n Monday afternoon, Yogonet had the chance to walk through the halls of the Costa Salguero Convention Center and, in spite of a noticeable reduction in space and in the number of exhibitors compared to last year, organizers can proudly say that companies continue to show their support to the Argentinian market.
Despite the economic crisis the country has faced for years, both the organizers and the exhibitors remain optimistic that the scenario will change after November's presidential elections.
The 2015 SAGSE Buenos Aires will count with the presence of more than 80 exhibitors from all over the world, with IGT acting as Platinum Sponsor, Aristocrat as Golden Sponsor and JCM as Silver Sponsor of the event.
“No one can escape political issues. Just as it happened in other industries, the gambling sector was somehow affected by the economic crisis in Argentina. But altough we felt the impact of macroeconomic conditions, it was less harmful than we expected,” said Alan Burak, SAGSE's General Manager.
“There was a setback in the number of exhibitors, but we understand and respect the cautiousness of the companies that decided not to exhibit this year, and admire the bravery of those who decided to face the crisis and attend the show,” Burak commented, adding that SAGSE has a long-standing history within the gambling world. “The Argentinian market is a role model for others in the region to follow. Attendees to the 2015 SAGSE show will be able to see the latest technologies for land-based and online gaming,” he added.
When asked about the political framework, Burak stated, “Every election is a celebration of democracy, no matter what the results are. This is the first historical ballotage -second round- in Argentina and it's a prove that the scenario is clearly changing. We're in the middle of a change, and changes represent opportunities. The most dynamic, visionary companies within the gaming industry have opted to be part of SAGSE.”
“The next government will have to do something to regulate the industry and to start re-opening imports so that firms choose to invest in Argentina again,” he concluded.
For more information, visit SAGSE's website http://www.monografie.com/sagse_bsas