The second Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo, or BEGE, is taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria October 5-7.
Running simultaneously with the show is the Eastern European Gaming Summit-EEGS-a must for anyone looking to become involved in this developing and rapidly changing market.
Major changes affecting this region in recent months-the shutdown of casino and slot machine markets in Russia and Ukraine, the effects of the economic downturn on regional tourism-have given this year’s show added significance, both at the investment and legislative levels.
The first BEGE last year featured 78 companies from 18 countries. This year, as of the first week of August, half that number had signed on, including most of the major names from 2008.
Key exhibitors this year include Admiral, Alfastreet, Casino Technology, Eurocoin, Euro Games Technology,
Fazi, GLI, GPI, MEI, Sega, TCS John Huxley and WMS.
The EEGS seminars will feature presentations designed to provide attendees with a complete picture of the present and anticipated future conditions within the region. Scheduled speakers include:
- Annete Kok and Helmut Kafka, president and vice president, respectively, of EUROMAT;
- Signe Birne, chairman of Gaming Regulators European Forum;
- Michael Boettcher, president of Storm International;
- Tzvetan Konyarski, expert on social aspects of gaming for the Bulgarian industry trade group BTAMOGI; and
- Joseph Lema, assistant professor of hospitality management at Drexel University.
For more information on the expo and summit, go to www.balkangamingexpo.com.