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Remember When?

G2E 2019 was a huge success but when will we see another show like it?

Remember When?

As G2E 2019 wound down, the organizers, Reed Exhibitions and the American Gaming Association, were already making plans for a 2020 event that would top them all. G2E 2019 brought record numbers of attendees and exhibitors to the Sands Expo Center, home to the trade show and conference for the last 10 years. More than 27,000 attended the show, with a 13 percent jump in international attendance from 106 countries. So it was no wonder that the 2020 version of G2E was expected to be a winner too.

And then came Covid-19. Since it was more than six months until the 2020 G2E when the virus first made its appearance, organizers were confident that they could present a show in accordance with the latest policies and procedures surrounding the pandemic. But as more states and countries closed down, suggesting quarantines upon returning, it became clear in late June that holding G2E 2020 just wasn’t in the cards.

AGA President and CEO Bill Miller commented, “In light of continued uncertainty around a viable marketplace at a physical G2E show, global travel restrictions, and currently unknown guidance on large public gatherings this fall, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that we simply cannot hold an in-person G2E this year.

“Health and safety have always been our top priority, and the uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic makes this the prudent decision ahead of critical deadlines for exhibitors planning to participate.”

Miller said it was also a financial decision.

“The timing of this decision is intentional, as show exhibitors and attendees alike were facing critical, and in some instances costly, deadlines related to their participation,” he said. “I hope this helps to alleviate that pressure.

“The past few months have shuttered our properties, brought significant hardships for every aspect of our industry, and tested our resolve. At every step, we met those challenges with a level of responsibility that is in character for our resilient industry.”

Hervé Sedky, president of Reed Exhibitions Americas, said, “We arrived at this decision after thoughtfully engaging with national, state and local public health authorities, as well as exhibitors and buyers who have shared industry observations and priorities. Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible.”

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