SiGMA interviews Russell Mifsud
Can you tell me what the KPMG eSummits are about?
The Remote Gaming sector continues to be one of the most dynamic and innovative industries in the world. Indeed, the industry has transformed dramatically since the first eSummit took place seven years ago. The KPMG eSummits’ aim is to bring greater focus to, and understanding of, the Remote Gaming sector. While the content covered at the eSummits has, from year to year, changed considerably and been adapted to reflect the reality on the ground, the blueprint – under which themes are divided into local and global iGaming issues, with industry leaders sharing their knowledge and experience on each and every delegate participating in the discussion – remains unchanged and has been hugely successful.
It’s a proud moment for KPMG in Malta as, this year, it will be launching the very first KPMG eSummit in Malta, whereby we shall be incorporating SiGMA’s regulatory & payments conferences into a KPMG eSummit. The events have thus far been rolled out in the Isle of Man and Gibraltar, so it is extremely satisfying and rewarding to join our KPMG member firms in actively partaking in an event that has progressively evolved into one of the most reputable and sought after events in the global eGaming calendar.
With the event securely established in both the Isle of Man and Gibraltar, delegates have since gathered annually to discuss contemporary and perennial issues. Topics have been as diverse as remote gambling, the requirement to balance economic freedoms with consumer protection and the need to raise tax revenue, changes in online payment technologies and their impact on regulators, operators, customer acquisition as well as many others.
We augur that the Malta KPMG eSummit is a success that can be replicated year-on-year.
Who normally attends the KPMG eSummits?
The eSummit has successfully attracted high caliber speakers and panelists from multiple facets of the industry. This has, in turn, acted as a veritable pull-factor in attracting the intended targeted audience of C-level executives, operators, regulators and government decision-makers – basically the movers and shakers of the industry. Due to the high quality content at the eGaming summits, the event has progressively attracted an increasing number of representatives from complementary industries, such as telecommunications, data hosting, corporate services, law and payment facilitation.
It is interesting to note that the events have always attracted delegates from outside the host country. Today, the eGaming Summit is unquestionably international, with the majority of attendees stemming from across Europe.
The comprehensive and dynamic nature of the eGaming Summits have meant that all of the major changes and controversies affecting the eGaming industry since the inaugural summit are provided with the right fora whereby participants can engage in an interesting debate where the exchange of opinions and ideas is solicited in an open and transparent manner.
What value do you aim to bring by hosting a KPMG eSummit out in Malta?
We have been rigorously and methodically preparing for this event and we are very satisfied with the final program. It promises to be a thought-provoking day, filled with knowledgeable industry specialists, who will share their experiences and provide in-depth insight in their relevant area of specialisation. The informal layout of the main conference hall is set out to provide the right conditions to capture the audiences’ attention and create a comfortable environment for questions.
Our intention is to provide meaningful and practical tools to our audience, in order for them to apply this insight into their own operations. The major take-away from this event is envisaged to revolve around the usability, validity and applicability of the sessions.
The KPMG eSummit in Malta promises to be a lively day, which will be delivered through a combination of short presentations accompanied by topic-centric panel sessions. We are going to be time conscious but value-driven.
(Should you wish to gauge a further appreciation of the themes that are set to be discussed on the day, then kindly refer to our advert on the inside front page cover of the SiGMA magazine)
Why have you decided to partner up the KPMG eSummit with SiGMA this year?
SiGMA has grown from strength to strength since its inception 3 years ago. It is the largest Gaming event on the island and is garnering much support by carving a reputable niche as a yearly calendar mainstay in the international arena. We have decided to partner up with SiGMA because we feel as though the combination of SiGMA’s reach and proven track record, coupled with KPMG in Malta’s network and expertise in the filed, will offer the audience an enriching forum, within a fun environment.
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