The global professional services firm, KPMG, which traces its roots back to 1818 will present the KPMG Isle of Man eGaming Summit beginning Wednesday, Sept 6. Celebrating seven years of annual summits which now include events in Malta and Gibraltar, this is the 15th eGaming summit to be held by KPMG. The Isle of Man was home to their first event in November 2010. This year’s program is the most robust to be offered yet.
The main event will be held in the prestigious Royal Hall at the Villa Marina in Douglas. Top presenters and workshop leaders include representatives of the Remote Gaming Association (RGA) Microgaming Systems, Tabcorp, Stars, and others.
Social responsibility and diversity will receive their due attention among other topical issues in the eGaming sector. Further focus will be given to the perennial subjects of regulatory change, advances in technology, and M&A activity.
While the main event does not get underway until Thursday the 7th, a pre-summit IMGL masterclass on Wednesday will feature advisers and regulators from the important jurisdictions of UK, Gibraltar, and Malta. The masterclass will be hosted by Isle of Man regulator, Steve Brennan.
Thursday’s activities will begin with an opening address by Chief Minister of Isle of Man, Howard Quayle MHK followed by a jurisdictional update with KPMG’s global gaming team focusing on the four key local jurisdictions. The agenda will move swiftly to focus on M&A activity in the sector featuring a pre-eminent panel of operators, corporate financiers, and industry lawyers.
The balance of the morning sessions will focus on the all important subject of social responsibility. Topics include Fairness and the Consumer, presented by Jason Chess of Wiggin; The Economics of Consumer Behaviour will be covered by KPMG’s Adam Rivers; the RGA’s GAMSTOP project will be covered as will GambleAware’s latest research.
With social responsibility grounding the minds of participants from the morning sessions the afternoon will see diversity and innovation lead the train of thought as KPMG’s summit advisory director, Micky Swindale talks about the firm’s #WeAllWantToPlay initiative. This will be followed by a focus on technology innovation initiatives presented by Lydia Barbara of Microgaming. Roger Raatgever (Microgaming), Joe Johnson (Tabcorp), Guy Templer (Stars) and Jeffrey Haas (Draftkings) will present the “Industry View” this year drawing the main room program to a close.
In addition to the core agenda at Royal Hall, there will be a series of masterclasses and workshops held in the Broadway Cinema covering various regulatory and tech topics.
KPMG’s Group Managing Director, Russell Kelly will moderate the closing panel. Kelly said: “Our summit always offer a great mix of high profile, topical speakers, and subjects, but I am particularly excited about this year’s program – the quality and variety will keep the 250-300 delegates we are expecting next week pinned to their seats.”
This article has been updated to correctly identify Howard Quayle, Member of the House of Keys as Chief Minister of the Isle of Man rather than Allen Bell as was previously reported.