With stalled expansion in the U.S., and the rise of alternative online gaming options, online casino and online poker have taken a backseat in recent years at G2E, and this year is no exception.
There are still plenty of iGaming vendors (and floor space set aside for iGaming specific companies) making the trek to Las Vegas at the end of September, and there are still many iGaming-related seminars to choose from … if you arrive early.
By early, I mean the day before the show officially begins. The G2E showroom officially opens its doors on Tuesday, but before the vendors hock their wares, there is a full slate of seminars on Monday during what G2E calls the iGaming Congress.
During the main G2E show (Tuesday and Wednesday), most of the iGaming talk centers around DFS and other emerging verticals, with a smattering of online casino and online poker talk mixed in.
A number of the 2015 seminars will cover the modern era of online gaming (such as social, mobile, and app usage) as it relates to land-based gaming, but the focus below is on the iGaming-specific seminars you’ll find at G2E 2015.
This session will examine the evolution of iGaming regulations in the U.S. and around the globe, including the best practices for compliance, and the current zeitgeist in regulation.
Thus far the only announced speaker is Gambling Compliance’s Kevin Cochran, but other speakers will likely be added.Speaker:
The other 9 AM session on Monday seems a bit redundant, but this session will focus more on new verticals and on the global gaming industry as a whole, not just online gaming.
Which 9 AM panel you attend will likely be determined by the lineup and whether you have a U.S. or international focus.Speakers:
This is an intriguing session as it doesn’t focus on social gaming, but rather how social gaming intersects with other forms of online gaming, and how iGaming operators in the U.S. can use social gaming to their advantage.Speakers:
This session will cover recent research by Dr. Heather Gray, who researched Iceland’s iLottery and the effects on public health.
Dr. Gray will likely challenge the conventional wisdom that says the ease of access of online gaming will create more problem gamblers, a trend in recent research on the topic.
This is one of the panels I’m most looking forward to. I expect the panelists to challenge the longstanding belief of the first-mover advantage in online gambling and explain some of the advantages second wave sites have in these nascent markets.Speakers:
eSports has quickly appeared on the online gaming radar, and G2E will close out its Monday iGaming Congress session with what should be a lively and informative talk on what is perhaps the most overlooked (up until now) vertical in iGaming.Speakers:
This session will explore how casino corporations and gaming companies are bringing multiple forms of gaming under a single tent (particularly online gaming verticals), creating companies that appeal to a vast array of potential customers and clients.Speakers:
I’m interested to find out who the panelists for this seminar will be.
This session has the potential for some serious fireworks, as operators in regulated markets and their competitors operating in gray markets don’t always see eye to eye. Everything from the risks of operating in these unregulated spaces to how a regulated company can compete with a gray market operator will be discussed.
This seminar will be heavy on speculation as the panelists look to the future and try to determine where the DFS and sports betting industries in the U.S. are headed.
This is another session that could lead to some heavy disagreement, particularly over the legality of DFS and whether or not it’s gambling or should be classified as something else.
If you didn’t get enough of the DFS versus sports betting debate before lunch, you’ll only have to wait until 2 PM before the conversation picks back up. This session will likely be less acerbic, as the focus is on the potential harmonies between sports betting, DFS, and established casinos.Speakers:
This is the perfect seminar to get you up to speed on the changes and advancements of regulated online gambling around the globe. This session seems like it will be a general overview, which should be a nice primer for people new to online gaming or anyone who’s not caught up on the latest global developments.Speakers:
Depending on the panelists, the lone iGaming session on Wednesday should be an interesting and perhaps contentious one, considering the varied opinions regarding online gaming among tribal casino operators.
Definitely keep an eye on who will be invited to speak, as the panelists could be the difference between an informative talk and a fiery debate.
Once again the G2E showroom will feature a smallish dedicated iGaming area (dubbed the “iGaming Zone”), but you’ll also find plenty of online gaming-centric products throughout the main showroom floor.
Among the vendors you’ll find on the show floor that might be of interest to the online-minded attendee are:
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