Global Gaming Expo, better known as G2E, returns for its 18th edition from 8 to 11 October with sports betting top of the menu following the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn PASPA.
With the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision to void the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May, sports betting will be front and center at G2E this year as the industry prepares for the countless opportunities ahead.
Celebrating its 18th anniversary since launching in 2001, G2E 2018 will feature the expo’s first ever Sports Betting Symposium, providing gaming professionals with the tools they will need to consider business operations that best capitalize on the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Sessions will cover the business and legislative aspects of sports betting and offer an interactive, guided tour of the G2E expo hall to connect attendees with the top suppliers of sports betting technologies.
“As states and sovereign tribal nations consider whether or not to enact legalized sports betting, the Sports Betting Symposium at G2E will offer the world’s foremost experts, business leaders and operational solutions to build a thriving legal market in the United States,” says Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. Slane, who led the AGA’s advocacy campaign to highlight the failures of PASPA, will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court’s PASPA decision in a special one-hour interview-style panel session on the morning of 10 October. Sitting alongside her for the session will be ESPN’s SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt – another preeminent thought leader on the topic and an outspoken supporter of legalized, regulated sports betting.
“The show floor will also support this initiative with an expanded presence from companies supporting sports betting,” adds Korbi Carrison, Reed Exhibitions/G2E Event Director.
“We’ve put a major focus on the evolution of G2E to ensure it is staying ahead of the curve as the gaming industry changes. The expo hall will feature highly anticipated offerings from across the core gaming sector, along with exhibitors presenting their products in sports betting technology, iGaming, integrated resort products and other non-gaming amenities.”
Also debuting at G2E this year is the Innovation Incubator, headlined by FUBU CEO and Founder Daymond John and The Pink Ceiling and Sprout CEO Cindy Eckert. During this first-of-its-kind industry event, start-ups and students will take the main stage to pitch their greatest innovations in gaming and hospitality to a live audience and two of the most dynamic investors in the business world.
Starting at 9am on Thursday 11 October, the Innovation Incubator will see four finalists chosen by a panel of gaming industry experts to present their concepts to John and Eckert, followed by a fast-paced Q&A where the headlining guests will examine the potential business opportunity of each presentation.
“The gaming industry was built by entrepreneurs with innovation in their DNA. At G2E, we embrace and spotlight gaming innovation on the show floor, delivering a powerful platform to drive the industry forward,” said Allie Barth, vice president of industry relations of the AGA. “Innovation Incubator at G2E is about giving all innovators – whether from gaming, hospitality or academia – the opportunity to bring their ideas to the forefront during one of gaming’s largest events of the year.”
G2E is expected to attract around 28,000 gaming professionals from 111 countries with 450 exhibitors locked in.