A string of exhibitions, conferences and networking events are organised on the island each year attracting the industry’s most important power brokers and executives who are influencing the future of the iGaming industry. Not only do these events celebrate the great momentum enjoyed by the local gaming industry, but also help to stimulate it and cement the country’s status as an iGaming innovation hotspot.
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The Summit of iGaming Malta, or SiGMA for short, has established itself as one of the gaming industry’s premier showcase events, with the dynamism and diversity of the industry’s ecosystem on full display. SiGMA is a massive gathering of the industry’s players, from operators to affiliates, start-ups to investors. The annual iGaming show attracts 12,000 attendees, 400 exhibitors, and 200 speakers from every corner of the world, who fly to Malta to attend the expo, conferences as well as countless dinners and networking events which often lead to handshakes worth millions.
Perhaps, the buzzing expo floor itself is the image that is most closely associated with SiGMA. While the established industry players try to outdo themselves every year, space is also given to some innovative startups. A number of conferences are organised under the SiGMA umbrella every year, covering all aspects of the gaming industry, including but not limited to regulatory developments, payments, affiliates, blockchain and disruptive tech, and eSports. SiGMA Pitch gives some of the selected Startups an opportunity to have a small free booth at the expo floor. Then ten finalists are chosen to present their innovative ideas in front of the industry’s veterans and potential investors in a Dragon’s Den-like environment. Every year, SiGMA opens its doors to those who are looking at the possibility of a new career in iGaming. The Careers Convention is an ideal opportunity for graduates and IT developers to network with some of the best in the business and perhaps even land a dream job in an industry that has become one of Malta’s economic pillars.
The best stories of success should be celebrated, not hidden. Known as the iGaming ‘Oscars’, this gala awards evening brings together the fun of handing out and receiving awards to celebrate top talent in the iGaming industry of Malta. iGaming Idol is the first award show in the industry to exclusively recognise and reward individuals, not companies or projects. The 2018 edition saw more than 500 gaming executives attending a black-tie dinner at InterContinental, where 21 awards were handed out across all fields within the iGaming industry. iGaming Idol also shone the spotlight on local charities. It has raised over €20,000 for the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation through charity fund-raisers.
Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation at iGaming Idol 2018
THU, which is short for Trojan Horse was a Unicorn, is known as one of the largest international events within 3D, VFX, Games and Concept Art industries. The six-day festival brings together people from all areas of the digital entertainment industry, including sound designers, game and VR developers, entrepreneurs, marketers and digital artists of all kinds. They all come to Malta to mingle and attend talks, workshops, portfolio reviews, mentorship sessions, art battles and recruitment events.
THU provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and network with some of the world-renowned artists and titans of the entertainment industry. For the past five years THU has always taken place in Portugal, but in 2018 Malta became the new home of the main annual event. The festival is set to become a vital part of Malta’s digital creative ecosystem.
Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU)
Malta is rapidly styling itself as the European capital of live poker tournaments. With massive poker events held every month, it is becoming one of the most popular destinations for the world’s top players. The Battle of Malta is the largest live poker tournament held in Malta. This year, it took place in October and attracted almost 4,000 players. 2018 has also seen the first edition of the Malta Poker Festival, which took place in November at Portomaso Casino and had close to 1,400 entries.