Gat Expo 2021, an unprecedented and productive return to face-to-face events
Gaming & Technology Expo 2021 evidenced a common purpose of unity and interaction between regulators, associations, suppliers and operators.
Gaming & Technology Expo, the fair that marked the return to face-to-face commercial meetings of the gaming industry in Latin America, concluded last week in Cartagena de Indias with a rich academic program, commercial exhibition and a lot of business. The event evidenced a common purpose of unity and interaction between regulators, associations, suppliers and operators.
THE NUMBERS OF THE ESPORTS CONGRESS – The World eSports Gaming Congress held on August 18 and 19 was attended by 266 participants, 26 speakers and panelists in intense days, developed in strict compliance with biosecurity protocols.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES – The balance of visitors by countries indicates that 23 nations were represented at the first fair in person after the mandatory 18-month break. Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Armenia, Russia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Switzerland, Venezuela, Panama, United States, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden, Uruguay, Czech Republic, Croatia, Malta and Chile.
THE EXHIBITION AND VISITORS – The registration report shows that 607 people entered the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, in the exhibition areas, both in the San Francisco Esplanade and in the Great Hall Barahona, during the two days of the event.
An absolute novelty was the night exhibition, the design, construction of the stands and lighting by City Group Arquitectura, as well as the logistics of access and capacity controlled through QR codes for each attendee.
TESTIMONIALS – Cristina Quintero, Commercial Manager of Golden Gaming SAS, distributor of WinSystems machines, said: “The event was great, we made good sales, important sales. We were crowded at all hours. Even before the show opened to the public, there were clients lining up to be served. The truth is that we did not expect this result. We wanted to give the casino sector a sense of tranquility and make our presence felt in Cartagena, but what we experienced far exceeded our expectations. We are very pleased to have taken the lead as land-based exhibitors at Gat Expo 2021; it was undoubtedly the best decision.”
Maria Bashkevich, Head of Marketing of UPlatform said: “More than 9000 kilometers and 24 hours to get to GAT Expo 2021 was definitely worth the time and travel! Great ideas, contacts, a better understanding of the market, and wonderful Latin American soul and culture! Thank you, Gat Gaming & Technology Expo. Not least my thanks to Uplatform for this amazing opportunity.”
Paulo Nova, Cto of Caleta Gaming commented: “Caleta Gaming participated in the event to increase networking, contact Colombian operators and create new business opportunities, the event even exceeded our expectations. We come back with a lot of experience and an increasingly solid relationship with clients and partners. Without a doubt, the face-to-face events came back with a lot of energy, I think everyone was longing for this kind of meetings. Everyone I contacted was very happy to be there. Also, part of the event was held outdoors, which further contributed to the health and safety protocols.”
Maria Diachkova, Account Manager of EvenBet Gaming, says: “The amazing exhibition made it possible to learn more about iGaming in Latin America, meet personally with leading operators and gaming providers. In addition, I am impressed with all the speeches of the conference participants, and the updated analysis of the market and services. For me personally, Gat has become an incentive for a new stage in my professional life. The organizers made a great event that we had all missed during the pandemic”.
José Aníbal Aguirre, Ceo of 3A Producciones assures: “Gat Expo has given a breath of fresh air and new strength to the gaming industry in Latam. The greatest achievement is the dynamics it brought to the B2B commercial activity with important contents in digital transformation. I am obliged to make a special recognition to the delegation of the Dirección de Juegos y Sorteos de la Gobernación de México, headed by Master Alma Itzel De Lira Castillo and the President of Coljuegos, César Valencia Galiano, as well as to John Jairo Altamiranda, Commercial Vice President of the Colombian regulator, who released compelling figures on the exponential growth of legal online gaming in the country. On behalf of the organization, we thank Softgamings, Premium Sponsor, BetPlay, Platinum Sponsor, WorldMatch, VIP Sponsor, Rivalo, Gold Sponsor, BtoBet, Silver Sponsor and Golden Race and Mobadoo, Digital Sponsors and all our exhibitors for their trust, despite the uncertainty. Also to our allies Geekcity, so knowledgeable about eSports and its upcoming developments as well as LMG+. Also, I highlight the work of Nueve Producciones in the streaming transmission of the event.”
NEXT EVENT: GAT SHOWROOM BOGOTA – 3A Producciones announces its next event for September 29th at the Sheraton Hotel in Bogota. It will be an opportunity for a face-to-face business meeting in the capital of Colombia. Given the number of companies with offices and representation in that jurisdiction, it is expected a large presence of land-based and online companies that will share equipment exhibition, conferences and networking.
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