Posted on: October 15, 2022, 01:05h.
Final up to date on: October 15, 2022, 08:34h.
The numbers are in, and whereas the 2022 version of the World Gaming Expo (G2E) didn’t match 2019’s totals, it got here shut.
Organizers introduced that the four-day present at The Venetian Expo, which ended Thursday, attracted practically 25,000 gaming business professionals. That’s down about 2,000 from the 2019 present, however practically double the attendance from final yr’s G2E, which ran beneath some COVID-19 rules.
“It was implausible to carry the complete international gaming group again collectively to reconnect and drive enterprise,” mentioned Korbi Carrison, G2E’s occasion vice chairman. “The vitality and pleasure at this yr’s present introduced that gaming is all the best way again and made it essentially the most impactful G2E but.”
On G2E’s Opening Day, Carrison mentioned the annual gaming convention had a 2019 really feel to it, and it confirmed in methods different than simply attendance.
Organizers additionally mentioned that greater than 350 companies arrange displays within the G2E Expo Corridor, and the 252,000 sq. toes of conference corridor house they took up was 42% bigger than final yr’s occasion.
“After main the return of tradeshows to Las Vegas final yr, G2E 2022’s pre-pandemic environment is a milestone for our business and a testomony to our collective pleasure round gaming’s future,” mentioned American Gaming Affiliation (AGA) President and CEO Invoice Miller.
AGA’s Miller Provides State of the Trade Tackle
On Tuesday, Miller gave his annual state of the gaming business speech because the lead-in to the keynote session that includes six gaming executives, together with FanDuel’s Amy Howe and DraftKings’ Jason Robins.
Much like his earlier G2E addresses, Miller touched on the necessity for the gaming business to grasp its digital future, together with additional adoption of digital fee know-how and continued growth of the web gaming sector. He additionally mentioned the business wants to advertise accountable gaming extra.
He then introduced up the business’s “greatest menace,” which is what he known as unlawful gaming. That would come with unregulated talent machines arrange at comfort shops and on-line sports activities betting and iGaming apps provided by offshore operators.
The AGA and its members can not cease these operators by themselves, he mentioned. They’ve sought the assistance of the US Division of Justice, Congress, and state officers on the difficulty. Different stakeholders, although, must get entangled.
It’s going to require legislation enforcement to get aggressive and go after unhealthy actors, companies to take away unregulated machines, tech firms and the media to chop off these unlawful platforms, and policymakers to strengthen legal guidelines and shut loopholes,” Miller defined. “This can be a battle we’re in for the lengthy haul, and we’re not going to win it in a single day. However collectively, we will and can make it a lot, a lot tougher for them to do enterprise right here in America.”
He mentioned that subsequent month the commerce group will launch a brand new report exhibiting that American gamblers wager greater than $300 billion annually by unregulated or unlawful markets. That features bets positioned by unlicensed talent machines at retail shops and offshore sports activities betting and iGaming apps. These operators, Miller mentioned, value the regulated gaming business $15 billion in income and governments about $4 billion in taxes annually.
G2E 2023 Dates Set
The dates for the twenty third version of G2E have additionally been set.
Subsequent yr’s convention will run from Oct. 9-12, with schooling classes deliberate for all 4 days and the Expo Corridor operating for the final three.
As soon as once more, the convention will happen at The Venetian Expo on the Strip.