Thursday August 29,2013 : CONFERENCING ONLINE AT THE FIRST VIRTUAL GATHERING
Virtual Gaming Show is a free-to-attend event held entirely online.
It seems logical that an industry so closely involved in the internet and communications technology as the online gambling business would sooner or later find a way to hold conferences through the medium, and this week the Virtual Gaming Show opened the way with its first free-to-attend online gathering.
Touting the online get-together as a practical alternative to often high travel and accommodation expenses associated with industry conferences, organiser Shay Shevach says the Virtual Gaming Show, an online meet-up for industry professionals everywhere, will be held on 11-12 September this year and invites delegates to register at www.virtualgamingshow.com.
The online ‘conference centre' includes a lobby, a lecture hall and a VIP meet-up room, as well as five separate halls devoted to : Land-based Casino, iGaming B2B Services, Affiliates, Sportsbetting and Social/Mobile Casino.
Attendees receive an avatar with their name and company logo, and can network interactively with other delegates, visit exhibition stands and participate in lectures.
More than two dozen exhibitors have already confirmed their involvement and a number of the industry's biggest names are supporting the event, including the major physical exhibition organiser Clarion Events.
Shevach says: “Forget flights, logistics, accommodation, taxis and food costs – just pay for your booth and show up.”
Travelling to major conferences is one of the highlights of working in an international industry, and this new approach may not suit everyone. However, if it works well, it has the potential to substantially cut company costs in sending delegations to shows around the world.