Interviews

Marcin Sapinski – EnergyBet – My ICE 2017

BetConstruct - My ICE 2017

With ICE 2017 now less than a month away (February 7-9), EnergyBet MD Marcin Sapinski is getting ready for an action packed three days at the London ExCeL. Keep reading to learn more about his preparation for the event, favourite ICE memories and where to find him. How I prepare for ICE MS: Firstly, I make sure I’m feeling good, …

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Lydia Barbara – Microgaming – What 2016 meant to me

GoWild & Microgaming

As the sports betting and gaming industry gets back down to business in 2017, SBC News caught up with Lydia Barbara, Head of Pegasus Gaming Solutions at Microgaming, to reflect on a successful 2016 for the company. Favourite Memory of 2016  I’ve been running an internal challenge/innovation incubator at Microgaming throughout the year. My favourite memory is announcing our winners …

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Riccardo Mittiga – Sportito – DFS entry a no brainer

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Riccardo Mittiga is the CEO of Asap Italia, a company which recently launched DFS brand Sportito. With the pending merger of DraftKings and FanDuel, and some of the ‘smaller big fish’ in Oulala and Mondogoal opting to switch to strictly B2B in the latter part of the year we spoke to Riccardo about the state of fantasy in Europe, and …

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Thomas Hogenhaven – Better Collective – A SmartBets 2016

Thomas Hogenhaven is the Chief Product Officer at Better Collective. In another of our end of the year series, we spoke to Hogenhaven about the launch of SmartBets, big data, esports and innovation in betting.   SBC: Having launched in June in time for the Euros, how has the latter part of the year been for SmartBets, and what has …

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Ari Lewski – Digital Sports Tech – All hands on deck

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In another of our end of year roundups we spoke to Ari Lewski, Executive Director at Digital Sports Tech.  Clearly not one to believe in patience being a virtue, Digital Sports Tech only launched in 2016 but has already entered Australia and the UK, whilst it has ambitious, and advanced, plans for global expansion in the new year. The company …

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Valery Bollier – Oulala – The year gone by

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The daily fantasy sports industry has had quite a year in 2016 with legal battles raging throughout the USA, many of which are far from over, and a number of operators stepping things up a gear in Europe. The big two of DraftKings and FanDuel entered Europe, despite the costly court battles Stateside, and smaller operatos such as Mondogoal and …

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Martin Wachter – Golden Race – What 2016 meant to me

Golden Race

SBC News caught up with Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter to reflect on an eventful 2016 in the sports betting industry, and an award-winning year for the virtual sports supplier. Favourite Memory of 2016 This 10th anniversary year saw so many successes for us and our partners, but to pick one – I’d say our recent opening party for our …

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Jacob Lopez Curciel – an operator must be Multi-Channel present

OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez Curciel discusses the development of his firm into an Multi-Channel supplier in a constantly evolving industry. SBC: Your iSHOP product really turned a few heads when it was presented at the Bookmakers Trade Fair in October – why do you think it was so warmly received? JLC: Our product is a neat piece of technology, and …

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Lennart Gillberg – Spiffx – What 2016 meant to me

Lennart Gillberg 2016 & Cheza Gaming

SBC News caught up with Spiffx founder Lennart Gillberg to reflect on an eventful 2016 in the sports betting industry, and a breakthrough year for his betting exchange company. Favourite Memory of 2016 Launching the first version of the Take5Live app during Euro 2016. Take5Live is an engaging game based on Spiffx market activity that allows customers to place bets on …

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Adam Smith – Sky Bet backing the Northern Powerhouse push

Following a market opening for the 2023 European City of Culture which has Leeds as the current frontrunner, we spoke to Head of Corporate Affairs at Sky Bet Adam Smith.  Sky Bet has recently expanded in the city, and is a big believer in the government’s Northern Powerhouse scheme. SBC: As a company which has generated over £140m for the …

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