The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas will not take place in 2020, after organizers the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions formally cancelled the event.
AGA president and chief executive Bill Miller explained that global travel restrictions and unclear guidance on large public gatherings meant it was impossible to hold an in-person event this year. It will now be replaced by a series of virtual events.
“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,” he explained.
Following the cancellation of the event, scheduled for 5-8 October, the next in-person edition of G2E will take place from 4 to 7 October 2021, in its usual venue, the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Reed Exhibitions Americas president Hervé Sedky explained that the organizers had come to their decision after engaging with national, state and local public health authorities, as well as exhibitors and buyers.
“Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible,” Sedky said. “It is our commitment to use G2E’s platform, as the leading convener of the global gaming community, to continue to deliver unparalleled education content, inspiring collaboration, and innovative ideas as the industry readies for continued growth.
Miller added: “As the country works to reopen, the American gaming industry continues to adapt and provide the safest possible experience for our employees and customers while continuing to support the communities in which we operate.”
The subject of how the American gaming industry evolves to safely resume operations is being discussed in ICE North America’s ongoing series of webinars, the Road Back.
Running until Friday July 10, this brings together some of the leading figures in the sector, with today’s discussion focused on how operators can prepare for demographic shifts post-pandemic.
Readers can register here for today’s session and to catch up on the first two days’ sessions.