|St. Louis, Mo. – Officials with River City Group, the interactive gambling industry specialists, said the 6th Annual Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo held two weeks ago in Toronto, Canada continued the company's history of breaking new ground within the marketplace.|
Once again GIGSE earned its stamp as THE event of the year for those in the interactive gambling industry with 52 companies involved as exhibitors or sponsors and more than 900 total attendees.
An expanded exhibit hall of more than 10,000 sq. feet made the 2004 GIGSE exhibit hall the biggest to date. Delegates from 42 different countries attended this year and some of the leading names in international media were represented among the press corps covering the event.
Sue Schneider, CEO of River City Group, felt the show went off without a hitch and many of the delegates commented on how positive an experience the show was for them. 'We're pleased with the positive feedback we've been getting from those in attendance,' she said. 'We experimented with some new ideas and they seem to have worked well.'
One of those 'experiments' was a charity event to raise money for GamCare, a problem gambling group based in the UK. River City Group solicited various leaders in the I-gaming industry to take part in a Sumo wrestling grudge match while delegates could place bets, using play money, on who would win each match. Prior to the event, River City Group solicited pledges for GamCare and to date more than US$30,000 has been raised. Fund raising efforts will continue for a couple of weeks in hopes of reaching the $50,000 mark.
'The Sumo event was a smashing success,' Schneider said. 'There was only one broken bone so all in all, it went well, and the I-gaming industry was able to send a clear message that we care about problem gambling and we are a legitimate business like anyone else out there.'
Although GIGSE 2004 just concluded, plans are already in the works for the 2005 event, to be held June 13-15 in Montreal. Schneider said numerous companies have already given commitments to continue their participation in the event and new ones are always coming to the forefront.
Once again the bar has been raised for GIGSE 2005, thanks in large part to the success of the 2004 event and the addition of the charity event. But Schneider is confident 2005 will be bigger and better than ever. 'We're looking forward with enthusiasm to getting started on planning next year's event in Montreal,' she said. 'GIGSE has built a reputation as the show to attend every year for the real movers and shakers in the industry. Montreal in 2005 will be no different.'
About River City Group
The Management of River City Group began monitoring the interactive gambling industry when the first Web sites were launched in 1995. In January 1999, The St. Louis, Missouri-based company began operations as the industry’s trusted information resource and business-to-business facilitator. Today, River City Group remains at the hub of the burgeoning interactive gaming industry by providing a range of services including trade show production, magazine and newsletter publishing, marketing consulting, executive placement, brokerage services and an unrivalled supplier directory. The company has produced the Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo since the inaugural event in 1999. For more information on the River City Group, visit www.rivercitygroup.com.