SBC’s flagship global event SBC Summit will move to Lisbon, Portugal, starting in 2024.

Previously known as SBC Summit Barcelona, the upcoming event will be named SBC Summit 2024.

It will take place over three days from 24 September 2024 at Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL), where 500 speakers are set to appear across eight stages.

The event should occupy more than 100,000 square metres of exhibition and conference space, where SBC expects to welcome 600 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees.

SBC founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark said: “The city and FIL are home to the Web Summit that annually gathers over 70,000 attendees and transforms the city into a tech hub and was an immediate and obvious choice.

“We knew that FIL possessed all the essential elements for scaling our event while maintaining accessibility and upholding the high-quality standards we’ve set for ourselves.

“I’m excited about what lies ahead. This is a unique moment for SBC, and we’re wholeheartedly embracing it,” he added.

The news comes after Clarion selected the city of Barcelona as its new venue for ICE from January 2025.

ICE is the biggest trade show in the European gambling industry will be held in London for the last time in 2024.

Hundreds of Entain employees are at risk of redundancy as the operator streamlines its commercial operating structure.

The restructure, which is being overseen by Entain chief commercial officer (CCO) Dominic Grounsell, will see Entain switch from a brand-led strategy to a regional strategy.

Under the existing set-up, each Entain portfolio brand includes a team of managers across CRM, marketing, business intelligence and analytics. The business has operated this way for decades, since it was originally established as bwin.party.

However, iGaming NEXT understands the new structure will be based on geography, leading to a duplication of senior roles and the increased likelihood of job losses.

Entain’s offices in Vienna, Austria and Lisbon, Portugal are expected to feel the impacts of the reshuffle, with some staff being invited to reapply for their current positions.

There are currently four pages of open vacancies displayed on the company’s Vienna jobs board, none of which relate to commercial or marketing roles.

Gibraltar

iGaming NEXT has learned that Entain’s digital marketing roles in Gibraltar across PPC, SEO and programmatic are also at risk.

Staff were told the current headcount is too high during internal meetings this week.

The Rock is currently home to Entain brands including Coral, Foxy, Gala and PartyPoker.

London

Entain’s operating structure in London has also changed.

The firm’s One New Change office, situated in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, is no longer open. The office phone number listed on Entain’s website now automatically redirects to Gibraltar.

Entain signed a 10-year lease for the sought-after location in 2013 which expired earlier this year. Sources have suggested that renewal rates were deemed too high to justify, with the company keeping an increasingly close eye on costs in recent quarters.

One New Change was home to many different business functions, including more than 80 poker employees, according to a floorplan seen by iGaming NEXT.

The building also played host to casino, legal, finance, digital marketing, HR, corporate affairs and investor relations staff, and some C-levels, including CFO and deputy CEO Rob Wood.

Staff have since been relocated to the Ladbrokes Coral office in Stratford, East London, while others have moved to a new location in Nottingham.

“As a global business that continues to grow organically and through M&A, we are constantly evolving to ensure that we are positioned as strongly as possible to capture the significant opportunities in front of us, as well as ensuring we continue to deliver the best offer to our customers,” said an Entain spokesperson when contacted for comment by iGaming NEXT.

Entain is due to report its H1 financial results on 10 August 2023.

Evolution has officially opened its latest technology development hub in a three-storey building in Lisbon, Portugal, which is soon expected to house more than 150 engineers.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Evolution chief technology officer David Craelius and Mayor of Lisbon Carlos Moedas.

Recruitment for the new location began in the summer of last year and Evolution is hoping to hire around 100 staff before the end of 2022, rising to 140 at the end of 2023 and 150 by Q2 2024.

The casino supplier will source talent from Portugal and beyond, with local and international engineers expected to join the hub.

The new teams will focus on computer engineering and software development, principally using Scala and JavaScript, in addition to strengthening Evolution’s site reliability, engineering and quality assurance teams.

Eventually, the hub is intended to create an all-encompassing team in Portugal capable of carrying out the entire game development and production process, from concept to completion.

In previous interviews, Evolution’s communication lead for Portugal Abílio Diz has described the country as a strategic market for the supplier, acting as a barometer for the rest of Southern Europe.

The reason for launching a hub in Lisbon was to take advantage of the engineering pedigree that already exists within the city.

The firm also offers free online training courses, such as its Scala Bootcamp, which gives people the opportunity to learn new skills and eventually apply for positions within the business, allowing them to put their training into action.

Evolution also hopes to establish external partnerships with universities and associations to attract further talent to the new hub.

Evolution’s head of engineering departments and global growth, Anastasiya Priede, told iGaming NEXT: “We are expecting to significantly grow our engineering unit in the coming years and create up to 1,000 new job opportunities in this field across our existing locations as well as new ones.

“We are primarily looking for software engineers in Scala and JavaScript, but we are recruiting for complete teams including also game artists, product owners and QA for example.”

As of 31 December 2021, Evolution had a total of 13,410 employees across the world, corresponding to 8,987 full-time positions.