The last week of September brought more than 25,000 gaming-industry professionals to the American Gaming Association’s largest event, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). Representing the diverse landscape of casino gaming, G2E 2015 showcased our dynamic industry and provided the forum for the industry at large to conduct business, learn and network.
Gaming Shines in National Media
More than 250 national, local and trade media, including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning, Popular Science, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Associated Press and ESPN attended G2E, highlighting what consumers and policymakers can expect from casino gaming during the next year.
For the second straight year, CNBC broadcast from the exhibit floor highlighting gaming trends and gaming’s positive economic impact. Through these media outlets, we showcased our industry’s innovation and highlighted the value casino gaming provides to communities all over the United States.
Emergence of Daily Fantasy Sports
Sports betting and daily fantasy sports sparked a lot of national attention and debate over the past year. DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, Penn National Gaming Senior Vice President Chris Sheffield and CG Technology CFO Jeff Burge discussed the differences between sports betting and daily fantasy sports, as well as the opportunity for growth and convergence of the industries.
In the coming weeks, the AGA’s Sports Betting Task Force will be announcing a clearer, unified position on sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
Innovation Key for G2E and AGA
The exhibit floor and educational seminars conveyed a common theme at this year’s G2E: innovation.
• Gaming suppliers debuted new social and virtual games;
• Speakers shared ideas about how to capture the next generation of gaming customers; and,
• The new Integrated Resort Experience embraced the totality of modern casino solutions.
The points were driven home during the CEO Roundtable keynote. CEOs from AGA-member companies Caesars Entertainment, Rush Street Gaming and Scientific Games remarked how the future of our industry depends on innovation.
For the AGA, innovation is critical for industry advancement. Removing public policy barriers and empowering the gaming industry to provide next-generation gaming experiences to our customers remains a priority.
Protecting Industry Image
Further, the perception of gaming often drives policy decisions. Since debuting the AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling—Play it Safe” initiative, illegal gambling has emerged as an important issue for both the AGA and law enforcement.
At G2E, we convened our Illegal Gambling Advisory Board for a roundtable discussion about these efforts. In addition, AGA released groundbreaking new research by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dr. Jay S. Albanese exposing how illegal gambling funds large criminal enterprises.
Distinguishing our highly regulated, $240 billion legal gaming industry from these criminal networks is necessary to change outdated and inaccurate perceptions of gaming.
Keeping the Momentum Going
The year is quickly coming to a close, and as we look to 2016, the AGA already has big plans. We look forward to continuing the momentum to make a more inclusive and united industry.