AGEM February 2023 Meeting Recap
- Since the last AGEM meeting, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo appointed a new chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Kirk Hendrick, along with a new board member, George Assad. Lombardo also appointed Brian Krolicki to the Nevada Gaming Commission to fill the term of Ben Kieckhefer, who left the Gaming Commission to serve as Lombardo’s chief of staff. AGEM’s Daron Dorsey and Mike Alonso were able to meet with Hendrick recently, and look forward to the opportunity of supporting efforts to re-establish Nevada’s place as a leading innovation and technology jurisdiction, as directed by Lombardo in his recent address to the Nevada legislature.
- The ICE London exhibition took place February 7-9, and was a success, both from and operational and trading perspective. Early (unaudited) numbers from Clarion noted visitor attendance of over 40,000 people, a first for the show that eclipsed the previous record in 2020 of around 36,000. Billed as the industry’s largest international trade show, Clarion states that over 50 percent of attendees operate in both land-based and online sectors while the remaining group were online-only operations, and this was visible on the show floor. While Europe is still the largest area of attendees with over 70 percent as reported by Clarion, there were significant numbers from Asia and North America. This edition of ICE took over the whole footprint of the ExCeL Centre for the first time, and already 80 percent of the exhibition is rebooked for the 2024 event, per Clarion representatives.
- In a bid to provide absolute transparency, Clarion Gaming announced prior to the show that it has entered the next phase of its research and consultation program to determine the future location for ICE. In partnership with specialist consultants Equimore, a finalist short list of four host cities has been identified: Barcelona, London, Madrid and Paris—all of which meet the exacting criteria set out in the process. Each city will be making a formal bid to host ICE for the period 2025-2029, in the same February dateline. The process will be completed later this year with an announcement scheduled for Q3 2023, per Clarion.
- AGEM members received an in-person presentation by Jennifer Carleton of AGEM associate member Sightline Payments, who also helps lead the Indian Nations Gaming and Governance (INGG) program at William S. Boyd School of Law (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). She highlighted two initiatives that are currently being offered by the law school. The first is a symposium on March 2-3, which covers “Indian Gaming Past and Present,” and is open to all interested attendees. The second is a much-needed Internship/Externship Program that will see its inaugural launch this summer after having been put on hold due to the pandemic. At the meeting, AGEM members were encouraged to look at taking on law students with an Indian gaming background for summer internship and externship programs. Information on both these initiatives is available on the William S. Boyd School of Law website at https://law.unlv.edu/ or via Carleton.