SBC Summit Tbilisi FAQ: Everything you need to know

SBC Summit Tbilisi FAQ: Everything you need to know

We are only a few weeks away from the second edition of SBC Summit Tbilisi and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome 1,500 of you to the beautiful halls of the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace!

With dedicated networking events, an insightful educational programme, a bustling exhibition floor and the opportunity to explore one of the oldest and most historic European cities, SBC Summit Tbilisi truly holds untold possibilities to bolster business operations, forge new and meaningful partnerships and most importantly, have fun. 

However, with over a decade of experience organising events, it is fair to say we have seen our fair share of success as well as some easily avoidable mistakes. With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to compile 10 of your most frequently asked questions around the event to ensure you can arrive in Georgia stress-free and fully prepared to own the week!


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Why has SBC decided to host an event in Georgia? 

Over the years SBC has worked tirelessly to build up its portfolio of focused, industry events in key markets such as North America, Canada, Latin America, Malta, Barcelona and most recently Rio, with our inaugural SBC Summit located in Lisbon coming this September.

Considering the challenges faced by brands targeting Eastern European and Central Asian markets when travelling to Western Europe and beyond, Tbilisi, Georgia was strategically selected. The choice serves not only to facilitate seamless travel for industry professionals from surrounding regions to the event but also to spotlight significant markets like Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Bulgaria, and Romania, along with emerging markets like Uzbekistan.

Who is the event aimed at? 

SBC Summit Tbilisi is the ideal event for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge or to operate in the Eastern European and Central Asian regions. Is it a niche event? Absolutely! But that is not to say there aren’t countless opportunities awaiting you in Georgia!

Attendees of the upcoming event will have the opportunity to connect with 1,500 of the industry’s brightest minds, in which key stakeholders such as C-level executives, founders, and directors, make up an impressive 23% and additional decision makers such as directors, heads of, VPs and SVPs contributing a further 20%.  But it doesn’t stop there, SBC Summit Tbilisi will also lay host to 600 operators, 150 affiliates, over 60 expert speakers and 30 global and regional exhibitors!

So, whether you’re an operator eager to break into the market, an affiliate seeking innovative marketing strategies, or a supplier looking to partner with regional brands, there’s something for everyone!

What will the conference agenda cover?

For those seeking to expand their operations into Eastern European and Central Asian markets, one must take into account diverse cultures, complex regulatory and political landscapes and varied player behaviours and preferences. 

SBC Summit Tbilisi’s conference agenda serves as a pivotal educational platform for delegates to hear invaluable insights from regional experts, discuss ground-breaking localised marketing strategies and gain a greater understanding of these key markets.

The conference will feature 15 distinct sessions split across both core days of the event. The Market Focus track, taking place on the first core day of the event, will focus on crucial topics such as the iGaming industry’s socio-economic impact on local communities, navigating complex regulatory and compliance restrictions, and effective approaches for operators functioning in multiple regions. 

Notable session panels include: 

  • Unlocking Opportunities: A Deep Dive into the Eastern European and Balkan iGaming Market
  • Betting Bonanza: How Euro 2024 Will Elevate Sports Betting
  • Cross-Market Strategies for iGaming Operators
  • Gateway Growth: Strategies for Eastern European Countries to Attract Western International Companies

 

Day two’s Strategy & Growth track will focus on how brands can integrate cutting-edge technology into their daily operations, enhance user experience, and identify the latest market trends, all with the goal of driving growth in the markets of interest.

Notable session panels include: 

  • NextGen Affiliate: New Trends & Marketing Evolution
  • Elevating Consumer Experience with Innovative Payment Offerings
  • TechFuel: Role of Technology in Market Development
  • Data-Driven iGaming: Optimising Marketing Performance During Major Sports Tournaments

 

You can explore the full conference agenda by clicking here. 

Is there going to be a keynote?

The upcoming SBC Summit Tbilisi will host a plethora of leading industry and out-of-industry experts who will share their personal experiences, offer insightful strategies, and engage in industry-defining conversations.

Former Manchester City COO,  and founder of EQ Esports & Gaming, Chris Bird, will kick off the event by delivering an exclusive keynote titled ‘Influencers, Content and Esports… You Bet! Unleashing the Power of Dynamic Strategies in the Esports Ecosystem’. During the keynote, Bird will share insights into effective strategies for leveraging influencers to drive the growth of esports and produce engaging content, drawing from his personal experience securing major commercial deals for Manchester City Football Club and establishing companies such as EQ Esports & Gaming.

Additionally, the comprehensive conference programme will provide delegates the opportunity to hear first-hand insights from speakers such as Simon Westbury (CEO, Sports Generate), Savo Bakmaz (CEO & CFO, Maxbet), Giorgi Gvenetadze (CCO, Adjarabet), Shota Arveladze (Founder, AAA Foundation), Nika Ghudushauri (CCO, betlive), Lasha Machavariani (CEO & Founder, SMH Sports), Marcin Jablonski (CCO, LVBET), Viktorija Ratomske (Former MD, TonyBet), Tereza Tokmajyan (Chief Marketing Officer, Totogaming), Maia Odishelidze (CEO, Port:80), Nana Oniani (Head of Shared Platform and Data Products, Adjarabet.com) and many many more!

View the full list of speakers here.

What about evening networking?

Here at SBC, we understand the transformative impact of successful networking. That is why the upcoming SBC Summit Tbilisi will provide delegates with both networking opportunities throughout the day on the exhibition floor as well as dedicated evening networking events.

The first core day of the event will kick off with a poker tournament at the ATI Rooftop Restaurant at the Sheraton, and conclude with the ‘Official Opening Party’ sponsored by Setanta Sports at Stamba Hotel. The second day will feature an exclusive VIP dinner for C-level executives at the Republic Restaurant, followed by a Closing Party at the Republic Event Hall.

Access the networking schedule here.

Who can I meet on the show floor?

If you’ve attended an SBC event before, you know the exhibition floor is where the action happens. It’s a dynamic hub of endless networking opportunities, invaluable business prospects, and the perfect space to make your mark on the industry.

This year, 30 global and regional exhibitors will showcase the latest in innovative technologies, leading services and products, and the hottest new games. Hosting top operators, affiliates, payment providers, game studios, and suppliers, the exhibition floor is the ideal setting to connect with notable brands and immerse yourself in the industry’s future.

Notable brands featured on the show floor include Amusnet, Aviatrix, BetConstruct, Betlive, CreedRoomz, Crocobet, DigitainEGT Digital, Setanta Sports, VBET, Winfinity and many more.

Explore the exhibition floor here

Is SBC Summit Tbilisi easy to travel to?

With its visa-free travel, thriving industry, and convenient flight connections, SBC Summit Tbilisi promises seamless travel wherever you are in the world! Want to check direct flights? Here is a tool our events team swears by: https://www.directflights.com/to/TBS

Want to know the ideal airport to travel to? That will be Tbilisi Airport (TBS), the closest and most convenient airport to fly into, with only a 14-minute taxi journey from the airport to the event. Don’t fancy a taxi? No problem, although Uber is not available in Tbilisi, you can utilise two major ride-sharing apps, Bolt and Yandex.

What does Tbilisi offer away from the event?

Let’s be honest, we all know the best part of any industry event is travelling to new destinations, soaking up the local culture and discovering new places, new foods, and new experiences. Thankfully, Tbilisi offers all of this and more!

From the iconic ‘Chronicle of Georgia’ monument to dancing the night away at the iconic Fabrika club, Tbilisi is a city full of rich history, iconic monuments and delicious (and we mean delicious) food.

If you have decided to stay an extra day or two after the event, you are in luck as we recently compiled a list of the ‘Top 9 things to do whilst in Tbilisi’ for our SBC blog.

Read the full blog post here.

How can I get tickets?

Yes, you can, but with the event only mere weeks away, we recommend you secure your tickets sooner rather than later!

The good news is you can still take advantage of our discounted ‘Group Pass’ ticket! This offer applies to groups of three or more, granting access to both days of SBC Summit Tbilisi at the special rate of just US $150 per person.

Purchase your tickets here, before it’s too late!

I am an affiliate/operator, are there any special rates available for someone like me?

Yes, absolutely! Here at SBC, we LOVE spoiling affiliates and operators. In fact, we love you guys so much that we want to give you a complimentary VIP treatment!

If you are an operator, you can apply for your free pass here.

If you are an affiliate, submit your info here to get a free ticket.

As they say, the best things in life are free!

 

Final Thoughts

So there was our extensive list of your most frequently asked questions surrounding the upcoming SBC Summit Tbilisi.

We hope this guide has helped you prepare for what will be an amazing week and we look forward to welcoming you in Tbilisi later this month!

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