As one of the most anticipated sports betting & gaming event in India SBGI 2018 held at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa on the 27-28 of Feb 2018 was no less than what the industry expected!
The event started with a house-full of more than 150 attendees on Day 1 with Tim Shepherd, co-founder of Silver Heritage Group presenting on the global gaming industry and growth in demand from India’s burgeoning middle class and how can you capitalise. Next was followed by three panel discussion with key discussions on the gambling and betting in sports legalisation in India, casinos of India and future of lotteries in India, which all had eminent panellists likeWilliam Howie (Betradar), RanjanaAdhikari (Nishith Desai Associates), Susan O’Leary (Alderney eGambling), VidushpatSinghania (Krida Legal), Manoj Jain (Deltin Group), VaibhavGaggar (Gaggar& Associates), Felix Mukaxe (Mozambique Gambling Board), Geaspar Byrne (Lottoland Solutions), RatulSethi (Golden Gaming), Jay Sayta (GLAws), Kit Szybala (Global Market Advisors) and one of the highlight of the day was the fire chat between Kevin Carpenter (Genius Sports) and Chris Eaton. There were presentations on important topics like analytics from Andrew Pearson (Intelligencia Limited), on sports integrity and responsible gaming from Kevin Carpenter and Nandan Kamath (LawNK) respectively. The day ended on high spirits with a poker tournament at Deltin Royale!
Day 2 too had an amazing turnover ofattendees who were eager to learn despite the late-night poker networking tournament.The day kicked off with a presentation by Christina Thakor-Rankin(1710 Gaming) on the key growth markets and opportunities in India, followed by a joint presentation from AIGF, which was followed by a factual presentation of DFS by Harsh Jain CEO of Dream 11. The rest of Day 2 was followed by four panel discussions concentrating on fantasy sports, mobile gaming, poker & rummy in India, horse racing and e-sports in India. Each panels had key panellists from the likes of Akshay Jain (Vinfotech), John Loffhagen,Ankush Gera (Junglee Games), Catherine Chauvin (PMU), GowreeGokhale (NDA), PorusGovekar(William Hill Australia), Madhav Gupta (Baadshah Gaming), PariekshitMaadishetti (Taj Rummy),Benjamin Föckersperger, MujahidRupani&DeveshKabdwal (Cobx Gaming), Sudhir Mishra (Trust Legal) and many more!
Yudi Soetjiptadi, the Managing Director of Eventus International is in total awe of the support we have received from the industry for the event and says, “India is definitely the next big thing, with an online gambling being estimated worth as much as1.5 billion USD but could rise to as much as 4.6 billion USD – or more – in the years to come, it’s time for a change. Regulating online gambling would create jobs, bring in foreign investment, open up a new source of tax income, and protectconsumers to the risks of an unregulated market and deployment of responsible gambling awareness campaign. The summit was initiated to create awareness about betting integrity, and we had great support from the industry. Everyone present was eager to make it work for the future of gaming industry in India.Eventus role has always been to create the platform for various gaming industry stakeholders to network and share ideas. We have succeeded in delivering that in Goa recently as the feedback from participants was very encouraging. In conclusion, the event was a huge success to us and the industry and we look forward to hosting it again next year!”
Jay Sayta, one of the eminent speakerssays, ““The event was a well organised one and saw participation from gaming companies across the world. The tremendous response received by the event indicates that global companies are very much interested in the Indian market and are tracking developments here very closely. In the years to come, I hope SBGI will become the flagship event for the gaming industry in India.”. Catherine Chauvin from PMU states “It was a great event, with a good rhythm and various subjects.I hope it’s the first one of a big series!” Another speaker Kit Szybala from GMA wrote to us saying “It was a very productive conference for GMA as well as for the industry in India. I am already looking forward to the next one!”
With the outstanding support we have received and the positive feedback from the industry from the domestic as well as international borders; Eventus International would like to once again thank all the speakers and participants of SBGI 2018 and making it a huge success for us.
SBGI is also being rebranded as Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPICE) India 2019! India is known for its different spices and ‘masalas’ and we expect to create a beautiful blend like these spices to create the perfect SPICE event for next year.
We look forward to the receiving the same support and seeing everyone as we shape the event to be bigger and better!
Eventus International is a highly professional, independent and global event producing company that specialises in gaming conferences and exhibitions; across Asia and Africa, attended by hundreds of senior delegates from the private and public sector.For more information on Eventus International, kindly visit – http://www.eventus-international.com/
The next SBGI event (now rebranded as SPICE India) is scheduled to take place on the 26th& 27th February 2019at Goa, India.