It’s some time on Thursday (afternoon, I think). I’m back from Vegas, a little tired and with a new appreciation for neon. I thought it would be a good idea to share my impressions of the inaugural G2E and provide a wrap-up to my reports from the show.
Those of you who have been reading the reports may have noticed that I didn’t file a story on Wednesday. That had something to do with Tuesday night’s all-you-can-eat seafood buffet at the Rio, several hours of Blackjack, and a trip to the rooftop bar.
Entering the Global Gaming ExpoBut it didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, because there wasn’t really anything going on on Wednesday. And unfortunately, that sort of sums up things for the show as a whole.
The first ever Global Gaming Expo was interesting because of what it was trying to accomplish – the gaming industry putting on a show for itself, as it were. But as I mentioned in Tuesday’s report, the online gambling industry didn’t have much of a presence.
I was hoping that industry experts who presented at the conference would be offering new insight into this sector of the gaming business, but issues such as Indian gaming and casino marketing got more attention.
The topic did come up during a State of the Industry discussion that involved American Gaming Association (AGA) chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, MGM Mirage CEO Terry Lanni, and Park Place CEO Tom Gallagher.
According to Fahrenkopf, the AGA doesn’t support online gaming because it believes it isn’t possible to effectively regulate the industry.
Gallagher supported that assessment, and noted that Park Place is reluctant to enter into the online betting world because of the public perception of Internet gaming.
Lanni, whose company has just been issued an online gaming license by the Isle of Man, not surprisingly disagreed with that sentiment. He argued that the regulatory issues have been properly addressed and suggested that U.S. gaming companies will miss the boat if they wait too long.
This ‘accidental’ discussion notwithstanding, there were only two Judi Online Terpercaya conference sessions that directly dealt with Internet gambling. The information presented during these sessions wasn’t exactly enlightening, either; most of it was (generally) common knowledge or had been reported in the media.
Inside the Global Gaming ExpoI was also hoping that the online gaming companies that did attend would have more to say or demonstrate. Almost no one I talked with had any really big news to report, and I saw only one or two innovative products. I’ll be posting an article on one of the companies – Muse Gaming – next week.
Attendance estimates peg the number of conventioneers at somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000. From all accounts, organizers seemed fairly pleased with the turnout, considering that this was the first year and many people were unable or unwilling to travel. Expect to see more exhibitors and attendees next year.
My overall impressions? The show was fine, but could have been better with more discussion of the online gambling industry and more representation from Internet gaming companies. Vegas, on the other hand, was particularly cool for a first-time visitor like myself.