As new business opportunities emerge for the gaming-entertainment industry, Global Gaming Expo 2018 (G2E) will showcase the latest technologies, newest products and insightful thought leadership centered around the most relevant topics facing today’s industry and that may impact our industry in the future.
G2E continues to be the industry hub to highlight innovation, reconnect with other gaming-entertainment professionals, prepare for fast-paced and evolving market changes and find a wide array of tools to enhance business operations. This year, G2E will introduce topics like marketing and analytics, optimizing guest service and experience, growth opportunities in esports, integrated resort development and management, and more. Attendees’ favorite topics, like gaming leadership, security/surveillance and tribal gaming, will also come back with curated new sessions.
In May, the Supreme Court struck down the federal law prohibiting states and sovereign tribal nations from licensing or offering sports betting. The decision effectively paves the way for the implementation of legal, regulated sports betting in jurisdictions across the country. There is no better venue to explore the evolving sports betting landscape than at G2E.
This year, G2E will host the first-ever Sports Betting Symposium, dedicated to exploring diverse opportunities in this new market. Topics will range from legislative issues to business strategies, including an interactive tour of the G2E show floor to connect attendees with the top suppliers of sports betting technologies and solutions.
Sports betting also will be Wednesday’s keynote topic, as AGA Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Sara Slane will lead a lively discussion on the topic with Scott Van Pelt, the anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter and a vocal advocate for legalized sports betting. In this keynote, Van Pelt and Slane will discuss the implications of a legalized sports betting market for key stakeholders, such as sports leagues, the media and the gaming industry, and will map out the projected sports betting market in 2019 and beyond.
Innovation has always played a pivotal role in G2E, through new product announcements from exhibitors on the show floor. As we strive to offer engaging ways to highlight new and upcoming broader casino-gaming resort solutions, we will promote technology and innovation to complement exhibitors’ announcements at this year’s show. Thursday’s keynote will be the first-ever Innovation Incubator at G2E, headlined by FUBU CEO and Founder Daymond John and The Pink Ceiling and Sprout CEO Cindy Eckert (Whitehead). During the keynote event, startups and students will pitch their business ideas for innovations in gaming and hospitality to John and Eckert, as well as a live audience.
In addition to the Innovation Incubator, the AGA’s Innovation Lab, now in its third edition, will feature encore and runner-up presentations from startups and students on Thursday during the remaining show hours, as well as TED-talk-style sessions on big data and analytics, and emerging markets and trends, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
G2E 2018’s dynamic schedule continues the AGA’s commitment to challenge our industry to think differently about the future of gaming. With this year’s Sports Betting Symposium, interactive expo-hall tours, focus on innovation and the growth opportunities it holds for casino resorts beyond the gaming floor space, I’m confident it will be the best show yet.