|IGC CALLS MEETING OF EUROPEAN ONLINE GAMING FIRMS |
VANCOUVER, Canada – Oct. 29, 2002 – Rick Smith, Executive Director of the Interactive Gaming Council, is asking all European companies interested in online gaming to attend a special informational session at 6:00 p.m. on 12th November at Le Meridien Russell Square Hotel in London, UK. The meeting will introduce people to the activities of the IGC and possible membership.
The guest speaker will be Jim McKennon, the IGC Vice-Chair and CEO of Action Online, an Isle of Man licensee.
“The IGC is the main trade organization for the online gaming industry, comprising an international membership,” Smith said. “As is the case in any industry, trade organizations help their members in dealing with common problems and educating both the members and the public about relevant issues and developments. A side benefit is that membership in a trade group often leads to new business, as members work with each other. They get to know the people behind the companies and learn more about the services they offer.
“For our young industry, the reasons for banding together in a trade organization are even more compelling. Many of our companies are breaking new ground daily in areas of technology, the law and marketing. In many parts of the world, our segment of the gaming industry is very controversial. Regulatory schemes vary from non-existent to very stringent.”
The IGC has a diverse membership, Smith said, that includes casino and sportsbook sites, software developers, consultants, law and accounting firms, marketing firms, suppliers of technical services such as fraud prevention and software testing, and some of the most commonly visited gaming portals.
“Because we are based in North America (Vancouver, Canada),” Smith said, “many companies may have the impression that our concerns are mainly with that region. While the U.S. presents immense challenges to our industry, I want to assure everyone that the scope of the IGC is just as global as the online industry itself.
“This meeting will focus on Europe – we want to explain our strategy for the European community, and hear the concerns and questions of European companies. With the legal/regulatory progress under way in the UK, this is an especially exciting time for European companies to be involved in online gaming.”
Smith noted that the Nov. 12 session is scheduled for the night before the start of the European Online Gaming 2002 conference, to make it convenient to companies whose leaders will be in town for that purpose. (IGC members get a 20% discount on the conference fee.)
Companies that are interested in attending the meeting can contact Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, at the Le Meridien Russell Hotel the day prior to the meeting if there are any questions, or via the Vancouver office at 1-604-732-3833.