It’s the biggest gaming event in Asia and we won’t let you miss it! CalvinAyre.com is at G2E Asia 2017 in Macau and here are the highlights of the first day of the event.
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia 2017 kicked off in a massive 28 thousand square meter space showcasing almost 200 exhibitors from gaming and entertainment industries at the Venetian Macau.
Celebrating its 11th year, Presenter American Gaming Association (AGA) led the ceremonial opening of the show. AGA President Geoff Freeman welcomed dignitaries, members of the press and an estimated 12 thousand attendees. He imparted what is in store for attendees and exhibitors arriving from 90 countries to the show.
“Over the next three days, G2E Asia will provide informative educational content, help build new relationships and foster new business opportunities in this dynamic region,” Freeman delivered in his speech. The opening ceremony ended with the traditional dragon dance.
Proudly deemed as the marketplace for the Asian Gaming Industry, organizer Reed Exhibition shared the new features of this year’s event. Chairman Hu Wei shared there will be around 70 exhibitors to display online gaming solutions and a future technology leader get-together. This is where over 120 emerging tech leaders demonstrate their innovative solutions. Wei also added the debut of Product Hot Hit this year.
Galaxy Entertainment Francis Lui’s Keynote Address formally opened the Day 1 sessions on Asian Markets. He elaborated on the potential of Macau as the center of entertainment and leisure in the world.
In his speech, he mentioned China as the number tourism source in the world and astonishing amount of money Chinese travelers spent. He said, “this is exactly why we in Macau must be protective of our tourism customers. Every country in the world is targeting them.”
Analyst Grant Govertsen led a session on Asian market updates .He shared his perspective towards Japan jurisdiction and other gaming markets.
According to Goversten, modeling after Singapore’s gaming scene and its success creates a significant amount of interest to Japan. “Everybody wants a piece of Japan. Other markets, it is a little more murky,” he shared with CalvinAyre.com.
Coinciding with the show is the 2nd Asia Gaming Awards held at the Parisian Macau. The award show recognizes achievements from Asia’s land-based operators, suppliers and entrepreneurs.
The Asia Gaming Awards 2017 Award winners are:
Land based Categories:
Best Gaming Operator – Galaxy Entertainment Group
Best Integrated Resort – Galaxy Macau – GEG
Best Gaming Property – Galaxy Starworld – GEG
Best Gaming Area Design – Wynn Palace – WYNN
Best Table Game Solution – Scientific Games
Best Slot Solution – Aristocrat’s Lightning Link
Best Electronic Table Game Solution – Aruze Gaming
Best Industry Supplier – Angel
Best Online Casino Solution – SA Gaming
Best Online Sports Betting Solution – BBIN
Best Online Solution – Asia Gaming
Best Mobile/ Social Solution – Playstudios
The Awards also crowned MGM China as the company with the most meaningful contribution in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as a total of three “Emerging Leaders” – entrepreneurs, innovators and industry shakers seen as likely to shape the industry over the years to come.
Nathan Carle, VP of Slot Operations, MGM China
Long Jiawei Jace, Assistant Casino Manager, Marina Bay Sands
Rui Proença, Partner, MdME