Amusement between Brexit and innovative thrusts
A lot of news at the Eag International Expo 2020, the event that will take place in January, 14 – 16, at the ExCeL London. Eyes on the Italian case too.
The world of pure entertainment gaming will meet like every year at the Eag International Expo 2020, the event that will take place in January, 14 – 16, at the ExCeL London.
What are the news and the main features of this event, dedicated to the amusement world? We asked the president of the event, Martin Burlin, who says: “In addition to an expo showcasing the very latest products from more than 200 manufacturers plus exclusive launches, there will be a Seminar programme plus a number of social events.
The social events include ‘After Hours at Eag,’ the Veterans Lunch and the bacta Eag dinner”.
What are the main subjects that will be addressed? “The strong themes are all types of immersive technology in out-of-home entertainment, cashless payment systems and social responsibility”.
Which are the most representative countries at the event?
“The UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Scandinavia”
Why who deals with gaming should attend your event?
“The participants will see the latest gaming machine releases for and a variety of other products and systems that are relevant for the global markets. The show will feature the latest in game content, cash handling, cashless payment systems and business management software, including systems that assist with responsible gaming”.
How will the conferences be organized and who will participate?
“The sessions are organised internally, except for the day of Immersive Entertainment seminars that is organised by Kevin Williams of Kwp consultants”.
What is the state of health of the amusement in England?
“It’s quite good, primarily as a result of the increasing trend to take holidays within the UK (Staycation) redemption is performing well”
What are the difficulties this sector faces?
“Probably the main difficulty is around the uncertainties caused by Brexit. It’s difficult for businesses to plan strategically in this environment”.
How is the Italian amusement market perceived abroad?
“There is a great deal of sympathy felt towards our Italian colleagues over the situation with redemption. Through bodies such as bacta and Euromat we are keen to assist. We have concerns that some of the problems encountered in Italy could spread to other markets if the case for Redemption is not made clearly”.
Jonathan Cortinas, Event Express sales director, adds: “We are pleased to work with Eag Expo and to support the expansion of the show.”
Thanks to the agreement between the consulting company Kwp and Eag International, the visitors of the London event will have an exciting opportunity to open the new year with a full day of seminars, addressing the latest trends in entertainment outside the home.
Tuesday, January, the 14th, the program focuses on the impact of new technologies in the entertainment and attractions sectors. Kevin Williams of Kwp explains: “For too long there has been a concentration on technology at the expense of its application to the entertainment world. We have put together a stellar cast of speakers in the various seminars and these are the subjects that are already promoting the adoption of these technologies by amusement operators”, he assures.
The first session, called ‘Bringing Arena-Scale Vr To The Capital’, will be hosted by John Lilley of MeetSpaceVr. Lilley will share the experience of MeetSpace Vr in managing roaming and arcade eSport and virtual reality stations.
The developer of the multimedia platform Hologate was a great supporter of Eag International, both as an exhibitor and during the seminar sessions. In a relatively young sector, the Ceo and founder Leif Petersen has acquired a considerable level of experience in creating content for permanent and event-based virtual multi-user experiences, in different environments such as arcades and eSports. Leif will present the Hologate-Defining Immersive Entertainment session.
Paul Collimore of Spree will present Defining Younger Immersive Play.
Already appreciated cooperator of Eag, the Ceo of Immotion Group Martin Higginson will host the session entitled Immersive Deployment For The Fec. Immotion has developed many Vr entertainment areas in the most important places, including The O2 and Legoland and has introduced some pioneering business models.
ITALY AT THE CENTER OF AMUSEMENT AND EAG – We continue to talk about Italy in the gaming world and, in particular, in the amusement sector. For better or for worse. Indeed, especially in the bad, one wants to say. Due to the restrictions on the sector and, in particular, against the ticket redemptions, adopted at the regional level, which have already received attention within the 2019 Eag fair, with a debate on the topic organized by this newspaper, which had attracted general attention, to the point of being repeated this year again. This time, however, we also wanted to give an impulse bringing a sense of optimism for Italy and for the global industry, also exploring the new opportunities that arise in the sector thanks to the connection with the eSports phenomenon. With two conferences in two days that promise to animate the fair and trigger questions.
Gioco News conference on eSports and Gaming retail
January, the 14th, h3 pm
TITLE: Competitive videogames in a competitive market
What are the possible links between eSports and Amusement and what are the business opportunities? How are videogame competitions linked to the world of arcades and FECs? How can the scenario change with the spread of virtual reality and augmented reality in retail gaming? Gioco News talks about it with the main international experts, with the support of the skilled magazine eSportsMag.it