Interactive Gaming fills G2E Expo niche

September 17, 2002 10:03 AM
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   As a special addition to the G2E show, a Nevada-based tech institute will host an Interactive Gaming Symposium on Friday, Sept. 20.

   The program replaces the second annual Interactive Gaming Expo, which had been scheduled for next month.

   “Rather than to continue to hold our own separate conference, talking primarily to those who are already knowledgeable about remote gaming, we have concluded that it is better to join forces,’’ said Richard Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Interactive Gaming Institute. “G2E does a tremendous job of bringing together the broad universe of those who have a stake in the expansion of licensed, regulated gaming.’’

   Friday’s G2E confab, sponsored by the law firm of Cooper Perskie, April Niedelman, Wagenheim, and Levenson, is a one-day, intensive program focusing on the issues affecting interactive and Internet gaming worldwide. Topics include updates on the latest legislative and regulatory developments; interactive gaming content: building great products; interactive television: betting by remote control; player ID: biometrics; smart cards and other new technologies; and new gaming options: intranets, kiosks and wireless opportunities.

   Bill Hornbuckle, head of MGM Mirage Online, kicks off the symposium with a keynote speech at 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by a welcome reception. Hornbuckle will discuss the new interactive site MGM Mirage Online will be launching in the near future.

   Also as part of the symposium, attendees can par-take in the Internet Operations track in the G2E conference program Sept. 17-19. Some of the sessions are “Accept or Reject: Prospects for Internet Gambling’’; “Regulation and Control: How will the Internet Industry Respond?”; “Bricks and Clicks: How to Integrate Land-Based Gaming and Internet Gaming’’ and “Case Study: the Australian Internet Gaming Model.’’

   The Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance, enhance and expedite the implementation of new forms of interactive, remote gaming. IGI is the primary, credible advocate and resource that provides information and assistance to businesses and governments exploring this new opportunity.