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The 2020 Global Gaming Expo Event In Las Vegas Has Been Cancelled

G2E Organizers Cited Travel Restrictions and Unclear Guidance For Large Public Gatherings As Driving Factors For The Decision

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On Wednesday, July 8 the American Gaming Association and their partner Reed Exhibitions officially announced the cancellation of the Global Gaming Expo. G2E has grown into the gaming industry’s top global gaming industry event since it first was held in 2001. It has been a mainstay of the fall conventions in Las Vegas ever since, annually drawing nearly 30,000 attendees from around the globe.

This year’s trade show was scheduled to run October 5-8. While organizers have announced that no in-person G2E event will be held in 2020, they did reveal that there will be a series of virtual G2E events held throughout the remainder of the year.
The announcement indicated that event is scheduled to return to Las Vegas in 2021, with the plan being for the event to run from Oct. 4-7 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

“In light of continued uncertainty around a viable marketplace at a physical G2E show, global travel restrictions, and currently unknown guidance on large public gatherings this fall, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that we simply cannot hold an in-person G2E this year,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Health and safety have always been our top priority and the uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic makes this the prudent decision ahead of critical deadlines for exhibitors planning to participate.”

“We arrived at this decision after thoughtfully engaging with national, state, and local public health authorities, as well as exhibitors and buyers who have shared industry observations and priorities. Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible,” said Hervé Sedky, Reed Exhibitions Americas President. “It is our commitment to use G2E’s platform, as the leading convener of the global gaming community, to continue to deliver unparalleled education content, inspiring collaboration, and innovative ideas as the industry readies for continued growth."

“As the country works to reopen, the American gaming industry continues to adapt and provide the safest possible experience for our employees and customers while continuing to support the communities in which we operate. We look forward to the moment when we can convene together again with our colleagues from across the world and celebrate the resilience that our industry is known for,” concluded Miller.

More information about the upcoming G2E virtual events in the works is expected to be released by the AGA in the coming weeks.

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