International edition
October 16, 2021

The event will take place on October 13-15

GAT Expo debuts virtual format

GAT Expo debuts virtual format
GAT Virtual Expo will have a complete academic agenda coordinated by Team Seven; the sessions will be held in the central auditorium of the fair.
Colombia | 10/08/2020

Starting now, the platform on which the event will take place is open and available to those who, through their registered avatar, want to "walk across" the Arena Pavilion of the exhibition.

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rganizers of the GAT Virtual Expo have announced that, from this moment, the platform on which the event will take place across October 13-15 is open and available to those who, through their registered avatar, want to "walk across" the Arena Pavilion of the exhibition.

After a thorough digital process carried out by Penta Marketing's technical production team, based on the specifications and application of colors and logos of the exhibiting brands, the stands, contents, and advertising of the following companies are now installed: WorldMatch, BetConstruct, Altenar, Digitain, Alfastreet, Aruze, Vibra Gaming, Edict Egaming, Golden Race, Spinmatic, Hollywood TV, Rivalo, AGT Software, Betradar, Latam Win, Tu Compra, JCM Consulting, Soloazar ,Yogonet, Limpidus, Team Seven and 3A Producciones.

GAT Virtual Expo will have a complete academic agenda coordinated by Team Seven; the sessions will be held in the central auditorium of the fair. It includes the Forum New Normal in the Gaming Industry on Tuesday October 13th, corporate conferences on the second day and introduction to TGA (Totally Gaming Academy) Masterclasses on Thursday October 15th.

The LATAM Business Roundtable component, aimed at the markets of Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Argentina and Bolivia, will be held during the three days of the event with experts in legislation from each country with the special support of JCM Gaming Consultants.

Those interested in attending this gathering among authorities, associations, entrepreneurs and operators, may access this auditorium and other public spaces, acquiring their avatar to enter the platform at this link.

General Program of the Forum/ Tuesday 13th October

Regulators Panel

The main topic that will be discussed between 10 am and 12:30 pm, is the future of land based casinos and online gaming. Aspects such as the impact of restrictive measures from the commercial point of view, present and future implications from the regulations, interaction with the legal framework of each country in order to develop and adapt regulations, among other topics, will be analyzed by the authorities of Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Puerto Rico.

Panelists:

Manuel San Román, General Director of Casino, Gaming and Slot Machines of MINCETUR, Peru

Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo, President of Coljuegos, Colombia.

Sebastián Vivot, Manager of Modernization and Information Technologies of the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA), Argentina.

José Maymo Azize, Executive Director of the Gaming Commission of the Government of Puerto Rico.

Rodrigo Ajenjo, Superintendent of Gaming Casinos of Chile

LATAM Associations Panel

Between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm this second panel will be held, whose main theme will be the evaluation of the short and medium term impact of the temporary closure of casinos and gambling halls. Issues such as the return of players to the casino, the proliferation of sports betting and online gaming websites and the sustainability of land-based gaming will be considered in depth. The needs and special requests that will be raised to the regulators and governments, referring to graduality or lower taxes to try to balance the losses generated by the crisis, as well as strategies to make available to the regulator the effective control of informal virtual operations are also included in the agenda of this panel in which the directors of federations and associations from Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Argentina will participate. The Colombian associations have already configured the avatars of their boards of directors that will attend this activity, as well as their affiliated operators.

Panelists:

Juan Carlos Restrepo, President of Asojuegos, Colombia

Elizabeth Maya Cano, Executive Director of Cornazar, Colombia.

Evert Montero Cárdenas, President of Fecoljuegos,Colombia.

Fernando Calderón of SONAJA, Peru.

Miguel Angel Ochoa of AIEJA, Mexico.

Another point on the academic agenda of GAT Virtual Expo will be the discussion of the execution of face-to-face fairs in the current circumstances and the emergence of hybrid events that integrate the virtual with the personal meetings, today a mandatory modality being implemented by convention centers and organizers of congresses, symposiums and other events. The participation of Ana María Arango and Paula Quintero, representatives for the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry for Latin America has been confirmed. They will present their considerations about face-to-face fairs in the short and medium term.

In this regard, Jose Anibal Aguirre, General Director of 3A Producciones, says: "We are very interested in this topic since we have been positioning for more than 20 years a physical fair for the gaming industry. In view of the restrictions for events that gather public and the closing of air borders, we quickly reacted with the creation of GAT Virtual Expo and the choice of a platform according to the class and quality of our exhibitors to meet again. As constructors and contributors of the MICE meeting industry, we wish to know the position of other fair organizers, share our experience and listen to the projections of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry in this matter. From now on, even without the pandemic, things will never be the same again. The virtual is here to stay and live with the face-to-face meetings of the wonderful industry that gives us so much satisfaction. In fact, our idea is to continue learning and doing top virtual events and to carry out, according to the new normality, Gaming & Technology Expo, ending April 2021, in Cartagena de Indias and finishing the year with another face-to-face event in Bogotá." 

The next item on the agenda will be the Manufacturers and Operators Panel. The conceptual axis is to discuss the current situation, affectations, perspectives of the relationship between suppliers, products and operators of localized and online games.

Likewise, the great exhibitors of the traditional trade shows of America and Europe, will have the opportunity to analyze the return of the presential fairs and the experience that they live in the digital world that has been forced. The moderators of this panel will be Max Bauer and Manuel del Sol from Novomatic and José Aníbal Aguirre and Lida María Roldán from 3A Producciones.  This panel concludes the first day of the academic agenda on the VirtWay platform.

It is worth noting that at the end of each day, in a special scenario for networking, the allies Penta Marketing, 3A Producciones, Soloazar and Team Seven will offer show rooms and virtual  B2C bingo.

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