Playing games has never been as popular as it is in 2018. Today, video console, live casino and online casino players have more options than ever with console video games, online casino gaming, sports betting, land-based casinos, smartphone games and much more. There are single-player games, multi-player games, virtual games and games that bring together competitors from around the world. Gaming conventions and shows highlight all the best in the gaming world. Some of the best 2018’s best gaming tradeshows include:
Global Gaming Expo
Industry insiders look forward to the Global Gaming Expo which is held annually in Las Vegas. The Global Gaming Expo is the largest gathering of North America’s commercial, tribal and global gaming professionals. Attendees have the experience of seeing the newest products and technologies in the gaming world. The fair highlights traditional brick-and-mortar casino fare, online casino options, sports betting platforms and digital products.
The 2018 Expo traditionally opens the gaming tradeshow season. This year it was held on October 9 – 11 at the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention Center. The expo featured dozens of exhibitors and sponsors including CIS Technology Inc, M3 Technology Solutions, NEXT Gaming and Scientific Games Corporation.
Raving NEXT: Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference
Raving NEXT will be drawing casino executives from tribal casinos to its upcoming January 28-30 conference in Temecula California. Raving NEXT focuses on helping casinos market, service, train and sell themselves to the gambling public. Raving NEXT is a consulting firm that assists casinos & gaming companies in strategically improving their marketing, service & operations. Resources provided include casino consulting, casino marketing, running a database, security & surveillance, research, designing, serving, management and skills training.
Raving NEXT operates an annual conference which is designed for tribal gaming executives, marketing teams and tribal decision makers. Sessions focus on casino marketing strategies that work for tribal casinos using presentations, hands-on workshops, networking events and a tradeshow.
Conference topics are chosen to focus on the challenges that Indian casinos face. Marketing workshops cover electronic marketing, technology, player and database tracking, player development, sales skills, promotions and direct marketing.
Table Games Conference 2018
The annual Table Games Conference is set to take place 5-7 November 2018 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The conference aims to provide table game company executives with a glimpse of the newest and most productive technologies; promotional tactics; service and marketing tools in the industry.
The Cutting Edge Table Games Conference is organized by Casino Journal. The two-and-a-half-day conference is designed to provide industry decision-makers with all the latest information about introducing new table games and marketing old table games.
The conference features presentations and workshops from the nation’s most influential experts on how to engage potential customers and clients, how to facilitate adequate security/surveillance, best marketing and analytics practices and much more.
Participants get direct access to industry experts, technology and peer feedback about new games, promotions, service and marketing tools. Top table games suppliers are at the conference to demonstrate their wares. Conference attendees will also have a chance to view the latest games, including those that aren’t yet featured at large trade shows.
Conference organizers facilitate networking events that help participants build business relationships with professionals, tradespeople, developers and others who are influential in the industry.
Anti-Counterfeit and Currency Expo (ACCE) - North America
For as long as people have been playing games for money, the game operators have had to worry about money issues. Thieves today have access to a wide range of technological methods that they use to try to defraud the gambling operators.
Operators are forced to stay up to date on the latest in anti-fraud and anti-counterfeit technology. The Anti-Counterfeit and Currency Expo, scheduled to take place on November 6-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada will address these issues by presenting the latest developments in anti-counterfeit and payment processing technology.
The sessions include workshops and speakers who address how to evaluate secure documents, the future role of cash and cybercurrency payments, how to improve banknote counterfeit analysis and classification, trends in anti-counterfeit techniques in commercial banks, ways to streamline cash handling and processing, options in counterfeit machine analyses testing, how to combat document fraud, blockchain conceptual and operational benefits and more.
ICE Sports Betting USA
Everything in sports betting is new in the United States – new states legislating for sports betting, new companies, new betting options……Now, Clarion Gaming is launching a two-day Sports Betting conference that will introduce the ICE brand in the United States and will update sports betting execs on the latest in technology providers, online gaming brands and more in the world of sports wagering.
The ICE Sports Betting conference is set to take place on November 27 and 28 in New York. Speakers and workshop facilitators will draw on the experience of early sports betting enterprises which have opened in New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi, West Virginia and Rhode Island. They will provide information about lessons learned and anticipated challenges that await in the future.
The conference has sold out. Representatives of sports leagues and teams, investors and investment banks, lottery operators, casino operators, regulators and legislators, Native American Tribal casinos, TV networks and sports media, licensed sports books and racing track operators will be attending.
Some of the topics to be addressed include:
- U.S. Sports Betting & Wire Act – addressing key questions and issues for a successful regulation and operation of sports betting roll-out across states.
- State-by-state sports betting updates – update on legislative efforts in various states across the country.
- Successes and challenges -- sports betting launches outside Nevada: regulatory and policy considerations in the various states.
There will also be numerous exhibitors demonstrating their wares. The tradeshow will feature gambling industry reps from Jumio, Fantasy Trading, Sport Radar, Fantasy Data, Softec Digital and more.
The annual Penguicon tradeshow runs in Michigan every May. It is geared to mix the communities of open source (Linux) groups and science fiction fandom. The conference features on science fiction in the media and offers sessions with professional and beginner-level panels for Linux and other open source users.
Penguincon focuses on events and panels for cosplay, filk music (folk music for science fiction fandom), foodies, makespaces and gaming. It’s a place for open source software junkies, foodies, makers, anime buffs, science fiction fans and hackers In the past the convention has hosted retrogaming rooms, biohacking presentations and a life-size Operation game board.
Participants can access instruction in learning to solder electronic components and create their own LED badges.