G2E comes to Sands blazing

Sep 29, 2015 3:01 AM

The Global Gaming Expo debuted in 2001 and is back in Las Vegas this week at Sands Convention Center with the world’s best minds converging to produce how the industry will look in the future.

We first heard about Macau, the Asian Rim, millennials and the shift in emphasis to the entertainment side at the Expo. G2E has something for everyone, whether it’s the newest in technology regarding slots and video games or to how the Internet and social media can develop with what gambling has been over the years.

G2E is the world’s largest and premier gaming event where gaming executives, buyers, and industry professionals meet here each fall. It is the most in-depth source of new products, networking, ideas and information on the planet. It takes place in the laboratory for the industry, Las Vegas, where you can see it in action and have fun doing it.

Companies currently doing business in the casino-entertainment industry, or looking to start, can’t afford to miss this Expo. G2E showcases 600-plus exhibitors, 100-plus conference sessions, exciting special events along with food and beverage booths. This is the only F&B event for the gaming industry.

There will be the usual keynote addresses, three full days of seminars (a fourth if you count a larger Monday package than in past years) and of course the thousands of booths at the Sands where the media and invited guests can have one-on-one conversations with vendors all too happy to spread the word on their respective companies.

Among the keynote speakers will be Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, and Jeffrey Ma, kingpin of the renowned MIT blackjack team and consultant to sports teams and leading corporations like Sports Illustrated, McDonald’s, Ford and ESPN for insight into understanding and using technology as a competitive advantage.

Thousands of patrons will spend hours testing new slot games, many of which the public will see in their favorite casinos soon enough. 

The enormously popular Buffalo slot game grew up at G2E as did Wheel of Fortune. Invited celebs like Vanna White and “Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter have graced the halls of G2E.

This week Jerry Lewis will receive a humanitarian award from Wayne Newton in what is sure to be an emotional event. 

All that is happening at G2E will be captured by GamingToday’s staff of quality writers in this issue and in coming weeks.

Las Vegas is the epicenter of the gaming world, as it should be, and G2E is the proof that what happens here stays here – at least for this week.

And we’re glad about that.

Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Twitter: @MarkMayerGT Email: [email protected]