I’m looking forward to next week when I shall once again visit the ICE Totally Gaming Show at Excel London from February 2nd to the 4th. It is the only b2b gaming event that brings together the online and offline gaming sectors.
The ICE show (which used to be called ATE) is now a huge show. The Americans will always claim that G2E is the biggest in the world, but I think that ICE can certainly give them a run for their money! Apparently this year the show will host 500 exhibitors from 62 nations and of course our parent company, Gauselmann Group, will be one of the largest exhibitors there with representation from all the different manufacturing businesses within the group.
Not only is ICE a great opportunity to see some of the world’s biggest gaming operators and their latest product offering, it also features world-leading innovators drawn from the casino, betting, bingo, lottery, mobile, online and street sectors and apparently an estimated 2,000 products will be launched at the event!
Whilst all trade shows are important to us, I think ICE is different because the sheer scale and diversity means that there is always going to be some idea or innovation that we can either buy into and trial for ourselves, or that sparks a separate thought process within our business and produces an idea or concept that can help us stay ahead of the competition. This year I will be particularly interested in discussing security and regulatory measures around the world and will undoubtedly form my own view as to where the global gambling industry is heading.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, winter work continues at all our FEC businesses and my Bingo management team continue to pray daily for mild weather! Let’s hope that Storm ‘Jonas’ doesn’t affect any of us too severely.