Clarion Gaming reported last week that industry buyers have already ordered a record number of entry badges for its 2009 International Gaming Expo. According to a company press release, pre-registration is up 34.1 percent from this time last year (11 weeks from the event).
“Our pre-registration data confirms the value of creating an event which embraces land-based casinos, remote gaming, low-stakes gaming, iVTs and ancillary products,” IGE marketing manager Charlotte Skinner said. “Visitors to IGE will have access to a universe of gaming equipment systems and platforms all in a single location. The spike in our pre-registration figures reflects IGE’s status as the most complete gaming exhibition on the calendar.”
Among the highlights that may be attracting such large crowds is the expo’s new format. A combination of both the International Casino Expo and the ICEi, the IGE will open with an International Casino Conference organized by Clarion and the European Casino Association. On deck for discussion at the conference will be topics ranging from current EU regulatory rulings to a “Player Loyalty” seminar.
Additionally, the ICC will include a “Networking Party” to be held at G Casino’s Piccadilly location.
ECA chairman Ronald Goudsmit said, “We’re delighted to announce the conference as part of our exciting ongoing plans with Clarion Gaming. We believe that the time is right for a high-level conference tailored specifically to the needs of the casino industry and hope that both our members who will attend IGE and the broader international casino community will join us for this important forum for discussion and networking.”
The ICC will kick off the festivities on Jan. 26, followed a day later by the IGE, which will run from Jan. 27 to the 29. Clarion requests that all interested parties visit the expo’s official site for ticketing information.
Hop-on Announces Android Togel Singapore Gambling
Thursday, U.S. cell-phone developer Hop-on announced plans to unveil cellular-gambling software for the Linux-based Android Platform. The unveiling will take place next month at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
Android is a 3G-networked software platform and operating system, which was initially developed by Google and later became the brainchild of the Open Handset Alliance – a 34-member consortium of handset makers, application developers, mobile carriers and chipmakers. The Hop-on software will offer Android users video games as well as live-streaming baccarat, poker, blackjack and roulette and will feature open-source licensing, the company said.
The news comes as analysts name cellular gaming as one of the few silver linings in an otherwise-bleak recessionary cloud. Alexander Resources forecasts, “Mobile-gaming revenues are set to reach $16 billion.” And High Beam Research concluded, “2008 has been an encouraging year for a number of mobile gambling service providers, with many seeing total wager increasing by [sic] more than 100 percent.”
The caveat, as High Beam pointed out, is that “The rollout of such services has been limited to a few key markets, most notably the U.K.”
Yet Hop-on President and CEO Peter Michaels indicated that the company plans to cater to a limited market with its software.
“We will be bringing mobile gaming to Europe where gaming is legal, secure and regulated,” Michaels said.
Michaels went on to say, “New 3G wireless technologies and phones will play a big role in the growth of mobile gaming by making it more convenient and secure. These new networks and phones will (make) real-time, exciting player-to-player betting… possible.”
Hop-on said the Android will retail for less than $200 and that the software will “be available in any language and in any currency.”