Clarion Gaming and SiGMA Group announced they will combine activity for a new ICE Asia global gaming conference in Manila, Philippines, in 2020. The event will cater for iGaming and brick-and-mortar casinos, with suppliers, operators, affiliates, regulators and blockchain businesses all being housed under one roof at the SMX Convention Center situated in the heart of Manila, as well as the adjacent Conrad Conference facility.
Asia appears as the new frontier for the industry’s progress. Recent figures from Global Gambling Statistics 2019 reveal that seven of the top ten locations for gambling revenue based on visitors are in Asia (including Australia). In Macau alone, revenue could reach as high as US$53 billion by 2022.
In that sense, it’s crucial to bridge the business divide between East and West, addressing considerations such as regulatory environments in different territories, payments processing methods, the integration of blockchain emerging technologies, and even bandwidth problems for mobile gaming.
Kate Chambers, Managing Director, Clarion Gaming, pointed out: “The opportunities for growth in Asia are increasing exponentially year on year, and the time is right to cement new and existing relationships between the gambling industries in both East and West. To combine the expertise of Clarion courtesy of the world famous ICE brand and SiGMA ensures both the land-based and iGaming sectors will find synergy in Manila in 2020. This is an exciting time as we extend the reach of the ICE brand following the launch of ICE Africa in 2018 and ICE North America in May 2019.”
For his part, Eman Pulis, founder and CEO of SiGMA Group, explained: “As we take the SiGMA brand to global markets, we’re proud to facilitate the biggest gaming expo to bring East and West together. It is unprecedented for two such established events to join forces in Asia this way, so this will be a must-attend event amongst C-level gaming executives, whether they have existing business activity in Asia or are looking to expand their operations in the Far East.”