The organizers of G2E Asia say they will continue to work closely with Macau gaming regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), to ensure exhibitors are not engaging in the display or promotion of consumer-facing iGaming products.
The American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions released a statement on Thursday following reports that some exhibitors at G2E Asia were allegedly bending the rules in regards to their online gaming content.
As per G2E Asia guidelines, exhibitors are not allowed to promote any iGaming activities that might be deemed to be consumer-facing. It was also reported by Macau News Agency this week that DICJ director Paulo Martins Chan had pulled out of G2E Asia – where he had been scheduled to attend the opening ceremony and deliver a keynote address – due to concerns over online gaming exhibits.
In its statement, G2E Asia said it “has worked closely with the Macao SAR authorities to ensure the integrity of the show and that its exhibitors meet with all regulatory and legal requirements” over the past 13 years.
“In close coordination with the DICJ, G2E Asia continued to restrict the promotion and marketing activities of illegal online gaming products and services. Every scheduled exhibitor at G2E Asia 2019 has committed to not display ‘any product or service that may be categorized as a consumer-facing product related to online or mobile gaming.’
“Working closely with local regulators to stamp out illegal gambling is a hallmark of gaming operators and suppliers in Macau. We remain committed to our strong partnership with the Macao SAR authorities, in particular DICJ.”
G2E Asia said it had nevertheless attracted 13,500 trade visitors over the first two days of this year’s event, a 5% increase on 2018 numbers. The exhibition wrapped up on Thursday.