- Recent developments in Japan have seen the creation of the Preparation Office of Japan Casino Regulatory Commission. This government body is looking to set up a preliminary gaming laboratory to test equipment and systems in readiness for the introduction of integrated resorts, and has contacted AGEM requesting introductions to member suppliers.
- AGEM has agreed to contribute $12,500 toward a new study titled Gaming Industry Overview which is being conducted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIJ-UNAM). The study will cover the entire industry in Mexico, and is being supported by the main trade associations in the region as well as the largest operators, including Codere, Cirsa, Caliente, Orenes, Juega y Juega and Palacio de los Numeros.
- The Canadian Gaming Summit took place June 18-20 in Edmonton. The event continues to be a main focus for the industry in the region, and AGEM was a proud sponsor. This year’s event saw more than 800 attendees and featured some new items with a focus on “Driving Change” with specialized training and discussion, a Plenary Stage and new Summit Marketplace area combining the trade floor and reception space.
- AGEM members approved the annual contribution of $50,000 for funding to the Problem Gambling Center, which provides evaluation, plus individual and group counseling services to those who have gambling problems and the family and friends of clients who are affected by gambling, without regard of their ability to pay. The facility has been renamed the Dr. Robert Hunter International Problem Gambling Center after its founder, who passed away last year.
- AGEM welcomed three new Associate members at the July meeting. Clarion Gaming, based in London, is a global business that delivers exceptional outcomes and experiences for customers through live events, supported by training and content, in every active gaming market and vertical; Enterprise Holdings, the transportation provider based in Las Vegas, has a global network that covers more than 90 countries, 100,000 dedicated team members, and more than 1.9 million vehicles taking customers wherever they need to go; and MdME Lawyers, based in Macau, is a leading full-service law firm involved in most of the key projects that have shaped the economic landscape over the last decade.
Nominations for the AGEM Memorial Awards Honoring Jens Halle and Peter Mead are open. Nominees should have a minimum of 10 years working in the industry and possess the qualities that both men displayed. The winners will be announced and presented during G2E Las Vegas in October. Please visit www.AGEM.org for more information.