An official statement released by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and partner Reed Exhibitions has announced the cancellation of this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E), at least as a ‘in-person’ event.
As a result of the continuing devastation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the suspension, which comes after 20 years of activity, was put directly on the organisers. G2E was expected to take place from 5 to 8 October 2020 but will now be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center from 4 to 7 October 2021.
Bill Miller, the President and CEO of AGA explained: “In light of continued uncertainty around a viable marketplace at a physical G2E show, global travel restrictions, and currently unknown guidance on large public gatherings this fall, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that we simply cannot hold an in-person G2E this year.”
However, the organisers said they are committed to promoting cultural , educational and networking opportunities for the global gaming industry through a series of virtual G2E events to better represent the current environment during the rest of the year.
Miller then added: “Health and safety have always been our top priority and the uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic makes this the prudent decision ahead of critical deadlines for exhibitors planning to participate.”
G2E has attracted nearly 30,000 attendees annually from around the world for 20 years, including executives from key industry partners such as the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, as well as the world’s top casino operators, sports betting companies, and FinTech and digital payment facilitators among others.
Hervé Sedky, President of Reed Exhibitions Americas, commented: “We arrived at this decision after thoughtfully engaging with national, state, and local public health authorities, as well as exhibitors and buyers who have shared industry observations and priorities. Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible.
“It is our commitment to use G2E’s platform, as the leading convener of the global gaming community, to continue to deliver unparalleled education content, inspiring collaboration, and innovative ideas as the industry readies for continued growth.”
Miller concluded by reinforcing the message G2E is returning: “As the country works to reopen, the American gaming industry continues to adapt and provide the safest possible experience for our employees and customers while continuing to support the communities in which we operate. We look forward to the moment when we can convene together again with our colleagues from across the world and celebrate the resilience that our industry is known for.”