As the new day broke across the stunning shoreline, the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa hummed with excitement and the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee, as attendees eagerly anticipated the start of Day Two at SPiCE India 2023. Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director of Eventus International, made the first address of the day with a welcome to all in attendance. This was followed by opening remarks from the Chairperson, Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming. These speakers expressed a deep enthusiasm for the Indian iGaming industry and highlighted its unrivalled potential for growth and development.
The morning session featured two-panel discussions. The first, moderated by Devon Dalbock, General Manager of Gaming Laboratories International, focused on balancing compliance and the customer experience in the face of restrictive regulation. The panel consisted of industry experts such as nAni Srinivasan, Head of Operations, India, iTech Labs, Srinivas Kotni, Founder & Managing Partner, Lexport, Vidushpat Singhania, Managing Partner at Krida Legal, and Mona Motwani, Director – Sports Content and Partnerships – Indian Subcontinent, Sportradar. The audience appreciated the valuable insights shared on this panel.
The second panel, moderated by Harmen Brenninkmeijer, Managing Partner at NYCE International, discussed the threats posed by illegal gaming and how to counter them. Panellists included Kuntal Sampat, CCO of LootMogul, and Jyotsna Chaturvedi, Head of Corporate Practice, Maheshwari & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants. This proved a fascinating discussion, with a specific focus on illegal gaming in India.
Amy Remes, CEO of Kootac Trading, gave an interesting presentation on the latest international lottery technologies. This was followed by another panel discussion on improving player protection and responsible gaming, moderated by Devon Dalbock and featuring industry experts such as Jaydeep Chakravartty, iGaming Consultant India, Satya Mahapatra, iGaming Consultant, ROI Internet Marketing, and nAni Srinivasan, Head of Operations, India, iTech Labs.
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The afternoon sessions began with a panel discussion moderated by Rakshit Ahuja, Head of Partner Network at Admitad India, examining the changing gaming market in India and developments to look out for. The final two-panel discussions of the day looked at sustaining and growing the industry amidst updated gaming laws in India and methods for tapping into the Indian gaming market. Both these discussions looked at the advantages and challenges of a regulated gaming market in India and strategies for unlocking its full potential.
Apart from the wonderful speeches and presentations, the exhibition floor was certainly the place to be. There was a flurry of activity around all the exhibition stands as attendees connected with leading providers to learn more about the latest technologies and services on offer. There was a buzz of networking across the room with handshakes and smiles indicating that attendees were accessing exciting new innovations to improve their businesses.
The day ended with some closing remarks from the Chairperson, Christina Thakor-Rankin. Christina recounted the valuable insights presented throughout the day and shared her excitement about future opportunities for iGaming in India. The attendees are now gearing up for the much-anticipated USD150 buy-in SPiCE Poker Tournament. This promises to be an exciting event to cap off another successful and informative day at SPiCE India 2023.
Another extraordinary seminar, and a very successful event where I have made several valuable contacts. It was an opportunity to chat with interesting people and make new friends.
–Kuntal Sampat, COO, LootMogul
It was a great honour to speak among the industry leaders and veterans. This event is full of fresh energy and expertise on all things iGaming.
-Ashish Rana, Marketing Technology and Automation Consultant
Thoroughly enjoyed SPiCE India 2023, for me, it has really offered access to new markets and people that I wouldn’t necessarily meet at European conferences. The venue, the weather, the people, everything has been sensational.
-Alex Jones, SPiCE India 2023 delegate, EveryMatrix
I would say this has been the best SPiCE yet and that is probably because the industry has evolved and matured and as a result of the announcement from the Ministry of Technology its reinvigorated the conversation. We have had some incredibly in-depth conversations about regulation. What has been really interesting is that what has started off looking like it’s just a normal event, has evolved into something that is much more complicated and sophisticated and interesting.
-Christina Thakor-Rankin, SPiCE India 2023 Chairperson, 1710 Gaming
Srinivas Kotni, Founder and Managing Partner, Lexport
With a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication, Mrinal Gujare currently is cruising through an exciting genre of writing and editing at Gutshot Magazine. Apart from being an Editor, Mrinal is an avid reader and a former contemporary dancer. She is also perennially hungry for intriguing scoops from across the globe. No holds barred is the rule Mrinal follows in life.
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