iGB Live, the summer showpiece of Clarion Gaming, usually held at the RAI in Amsterdam, is the latest gaming festival that has fallen victim to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
iGB Events Group Manager Naomi Barton wrote in an email to delegates today: “Taking into consideration the recent travel restrictions and challenges we are facing in Europe, we have taken the decision to postpone iGB Live 2020 until July 2021.”
The event, which had already been rescheduled for September in Amsterdam, will now return to the Dutch capital from July 13-16, 2021.
“We always said that we would only run this event if it was safe and secure and made customers feel comfortable to attend, if we could deliver a live, enjoyable experience,” continued Barton. With reference to the limitations on travel, she said the “lack of clarity around how this will play out,” had given the organiser “no option but to postpone.”
Alex Pratt, managing director of the Digital Marketing Portfolio and iGaming Company, posted to an igaming networking community on LinkedIn, said the postponement was “fundamentally the right thing to do,” adding that he was “personally gutted.”
SBC Events also announced this week that its shows Betting on Sports Europe and Betting on Sports America will become interactive events and launch virtual conferences for Africa and CIS regions.
CasinoBeats managing director Stewart Darkin commented: “It is very disappointing to learn that iGB Live will not be going ahead in 2020. We all look forward to meeting in Amsterdam and, like many others, I’d hoped this would be the moment we would see old friends again.
“It is proving to be an extremely challenging time for the events sector and it is worrying to have seen G2E Las Vegas, ICE London and now iGB Live cancelled or delayed, as the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 continues to hold the sector in its grip.
“The hope is that the gaming business community and the events organisers can continue to support one another through digital events until travel restrictions are lifted, confidence is restored and physical shows can resume, hopefully early in 2021.”