s a coin-op journalist since 1975, Dempsey was a familiar figure within the industry. He also played a major role turning the Irish Gaming & Amusement Trade Exhibition, or AmEx, into an industry staple.
“It was with shock and great sadness that we at Clarion Gaming learned this morning of Martin’s untimely death,” said Karen Cooke, head of exhibitions at Clarion Gaming. “Everyone here on the ATEI team each had a valued and enjoyable relationship with Martin; it was an absolute pleasure working with him through our events and publications as he was a joy to be around. You could always rely on him for an honest and humorous take on things!”
“From a personal point of view, I have known Martin my whole working career and have enjoyed immensely our nine-year relationship on ATEI and the CoinOp Expo; the industry will be a sad place without him,” Ms. Cooke added. “All our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.”
Funeral arrangements for Dempsey have yet to be announced. Organizers of the AmEx show, which takes place in Dublin next week, said the show will go on.