Industry Days 2018 – Navigating Towards Digital Opportunity

The European Lotteries Industry Days 2018 in the beautiful city of Prague from June 4-6 were a huge success, drawing in over 60 lotteries from all Europe. Entitled “Navigating towards Digital Opportunity”, a total of 323 delegates registered for the 2018 Industry Days – which was a record to date for the European Lotteries.

Masters of ceremony Jutta Buyse (deputy EL Secretary-General) and Arjan van’t Veer (EL Secretary General) were lively hosts throughout the two-day meeting, keeping delegates well informed of the agenda, aptly introducing speakers and answering questions from participants.

Premium Partners IGT, Scientific Games, PlayTech, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Intralot and Semi-Premium Partner Kambi each presented during the Industry Days on harnessing the opportunities presented by digitising the lottery and gaming industries. And there were clear commonalities in expressing the opportunities as well as challenges. As stated by EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier in his opening address: “all these exciting digital opportunities will affect and change the lives of our players and as well our organisations”.

PlayTech, SGI highlighted the competitive environment of the entertainment industry, all competing for consumer’s attention. IGT, NLS emphasised the importance of new technologies such as blockchain, cloud computing and AI and the benefits they can bring to lottery solutions globally. Intralot and Kambi underlined how education is key to ensure betting is fair and that there is no one size fits all approach – although examples of how to grasp digital opportunities can be taken from other sectors.

Hosts Sazka did an absolutely superb job at making all delegates feel incredibly welcome in Prague. Guests were given a goodie bag containing cocktail invitations, informational leaflets and a USB stick complete with the full results of Kantar’s research. As well as hosting the two-day conference at the Marriott Hotel in central Prague, Sazka put on a fabulous Gala Dinner at the Municipal House, an art nouveau jewel of the city. Participants thoroughly enjoyed not only the delicious local cuisine, but also breathtaking tonic artistic performances and an unforgettable full philharmonic orchestral performance. Many thanks to Sazka for hosting a memorable 2018 EL Industry Days! We very much look forward to the 2019 Industry Congress to be hosted by the National Lottery of Belgium, in Antwerp.

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Français

Cap sur les opportunités numériques

Les European Lotteries Industry Days 2018, ont connu un énorme succès dans la belle ville de Prague, du 4 au 6 juin, en attirant plus de 60 opérateurs de loteries de toute l’Europe. Intitulées « Cap sur les opportunités numériques », 323 délégués au total se sont inscrits aux Industry Days 2018 ; un record à ce jour pour European Lotteries.

Les maîtres de cérémonie Jutta Buyse (secrétaire générale adjointe d’EL) et Arjan van ’t Veer (secrétaire général d’EL) ont été des hôtes dynamiques tout au long de la réunion de deux jours, en tenant les participants bien informés de l’ordre du jour, en présentant judicieusement les conférenciers et en répondant aux questions des participants.

Premium Partners IGT, Scientific Games, PlayTech, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Intralot et Kambi (partenaire semi-premium) ont tous effectué des présentations, lors des Industry Days, sur l’exploitation des opportunités offertes par la numérisation dans les secteurs de la loterie et des jeux. Et des points communs clairs se sont dégagés dans l’expression des opportunités aussi bien que des défis. Comme l’a déclaré Hansjörg Höltkemeier, président d’EL, dans son discours d’ouverture : « toutes ces opportunités numériques passionnantes affecteront et changeront la vie de nos joueurs et de nos organisations ».

Español

Navegando hacia las oportunidades digitales

Los Industry Days 2018 de European Lotteries se celebraron en la bella ciudad de Praga entre el 4 y el 6 de junio y resultaron en un rotundo éxito, reuniendo a representantes de más de 60 entidades de lotería de toda Europa. El evento, bautizado bajo el lema “Navegando hacia las oportunidades digitales”, congregó a 323 delegados registrados: un récord hasta la fecha para European Lotteries.

Los maestros de ceremonias fueron Jutta Buyse (secretaria general adjunta de EL) y Arjan van ’t Veer (secretario general de EL) y fomentaron un ambiente animado a lo largo del evento de 2 días, manteniendo a los delegados informados en todo momento del programa diario, presentando a los oradores y respondiendo las preguntas de los participantes.

Los socios Premium IGT, Scientific Games, PlayTech, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Intralot y el socio Semi-Premium Kambi realizaron presentaciones durante las jornadas del evento, abordando las oportunidades que se nos presentan a través de la digitalización de las industrias de la lotería y los juegos. Se pudieron observar semejanzas evidentes a la hora de expresar las oportunidades y los desafíos a la vista. Tal y como acertadamente afirmó el presidente de EL, Hansjörg Höltkemeier, en su discurso de inauguración del evento: “Todas estas interesantes oportunidades digitales afectarán y cambiarán las vidas de nuestros jugadores y de nuestras organizaciones”.

Deutsch

Digitale Gelegenheiten ausschöpfen

Die European-Lotteries-Branchentage 2018, die vom 4. bis zum 6. Juni im malerischen Prag abgehalten wurden, waren mit 60 teilnehmenden Lotterien aus ganz Europa ein großer Erfolg. Unter dem Motto „Digitale Gelegenheiten ausschöpfen“ meldeten sich insgesamt 323 Delegierte für die Branchentage 2018 an – eine Rekordteilnehmerzahl für European Lotteries.

Die Zeremonienmeister Jutta Buyse (Deputy Secretary-General von EL) und Arjan van ‘t Veer (Secretary General von EL) erwiesen sich während des zweitägigen Meetings als dynamische Gastgeber, die die Delegierten kompetent über die Agenda informierten, die Sprecher treffend vorstellten und Fragen der Teilnehmer beantworteten.

Die Premium-Partner IGT, Scientific Games, PlayTech, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Intralot und der Semi-Premium-Partner Kambi hielten auf den Branchentagen Vorträge zu den Geschäftsgelegenheiten, die sich Lotterien durch die Digitalisierung der Lotterie- und Glücksspielbranche eröffnen. Die Vortragenden waren sich hinsichtlich vieler Möglichkeiten und Herausforderung einig. Wie es der President von EL Hansjörg Höltkemeier in seiner Eröffnungsrede ausdrückte: „All diese spannenden digitalen Geschäftsgelegenheiten werden Auswirkungen auf unsere Spieler und auf unsere Unternehmen haben und Veränderungen nach sich ziehen.“

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