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October 28, 2021

“This is where the industry wants to stay,” said Julian Graves, Managing Director of Clarion Events Gaming Exhibitions

IGE secures home at EC&O for the next five years

(UK).- The International Gaming Exhibition, which is set to take place between 26-28 January at Earls Court, has confirmed its home is secured for the next five years. The venue has become home to the world’s gaming and amusements industry due to its central London location, easy accessibility to UK and international visitors and proximity to a vast selection of hotels and facilities.

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ommenting on the agreement, Julian Graves, Managing Director of Clarion Events Gaming Exhibitions said, “Following consultation with the industry it has become clear that this is where the industry wants to stay. We’ve been aware of the speculation surrounding the venue at a time when the industry wants stability, certainty and confidence in the future.”

“We have made a five year contractual agreement to provide that continuity and enable the industry, Clarion Events and EC&O to focus firmly on continuing to develop IGE as the leading international exhibition for the gaming industry,” Graves added.

The speculation surrounding the event was recently fuelled by the media reporting that EC&O Venues owner CapCo had acquired the remaining stake in the business coupled with elements of the industry seeking to undermine confidence in the future of IGE.

“CapCo has made no secret of their desire to redevelop the Earls Court site, however this is an enormously complex project, one with significant implications for London. Because of the scale of the proposed project it has been required to be submitted as part of the London Development Plan, a 15 year strategic vision for London which was launched in January 2010. The project is in the early stages of consultation, requires political support, at local, regional and national level and then requires full planning permission and funding,” said Nigel Nathan, Managing Director, EC&O Venues.

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