Those of us who enjoy watching sport on Sky Television are currently being treated to a highly entertaining advertising campaign, under the banner The Greatest Show on Earth.
Paying homage to the Victorian era circus promotions of Barnum & Bailey, these dramatic advertisements feature actor Idris Elba as the Ringmaster and an array of sporting superstars as ‘circus’ performers. It is great entertainment and puts me in mind of the forthcoming SBC Summit Barcelona, and its own growing claim to be our industry’s Greatest Show on Earth.
A ‘must-attend’ event in your calendar
This global betting & iGaming exhibition and conference is now a must-attend event in the calendar of sports betting and iGaming professionals from across the globe and covering all verticals. Featuring 15,000 attendees, 450 speakers, seven conference stages and seven dedicated zones, the size of the exhibition floor has been doubled to 38,000sqm, accommodating over 300 exhibitors.
To ensure that each vertical is represented and make it easier for delegates to navigate the exhibition, the 2023 floor space has been split into a Sports Betting Zone, Casino & iGaming Zone, Payments & Compliance Zone, Affiliate, Marketing & Media Zone, Emerging Tech, Blockchain & Metaverse Zone and the newest addition to the zoning concept, the Esports & Gaming Zone.
Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, says: “Having dedicated zones ensures that delegates can familiarise themselves with the latest trends and strategic approaches shaping the industry.”
The diverse conference schedule boasts a speaker line-up of 450 professionals delivering 80 hours of content covering sports betting, casino, iGaming, payments, emerging technologies, innovation, digital marketing and safer gambling.
Sports Betting conference schedule
The agenda features two sports betting tracks. The Future of Sports Betting will elaborate on trends and the impact of strategic thinking, gamification and tech. The Sports Betting Innovation track will zoom in on product-focused topics such as media rights, audience engagement, data and esports.
In Sports Betting’s Makeover: The Influence of Gamification, Streaming and Stats, attendees will be guided through the convergence between betting and streaming, exploring gamification and evaluating its impact on UX and whether or not these innovations enhance the overall betting experience.
Esports and More – Bringing Fresh Faces to the Betting Dance Floor will explore whether gamification and free-to-play games can be used to attract younger generations, discussing the evolving relationship between betting and esports.
Media and Data Rights – Are Rising Costs Still Worth The Outlay? will discuss whether despite high prices stemming from growing demand, investing in real-time data and content is still worth it, or should the focus shift towards alternatives. And the Sponsorship, Marketing & Data track will be dedicated to the intersection of two sports worlds, from the angle of both betting and sponsorship.
Casino & iGaming conference schedule
The Casino & iGaming Stage will host two conference tracks. Future of Casino & iGaming will focus on future innovations, such as how iGaming can create more immersive experiences through technologies like VR and live casino, and whether AI is aiding suppliers to meet the ever-evolving demands of players.
Casino & iGaming Innovation will focus on discussions on game mechanics, the rise of multiplayer slot games and their player engagement, and whether NFTs and gamification hold the power to truly enhance player experience.
The Next-Gen Of Casino – Measuring the Influence of Web 3.0, UX and Video Games will delve into trends and technologies that are significantly impacting the gaming landscape.
Global Casino – New Market Opportunities will discuss strategies for entering burgeoning markets. The panel will provide perspectives on the role of newly regulated markets and the significance of successful grey market examples in establishing trust within new regulatory frameworks.
Keeping Slots Dynamic – Are Crash Games and Loot Boxes Influencing Slot Innovation? will debate the challenges faced by studios in satisfying players’ demands for high RTP and reward systems, while also leaving space for innovation.
Affiliates, Marketing & Media
In the Affiliate, Marketing and Media Zone, 3,500 operator and 1,500 affiliate representatives will tune into topics such as licensing, SEO best practices and ensuring fruitful media partnerships.
In terms of keynotes, Dan Taylor, CEO of Flutter International, takes centre stage with Co-Creating The Flutter Edge: Insights from Flutter’s International CEO, setting the tone for the Leaders’ conference track.
And finally, the 2023 schedule is strengthened by features that will turn SBC Summit Barcelona into an unforgettable experience for exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and delegates. There will be networking and business opportunities, including evening networking parties and exclusive dinners for affiliates, operators and payment specialists at the finest venues Barcelona has to offer.