Sydney’s Australasian Gaming Expo cancelled

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Sydney’s Australasian Gaming Expo cancelled

The escalating coronavirus situation in Sydney has forced the Australasian Gaming Expo to be called off for a second straight year.

Casino.org reports that the showcase event, scheduled for August 10 to 12 at the city’s convention and exhibition centre has been forced into cancellation after Sydney’s prolonged lockdown.

Citing the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, health officials in New South Wales reported a record number of coronavirus cases in recent days.

The Sydney outbreak has been traced to a limousine driver who tested positive on June 16.

That person said he or she had earlier transported airline crew.

Since the infection, Sydney has reported almost 800 new cases.

AGE shifts attention to 2022

The Gaming Technologies Association, which organises and hosts the AGE, announced the convention’s cancellation on July 13.

“Given the proximity to the AGE, border closures and the unknown restrictions of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we needed to act now,” Gaming Technologies Association’s Chris Muir said.

“We have not forgotten the heightened risk that this Delta variant poses for everyone at this time,” he added.

The Australasian Gaming Expo is Australia’s version of the Las Vegas Global Gaming Expo.

The latter is the world’s largest annual gathering of gaming industry companies and professionals.

Established in 1990, the AGE annually attracts around 7,000 visitors.

The AGE is focused on Australia and other casino markets throughout Asia.

The convention attracts the world’s largest and most respected gaming manufacturers, including Australian-based Aristocrat, and the United States’ IGT and UK’s Scientific Games.

Muir said that while the industry will not convene in Sydney in 2021, remote industry relations will continue.

“We’ve seen significant initiatives from AGE exhibitors over the past 18 months as they support businesses with technology and physical distancing measures,” Muir said.

“We’ll continue to connect buyers with sellers as our industry once again begins its road to recovery.”

Muir added that while exhibitors expressed interest in showcasing their products and services at a later time in 2021, no alternative dates were found this year.

The 31st annual AGE will now run from August 9 to 11, 2022.

Conventions return to Las Vegas

While some parts of Australia still have limits on large gatherings, conventions are returning to Las Vegas.

Commercial and tribal gaming professionals from across the world are expected to descend upon Las Vegas in October for the next installment of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E).

The expo starts on October 4 and ends on October 7 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

COVID-19 forced organisers to hold G2E in a virtual format in 2020.

This year’s event will also include some virtual components.

Major conventions have returned to Las Vegas since Nevada reopened to full capacity at casinos.

“We can’t wait to bring the industry back together in Las Vegas for G2E 2021,” Meredith Pallante, AGA vice president of global events said.

“The industry has shown tremendous resilience throughout the pandemic, and being able to gather together again will be another great milestone for our strong recovery.”

In April, G2E organisers said their goal was to hold an in-person event.

A survey of industry stakeholders regarding their plans to attend the expo found that more than 80 per cent said they were at least somewhat likely to attend the show if it took place in Vegas, and 93 per cent said an in-person convention was critical for the company’s business.

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