It has been reported today that there have been fresh calls for an Asian gambling trade show; G2E Asia, to be cancelled amid coronavirus crisis, despite the annual event being rescheduled for July 2020.
G2E Asia, also known as the Global Gaming Expo Asia, was initially scheduled for May 2020, but was postponed to the end of July 2020 following a global health crisis surrounding coronavirus.
An executive at a leading supplier of game technology agreed that the postponement was necessary but showed some reservation if the crisis continues:
“Yes, we agree it should be postponed due to the Covid-19 situation, as there are lots of uncertainties, slowing down of activities, reduction of spending, discomfort in travelling etc which would highly affect the event turn-up rate if it were held too soon: in May 2020. We are likely to proceed with the show, however, at the same time observing Covid-19’s development which may impact our degree of involvement for this G2E Asia event.”
In the initial announcement, organisers stated that they ‘will continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with all G2E Asia stakeholders in the coming weeks’.
In light of this, fresh reports are showing that as the health crisis rumbles on, some exhibitors and suppliers are calling for the show to be cancelled completely this year.
Along with the concerns surrounding coronavirus, one reason some people are calling for G2E Asia to be cancelled is due to the fact it ‘clashes’ with another gaming exhibition in Asia; MGS Entertainment Show, which is organised by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association and takes place annually in November.
The executive added:
“It would be challenging for us to consider holding two events within four months under the uncertain Covid-19 situation, and limited interest in gaming activities, spending in the near term. There is a chance we might not attend as exhibitor but as a visitor.”
Another supplier executive at G2E Asia expressed similar sentiments:
“Yes, we approve of cancelling the May show date. Our first concern is for the health and safety of our employees and we feel it would be putting our employees at risk by planning to do the show in May. We also feel that the rescheduled date is too soon so we are waiting to see how the situation develops before we fully commit to the July date. We have long believed that one show in Macau is more than sufficient given the number of operators in the region. As many of our employees are U.S. based, no, we would not want to send our team to both shows within four months of each other.”
Alfastreet sales director Albert Radman is one of those calling for the complete cancellation:
“We do not approve having the show at all this year. We will not attend this year we will skip both shows.”
Alfastreet Gaming is a developer and supplier of ‘high profile multi-player electronic gaming instruments’, including automated electronic Roulette.