Attendees want attention-grabbing topics with recognisable names presenting them, and MiGS delivered on both fronts. No topic was off limits as too controversial or too difficult, so panels like ‘The Increasing Cost of Doing Business’ and ‘Sport and Betting: Working as One Team to Safeguard Mutual Survival’ were big draws. Topics covered in the more interactive session format called ‘Fishbowl Conversations’ included Payments, Advocacy and eSports/Fantasy Sports and were debated by upper echelon speakers from companies like PayPal, Secure Trading, World Pay, Apco Ltd, Pinnacle Sports, Chroma, GosuGamers.net as well as leading industry associations like RGA, EGBA and the Senet Group.
When the industry gets together for an event like MiGS, it’s inevitable that there will be decadent dinners and luxe parties. What’s not so commonplace is for an industry event to combine those and make it a charitable endeavour, but that’s what the BIG Foundation Dinner achieved. Raising over €10.000 for local charity Puttinu Cares and the internationally-known St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, MiGS delegates were exceedingly generous while being generously wined and dined at the Caviar & Bull, one of Malta’s finest restaurants. The inimitable John Barnes, former Liverpool footballer and ESPN pundit, enlightened those in attendance with his thoughts on the sport. He also added his thoughts on the importance of educating the player in efforts to keep the sport clean in the match-fixing panel the next day.