Betting in face of COVID-19

Online сonference dedicated to Betting Business during the pandemics

April 17, Europe




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About the conference

Betting in face of COVID-19 is an online conference dedicated to the peculiarities of operating a betting business in the environment of a global coronavirus pandemic. Event will gather leading representatives of a global market, developers and providers of betting solutions.

Speakers will tell about the latest changes in the industry, providing expert analysis of the current situation on the European market and the directions that could become the most promising during the cancellation of the sports events. They will share real experience of overcoming the crisis, discuss the prospects of the industry and offer recommendations for improving the financial results of the betting business.

The conference will feature:

  • owners of betting shops;

  • developers of the products and services for the betting industry;

  • members of the international sports associations;

  • representatives of the gambling business;

  • affiliates.

Event will be useful to people who want to:

prevent financial losses during the crisis driven by the quarantine limitations imposed in various countries of the world;

understand what measures shall be taken to successfully develop the betting business;

increase the popularity of fantasy sports and esports betting;

learn about the prospects of gambling, betting and esports segments after the end of the quarantine.


Conference starts on April 17 at 11:00 (CET)

Welcome speech of the moderator

Evgeniy Romanenko


Evgeniy Romanenko Evgeniy Romanenko
  • blockchain technology promoter;
  • sound money evangelist;
  • key opinion leader with an in-depth knowledge of the Austrian Economics;
  • moderator of events dedicated to blockchain, cryptocurrencies and gaming;
  • experienced speaker, interviewer, announcer, podcast co-host;
  • works with leading media dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrencies: Forklog,, BitNovosti and others;
  • author of 100 articles, 3000 interviews with 500 experts with by 30 mn views on YouTube;
  • since 2014, participated in 115 specialized events in 17 cities in 7 countries;
  • Trustee Wallet ambassador.


Interviewer and host
Online betting during the pandemic: current market state, alternative betting lines and further development

Harry Lang

Brand Architects

Harry Lang Harry Lang
  • 13 years of experience in online games segment;

  • from 2012 till 2014, has been the Head of Brand, Casino and Bingo Marketing Department at bwin;

  • has been in charge of Mecca Bingo brand marketing at The Rank Group plc;

  • from 2015 till 2017, has been a CMO at Pinnacle Sports betting operator;

  • held a position of Marketing Director at Genting Casinos UK;

  • co-founder of Brand Architects, a strategic brand and integrated marketing consultancy specializing in online casino, poker, sports betting, bingo and esports betting verticals;

  • provided his marketing services for betting, casino, bingo, poker and esports brands: Pinnacle, bwin, Genting Bet, Party Casino, bwin Casino, WMS Jackpot Party, Pinnacle Casino, Grosvenor Casino, Genting Casino, Absolute Poker, Party Poker, Foxy Bingo, Mecca Bingo, Cheeky Bingo, Pinnacle eSports, CS:GO Empire,

Presentation: "Online betting during the pandemic: current market state, alternative betting lines and further development".


  • The state of affairs in online betting during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How can sports betting and fantasy sports recover their losses after weeks, perhaps months, of inactivity?
  • Esports Betting - is this the moment it explodes in popularity? If so, what will be the key drivers and who will come out on top?
  • The hypothetical future - what will the post-Coronavirus betting world look like?
Earning income on the growing popularity of virtual sports

Martin Wachter

Golden Race

Martin Wachter Martin Wachter
  • founded Golden Race in 2005. The company offers solutions for land based and online gambling shops. Its products portfolio include virtual sports, live casino, keno and lotteries as well as numbers games;

  • has been a CEO at Golden Race since the moment of its establishment.

Presentation: "Earning income on the growing popularity of virtual sports".


CEO & founder
  • best offers in the virtual sports segment;
  • key markets and income strategies;
  • virtual sports before and after the cancellation of traditional sports matches;
  • feedback of betting providers.
Betting on fantasy sports: Sportsbook prospects and opportunities

Maria E. Arnidou

Fantasy Sports Interactive

Maria E. Arnidou Maria E. Arnidou
  • over 6 years of experience in the iGaming and betting industry, both at the B2C and B2B level;

  • has a solid background in marketing and copywriting;

  • Marketing & Communications Manager of Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI);

  • responsible for shaping FSI’s public profile by carrying out Marketing Planning, Communication Strategy and Content production.

About the company: Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI) is an Awarded, Innovative Fantasy Sports Software Provider for the Sports Betting and Gaming Industry.

Presentation: Betting on fantasy sports: Sportsbook prospects and opportunities.


Marketing & Communications Management
Joint speech
The great battle: traditional sports, esports, fantasy sports. The future of each segment after the quarantine
Joint speech

Mark O'Sullivan

KPMG Malta

Mark O'Sullivan Mark O'Sullivan
  • key competencies: esports, video games, DLT, gaming, iGaming, gambling, e-commerce, process improvement, business analysis, GDPR;

  • from 2018 to 2019, has been an Advisor (gaming) at KPMG Malta;

  • since 2019, has been an Assistant Manager (gaming industries) at KPMG Malta.

About the company: KPMG is a global gaming team helping clients in wide specter of areas, including professional tax and consulting services and audit.

Participant of the panel discussion: “The great battle: traditional sports, esports, fantasy sports. The future of each segment after the quarantine”.


Assistant Manager (gaming industries)

Tiago Aprigio

All-in Global

Tiago Aprigio Tiago Aprigio
  • since 2016, has been a General Manager at Wild and Scatter Ltd;

  • from 2015 till 2016, has been a Business Development Manager at All-in Global – the first company to offer localization and creating content specifically for the gaming industry;

  • has been an operations manager at All-in Global from 2015 till 2018;

  • since 2018, has been a CEO at All-in Global.

Tiago will become a moderator of the panel discussion “The great battle: traditional sports, esports, fantasy sports. The future of each segment after the quarantine”.


  • Sports event disruption has all but halted sports betting
  • Esports adapted well to the situation, moving events online and thus providing an ongoing vertical for operators to market
  • Affiliates can adapt and shift focus to less effected verticals 
  • Fantasy esports may offer a new line for many operators as the focus shifts to esports betting
Esports as the key driving niche of the betting segment

Ian Smith

Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC)

Ian Smith Ian Smith
  • from 2001 till 2004, has been a partner responsible for sports law at Clarke Willmott;

  • has been a Legal Director at the Federation of International Cricketers Associations and a COO for two years;

  • since 2015, has been an owner of Sports Integrity Matters, providing consulting services to sports organizations in managing and regulating the anti-doping and anti-corruption policies;

  • his clients include: PCA, Masters Champions League, LMA and others;

  • Integrity Commissioner at Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) since 2016.

Presentation: "Esports as the key driving niche of the betting segment".


Integrity Commissioner
  •  how the ban of public events will influence esports;
  •  esports benefits: accessibility of data and match streams, betting options, 24/7 availability;
  •  the growing popularity of sports simulators;
  •  how operators are going to work with esports in the future.
Joint speech
How to keep top positions among the competition: Experience of top betting providers
Joint speech

Claudine Borg Azzopardi

KPMG Malta

Claudine Borg Azzopardi Claudine Borg Azzopardi
  • psychologist with 17 years of experience;

  • executive coach;

  • her key competencies include: psychological intervention and therapy, leadership development, group activities, team development, personality profiling, psychometric testing, coaching etc.;

  • since 2018, has been an Associate Director at KPMG Malta – a company providing audit, tax and consulting services;

  • has been a teacher of psychology and behavioral leadership at the University of Malta;

  • has been working as a Managing Consultant at Baton & Baton.

Presentation: "Decrease of betting companies’ stock value. How to save them?".

Associate Director

Valentina Franch

KPMG Malta

Valentina Franch Valentina Franch
  • lawyer with 7 years of experience;

  • has been a Legal Officer at ACT Consultus;

  • has been a Legal Manager at DD Consultus Limited;

  • since 2019, has been an Assistant Manager (gaming industries) at KPMG Malta.

About the company: KPMG is a global gaming team helping clients in wide specter of areas, including professional tax and consulting services and audit.

Presentation: “How top betting providers are fighting crisis during the coronavirus outbreak”.


Assistant Manager (gaming industries)
  • Sports betting difficulties, casino and esports steadiness. Time for refocus.
  • Disruption in our day-to-day ways of leading our people. How to lead remotely.
Postponing matches and the influence on the industry: forecasts of the international sports associations.

Rodrigo Yavarone Antelo

Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay)

Rodrigo Yavarone Antelo Rodrigo Yavarone Antelo
  • sports management professional with 10 years of experience in different markets;

  • was a project manager of the tennis program for girls and boys at Uruguayan Tennis Association;

  • provided marketing services at Real Madrid FC in 2015;

  • held a position of Business Development & Business Intelligence Executive at Valencia FC in 2015-2017;

  • was a football advisor at Relevance Marketing and Marketing Director at World Football Summit;

  • has been responsible for the Marketing and Commercial department at Club Nacional de Football since April 2019.

Presentation: "Postponing matches and the influence on the industry: forecasts of the international sports associations.".

Marketing and Commercial Director
Anti-crisis strategy from bookmakers

Stephen A. Crystal

Betfred Sports USA Development

Stephen A. Crystal Stephen A. Crystal
  • attorney;

  • expert with 30 years of gambling experience;

  • has focused on investments and advice on project finance as well as mergers and acquisitions in the gaming technology space;

  • as an attorney, he has represented public and private gaming companies before various state regulatory bodies and jurisdictions;

  • former president of Barrick Gaming Corporation controlling hotels and casinos in Las Vegas;

  • served as CEO and Chairman at Tablemax, Inc. – an electronic table game manufacturer;

  • was a president and one of the board of directors of Las Vegas Gaming, Inc. – a bingo, keno, and slot system software provider;

  • head of SCCG Management, a consulting company providing sports betting, esports, land-based and online casino development services.

Presentation: "Anti-crisis strategy from bookmakers".


  • How do betting shops fill the gap because of match cancellation in order to entertain bettors?
  • Are new trends in live streaming possible?
  • Recent solutions that can help betting provides during economic and social changes?
  • What anti-crisis social programs are existing?
  • How much have revenues decreased after the cancellation of sports events?
  • How are betting shops coping with the crisis? Are expenditures cut? Where and how much? How to manage your own labor resources?
  • What are players betting on? Are there players that have been previously active but have stopped wagering?
  • When will championships be restored?
  • A lot of developed countries grant licenses for the whole range of gambling products. Why do we follow the concept of transparent sports?