Two years and counting! The show has gained a lot of momentum since its inception, with big brands joining the list of premium sponsors and exhibitors from previous years. The show has cemented itself as the best igaming expo in the Mediterranean, bringing together affiliates, operators, solution providers and regulators under one roof in the heart of the igaming industry.
Shortly after the summit and a well-earned break we took heed of feedback from the delegates and exhibitors and will be introducing some interesting upgrades, including, but not limited to the following:
- Conferences: The organisers are shifting all conferences to a bigger conference room within the hotel, with full AC! They’ve also established new partnerships to ensure that delegates receive the best quality content.
- 300 Flights: Inspired by the movie 300, in an unprecedented move, the organisers this year are giving away the equivalent in flights for affiliates from all over Europe. Exhibitors are encouraged to invite VIP guests, flights on SiGMA, and throw a string of hospitality events around SiGMA. After all, Malta lends itself quite well for hospitality.
- Coffee: Last year’s ‘instant coffee breaks’ will be upgraded to ‘premium coffee breaks’. This was possible thanks to an exclusive partnership with Lavazza.
- Free Lunch: Free standing lunch will also be available on both days, giving delegates more time for business.
- SiGMA Pitch: The idea of a ‘SiGMA Pitch’ should go down well with so many start-ups, innovators and investors. With so many mergers and acquisitions, expect some serious deals to be made in a ‘Dragon’s Den’/‘Shark Tank’-like environment.
- Show Dates: Many wished for our dates to be further away from BAC and EiG so the organisers agreed to shift the show three weeks away from Berlin and back to back with their friends from MiGS, creating a dynamite Malta Gaming Week.
With the above upgrades, they’re building on the success story of the previous two shows. That a show invests in bringing 300 affiliates, covering flights, is unprecedented, but the organisers are positive this would leave a positive impact on the show in general, and with the many exhibitors specifically.
Interestingly enough, SiGMA has carved out a niche in the igaming events calendar – recruitment. Besides the usual business leads, an increasing number of exhibitors are relying on SiGMA for head hunting. Landing the right talent is no easy feat and with a solid workforce of 12,000 people, Malta provides the ideal recruitment backdrop. Tipico promoted Tipico-Careers last year. Expect more companies to jump on this idea and involve their HR department in budgeting for the show this year.
Making sure that the right, long term networking environment is nurtured, predominantly with the SiGMA show itself, but also throughout the year with a number of networking events. True to their word, they have been able to connect an endless number of C-level executives, suppliers, operators and affiliates with each other, and we, EEG, together with SiGMA, look forward to welcome even more industry players to this igaming nucleus.
Affiliates and operators who wish to find out more about the 300 flights opportunity may email [email protected] or call +356 99263626. Registration will open in May and further details are available on www.maltaigamingsummit.com.
SiGMA’19 makes history with record attendance numbers
15,000 delegates make it SiGMA Group’s biggest show yet
SiGMA Group’s biggest show to date closed its doors last week after three days brimming with conferences, workshops, a high energy expo floor, and premier networking events. Official numbers put the number of attendees for the show at just over 15,000, making SiGMA’19 the group’s biggest ever event.
Live gaming and eye-catching stand designs made this year’s expo a feast for the senses. Exhibitors brought a global flavour to the summit, showcasing cutting-edge games and software, offering innovative industry solutions, and bringing crucial networking opportunities to delegates looking to make next-level connections and deals. With energy high throughout the three-day-event, the expo floor was definitely the place to be for delegates looking to mix business with pleasure.
Bridging the knowledge gap for the growing sector, a series of six thought-provoking conferences and workshops offered a mixture of knowledge-sharing and fierce debate from some of the best minds in the industry. From finance and blockchain solutions, to tackling the brain drain in the HR and Careers conference, to regulation and compliance across jurisdictions both new and old, to eSports and sportsbook, delegates were presented with a 360 degree look at the iGaming sector.
The annual SiGMA Start-Up Pitch also brought investment opportunities and sound business advice to start-ups looking to gain a foothold in the industry as they battled it out for the top prize. A fiercely-fought battle saw Bethereum crowned its winner for it’s social betting solution built on blockchain technology.
And while the days were jam-packed with activity, the evenings included networking opportunities at iGathering dinners, SiGMA’s (and Malta’s) first WBC World Title fight, and a closing night party hosted by Fashion TV Gaming, Pragmatic Play and Videoslots which ended the summit in style.
As the week came to a close, Eman Pulis, founder and CEO of SiGMA Group, commented, “What an amazing show for all those involved! Now we’re looking ahead to 2020 and the launch of our super-expo in Asia in June 2020. With this new event in Manila, we’ve truly become a global brand in the iGaming industry and I can’t wait to introduce all our friends and partners from both East and West.”
In conjunction with ICE Asia and PAGCOR, the gambling and emerging tech show will cater for the land-based gambling and iGaming sector, as well as blockchain, AI and emerging tech. More than 10,000 delegates are expected to attend from across Europe, the US, and Asia, making this one of the biggest shows to unite East and West in the region.
Space at the Manila show is already filling up fast, so interested parties looking to expand their business operations in Asia are advised to contact Eman Pulis ([email protected]) for opportunities.
Success in Manila for SiGMA Roadshow
Success in Manila for SiGMA Roadshow
First leg of global tour a resounding success
SiGMA Roadshow has hosted the first event on the 2019 global tour in Manila, Philippines. The first leg of this premier networking event was held from March 21st to 22nd, bringing together suppliers, affiliates and operators to forge new relationships in the fast-growing Asian market.
Eman Pulis, SiGMA’s founder and CEO, commented, “We came to Manila first of all to learn more about this vibrant city and the government’s initiatives through PAGCOR for the Asian region. New friendships were born and strategic partnerships cemented in this vibrant region!”
Held at the luxe Shangri-La at the Fort hotel in Manila’s Bonifacio Global City area, the buzzing financial and business metropolis connected some of the top western suppliers with a total of 400 premium Asian affiliates and operators.
The two-day event provided top-notch conferences and a plethora of new opportunities for handshake deals in the fast-growing Asian market, opening doors to favourable business circumstances for European operators and suppliers looking to tap into Asia.
“I really like the work SiGMA is doing, you guys produced a great three-day-event in Manila, both business and party-wise!” enthused Oron Barber, CEO and Founder at CoinPoint Group.
The elite event was made possible through the generous affiliate hosts: FavBet, Hero Gaming, Glitnor Affiliates, Posh Friends, Royal Panda and Wunderino, and operator hosts: Bit8, Elite translations, G8C, Hacksaw Gaming, Helio Gaming, Tripleone and Scout Gaming, as well as support from sponsors ShellPay, Inome88, and HasTraffic.
Following a series of well-attended conferences, delegates were treated to a series of lavish, no-expense-spared dinners and a chance to explore the city for some after-dark fun, securing just the right balance between work and play.
Rene Robitza, Head of Affiliates at Glitnor, had high praise for SiGMA, saying, “The choice to host the conference in Manila was the best decision ever. Fantastic organisation from SiGMA, we made contacts we would never have met in Europe and countless new opportunities. Pretty sure Glitnor Affiliates will host again. Well done SiGMA!”
As with past editions, every consideration was given to providing an optimal experience for VIP’s hoping to forge solid connections within the iGaming and blockchain circle.
Riko Tanaka, CMO at LuckyNiki had this to say about the event: “Thanks for organising a great event. It was super useful for us. LuckyNiki will definitely be a sponsor for the next event.”
“It was an excellent event, with insightful discussions on the Asian market and lots of networking opportunities. Definitely worth attending!” said James Camilleri, Head of Sales and General Manager at Scout Gaming.
SiGMA will continue its winning streak as it embarks on the next leg of its tour in June, taking in the best of New Jersey, before rounding off the iGaming calendar with Lagos & Nairobi and Lima later on in the year.
Registration for operators and affiliates is currently up and running, for more information please contact Bekki on [email protected] or go here to register as an operator or here to register as an affiliate.
SiGMA invests €500,000 to bring iGaming investors to Malta
SiGMA reaches beyond the Euro-Med zone to bring operators and affiliates to Malta
SiGMA is reaching out to affiliates and operators located beyond the Euro-Med shores and treating them to a luxurious, no-expense-spared stay in Malta.
The 500 affiliates and operators who take up this offer will benefit from a stay in a 5-star room at the Hilton. Guests will also enjoy a full complement of VIP networking dinners. Prepared by some of the best chefs in the industry and held at some of the most exclusive restaurants on the island, diners will have plenty of chance to connect with fellow industry dignitaries as they take in some of Malta’s finest views.
2018 saw the 5th incarnation of the show surpass all expectations – setting the standard for future events. With some of the biggest brands in the industry signing on to exhibit and sponsor at SiGMA’s premier event, and a record-breaking 12,500 delegates welcomed through its doors, the expo has cemented itself as a solid fixture on the world’s iGaming calendar.
The three-day-affair saw a wide range of topics discussed at a high level during the six conferences and workshops, with a number of prominent speakers taking the stage. From the interplay of blockchain with iGaming, to a conference dedicated to the regulatory changes in iGaming law – delegates were treated to quality debate on some of the most pressing issues affecting the sphere.
SiGMA Pitch also made a triumphant return, providing a space for innovative young start-ups to gain valuable exposure on the expo floor, score exclusive invites to networking events, and reel in potential funding and mentoring from industry veterans.
Since its inception, the flagship show has evolved to become a global influencer on the iGaming world stage. If last year’s numbers are any prediction, 2019 is set to smash all previously held records, giving the company’s ambitions plenty of space to play out.
There can be no doubt that as Malta continues to position itself as a haven for industry, SiGMA has found its niche within a booming economy. 2019 will continue to see the high-levels of quality the sector has come to expect, creating opportunity for industry players to contribute to the wider conversations affecting the iGaming sphere and encouraging business to flourish on the islands.
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