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PROFILE Who’s Who Chris Nikolopoulos This month: BETBY’s CCO


What are the biggest positive factors for your sector right now?


I think that in recent years more and more educated people with creative ideas are getting involved in igaming. This gives the whole sector a boost in terms of beliefs, attitude and ways to deal with things, and talented people attract further talent.


And what are the negatives ones – the obstacles to growth?


People should understand that gambling is only for fun. Companies and regulators should identify and enforce strategies which make betting safe for everybody. I don’t think we are all doing our best towards this.


How/when did you first get involved with the gaming industry? It was back in 2013, while I was still a student at the National Technical University of Athens. I was given the opportunity to work as a sports betting trader. I immediately fell in love with the nature of the job and have remained in the industry ever since.


What attracted you to this sector? I am an engineer by trade, with mathematic and IT being two of my favourite subjects. In this industry I can combine both of them as well as my love for sports.


What were you doing prior to the gaming industry?


I was a student, studying as a Computer & Electrical Engineer at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.


What are you responsible for in your current position?


It’s a long list of responsibilities! In short, I would say that I am responsible for commercial growth both in a horizontal and vertical way. That means that I have to increase both the number of new customers and the results of existing ones, while I also have to make sure of the effective delivery of our solution - both in terms of product and services - in order to meet the needs and the requirements of our partners.


What have been the biggest industry changes you’ve seen in your time? Igaming is an IT-related industry and is changing rapidly. I think the biggest change I have seen is going from an almost completely unregulated landscape to regulations in many countries, especially across Europe. That being said, we still have a long way to go in regulatory terms.


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Looking at your entire career, what do you think was your smartest move? Moving to Malta back in 2016. It’s at the forefront of our industry and being here allows  Also, by working in different types of company, I have managed to get an all-around picture of the industry and to understand


Favourite…


 perspectives such as B2B or B2C, and products such as sportsbook, casino, 


And dumbest one?


 dumb decisions but I can’t identify one; for me there was always a reason when I did something so I have no regrets!


What do you think the egaming space will look like in ten years’ time? AI and Machine Learning will be playing a huge role in our industry in the upcoming years. Data is already very important and  next big milestone for all providers and operators.


If you’d never embarked on this career, what other line of work would you have liked to pursue?


I think I would have liked an academic career. It’s never too late!


Book: “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling


Food: Pasta – in all forms! Movie: Fight Club Band: Pink Floyd


TV show: South Park Past time: Location: Greek islands


Lots of sports, plenty of reading, and odds-compiling of course


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