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Top 10 Sessions You Can’t Miss at MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 (Tallinn, Estonia, 4-5 June)





As the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 approaches, set to take place in Tallinn, Estonia on June 4-5, attendees are gearing up for an event packed with insightful discussions and transformative networking opportunities. This summit has carved out a niche as a crucial gathering for industry leaders, offering a window into the future of igaming and tech in the Baltic region and beyond. Here’s your guide to the top 10 sessions you shouldn’t miss:

1. Regulatory Evolution in iGaming: Adapting to the Baltic Standards
Dive into the complexities of iGaming regulations in the Baltics with insights from Kaido Ulejev of Betsson Group, Henrik Mägi from the Estonian Ministry of Finance, and others. This panel offers perspectives from both operators and regulators, providing a 360-degree view on adapting to local standards.

2. Global Stakes: Navigating iGaming Regulation in Serbia, the USA, Spain, and Austria
Explore the varied regulatory landscapes of these diverse markets with experts like Dr. Arthur Stadler and William J. Pascrell, III, who will shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities in their respective regions.


3. Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations
This session will address how traditional financial systems are being transformed by groundbreaking fintech and blockchain technologies, revolutionizing everything from payments to player verification processes.

4. IMGL Masterclass – Navigating MiCA, EU AI Act, and DSA in the Digital Age
An in-depth masterclass discussing the impact of significant EU regulations like the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA), the AI Act, and the Digital Services Act (DSA) on the igaming and tech industries.

5. Regulatory Evolution in iGaming: Adapting to the Nordic Standards
Similar to its Baltic counterpart, this panel focuses on the Nordic countries, offering insights into their unique regulatory frameworks and how companies can successfully navigate them.

6. eSports Dynamics: Overcoming Regional Barriers & Seizing Growth
Unpack the potential of the eSports sector as it expands globally, breaking down regional barriers and leveraging growth opportunities in untapped markets.

7. Future-Proofing Digital Engagement: Mastering Gamification, Mobile Innovation, and Regulatory Compliance in the AI Era
Learn how to integrate the latest digital innovations effectively while complying with evolving regulatory standards—a key to staying ahead in the competitive market.


8. Make search engine bots love your affiliate website!
A practical session on optimizing affiliate websites for better search engine visibility, crucial for driving traffic and increasing engagement.

9. The Baltic States’ Integration of Blockchain and Web3 Across Industries
Discover how the Baltic states are leading the way in adopting blockchain and Web3 technologies across various industries, not just igaming and tech.

10. Gaming & TECH Marketing: PeopleTech Synergies between Affiliation, PR, SEO, and Neuromarketing
This session explores the convergence of different marketing domains, providing a holistic approach to promoting igaming and tech ventures effectively.

Special Workshop: Navigating New Frontiers: Baltic Compliance in Web3, Fintech, and Blockchain
Hosted by notable experts including Anna Agu, this workshop will delve into the regulatory frameworks shaping the future of Web3, fintech, and blockchain in the Baltic region.

With such a packed agenda, the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 promises to be an enriching experience that will equip attendees with the knowledge and strategies needed to navigate the complexities of the igaming and tech industries.


Be sure to secure your seat soon as the final spots are filling up. Register here!

For more information on the full agenda follow this link.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of these crucial conversations in one of the industry’s most insightful gatherings in the beautiful city of Tallinn!

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New seed-stage VC fund from Finland secures €6 million in initial close for €30 million blockchain fund




Helsinki-based Equilibrium Ventures (EQV), a new seed-stage venture capital fund focused on the crypto sector, has successfully closed the first round of its €30 million fund, raising €6 million from limited partners (LPs). This milestone highlights growing interest in blockchain startups and a promising future for the European crypto ecosystem.

The fund is led by an experienced team of partners: Mika Honkasalo, Henrik Sundvik (formerly of Bain & Company), and Christopher Ahn (ex-Molten Ventures investor). Equilibrium Ventures aims to attract and support founders with deep technical expertise in blockchain technologies, covering areas such as zero-knowledge proofs and smart contracts, essential for developing advanced blockchain solutions.

Equilibrium Ventures has attracted a diverse group of backers, including strategic investors, family offices, and notable LPs like Sebastien Borget, co-founder of the metaverse platform The Sandbox. This support underscores the fund’s credibility and signals growing confidence in crypto investments despite recent market challenges.

Dedicated to crypto infrastructure, Equilibrium Ventures emphasizes rigorous technical due diligence and value addition for pre-seed and seed engineering firms. With a network of about 70 blockchain engineers, mainly based in Europe, the fund is well-positioned to help startups develop robust blockchain technologies.


The renewed interest in venture capital investment in blockchain, bolstered by evolving regulatory landscapes in the US and Europe, is expected to increase investor confidence in the crypto sector. Equilibrium Ventures, with its technical expertise and strategic support, is poised to become a significant player in Europe’s crypto venture scene.

Looking ahead, Equilibrium Ventures aims for a second close by the end of this summer, targeting 80% of the total fund. This progress indicates strong momentum and the potential for significant contributions to the European blockchain ecosystem.


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Riot Platforms Acquires 14% Stake in Bitfarms Ltd.




Riot Platforms, Inc. has announced its acquisition of a 14% stake in Bitfarms Ltd., as detailed in a recent press release by Riot Platforms. This move aligns with Riot’s strategy to influence corporate governance within Bitfarms.

Acquisition Details

On June 13, 2024, Riot Platforms purchased 1,432,063 common shares of Bitfarms Ltd., representing about 0.35% of Bitfarms’ issued and outstanding common shares. The shares were bought on the Nasdaq Stock Market and other open markets at an average price of approximately $2.70 per share, totaling $3,870,293.46.

Before this acquisition, Riot held 56,194,973 common shares of Bitfarms, equating to 13.65% ownership. With the new shares, Riot now holds 57,627,036 common shares, resulting in a 14% stake in Bitfarms.


Strategic Intentions

Riot Platforms intends to call a special meeting of Bitfarms’ shareholders to nominate several independent directors to the board, citing concerns over Bitfarms’ corporate governance. Riot seeks to influence Bitfarms’ strategic direction and enhance its governance standards.

Riot is continuously reviewing its investment in Bitfarms and may adjust its position based on factors such as market conditions and the company’s financial status. Potential actions include increasing or decreasing its stake, entering into hedging transactions, or proposing additional strategic measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

The press release includes forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties, reflecting Riot’s current expectations and assumptions. Riot cautions investors to consider these risks before making investment decisions.


Riot’s vision is to become the leading Bitcoin-driven infrastructure platform, focusing on a vertically integrated strategy with Bitcoin mining operations in Texas and electrical switchgear engineering in Colorado.


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Manta Foundation Unveils $50M EcoFund to Foster Blockchain Innovation




The Manta Foundation has launched its $50 million EcoFund to build a robust ecosystem for leading blockchain projects, as per Manta Network. This initiative demonstrates the foundation’s commitment to funding opportunities and developer support for innovative blockchain ventures.

Funding and Support Opportunities
Starting June 15th, the one-year EcoFund will offer significant financial support through its Ecosystem Grant Program, which provides early-stage projects with grants of up to $50,000. This initial funding is crucial for bringing innovative ideas to life.

Additionally, the EcoFund dedicates $35 million for direct investments in promising projects on the Manta Network. These strategic investments aim to foster high-growth ventures that align with Manta Network’s long-term objectives, promoting a collaborative and mutually beneficial environment.

Diverse Project Focus
The Manta Foundation supports a broad range of projects across sectors such as DeFi, Gaming, NFTs, and more. These initiatives are chosen for their potential to drive consumer adoption and significantly enhance the Manta Network ecosystem.


Applications for the EcoFund are accepted on a rolling basis, ensuring ongoing funding and support opportunities. The foundation prioritizes projects with robust business models and scalability, aiming to ensure the ecosystem’s financial health and sustainability.

Specialized Funding Categories

In addition to general grants, the EcoFund targets specific high-growth areas:

– AI/DePIN: Focused on using AI and Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks for sustainable solutions.
– Zero-Knowledge: Investments in zero-knowledge technology to boost privacy and security in the blockchain space.
– Memecoins: The Moon Mission Grant supports the development and growth of meme projects on Manta Pacific, fostering a vibrant memecoin culture.

Events and Hackathons
To further enrich the ecosystem, the Manta Foundation has allocated $5 million for online and offline events and hackathons. These events aim to attract new developers and users, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within the Manta Network community.



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