Gaming Summit to Feature ‘Sports Betting’ Track

This year’s edition of the Canadian Gaming Summit is less than two months away, and it was recently reported that it will feature the exciting “Sports Betting” conference track. At the event, industry representatives, speakers, panellists, and guests will be able to talk about the current state and future of the local sports wagering field

The Canadian Gaming Summit will return for its 26th edition this June at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. Meanwhile, its “Sports Betting” conference track will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at the same location. During the event, attendees will gain access to tons of thought-provoking and informative panels on numerous sports wagering topics.

Addressing Sports Wagering

“Sports Betting” will kick off with the panel “Sport betting across Canada: navigating the patchwork of the provincial rollout.” The panel will discuss and analyze the impact of the legalization of single-event wagering in Canada. This became a reality in August 2021, when the federal government enacted the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act as law.

Some of the panellists who will speak include Doug Hood from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Bruce Caughill from Rush Street Interactive, and Mike Maodus from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. It will discuss the variety of models provinces can implement, such as attracting third-party operators and optimizing current offerings

CGS 2023 will also feature the highly-anticipated “Partner and Play – a collaboration between Canadian teams, leagues, and sportsbooks”. The panel will examine how open major sports leagues and teams are to team up with operators. It will consist of representatives of the CFL, MLSE, theScore, NBA and more. It will also discuss existing partnerships between teams and sports betting operators.

The last panel of the track will be “eSports betting in Canada: investing, reducing friction and opening up a new audience”. It will talk about the potentially immense and untapped source of fans and revenue that is booming the eSports sector. The panel will include representatives of the Manitoba Esports Association, Esports Entertainment, Luckbox, Data Be, and some others.

Introducing SBC First Pitch

Earlier this month SBC announced that it will be incorporating SBC First Pitch at this year’s edition of the Canadian Gaming Summit. For those who are unaware, this is a starter competition for sports wagering and online gaming brands. It was already featured for the company’s SBC Summit North America in New Jersey and the global flagship SBC Summit Barcelona.

It should be also mentioned that SBC came into possession of the rights to the Canadian Gaming Summit in March 2022. Back then the company announced that it has struck an agreement to buy rights for the annual conference and trade show from its previous owners Canadian Gaming Association and MediaEdge Communications. The latter two continue to be involved in the summit.

Source: Tsnompilantze, Maria “Canadian Gaming Summit 2023 announces “Sports Betting” conference trackSBC News, April 26, 2023

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Yolina has followed closely the latest development on the Canadian gaming scene over the past years, monitoring the land-based, lottery, and online offerings up for grabs. The dynamic nature of the local lottery and casino fields, as well as the opportunities lying ahead of Canada fire her enthusiasm for what is to come. A sports betting enthusiast, in her spare time Yolina could be found in her natural habitat – turning the pages of biographies and catching up on the latest stand-up comedy podcasts.