For most, August is all about vacations, the beach, barbeques and otherwise enjoying the last lazy days of summer before the weather changes, the kids are back in school and life starts to get hectic again. But for better or worse, we work in the gaming industry, and I’m sure most of you, like me, will be spending this month gearing up for the latest iteration of Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which will take place September 27-29 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

While I can’t speak for how others are planning for G2E, I can tell you that Casino Journal will be devoting parts of five issues to the event. As in recent years, September will be the Pre-G2E Issue, and feature an article on first-time exhibitors to the G2E trade show floor. Meanwhile, September Slot Management & Marketing magazine will offer its annual World of Slots section—a rundown of new slot games, systems technology and supporting products from major gaming machine manufacturers and peripheral suppliers displaying at the event. We will also be publishing October Casino Journal early; it is our official G2E Show Issue and will be distributed at G2E. October editorial highlights will include a look at recent Las Vegas casino development trends as well as an update on new products being showcased at G2E. Finally, the November issues of both Casino Journaland Slot Management & Marketing will have sections devoted to recapping the news and gaming equipment trends revealed at G2E. So to say the least, it will be a pretty intense couple of months at the Casino Journal offices.   

There’s an old saying that misery love company, so I was actually pretty happy to see that the fine folks at the American Gaming Association (AGA) also seem to be devoting the remaining portion of the summer to fine-tuning their G2E plans. According to a recentpress release from the AGA, new elements that will be featured at this year’s event include:

• Keynotes all three days. Attendees will be treated to dynamic speeches by marquee personalities every day at G2E 2016. Tuesday through Thursday, the main stage at G2E will host some of the biggest names in business, sports and gaming who will be announced in coming weeks.

• Integrated Resort Experience moves to the main show floor.Broken into four major segments—Hospitality Concepts, Technology Solutions, Food and Beverage, and Entertainment—the new Integrated Resort Experience will anchor one end of the main show floor with non-gaming exhibitors showcasing products, services and technologies to attract more new guests to stay longer, play longer and drive more revenue per guest.

Re-introduction ofTuesday and Wednesday tracks. Due to popular demand, G2E 2016 will bring back its seminar tracks for Tuesday and Wednesday allowing attendees to explore multiple categories in-depth such as tribal interests, gaming policy, emerging gaming methods, integrated resort experience, career development, business of the business and casino property products.

On the seminar front, the G2E 2016 lineup will explore topics such as:

• Rise of eSports and how it can attract the new gaming generation; 

• How the 2016 election will impact the gaming industry;

• Future for the unification of tribal and commercial gaming; and

• Latest innovations in gaming methods and products with iGaming, table games and slots.

Overall, these seminars will be organized around the themes of The Future of Gaming, iGaming Across Borders, Integrated Resorts and Policies and Governments Influencing the industry.

Wow, this is an impressive set of additions to G2E that will require a fair bit of planning and work. My guess is that they will not be having much of a vacation this August either.