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HIPTHER Invites You to Recognize Gaming Excellence at the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2024 – Online Voting Session is Now Open!


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April 10, 2024

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HIPTHER, the One-stop Agency and leading Event Organizer for multiple GameTech industries, is excited to announce the Online Voting Session for the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards – BSG Awards 2024. The BSG Awards recognizing Gaming and Tech Companies’ achievements in the Baltic and Nordic regions, are held annually under HIPTHER’s pioneering Baltics conference series “MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit”.

The Online Voting Session for the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards – BSG Awards 2024 will be open between 8-26 April 2024. Following the Nomination Period that took place between 8 January – 15 March 2024, the Online Voting Session now features all Nominated Companies.

Professionals from the entire spectrum of the iGaming industry are invited to cast their votes to determine the Shortlists for BSG Awards 2024. Your voice matters! Start voting now and until April 26 for your favorite and/or your own teams and companies, to highlight their achievements in the Baltic and Scandinavian regions.

Cast your Votes across streamlined categories covering the entirety of iGaming operations per region (Baltic and Nordic), including:

  • Operator Categories
  • B2B Sports Betting Categories
  • B2B Casino Categories
  • B2B eSports & Fantasy Sports Categories
  • Payments & Certifications

Full list of Operators and B2B Categories, offered for Vote separately per region (Baltics & Nordics):

Operators Categories:

  1. Best Online Casino
  2. Best Sports Betting Operator

B2B Categories:

  1. B2B Providers (Sports): Best eSports Service Provider
  2. Best Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports Provider
  3. Rising Star in Fantasy Sports / Virtual Sports
  4. Rising Star in Sports Betting Technology
  5. Best Sports Betting Provider
  6. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Online Casino Provider
  7. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Slots Provider
  8. B2B Providers (Casino): Best Live Casino Provider
  9. B2B Providers (Casino): Rising Star in Online Casino Technology
  10. Connected Services – Best Payment Service Provider
  11. Connected Services – Best Testing Laboratory Provider
  12. Connected Services – Best Hosting Provider

The Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards series has been celebrating the success of the best iGaming companies operating in the Baltics and Nordics since the inception of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit in 2018. HIPTHER’s Co-founder, Zoltán Tűndik, commented about the Awards and their Voting System:

As we enter the online voting stage of the BSG Awards, I want to extend my heartfelt wishes for good luck to all the nominated companies. Your innovation and dedication have brought you this far, and as the community casts their votes, may your efforts be rightfully recognized. Here’s to making it to the shortlists—may the best contenders rise to the top! Let the spirit of excellence lead the way”.

Rebranding Excellence: The Brand-New Logo of the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards

As the gaming industry and technology evolve, so do HIPTHER events! Following our vision to honor the Baltic countries as the home of our pioneering MARE BALTICUM Summit through the conference series’ branding, we apply the same inspiring principles to the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards. We are thrilled to reveal the new logo of the BSG Awards for this year’s magnificent host, Tallinn, Estonia, and we look forward to it gracing both the online stage and our conference!

Make your Voice Heard & Your Company Shine!

What are you waiting for? Visit HIPTHER’s BSG Awards 2024 page, view all Nominated Companies across Categories for both regions, and start voting to decide the Shortlists!

The Final Vote will take place at MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit by the participants of the event on 4 June 2024.

Please note that you need to select one company in each category before submitting your vote, and you are only allowed to vote once per day, as the voting system refreshes 24 hours after your vote has been submitted.

Vote Now for the Baltic & Scandinavian Gaming Awards Shortlists!


Wazdan expands in Lithuania with Twinsbet deal


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April 10, 2024

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Wazdan, the gain-focused developer behind some of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences, has further bolstered its footprint in the Baltics after partnering with Twinsbet in Lithuania.

An initial batch of top-performing titles such as 9 Coins™, Hot Slot™: 777 Crown, Magic Spins™, and Sun of Fortune, have all gone live with the online casino.

Furthermore, new collections of titles will be released every Thursday, as the provider slowly rolls out its full portfolio of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences over the coming months.

This new influx of content will raise engagement for Twinsbet players with Wazdan’s complete suite of engagement-boosting mechanics, including Cash Infinity™, Collect to Infinity™, and the popular Hold the Jackpot™ bonus round.

It is the latest commercial partnership agreed by Wazdan, with the provider signing similar deals in Europe, Latin America, and North America in recent weeks.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “We are extremely pleased to boost our presence in the Baltic region with this exciting deal with Twinsbet.

“Bringing our entire portfolio to its customers in Lithuania is an exciting opportunity for us, and we’re confident it will be a great deal for both parties.”

Gunnar Vilk, COO at Twinsbet, said: “Wazdan’s content portfolio contains engaging, exciting and progressive titles, incorporating cutting-edge mechanics and immersive gameplay, and to be able to offer the complete portfolio to our players adds great value to our brand.”


Court Declares Rīga’s Ban on Gambling Unconstitutional


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April 9, 2024

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The Constitutional Court of Latvia said on April 4 that it had deemed the restriction on the organisation of gambling throughout Rīga unconstitutional, as the municipality has not justified why gambling is prohibited in the specific areas.

The case was brought before the Constitutional Court following applications by the gambling companies Olympic Casino Latvia Ltd, Alfor Ltd and Joker Ltd. They requested an assessment of the compliance of the Rīga spatial plan with Article 105 of the Constitution, which provides for the right to property that may be restricted only following the law. Compulsory expropriation of property for public needs is only allowed in exceptional cases on the basis of a separate law against fair compensation.

The contested norm provides, however, that the organisation of gambling and the provision of gambling services are prohibited in the entire administrative territory of Rīga, except where such gambling venues are located in four- or five-star hotels.

Six years ago, the Riga City Council decided to close down 42 gambling venues in the city centre, and last September it decided to cancel 139 permits for gambling venues outside the city centre. They must close within five years.

The Constitutional Court found that the organisation of gambling is a legal commercial activity existing in conditions of free competition.

The legislator has given the municipality the competence to assess independently which areas or territories of the municipality should be subject to restrictions on the organisation of gambling. The municipality is also entitled to designate an unlimited number of areas in the spatial plan where gambling is not allowed. However, the municipality must comply with the principle of territorial assessment laid down in the authorisation granted by the legislator.

The Constitutional Court found that the municipality had failed to state reasons why the organisation of gambling was prohibited in the functional zones of the spatial plan, where commercial activities were envisaged as one of the permitted uses of the territory.

In accordance with the principle of assessment of territories laid down in the Law on Gambling, the municipality must assess, for example, in the spatial planning process, the built-up area and the location of infrastructure facilities, the population density, the interests of residents and traders and other relevant aspects which may be the basis for imposing restrictions on the organisation of gambling.

No such assessment has been carried out by the municipality prior to the establishment of restrictions on gambling throughout the territory of Riga.

The Constitutional Court held that the restriction on fundamental rights contained in the contested norm was incompatible with Article 1 and the first, second and third sentences of Article 105 of the Constitution.