Industry meetings are an essential part of any business as they have many advantages for entrepreneurs. Let’s look into gambling events taking place around the world, and analyze why they are useful and worth attending for online casino operators.
WHICH GAMBLING INDUSTRY EVENTS TO VISIT?
Today, gambling industry events usually take place in the form of exhibitions, summits, and conferences. The aim of all of them is to bring together industry economists, lawyers, journalists, marketers, developers, operators, providers, and investors to share experience and knowledge.
Gambling exhibitions provide developers with opportunities to present new technologies and products, while start-up companies have a chance to introduce fresh ideas and projects.
Conferences and summits are usually devoted to the industry's hot issues, legislative updates, development prospects, etc. Experts show their reports with the latest gambling market researches, analysis of economic indicators and forecasts for the future. They also discuss aspects of gambling business development and ways of applying new technologies.
Legislative officers are also often featured as speakers to announce legislative changes and strategic plans for the development of a gambling business in different regions.
In general, such industry events are the most convenient way to exchange knowledge and network effectively.
WHY ARE THEY USEFUL TO CASINO OPERATORS?
Apart from getting new knowledge, there are many other reasons why online casino operators should visit gambling exhibitions and conferences.
- First, you can directly communicate with the developers of the software you might be interested in. A face-to-face meeting is always much more effective than communication through email or live chat.
- If you’re looking for the advice or opinion of a particular speaker, who is a leading specialist in the industry, then a conference is a great place to ask him or her any questions and receive a direct, detailed response.
- If you want to meet new business partners and enter into profitable business relations, it will be easier to find the right partners at the event. You can communicate with the top managers in person, establish contacts with them, and appoint further negotiations.
- If you want to penetrate a foreign market, a gambling event is a perfect place for it. You will be able to display your product and engage new customers. Organize a large demo zone or become a sponsor of an event, and attract the attention of large companies.
- Both exhibitions and conferences will help you to find all the necessary information on different regions, learn the detailed working conditions in other markets, as well as exchange opinions and plans with potential partners, and most importantly, analyze your competitors.
- If you need some inspiration for the development of your business, the event’s atmosphere will help you to get some new ideas.
Slotegrator considers gambling events the most effective way to establish new contacts and analyze the market situation. For instance, after the international exhibition and conference, iGB Live! held in Amsterdam in July 2018, our company signed new contracts with such leading developers as DLV, CQ9 Gaming and Playson.
GAMBLING EVENTS TO VISIT
Among the most important annual events, we'd like to highlight the following ones:
ICE Totally Gaming
This landmark gambling hub is traditionally conducted in London at the beginning of the year. It includes an exhibition, thematic conferences, and seminars.
ICE Totally Gaming is the main B2B-event dedicated to both online and offline gambling sectors.
In addition to discussions and presentations, ICE Totally Gaming offers many opportunities for quality networking as well as the ICE VOX master classes. Also, the event hosts arrange thematic meetings and special pitching for startups to attract investors. Moreover, the event is free for visitors.
ICE 2018 was held during 6-8 February at the ExCeL exhibition center and covered an area of 43,500 sq. m. It brought together 28,487 participants from 150 countries. Among them, there were operators, developers, regulators, investors, marketers, etc. In total, 589 exhibitors from 65 countries contributed to the event.
Slotegrator annually participates in this event and is going to visit ICE London 2019 during the upcoming winter. To meet with a representative of our company at ICE, please make an appointment in advance.
In 2019, the event is planned during 5-7 February at the ExCeL in London.
Russian Gaming Week (RGW)
This is the core gambling gathering across Russia and CIS countries, held in the format of an exhibition and forum. Over the past 12 years, RGW has been taking place in Moscow every summer. Last RGW was hosted at the Sokolniki exhibition center from 7-8 June 2018.
The event brings together participants of gambling, betting and eSports markets. Within the exhibition, developers present new equipment, software products, and related services.
Last time, the event also included an open lecture hall where start-up companies presented their innovative projects.
RGW 2018 was visited by 1,500 people. Among them, there were 20 exhibitors, 12 sponsors, and 16 speakers. Slotegrator is also a regular contributor to RGW.
This is the most massive gambling event in Asia that combines an exhibition and a conference. It is focused on the Asian gaming market and is held annually in late spring or early summer in Macau.
For the first time, G2E Asia was organized in June 2007. The 12th edition of the event was going on during 15-17 May 2018 at the modern Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. There were 16,358 guests from all over the world.
This event sets annual attendance records. In 2018, the number of visitors was 17.2% more than in 2017.
Next year, G2E Asia 2019 will be held in Macau from 21 to 23 May. The organizers promise to expand the exhibition area to put on an even larger event.
One of the largest industry exhibitions is organized every autumn in sunny Malta. In 2018, it will be the 5th edition to take place from 28 to 30 November in Ta' Qali.
The event is aimed at online gambling operators and land-based casino owners, recruitment agencies, providers, developers, affiliates and regulators.
Last year, 6,000 delegates, 200 exhibitors and sponsors took part in SiGMA, 100 speakers made reports within the summit.
The main topics of the event are betting, poker, bingo, lotto; modern technologies in gambling – virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain; startups; recruiting in iGaming; industry regulation issues.
SiGMA 2018 will be attended by 400 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 leading speakers, as well as a record number of visitors - 12,500 people from more than 80 countries. The summit will offer 12 conference tracks.
The day before the summit, the 3rd Malta Gaming Awards ceremony will be held to award outstanding companies and projects of the past year.
Slotegrator will also participate in SiGMA 2018. To meet with a representative of our company in Malta, please make an appointment in advance.
World Gaming Expo (WGE)
The international exhibition and conference takes place annually in Monaco at the end of the year and gathers the leaders of the gambling industry. This year the event will be held from 4 to 6 December.
The exhibition area will occupy 14 000 sq. m. Innovative solutions in the field of iGaming will be presented at 100 booths. The estimated number of visitors is 3,000 delegates from 40 countries.
Monaco, located in the heart of Europe, is the ideal spot for meeting the largest industry leaders in order to share experiences, as well as to present new products and ideas. World Gaming Expo gathers leading developers, regulators, and media representatives.
The main theme of WGE 2018 will be new markets in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.