aming executives were eager to learn more about iGaming, as interest around the country continues to build surrounding efforts to legalize online poker and establish strong Internet gaming regulatory controls in the United States for the first time.
The all-new iGaming Congress was one of the most popular events at G2E 2010, with many attendees finding standing room only in several sessions. The information-packed iGaming programs not only appealed to existing offshore Internet gambling operators, but also to commercial and Native American casinos and gaming equipment manufacturers.
"The Internet has been a game-changer for our industry, and Internet gambling has grown from a small cottage industry into a multinational, multibillion-dollar business during the past decade," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). "As it's evolved, issues related to Internet gambling have been thrust into the spotlight, raising myriad questions and spurring vigorous debate among international gaming industry leaders, regulators and legislators. Therefore, we felt it was important to showcase iGaming at G2E 2010."
The one-and-a-half day iGaming Congress addressed the potential impact of Internet gambling legalization in the U.S., and advised the gaming market on how to take advantage of new opportunities and react to the changing face of the industry. The event promoted an understanding of the potential impacts of the legalization and regulation of Internet gambling, and provided critical information regarding the players, resources, legislative framework and other topics that are important to those working in the Internet gambling sector or those looking to enter it. The sessions at the iGaming Congress featured some of the world's leading experts who have been working within the Internet gambling sector since its infancy.
"While G2E always has addressed iGaming as part of its comprehensive coverage of industry issues, G2E 2010 provided attendees with a unique opportunity to advance their understanding of the complex and intricate issues affecting this sector," said Courtney Muller, senior vice president at Reed Exhibitions, co-organizer of G2E with the AGA.
"With 18 sessions on the topic and nearly 500 participants at the iGaming Congress, this growing industry segment proved to be of particular interest to conference attendees."
In addition to the iGaming Congress, G2E 2010 offered an iGaming conference track, and the show floor incorporated a new iGaming pavilion that included Internet gaming software products to support online games such as poker, sports betting and bingo. The pavilion also featured support systems including marketing tools, live gaming software, payment technologies and more. Even though the legalization of Internet gambling in the United States is an issue that may not be resolved for some time, iGaming suppliers came out to exhibit at the first iGaming pavilion on the show floor since G2E 2006.
G2E was held November 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and is the gaming industry's premier international trade show and conference event. The G2E family of events will continue to focus on iGaming and its evolution throughout 2011 and will feature distinguished experts and the latest information on iGaming, including emerging policies, regulations, trends and technologies.
G2E 2011 will be held October 3 - 6 at the Las Vegas Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.