SBC Summit Barcelona: A gateway to global opportunities

September 14, 2023 10:48 AM
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  • CDC Gaming Reports
September 14, 2023 10:48 AM
  • CDC Gaming Reports

Upwards of 15,000 delegates from every corner of the industry are set to gather at the SBC Summit Barcelona to discuss the latest developments in sports betting and igaming in global markets, as well as the technological advancements redefining the industry.

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The global betting and igaming event will be held at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc September 19-21. The summit will offer attendees access to an 80-hour conference agenda, an exhibition floor showcasing the latest products from over 350 global brands, and numerous networking opportunities.

This year, SBC has doubled the size of its exhibition floor to accommodate exhibitor demand; the area now encompasses 400,000 square feet (38,000 square meters).

With so many brands exhibiting, delegates will familiarize themselves with a plethora of the hottest game releases, technologies, and products and services on offer.

To ensure smooth navigation across the summit, the floor space has been divided into five distinct zones, each dedicated to a specific industry vertical: Sports Betting, Casino & iGaming, Payments & Compliance, Affiliate, Media & Marketing and Emerging Tech.

In addition to this year’s exhibition floor, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in industry meet-ups. Delegates can choose to join various groups, including the Global Gaming Women Breakfast, Meet the Affiliates, and Payment Experts. There will also be a range of region-specific meet-ups, such as those focused on the U.S. and Canada, Latin America and Brazil, Africa, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Each of the zones will feature networking areas and conference stages. Along with the five zone-specific stages, two additional conference rooms will host the following tracks: Leadership (Day 1) and Global Gaming (Day 2) on Stage 1 and Sponsorship, Marketing & Data (Day 1) and Player Protection (Day 2) on Stage 4.

Throughout the event,  delegates seeking to broaden their understanding of critical industry issues will gain access to an extensive program spread across seven stages and encompassing 14 distinct conference tracks. Discussions will revolve around a diverse array of topics, including global market opportunities, sports betting and casino innovation, cutting-edge technologies revolutionizing the industry, igaming trends, affiliate-marketing trends, and everything in between.

The lineup of 450 of the industry’s brightest experts includes two exclusive keynote panels featuring pioneering tech authority and best-selling author Matthew Ball, as well as Flutter International CEO, Daniel Taylor.

The speaker list also includes such notable personalities as Jesper Svensson (CEO Operations Betsson Group), Gustaf Hagman (CEO & Co-Founder LeoVegas Group), Paris Smith (Advisor, Pinnacle Sports), Fabio Schiavolin (CEO, Snailtech), Fredrik Wastenson (CEO, Svenska Spel), Maarja Pärt (CEO, Yolo Group), Alexander Martin (CEO, SKS365), Sam Sadi (CEO, LiveScore Group), Jesper Soegaard (CEO & Co-founder Better Collective), Francesco Postiglione (CEO Casumo Holdings Ltd), Livia Troise (CEO, Betmais) and more.

The Future of Technology conference track will also host the First Pitch Startup Competition, powered by Yolo Investments, set to take place on Wednesday September 20. Five industry startups will pitch their products to a panel of expert judges and battle it out to win a prize fund worth over €60,000 to aid in their development plans.

This year’s summit will also introduce 30 themed roundtable discussions. Each table will be overseen by an expert moderator and cover either critical industry topics or some of the most promising global markets in a format designed to promote active engagement and interactive problem-solving.

Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, said, “The team has spent a vast amount of time implementing last year’s feedback, and therefore there are a multitude of new additions to this year’s summit for delegates to experience. Whether it is the exciting festival zone or the roundtable sessions, we hope to continue our journey of facilitating an environment that spurs collaboration, discussion and growth within the industry.”

In the evening, the delegates with full event access will be given the chance to visit some of the hottest venues in Barcelona and network with the industry elite in a relaxed, lavish, and most importantly fun environment.

Evening networking events include the Official Opening Party Sponsored by Endorphina, held at the iconic Fira, Plaça de l’Univers, (September 19), the Official Networking Party, taking place at the Pasha & Opium, (September 20) and the Official Closing Party, bringing the event to a close at the Ikibana Sarrià (September 21).

This year’s SBC Awards 2023 ceremony, which celebrates the industry’s finest, will take place at the iconic Caves Codorníu, the oldest and leading cava company in Spain. The ceremony will take place on Thursday September 21 and will be hosted by Kirsty Gallacher and football legend Clarence Seedorf.