The world’s leading suppliers of casino and online gaming equipment and technology will again be present at G2E Asia, with some familiar faces in new roles following the intense period of consolidation seen in the casino supply sector over the past 12 months.
This year’s trade exhibition promises what the organisers call an “unrivalled platform” for suppliers to connect with as many as 500 industry decision makers as well as pre-qualified buyers with verified budgets.
There will be a number of business matching initiatives including ‘one2one events’ for exhibitors to meet pre-qualified buyers, and an online business-matching platform also enabling merchants to connect with key buyers.
The look of the 2015 event will also be different. The long corridor linking the trade show to the conference portion of the event is to be filled with exhibitors this year, Josephine Lee, senior vice president of organiser Reed Exhibitions Greater China has confirmed.
Other features for G2E Asia 2015 – an event which is also organised by the American Gaming Association – include ‘My G2E Asia Network’, a downloadable software application for mobile communications devices that promises to help vendors and buyers connect even before they get to the show.
The ‘Macau Pavilion’, introduced last year and aimed at showcasing Macau suppliers, will be expanded in 2015. There will also be a ‘New Product Gallery’ on the G2E Asia website, which will then be replicated live on the exhibition floor with the actual products on display.
This year will additionally see the introduction of the ‘All Asia Dealer’s Championship’, designed to show the “best performing and outstanding casino dealers in Asia”. It will be a three-day competition happening on-site.
In 2015 there will also be a one-day iGaming summit. The organisers have also launched an online iGaming Forum.
Another feature of the 2015 event will be a series of invitation-only networking events including: ‘Table Games Networking Meetup’ and ‘Slots Networking Meetup’, both on Tuesday May 19, between 6pm and 7pm. On Wednesday May 20, there is an invitation-only Global Gaming Women Networking Reception between 4pm and 5pm.
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