SPiCE gaming conference 2019 to discuss road ahead for gaming industry post elections; opportunities in the current regulatory framework

SPiCE or Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference and Exhibition 2019 by Eventus International is being held during 25th-27th February, 2019 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa.

The 2018 version of the event was called Sports Betting and Gaming India Summit (SGBI), which facilitated discussions on various aspects of betting, gaming and gambling. The event received a great response from delegates who turned up in good numbers. SBGI 2018 was held on 27-28 February, 2018 at Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa.

Some of the important discussions, panels and presentations at SBGI 2018 were on topics including growth markets and opportunities in India, sports integrity and responsible gaming, gambling and betting in sports legalisation in India, fantasy sports, mobile gaming, and poker & rummy in India.

Eventus International has rebranded SGBI to SPiCE. On the first day of the event, 25th February 2019, there will be a SPiCE Breaker event. It is a networking event where attendees with get an opportunity to break the ice and network over drinks.

On Day 2, 26th February 2019, speakers from diverse affiliations will speak and present about topics including how growth markets in Asia and India can arrest the decline of operators affected by Europe’s regulatory prohibition; attraction and issues of official versus unofficial sport data; and direct and indirect taxes on gaming in India.

Besides this, there will be expert panel discussions on how elections of 2019 will effect the regulatory scenario for gambling and betting in India; opportunities in the South Asian casino industry; and growth of online poker and poker leagues.

Jay Sayta, the founder of is addressing the attendees on Day 2. He is the advisor to SPiCE 2019. He will also be a part of the panel that will discuss the regulatory implications of the 2019 elections on the casino industry.

The day will end with a SPiCE it up Poker tournament at Deltin Royale offshore casino.

On Day 3, 27th February 2019, different speakers will talk and present about what India can learn from recent regulatory progress in the US and beyond regarding bringing sport betting out of the shadows and about how cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology can help regulate the sports betting industry in India.

There will be five panels hosted by experts in the industry, on this day. The panels will discuss opportunities and growth in online fantasy gaming, eSports in India, need for introduction of responsible gaming practices in India, structuring and growing online skill gaming businesses in India, and opportunities, monetisation challenges and solutions in Mobile Gaming market in India.

The final day will end with a table talk networking dinner. The event is being attended by industry delegates—operators, regulators and professionals—from private and public sectors.

With such important topics of discussion on the agenda, the event has received an overwhelming response, and the delegate seats are almost full.

To know more about the programme and for registering, visit their website:


SPiCE gaming event to be held at Goa Marriott resort on 26-27 February 2019

The second edition of the premier gaming conclave of India, namely the Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPiCE), organised by Eventus International, is set to be held on 26th and 27th February 2019, at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, located in Miramar, Panaji.

The two day conference and exhibition will be held at the serene Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, which is strategically located close to the capital city of Panaji, with easy access to the offshore and onshore casinos of the state.

The event will see eminent experts and industry leaders brainstorm on the developments in the gaming and betting industry and the road ahead for the sector over the course of two days.

A SP’iCE’ Breaker Networking Drinks will be held on the eve of the event, i.e. on 25th February 2019 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, wherein the attendees will get an opportunity to discuss, deliberate and network over drinks while gazing out over the beautiful oceanic view of the Arabian sea.

After Day One of SPiCE 2019 (26th February), attendees will also see a fun-filled casino visit to Deltin Royale casino in the evening and a USD 150 buy-in poker tournament as well as canapés and drinks for  all.

On Day Two (27th February), there will be a VIP Table Talk Dinner, wherein the VIP attendees of the event will be invited to gather over a 5-star three-course dinner and drinks.

The theme for the event is to promote Indian culture and therefore participants and speakers are encouraged to attend the conference in their best ethnic attire.

Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director at Eventus International notes, “SPiCE is turning out to be the most anticipated gaming event in India and the response that we have received so far is truly overwhelming. We aim give a unique experience to all participants and also promote Indian culture, which is why we are encouraging all participants to come out in their best ethnic wear for the event. SPiCE will not just be a platform to network and exchange views, but also have a memorable and fun-filled experience in a serene environment.”


Eventus International to host 2 day SPICE gaming conference in Goa in February 2019

After successfully hosting the Sports Betting & Gaming India (SBGI) conference in Goa in February this year, Hong Kong-based events company Eventus International has announced the second edition of its India event, called Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPICE) .

The re-branded two day exhibition and summit is scheduled to take place on the 26th & 27th February 2019 in Goa, India.

The two-day event will delve into the impact and opportunities that comes with clear and well-defined legalised gambling. Presentations will discuss investment opportunities in online skill gaming and brick and mortar casinos, effective structuring of foreign investments and gaming businesses, responsible gambling and the player protection and the socio-economic and financial benefits of legalised gambling etc.

With the national general elections scheduled to be held in April-May 2019, the event will discuss and deliberate on the possible options before law and policy makers to bring changes in the gaming industry and brainstorm the investment opportunities available in the present environment: not just in India, but in the broader South Asian region.

Commenting on the announcement of the event,  Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director at Eventus International said, “After the successful SBGI summit and exhibition last year, we hope to continue the dialogue with SPICE, which we hope will be received as a constructive initiative, presenting an opportunity to both the Indian government and regulator and the gambling and gaming industry.”

Further details about the agenda and registration for the event will be updated on the event webpage.


Eventus International hosts successful Sports Betting & Gaming India conference

South Africa based Eventus International hosted a successful and well attended two-day event, Sports Betting and Gaming India (SBGI) conference on 27th and 28th February at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa.

The event started with a house-full of more than 150 attendees on Day 1. Tim Shepherd, co-founder of Silver Heritage Group started the event by making a presentation on the global gaming industry, growth in demand from India’s burgeoning middle class and how can one can capitalise on the Indian market.

This was followed by three panel discussion with key discussions on the gambling and betting in sports legalisation in India, casinos of India and future of lotteries in India, which all had eminent panelists like William Howie (Betradar), Ranjana Adhikari (Nishith Desai Associates), Susan O’Leary (Alderney eGambling), Vidushpat Singhania (Krida Legal), Manoj Jain (Deltin Group), Vaibhav Gaggar (Gaggar & Associates), Felix Mukaxe (Mozambique Gambling Board), Geaspar Byrne (Lottoland Solutions), Ratul Sethi (Golden Gaming), Jay Sayta (Glaws), Kit Szybala (Global Market Advisors) etc.

There were presentations on important topics like analytics from Andrew Pearson (Intelligencia Limited), on sports integrity and responsible gaming from Kevin Carpenter and Nandan Kamath (LawNK) respectively. The day ended on high spirits with a poker tournament at Deltin Royale.

Day 2 kicked off with a presentation by Christina Thakor-Rankin (1710 Gaming) on the key growth markets and opportunities in India, followed by a joint presentation from AIGF, which was followed by a factual presentation of DFS by Harsh Jain CEO of Dream 11. The rest of Day 2 was followed by four panel discussions concentrating on fantasy sports, mobile gaming, poker & rummy in India, horse racing and e-sports in India.

Commenting on the conference, Yudi Soetjiptadi, the Managing Director of Eventus International said, “India is definitely the next big thing, with an online gambling being estimated worth as much as 1.5 billion USD but could rise to as much as 4.6 billion USD – or more – in the years to come, it’s time for a change. Regulating online gambling would create jobs, bring in foreign investment, open up a new source of tax income, and protect consumers to the risks of an unregulated market and deployment of responsible gambling awareness campaign.

The summit was initiated to create awareness about betting integrity, and we had great support from the industry. Everyone present was eager to make it work for the future of gaming industry in India. Eventus role has always been to create the platform for various gaming industry stakeholders to network and share ideas. We have succeeded in delivering that in Goa recently as the feedback from participants was very encouraging. In conclusion, the event was a huge success to us and the industry and we look forward to hosting it again next year!”

Eventus International has announced that the India conference, now re-branded as Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPICE) India,  would be held again next year, on 26th and 27th February, 2019.


Eventus International to host Sports Betting & Gaming India conference in February 2018

Eventus International is hosting the Sports Betting & Gaming India Conference (SBGI) on 27th and 28th February 2018 in Goa, India. The two-day event promises to have a busy conference and engaging schedule as well as an outstanding panel of industry experts and speakers.

Gambling in India is heavily restricted and the SGBI panel of experts and speakers will evaluate both the potential and the possible impact of legalized gambling in the country. The Indian government’s willingness to consider and clarify gambling legislation provides the ideal background against which the conference speakers and delegates will discuss a wide range of topics and issues – ranging from anti money laundering strategies to the challenges and opportunities that come with eSports.

Day one of the conference proceedings will see a keynote address delivered by Tim Shepherd, founder of Silver Heritage. The topic of the address is ‘Show me the money: How the global gaming industry is responding to the liberalisation of gambling regulations and how can you capitalise’.

From here, the dialogue will move to the latest developments in Indian regulation and the onset of GST in India. The question on everybody’s mind, whether GST will be a game changer in the sports betting and gaming industry in India, will be thoroughly dissected and interrogated.

Two panel discussions will further explore the current legal scenario of gambling in India, as well as the conventional status of lotteries and more innovative measures for it to grow.

The second day keynote address will be delivered by Christina Thakor – Rankin, Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming.  Christina will discuss key growth markets and opportunities in India, including lottery, sports betting, land based, and online gaming, and how to foster further growth. Roland Landers, CEO of All India Gaming Federation will deliver additional remarks.

Security, payments, and data protection topics are also on the conference menu, as is practical solutions to retain player confidence, preventing data leakage, match-fixing, and the inevitability of sports betting.

The final panel discussion of the conference will focus on the growth potential (and restrictions) for casinos and the scope for new players entering the Indian market.

Full details about the event are available here.