today in Sofia, Bulgaria. Everything from high tech currency and gaming solutions to casual networking and informative conferencing were highlights of the three-day event that began on Monday at the Inter Expo Center.
After a welcoming address by Angel Iribozov, chairman of the Bulgarian Gaming Association, prominent legal expert, Emil Georgiev led a discussion about the how virtual reality and augmented reality technologies stand to change the face of online gaming. VR was one of the fastest growing sectors of disruptive technology this year. ViARsys founder, Elitsa Gill spoke to attendees about current trends and coming changes that could make the online gaming of tomorrow completely different from today’s experience.
After a regulation round table with a focus on good practices and challenges in the online gambling world, tech once again ruled the day with an in-depth discussion of artificial intelligence and its developing roll in gambling. BtoBet weighed in during the panel discussion as part of its “Technifying iGaming Tour 2017”. CEO Kostandina Zafirovska spoke to the need for Eastern European gaming companies to be prepared to invest in products, services, and brand reputation in order to capture market share and related how Bulgaria’s online gaming segment has developed recently, including a big move to mobile devices.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies were explored next with UltraPlay CCO, Mario Ovcharov, and Kinguin CTO, Nashat Wanli who spoke of Bitcoin and other alt-coins’ advantages in betting and addressed the new eGold currency that they expect to be used widely in eSports betting. UltraPlay’s eGold is an Ethereum-based currency that will first debut on the Buff88 betting platform. Speakers addressed the imminent possibilities of blockchain becoming more prominent in the iGaming world and offered predictions about those implications.
The final conference was a roundtable discussion for casino operators with the Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling, who, along with the Minister of Finance, oversees gambling activity in the country.
The conference is organized by the Bulgarian Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI). To learn more, please visit http://www.eegamingsummit.com/
The summit is held in association with the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Exhibition (BEGE) which began today and runs through 23 November.