hat’s your opinion about ICE 2013? Was the new venue convenient for you?
ICE 2013 was one of the most successful tradeshows to date for GLI. The show producers did a remarkable job organizing and marketing the show, and the large number of attendees was a reflection of their efforts. Moving the show to the ExCel Centre was a great, bold choice. The facility lent itself to a lot of new creativity and flexibility for vendors, and perhaps most importantly, the venue brought together the land-based and iGaming sides of the industry into one hall, without the separation that Earl’s Court imposed. This is important because that convergence is the current state of the industry. That is why GLI brought our old-fashioned two-stand presence into one stand, where all sides of the industry could converge.
What was visitors response to GLI’s presence?
We had a tremendously positive response, and the more than 20 GLI Development Representatives were constantly busy meeting with clients, extending even after show hours had officially ended. We were very busy discussing the future of gaming with operators, suppliers and regulators, and our message of convergence was clearly ringing true to all parties. There was also a great deal of interest in our upcoming North America Roundtable, which takes place February 27 and 28 in Las Vegas and in our European Roundtable, which will be held May 13 and 14 in Barcelona. The positive reaction to our ICE presence continued off the tradeshow floor and into the conference where GLI Director of Latin American and Caribbean Development Karen Sierra-Hughes was very well received for her insights on the panel, “Brazil & Argentina: Impact of European Regulatory Developments on Latin iGaming Regulation.” We were also honored to have been nominated as “Corporate Services Supplier of the Year” in the International Gaming Awards, and for our training program GLI University to have been nominated as “The Educational Development Programme of the Year in the Land-based Casino Sector” in the Totally Gaming Awards.
Where did most of your clients and visitors come from?
We had visitors from around the world –all across Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and from North and South America. Fortunately, we were ready with more than 20 Development Representatives from many of our 20 lab locations. And because our Development Representatives speak a wide range of languages, we were able to clearly communicate with operators, regulators and suppliers in their native tongues.
What will be your shows calendar for the rest of the year?
GLI will stage our Roundtables February 27 and 28 in Las Vegas, then May 13 and 14 in Barcelona and finally in November in South America. Additionally, we have a very busy tradeshow calendar. For the most recent information on our tradeshow schedule, we invite people to visit our website, gaminglabs.com, for a list.