|The organisers of the sixth annual European iGaming (EiG) Conference and Expo, Clarion Gaming, has announced that this year’s show was the best attended yet.|
The London-based event organisers said that over 1,200 senior executives from more than 63 nations descended on Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) to discuss the implications of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and explore new markets and new technologies for the industry.
Clarion said that there was a 43 percent rise in exhibition space taken with new exhibitors including NETeller, Red Planet Gaming and Betsoft Gaming, with the conference seen as a very positive experience.
The Chief Executive Officer for 888.com, Gigi Levi, opened this year’s event with an address about the importance of embracing new technologies and trends in the industry such as localisation, communities, personalisation, virtual worlds and the over-50 demographic.
'We've been good at marketing and missed many trends critical to the growth of our industry,' said Levi.
The show also had a CEO panel that included industry insiders such as Ron Martin from NETeller, Andrew McIvor from Sportingbet, Petter Nylander from Unibet and Jez San of PKR.com.
'It has clearly been a challenging year,” said Martin. “Personally, it's not been fun. You deal the cards that have been dealt and currently we sit in a comfortable position.'
Eastern Europe and Asia are two markets ripe for expansion over the next year and McIvor used his time to mention that, if payment processing could be figured out in Asia, it could become a massive market within a short period of time.