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Fintech investments in Europe up to 23bn EUR, Dr. Jean Paul Fabri (ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence) will add to the subject at TCE2019

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Fintech in a nutshell: the financial technology sector which encompasses firms that use technology-based systems either to provide financial services and products directly or to make the financial system more efficient.

 

It has been reported over the past years that Fintech is a rapidly growing sector. The recent reports show that in the first half of 2018, investment in fintech companies in Europe alone reached €23 billion.

Besides the huge investment return, the fintech sector brings rewards including innovation and job creation, but also challenges, such as data and consumer protection issues, and the risk of exacerbating financial volatility or cybercrime.

To tackle these multi-disciplinary challenges, policy- and lawmakers in the European Union (EU) have adopted and announced several initiatives, for instance on intra-EU payment services, data protection, crowdfunding, and regulatory sandboxes.

In 2019 the European Commission launched a study to analyze the challenges for the European players and possible policy measures at EU level. This analysis leads to the development of short-term recommendations around effective implementation of the EU Fintech Action Plan, coherence with the Digital Single Market, taking the international dimension into account, and investing in knowledge, access to new markets and communication. Longer-term recommendations are to replicate the innovative approach characterized by the second payments service directive in future legislation and to set up a Multi-Stakeholder Forum to stay abreast of trends and risks.

The European market accounts for 17% of the global fintech industry and the leaders are the US with 48%, while China is also holding strong with 35%. (source: bankingtech.com)

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe will address the Fintech sector with a highly engaging panel discussion which is titled “The Rise of Fintech in Europe”.

The panel discussion will be joined by Jean Paul Fabri, Managing Director of ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence, who will bring the latest economic and policy updates.

 

About Dr. Jean Paul Fabri:

JP is the Managing Director of ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence, a specialized unit that applies economics to consumers, firms, and policy. He is currently the Lead Director on blockchain and cryptocurrency at ARQ Group. JP is specialized in resilience-building strategies and was a Technical Consultant to The Commonwealth Secretariat and acted as advisor to 9 governments across 3 continents. Prior to joining ARQ Group, JP was the Group Board Secretary of a London and Helsinki listed mining company. He also formed part of the private secretariat of the former Prime Minister and of the Governor of the Central Bank of Malta. An economist by profession, JP followed post-graduate studies in economics and political economy at the University of Malta and the London School of Economics. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Seats are limited (Super Early Bird Rate – valid through 30th of June)

 

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ORYX signs deal with Rootz

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ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company (TSXV:BRAG), has partnered with Rootz to launch its extensive portfolio of in-house and third-party content.

The supplier’s entire catalogue of proprietary and partner games will soon go live on Rootz’ platform and will also be made available on Wildz, its flagship online casino brand, through the recently enhanced ORYX Hub.

Backed by Rootz’ reputation as an industry trail-blazer, Wildz has rapidly established itself as 2019’s hottest new brand.

Adding content from ORYX’s 80+ content suppliers, which include top performers Gamomat, Kalamba and Golden Hero, will enable the company to continue to grow its foothold in Europe and enter new markets.

Matevž Mazij, Managing Director of ORYX Gaming, said: “Wildz has already made a splash in the online casino arena with its commitment to customer satisfaction, making it an exciting brand to partner with and extend our client base.

“It’s great to be working with Rootz’ knowledgeable and creative team to deliver a portfolio that not only offers a stand-out player experience but also advances online content delivery in our industry.”

Lasse Rantala, Wildz CEO, remarked: “ORYX Hub’s robust selection of games, seamless integration process, and promotional tools will provide a great advantage to us as we focus on building the Rootz and Wildz brands across Europe.

“Putting the customer first is central to our company ethos and we are confident both our Rootz partners and Wildz players will love the high quality and varied new additions to our online casino offering.”

The recently enhanced ORYX Hub allows partners to effortlessly integrate content from more than 80 leading providers and over 8,000 games, with advanced marketing tools such as free round promotions, achievements, leaderboards, tournaments and jackpots.

ORYX Hub provides operators with access to its portfolio of content, which is fully compliant in major regulated jurisdictions, via a single account and seamless integration process.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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OKTO to showcase latest wave of gaming payments disruption at EArena 2019

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OKTO Group, the financial technology provider specialising in digital payment and player engagement applications, is set to exhibit its next-generation suite of products and services at next month’s EArena Expo in Bucharest, Romania.

The event, which takes place from the 3rd to the 5th September, will see OKTO’s commercial team showcasing the company’s mobile-centric payment solution for gaming at stand #422, demonstrating how operators can drive player engagement by bridging the gap between the payment and retail experience.

Building on the success of its digital banking, mobile payment and retail products in Europe, the Athens-based fintech firm is set to hit the ground running with its one-of-a kind gaming solutions, while having recently appointed industry veteran Simon Dorsen to lead the charge.

OKTO’s payment products are focussed on harnessing the mobile-based payments revolution, while digitising betting processes to provide a seamless journey across multiple player channels, offering operators add-on loyalty and promotional functions that deliver a player-retaining service.

With experience in directly operating an established network of 5,000 points of sale across multiple jurisdictions and processing transactions reaching up to €1 billion, the payment service provider is well positioned for continuing its rapid growth in the region.

Commenting on their plans for Eastern Europe’s unique market environment, Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming at OKTO, said:

“Eastern Europe is a major focus for us, with a tech-savvy population that are proving to be quick adopters of innovations in mobile technology. There is real appetite for OKTO’s fully digital experience, which we have tailored to tackle the niche challenges of this promising market. 

“We look forward to meeting with local operators at EArena to showcase how our innovative solutions not only reduce cash handling costs for operators, but also speed up the flow of transactions and deliver a better player experience. The next wave of payments disruption is here – and we’re glad to be leading the charge.”  

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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SportPesa Gears Up for Legal Battle with Kenyan Government

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Sports betting platform SportPesa has geared up for a protracted legal battle with the Kenyan government. The operator told that the government was deliberately politicising a dispute over tax to interfere with its Kenyan operations. This has left SportPesa unable to process mobile payments, prompting it to cancel all sports sponsorship agreements in the country.

On 1 July, Kenya’s gambling regulator (BCLB), declined to renew the licence applications of SportPesa and 26 other companies. The BCLB claimed it was owed a total of KES60.56bn in unpaid taxes, claiming that Kenya’s Gaming Bill states that the country’s 20% tax on winnings applies to both profit and to the bettor’s original stake.

“SportPesa is fully tax compliant in all of the markets in which we operate. We have been recognised by the KRA as such, receiving tax compliance awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018,” a SportPesa spokesman said.

The SportPesa spokesman said that the company secured a High Court order that overruled the regulator and prevented the authorities from suspending payment services and interfering with the company. However, on 10 July, the state ordered the telecoms company Safaricom to block banking services to the 27 companies. On 22 July, SportPesa opted to take legal action against the regulator to overturn the blocking order. The High Court is currently considering whether the authorities acted illegally in blocking access to customers’ accounts.

On 9 August, Sportpesa announced it was suspending all of its sports sponsorships in the country. On 11 August, SportPesa was also named in a Sunday Times investigation into the advertising of betting to children in Kenya. However, a SportPesa spokesman denied the operator was deliberately targeting minors.

“SportPesa takes its commitment to ensuring responsible gaming in Kenya extremely seriously. We do not advertise to children and are compliant with all advertising regulation in every market we operate in,” the spokesman said.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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