Since the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA last May, sports betting has commandeered gaming conferences all across the country.
Rivaled only by the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), ICE is arguably the preeminent gaming conference on Earth. It focuses on the European and global markets, while G2E’s focus is on the US. With the recent developments in sports betting, though, the lines of demarcation are becoming blurred.
These upcoming conferences for ICE (Feb. 5-7) and LAC (Feb. 6-9) will be their first since the SCOTUS decision, and their respective schedules are as US-focused as they’ve ever been.
Expect US sports betting to be a topic that arises frequently over the course of ICE. Moreover, three panels will focus exclusively on this emerging market across the Atlantic Ocean.
The title of the Monday morning session is pretty straightforward. What opportunities exist for European operators in the newly regulated US markets?
A two-member panel from Paysafe will discuss:
The second US-focused session centers around the current and future legislative landscape. Topics for Monday afternoon include:
On Wednesday afternoon, a pair of speakers will take a look at what impact the repeal of PASPA might have on esports in the US. Jeff Liboon from ESP Gaming and Ian Smith of ESIC will discuss:
LAC is a sister conference of ICE that focuses on gaming affiliates. It likewise boasts a dedicated US session this year, which I’m fortunate enough to be part of.
LAC describes this panel in the following way:
“As regulation rolls out state-by-state across the USA, opportunities for affiliates are growing rapidly, but so are potential regulatory pitfalls. Discover how to get a foothold in gaming’s most talked about market, the best ways of promoting your product to the US public, and how to make sure you work within the law in this all-American extravaganza.”
Key topics include:
It’s exciting to see the US industry get some exposure at conferences abroad, but the real benefit will be the sharing of ideas.
More so than ever before, ICE and LAC will be overrun with US industry stakeholders, lawmakers, and regulators this year. Similarly, more Europeans have been attending US conferences since the PASPA repeal.
That presents many opportunities for a mixing of ideas. Bringing together the European and American industries is long overdue, as I noted in my LAC interview:
“The US and international industries have long been two ships passing in the night. There needs to be a sharing of ideas to meld the disparate industries into a single, cohesive industry.”