G2E kicks off
By Earl
The merger of the World Gaming Congress & Expo with the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) has created the biggest gaming conference in the world, and it opened yesterday at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

This year, Internet gambling is heavily on the agenda, as well as issues such as Tribal gaming regulation, corporate governance and the UK’s gambling reforms. This year’s conference features an Internet Gaming Pavilion, where all the leading online gaming suppliers of software and other web gaming technologies will gather to present their wares. The likes of Boss Media, Microgaming, Orbis UK, Poker.com, the Interactive Gaming Council, and our sister publication, Gambling Online magazine, will all be exhibiting at the show.

Highlights of the conference include panel discussions on alternative payment systems, timely in light of the recent pullback from online gambling by credit card companies and PayPal; location technologies, i.e. how GPS systems can determine exactly where a bettor is playing from; interactive TV platforms, other media, such as mobile gaming; legislative issues – the best jurisdictions to license in; corporate governance for internet casinos; compulsive gambling; and the prospect of consolidation in the online gaming industry.

This year is the second G2E, which is organized by the American Gaming Association in conjunction with Reed Exhibition Companies, and this year over 600 exhibitors will be participating in over 100 conference sessions. This year also features the Interactive Gaming Symposium, running Friday (the main conference finishes Thursday) in conjunction with the Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada. The IGI themselves should have plenty to discuss, coming so soon after the recent Justice Department opinion dashed hopes of legalized Internet gaming in Nevada.

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