GEM Communications – The American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, which together own and produce Global Gaming Expo (G2E), announced today their intention to acquire from GEM Communications certain assets of World Gaming Congress and Expo, creating the pre-eminent international trade show and conference for the gaming industry. The event will continue to be called G2E and will have the full support of GEM’s 12 publications.
G2E, the first-ever international gaming industry trade show and conference organized by the industry and for the industry, debuted last October in Las Vegas and surpassed all expectations for participation and revenue, which was invested in AGA education and advocacy programs directly benefiting the industry.
“We are extremely pleased with GEM’s decision to join us in supporting G2E,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA. “The positive feedback from last year’s participants has been overwhelming, which speaks to the value of having an industry event that is conceptualized and planned with the single goal of benefiting the entire gaming industry. The support of the highly respected GEM publications will be an important ingredient in accelerating the growth of G2E and contributing to AGA’s ongoing support of the industry.”
G2E 2002 is scheduled for Sept. 17-19, 2002, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 250 exhibitors already have signed up for the show, including all of the industry’s major manufacturers. IGWB and Casino Journal, two GEM publications, would join the list of official publications for G2E 2002.
“By working cooperatively with G2E, we will help create a show that will have an even greater impact on the industry as a whole,” said Bill Newman, president and CEO of GEM Communications. “We look forward to supporting the show and the goals of AGA, and we look forward to continuing to …