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New Awards Program Front and Center at G2E Asia

The first Asia Gaming Awards will honor operators, suppliers, online and land-based gaming

New Awards Program Front and Center at G2E Asia

The inaugural edition of the Asia Gaming Awards to honor the gaming industry will be held on May 17 concurrently with G2E Asia, at the Venetian Macao. The awards will be produced by Asia Gaming Brief, in association with G2E Asia and the Innovation Group. The AGAwards will be an annual event to reward excellence and innovation in the gaming industry, with a clear focus on quality.

Companies will be judged in 11 categories spanning the land-based and online spheres, with an additional category recognizing the achievements of up-and-coming leaders in the Asian gaming industry. The categories are:

• Best Casino Operator
• Best Integrated Resort
• Best Casino Design
• Best Table Games Manufacturer
• Best Electronic Game Machine Manufacturer
• Best Industry Supplier
• Best Online Operator
• Best Online Supplier
• Best Mobile Solution
• Outstanding Contribution in the Field of “Innovation”
• Special Recognition of Young Industry Leaders under 40

The organizing committee comprises senior industry figures who have been selected for their reputation and experience in the Asian gaming industry: David Green, principal, NewPage Consulting; David Rittvo, executive VP international, the Innovation Group; Manuel Neves, former head of the Gaming Inspection Coordination Bureau (DICJ); Peter Cohen, director, regulatory affairs, the Agenda Group; and Tim Craighead, director of Asian research and senior gaming analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence.

David Green, the chairman of the organizing committee and judging panel, said, “These awards are the result of a rigorous process, intended to identify and recognize the very best players in the gaming industry in Asia. It is not a beauty contest—the criteria used in judging achievement are both comprehensive and objective.

“The judging panel has a deep understanding of gaming in general, and gaming in Asia in particular. We look forward to the awards becoming an established annual highlight of G2E Asia, and expect that they will be much sought-after by the industry. It is important that industry successes are celebrated by the gaming industry, and where better than at G2E Asia?”

Luis Pereira, Asian Gaming Brief managing director, added, “AGB believes in developing the Asia Gaming Awards as a fair, independent platform to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the industry.”

Rosalind Wade, AGB managing director, said, “We are proud to be spearheading this exciting event with the team at G2E Asia and with the Innovation Group. It will no doubt become a high point in the Asian gaming events calendar.”

The AGAwards Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 17 at the Venetian Macao. The winners of the 11 award categories will be announced and congratulated before the entire industry.

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Pansy Ho will present her vision for retail in Macau at the G2E Asia Conference
G2E Asia Conference Program Focuses on Non-Gaming

With a stepped-up focus on non-gaming attractions in Macau, G2E Asia has enlisted some expert speakers and detailed conference sessions explaining how and why these can be produced in the SAR.

On Wednesday, May 18, MGM China partner Pansy Ho will deliver a keynote speech and then moderate a session, “Hand in Hand: Gaming & Retail Working Together.” Ho has been instrumental in attracting many of the world’s most important retailers and brands to Macau, catering to mainland Chinese who rate shopping at the top of their “to-do list” when they visit the SAR.

Following Ho’s session, GGB Publisher Roger Gros will moderate a panel, “Beyond Gaming: Tracking the Value of the Non-Gaming Customer,” featuring speakers Jim Dennedy, the CEO of

Agilysys; and Sam Sheng, vice president of Integrated Resorts International Ltd.

Later in the day, Bloomberg Intelligence will feature a market session, “Chinese Millennial Travelers Shaping the Future of Macau Tourism.” Andrew Zarnett, managing director of Deutsche Bank, will moderate a session “Transformation in Changing Conditions: What Does the New IR Look Like?” and Global Market Advisors Principal Andrew Klebanow will moderate “Growth & Stability: How to Maximize Current Customers and Optimize Total Revenue” featuring speakers Jim Walker, senior vice president of Agilysys; and Rory Fagan, vice president of gaming for Duetto Research.

Paulo Martins Chan, the new director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, will explain his views as he takes over as Macau’s chief regulator, in his first appearance at a gaming conference.

And on Thursday, the G2E Asia conference concludes with a full day of interactive gaming, the iGaming Summit.