Two gaming industry trade shows taking place later this year, one in Las Vegas and the other in Macau, have announced their speaker line-ups.
This year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E), taking place from September 30 to October 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Las Vegas, will have as keynote speakers Sheldon Adelson (pictured), chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp, and Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd.
Mr Adelson and Mr Wynn will each offer keynote addresses to G2E seminar attendees on September 30 and October 2, respectively, the organisers said in a statement.
The event will also feature Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, and James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and chairman of Hard Rock International, on September 30.
The second series of state-of-the-industry keynote speeches at G2E 2014, on October 1, feature: Patti Hart, CEO of International Game Technology; Jamie Odell, CEO and managing director of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd; Thomas Graf, chief technology officer of Novomatic AG; David Baazov, CEO of Amaya Gaming Group Inc; and Pat Ramsey, CEO of Multimedia Games Inc.
“We’re thrilled to bring together an impressive group of industry leaders who have helped to lead the growth of our industry into the economic engine it is today,” said Geoff Freeman, president of the American Gaming Association (AGA).
G2E is jointly organised by AGA and Reed Exhibitions. The event’s show floor will be its largest in five years, offering more than 450 exhibitors from around the world, the organisers said.
On Thursday, the organisers of the Macao Gaming Show (MGS) also announced the speaker line-up for the Macao Gaming Summit, the conference sessions that take place alongside the trade show.
This year’s events will be held from November 18 to 20 at the Venetian Macao’s CotaiExpo.
Business topics being covered at the Macao Gaming Summit include the Asia Pacific region’s regulatory environment, the future of gaming in Macau, opportunities in Asia Pacific and also updates on mature, emerging and future markets.
The speaker line-up includes Reinout Te Brake, chairman of iQU, a games marketing company from the Netherlands, Mikio Tanji, executive advisor at Tokyo-based Gaming Capital Management and Wai-Ming Yap, director at Stamford Law Corp in Singapore. Speakers from Cambodia, Taiwan, Laos, and Macau have also been invited.
“Attendees have a real thirst for knowledge and [for] being able to, for example, learn how to tap into the lucrative Chinese market … as well as understanding how legislation governs gaming in Asia Pacific,” said Ira Iskandar, conference manager at Koelnmesse Ltd, the event partner of MGS.
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