Dear Gaming Colleague:
Last week, nearly 26,000 gaming professionals convened for Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2016. G2E 2016 showcased our dynamic industry and provided the forum for the industry at large to conduct business, learn and network.
Highlights from this year’s show include:
- Game and product demonstrations from UNLV students and academics in the first-ever Innovation Lab on the expo floor;
- Educational program tracks that explored current and future trends, such as eSports and the 2016 election; and
- Products and technologies from more than 400 exhibitors, showcasing table games, slots, iGaming and other non-gaming solutions.
National, local and trade media coverage of the show was extensive. From skill-based games, virtual reality and ways to further unify the casino industry, show coverage continues to generate buzz. The Las Vegas Review-Journal's recap of G2E 2016
noted that this year’s show brought:
“The industry together to see what everybody’s introducing to the market, but [also] to talk about and educate people about the challenges that face the industry.”
For the first time, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the AGA shared the stage at G2E to discuss how unity makes the future of the entire gaming industry stronger.
"We made a very consequential decision, and we’re not uniting for the sake of uniting. We’re uniting because it’s important to our future," said Ernie Stevens Jr, chairman of NIGA.
Pictured left to right: Stevens, Freeman and moderator
Victor Rocha, owner and editor of Pechanga.net
Legalizing sports betting was also a major topic at G2E. NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern discussed the benefits of legalizing sports betting and how it could ultimately protect the integrity of sports.
As reported by ESPN
, Stern said:
"You wind up with a proposition that says there is this legal gaming, but there's also an enormous amount that is wagered. That amount is not regulated, not taxed, and the profits go to unsavory causes, and that's a good thing to take a look at."
Major national outlets including, USA Today
, Fox Sports
reported on Stern’s participation in the sports betting conversation.
Stern, a featured speaker at G2E, discussed sports betting among other topics with AGA President & CEO Geoff Freeman
Dr. David Forrest and Rick Parry, two leading experts within the UK sports betting world, released The Key to Sports Integrity in the United States: Legalized, Regulated Sports Betting,
a report that details how the United States must adopt an approach similar to that in the United Kingdom to allow legal, regulated sports betting in an open and transparent market.
The National District Attorneys Association also convened during G2E to discuss the prosecution of illegal gambling. The event brought together law enforcement — a significant partner for AGA as we push toward changing sports betting law — with other industry stakeholders to discuss ways to combat illegal gambling, which often funds and leads to other illicit crime.
As the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted
, the push for legalized, regulated sports betting was a major focus:
“Every day of the show, there was a speaker, panel or discussion about introducing race and sports books to the public nationwide. The American Gaming Association is leading that charge, issuing a 32-page report on legalizing and regulating sports betting in the United States.”
Whether the conversations were around sports betting, gaming policies or the industry's expanding reach, G2E continues to be an important platform for the industry to share its positive story and economic impact across the country.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at G2E this week, and as always, thank you for your engagement and support.
President and CEO