It has been reported today that live casino supplier and manufacturer; TCS John Huxley, has spoke out about the need for further postponement or cancellation of Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia) due to the ongoing crisis surrounding coronavirus.
The G2E Asia event is a gambling industry trade show presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organized by Reed Exhibitions. It was recently moved to the end of July 2020 amid Covid-19 outbreak but to proceed with the rescheduled dates would be ‘sheer folly and corporate profiteering’ according to the Staffordshire live casino service company.
TCS John Huxley stated in a letter to the industry:
“As countries work to contain the spread of the virus, many governments have banned large events, mass gatherings and in many cases, enforced full lock downs until the situation is brought under control. The organiser of G2E Asia, Reed Exhibitions, has decided to postpone the show until the end of July, however even these new dates are far too close for any exhibitors to be able to think about taking part. To exhibit at a trade show takes months of painstaking meticulous preparation. With so many businesses in lock down for indefinite periods along with global travel restrictions, it will take some time to re-establish normal working levels and the appetite to travel will be limited for many.”
The firm, which specialises in Live Gaming, Electronic Gaming, Utility Products and Gaming Systems and Support added:
“Having consulted with our customers, it is our firm belief that very few operators outside of Macau will want to, or be able to attend a show in July, even if it could go ahead at that time. We face challenging trading times and if customer volumes are significantly reduced along with the difficulty of moving products around the world, we have to ask ourselves if this trade show is commercially viable. To go ahead with the show under these circumstances is a ludicrous combination of sheer folly and corporate profiteering. This is the time for us all to work together in highlighting to Reed the need for a sensible approach that is workable, yet beneficial for everyone.”
The event is due to take place at the Marriott Manila, Resorts World Manila in around seventeen weeks time.