The event’s organizers reverse a previous decision to allow the live event to move forward
The US is still taking a beating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after cases continue rising every day in most states. As more businesses are reopening amid the pandemic, there is still a lot of uncertainty in the air regarding other events like mass gatherings, which perhaps are not the best options to take place for now. Therefore, the American Gaming Association and partner Reed Exhibitions officially announced yesterday that the Global Gaming Expo (G2RE), the top global gaming industry event in the industry, has been canceled.
This year’s trade show was scheduled for October 5-8. Even though the organizers confirmed that there will be no more in-person events for what is left of the year, a series of virtual events are being planned. According to the announcement, the conference is planning on returning to Las Vegas in 2021 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on October 4-7. “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.”
Reed Exhibitions Americas President Hervé Sedky spoke about the cancelation of this year’s summit, stating, “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. Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible.”