The American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions formally announced that the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the gaming industry’s premier global event, will be cancelled for 2020. Show organisers reiterated they are committed to putting together a series of virtual events for the remainder of the year to help compensate.
G2E was scheduled to take place October 5-8.
“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.”
G2E has been the marquee event in the gaming calendar for 20 years and brought in nearly 30,000 attendees annually from around the world.
“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," said Hervé Sedky, Reed Exhibitions Americas President. "Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible. 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.”
In the near future, event organisers will confirm plans for virtual and other educational events.