In Australia, gambling expenditure has increased from $22.7 billion in 2014–2015 to $23.6 billion in 2015–2016 (up 3.9 per cent). The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), from 14-16 August 2018, is an annual event run by the Gaming Technologies Association, focusing on fostering a sustainable and prosperous industry.
AGE is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s program focuses on technology and innovation across the entire sector, featuring over 200 local and international exhibitors, as well as industry-led seminars covering new technology, gaming, hospitality, service, and the end customer.
Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, shared his insights into the changing industry and what that means for the future.
“Our event is crucial for the health of the industry – we promote connections, education, regulation, technology and trends, business and more, to casinos, pubs, clubs and hotels. It’s about empowering local businesses to thrive.
“We’ve got a jam-packed show floor this year, featuring the latest innovations direct to the industry. It’s these new technologies driving the evolution of gaming and it’s our job to embrace, explore, train and innovate alongside them. We are proud to provide such a platform for our industry,” said Mr Ferrar.
Key exhibitors confirmed from the gaming technology sector include: Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Atlas Gaming, IGT (Australia), Independent Gaming, Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia, Maxgaming, Paltronics Australasia, Scientific Games, Tabcorp, Utopia Gaming Systems and Wymac Gaming.
This year’s event will incorporate technology into the visitor experience offering Teleportals, or virtual assistants, across the show floor to aid guests with their enquiries.
All AGE registered delegates will also have a Konduko reader in their lanyard – a small digital platform that can be tapped at exhibitor stands they visit. At the end of each day a “Daily Digest” email containing a full round-up of information from the day is delivered to the delegate’s inbox, in either PDF, PowerPoint, or short video format.
“For 2018, we are really aiming to provide a 360 degree digital-focus, to elevate our event and provide real ROI to our stakeholders. We want to be at the forefront of the industry, to make Australasian gaming, global gaming,” added Mr Ferrar.
Australasian Gaming Expo is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow and will take place at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 – 16 August 2018.
This year, Asia Gaming Brief is the partner for AGE’s Seminar program, running from 14-16 August 2018. The seminar will cover a range of topics including social media marketing for gaming venues, media relation, esports, gaming innovation, and much more.
For information on how to get involved in the seminar program, contact AGB at firstname.lastname@example.org.