Ukrainian Gaming Week 2020 to be held on March 11-12

On March 11-12, 2020, Ukraine’s largest event dedicated to the gambling business – Ukrainian Gaming Week (UGW) – comes back.

“Unshadowing of economy: to prepare and introduce to the parliament draft laws about the legalization of the gambling business. Terms – until October 1, 2019. People in charge: Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, Minister of Finance Oksana Markarova. To pass the laws about the legalization of the gambling business. Terms – until December 1, 2019. People in charge: Dmytro Razumkov, Davyd Arakhamia,” stated the President of Ukraine during the meeting with members of the Cabinet of Ministers, executives of Verkhovna Rada, and representatives of law-enforcement agencies on September 2.

The ban of the gambling business came into effect in Ukraine in 2009. The previous government was actively discussing the issue of the legalization of land-based casinos. However, after the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky, the process gained momentum.

At the beginning of August 2019, the President said at the business forum in Turkey, “We will legalize gambling, namely, the operation of casinos at five-star hotels.” On September 2, he mentioned exact terms of the preparation, introduction, and enactment of the law.
The international firm Smile-Expo is ready to support the government initiative by providing a business platform for its discussion by market experts. We bring back the largest industry event to Kyiv in 2020.

Before the ban and during the thaw, Ukraine saw events dedicated to the gambling business and its legalization including Ukrainian Gaming Congress. Currently, due to the upcoming revival of the gambling business in the country, we decided to bring back the tradition and host the event in the format that is new for the market. On both event days, guests will have access to the exhibition of products from global manufacturers of hardware and software for land-based casinos.

Besides, Ukrainian Gaming Week will feature experts that will help guests to get a better understanding of the new legislation and its practical aspects. Special attention will be paid to problems of casino advertising in Ukraine.

Conforming to the formation and enactment of the law, we will be filling in the program of UGW and announcing the participants on the official website.

Andriey Nabukhotnyi

Former editor-in-chief of Ukrainian specialized magazine catalogue Entertainment Industry. Andriey is E-Play's observer of Eastern European gambling market.

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