With an abundance of new events now popping up all over the place, it has become clear that people in the industry feel there are too many exhibitions and conferences on the calendar and as a result, an increasing sense of deja vu - same faces, same content, different venue.
When EGR Live first opened its doors 18 months ago, however, it was a breath of fresh air and was welcomed with open arms by the online gaming industry. The free-to-attend event offers strong content in its seminar programmes, good networking opportunities with a number of decision-makers and a level playing field for all exhibitors.
This year saw a change of venue and the decision to hold it immediately after a second consecutive four-day Bank Holiday weekend, which resulted in the event not quite living up to the expectations of many of the exhibitors. "It's very quiet," Robin Le Prevost, Alderney's head of e-commerce development told iNTERGAMINGi. "There are timing issues because there are so many shows at this time of year but it's not a good idea to hold it so soon after the Bank Holidays," he added.
As far as the seminars were concerned, many delegates agreed that the content remained strong. Topics discussed included the effect that April 15 has had on the online gambling industry and how the closure of these credible operators has had a negative impact on the US, but has also potentially opened up the field for other markets.
It was reported that than more than 2,000 delegates signed up to EGR Live 2011, but the footfall didn't appear to be as high this figure. Lisa Underwood from the Isle of Man Government agreed that the show felt quiet and went on to say that the EGR B2B Awards, held after the first day of the show, was for service providers and not operators this year, which may have resulted in lower attendance figures.
Hopefully next year will see an end to any timing issues and see EGR Live return back to its old self.
There are timing issues because there are so many shows at this time of year, but it's not a good idea to hold it so soon after the Bank Holidays.—Robin Le Prevost, head of e-commerce development, Alderney
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