NetShop ISP, the leading Data Center Provider is exhibiting in the SBC Betting on Sports Europe – Digital event which will take place online on the 21st and 22nd of October 2020.
Stefano Sordini, CEO at NetShop Internet Services Ltd, spoke to SBC Media in an exclusive interview about the company’s participation and his expectations from the event.
SBC Reporter: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports Europe – Digital 2020?
Stefano Sordini: The Betting on Sports Europe – Digital 2020 will be NetShop ISP’s first ever fully virtual conference is exhibiting in. The SBC team has brought into the iGaming industry a fantastic platform for virtual events where in these “special” times the World is going through, our industry is stepping above and finds a way to connect businesses with young entrepreneurs, operators and suppliers.
We, at NetShop ISP, are interested to attend and listen to some great Discussion Panels and catch up with industry peers. Through our virtual booth we will be happy to greet existing clients and demonstrate our portfolio of infrastructure solutions to visitors.
Nothing can compare to physical events, one might say, however it is thrilling what technology can do to help people connect with each other. Kudos to the SBC team for what they have achieved so far!
SBC: What would be your biggest bit of advice for betting and gaming businesses trying to mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
SS: The key to survive whatever impact COVID-19 has had in your business, are the Partnerships and especially the deals you make with your business’ most crucial Suppliers. It is of vital importance to have honest and transparent Partners & Suppliers with whom you can negotiate flexible terms until your business can be fully restored.
If its payment providers with whom you have target goals in Volume you have to meet each month, make sure that there will be no penalties or consequences for not meeting the agreement’s goals due to your business impact from COVID-19.
Technology suppliers can also play a very important role in helping clients and affected businesses like yours. Having acquired a large capacity of bandwidth during the pre-COVID months, means that your monthly bill may not be sustainable after the COVID-19 impact. A good partnership should be both ends. Not only when you pay your bills upfront, but in case of Crisis you should make sure that your Hosting Provider will stand next to you and provide whatever flexibility is possible until your business overcomes this situation.
SBC: What are you promoting at Betting on Sports Europe – Digital 2020?
SS: During the event we will be announcing the launch of 3 new Data Centers which, alongside our existing locations of Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom and Los Angeles, will help NetShop ISP to reach regions across the globe. Moreover, we will be showcasing our Work@Home Bundle to the attendees of the event. It’s our most recent product launch to relief businesses that had been impacted by COVID-19 and are in the process of shifting to Home working.
SBC: Which operator has impressed you the most in 2020?
SS: Which operator has shone a positive light on the industry? This might be through a product launch, commitment to responsible gambling, innovative marketing campaign, or for taking a certain stance in debates concerning the industry. As a Technology/Hosting Supplier of many iGaming Operators i wouldn’t like to naming any specific ones. I admire though all Operators who managed to diversify their portfolio of products and enhance their Customer Service given the impact of COVID-19 in our industry.
SBC: What partnership has stood out in the past 12 months?
SS: I was amazed when i heard about the acquisition deal between BtoBet and Aspire Global. The guys at BtoBet are in business for quite some time and, in my humble opinion, they grew to be among the top suppliers of the industry in Europe. This acquisition as said will help them to reach new markets which i am sure they will succeed.
SBC: What industry innovation will capture the most attention in 2020?
SS: I believe that 2020 and, going forward in 2020, there will be more focus and research on player-oriented products and features. Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are already being studied, developed and tested by Software Vendors and Development companies. The competition is so much bigger noawadays, with startups and new businesses entering the igaming market, that the traditional products will not be able to generate those profits to sustain every business in the pie. Therefore, innovation is what will keep this industry moving and allow existing businesses to profit and new ones to enter.