One of the gambling industry’s largest conventions is returning to Las Vegas this fall.
The Global Gaming Expo, known as G2E, announced Monday that it would hold its annual gathering at the Sands Expo and Convention Center from Oct. 4-7. The event, which is presented by the American Gaming Association, was canceled in 2020 in response to the pandemic.
“Following the hardest year in gaming’s history, our recovery is well underway as casino goers return to gaming properties in record-setting numbers,” said Meridity Pallante, vice president, global events at the AGA in a press release. “We’re thrilled to open registration to reconvene the industry in Las Vegas. This year has extra meaning as industry stakeholders reunite, the ingenuity of the past year is on full display and the industry continues a comeback like no other.”
The expo highlights the new innovations in several sectors of the gambling world, including “core gaming, sports betting, iGaming, and digital payments.”
The event was a mainstay among the fall conventions in Las Vegas ever since the first one was held in 2001. It typically draws around 30,000 attendees annually.
“G2E is a must-attend event for industry leaders looking to experience and learn the fastest trends in gaming,’ said Korbi Carrison, G2E’s event director.
In 2019, as sports betting legalization was beginning its rampant run throughout the country, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman headlined a panel regarding the subject.
G2E’s return marks the beginning of conventions returning to Las Vegas, which is a major source of midweek tourism in Sin City. The World of Concrete convention was the first full-scale conference to come back to the city when it was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in June.
The event will follow all health and safety guidelines laid out by the state and federal government. For every pass purchased, $25 will be donated to the International Center for Responsible Gaming.