From 21st to 23rd May, InterContinental Malta will host the highly anticipated CasinoBeats Summit. With 4,500 delegates expected, the event will once again be the hub for all things casino, featuring insightful discussions on innovation and providing a firsthand look at the hottest products in the casino world.

A highlight of the event is the keynote address by John Romero, renowned game programmer and designer behind classics like ‘Doom,’ ‘Wolfenstein 3D,’ and ‘Quake.’ Romero will also join returning host Trudy Kerr to co-host the Game Developer Awards on Thursday evening.

The educational component of the event, featuring over 150 experts, will provide in-depth insights into various aspects of the gaming industry, ranging from slot games and live casino experiences to alternative game types. Special attention will be given to areas such as game design, mechanics, creativity, and innovation. Additionally, stages will cover advancements in the industry, leadership topics, marketing, and affiliation. 

Notably, SEO will be a focal point across multiple sessions, including the return of the three-part SEO chatshow led by Ivana Flynn, SEO Director at Betinia and Campobet. These sessions will explore the intersection of SEO with AI and the latest updates from Google, among other relevant topics.

SEO will also be highlighted in a workshop led by International SEO Consultant Aleyda Solis, tackling the audience’s ongoing challenges in the SEO field. Another workshop will focus on grey hat SEO tactics. Additionally, SEO will be a key feature in a hackathon led by technical SEO experts Batuhan Sasi (Medier) and Héctor Izurrategui (888/William Hill). They will demonstrate how tools like ChatGPT can enhance the efficiency of SEO professionals, offering a practical overview of their capabilities.

Workshops and hackathons will be key features of this year’s event, offering more intimate and practical settings for learning about various topics. Workshops will cover areas such as the impact of brand design, led by Philip Sultana (Head of Design/Brand & UX/UI, PressEnter Group), building successful VIP programs with Gali Hartuv (CEO, WarriorLab), ESG with Floris Assies (CEO, Better World Casinos) and harnessing HR technology for strategic excellence. Additionally, hackathon-style sessions will provide opportunities to engage with regulators, including representatives from Curaçao and the UKGC.

Over 50 exhibitors will enliven the exhibition floor, creating a dynamic environment filled with product showcases. The show floor will also host various networking activities, including the Women in Gaming Breakfast and IMGL meet-ups. Special features will include a slot tournament led by casino streamers testing new game releases from the studios debuting their games at the event, as well as a dedicated women in gaming poker tournament.

The poker tournament is just one of the many activities at the event tailored for women in gaming. Female attendees can expect a variety of sessions, including yoga and meditation classes for stress relief, empowerment and leadership workshops, and sessions where real-life experiences of women in the industry will be shared by industry leaders.

Another exciting event highlight will be the abundance of roundtable discussions to join, totalling 19 on Day 1. These intimate discussions, lasting for one and a half hours each, will delve into the regulatory landscape and explore challenges and opportunities in various markets, including the UK, Italy, Malta, Spain, Brazil, and more.

During the evenings, attendees can enjoy networking in relaxed settings at the networking events. These include the CasinoBeats Malta Opening Party at SKYBEACH on Tuesday, 21st May, the Official Networking Party at Infinity by Hugo’s on Wednesday, 22nd May, and the Official Closing Party at Sky Club on Thursday, 23rd May.

Additional evening networking events comprise the Game Developer Awards, a celebration honouring successful teams and individuals in the casino industry at Hilton (a separate ticket is required) on Thursday, 23rd of May. There are also invite-only VIP Dinners for C-level SBC Leaders at Caviar & Bull on Wednesday, 22nd of May, and for Affiliate Leaders at Sole by Tarragon on the same day.

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