At last year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E), IGT was one of many large gaming manufacturers adapting to a recent megamerger; in this case with GTECH and its existing slot machine products lines. Fast forward to 2015 G2E and the merger has been completed with the new combined company, re-christened IGT, showcasing new product in the gaming machine, electronic table games, casino systems and iGaming markets.
It was hard to miss the Aristocrat Technologies booth at this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, thanks in large part to a surrounding overhead presentation the emulated the verticality and curved nature of its popular Double Arc slot cabinet.
Well, I have just put another Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in the rearview mirror. If you count World Gaming Congress, the predecessor event to G2E, I have been to almost 20 annual gatherings of the best and brightest gaming minds and products in Las Vegas. I’d be lying if I said I could still distinguish one such gathering from the other.
What if I were to tell you there was a form of wagering so popular that it attracted millions of customers, forced states to liberalize laws to allow its expansion, had operators investing millions of dollars in new facility development around the world, fostered numerous technological gaming innovations and was so accepted by all levels of society that its future seemed assured.