REPRESENTATIVES from the Department of Economic Development’s e-Gaming team recently attended the 11th annual European iGaming Congress and Expo (EiG) in Barcelona and are delighted with the quality of leads and interest received in the Isle of Man.
The Department’s e-Gaming team, led by Alex Downie MLC, together with 14 professional service providers put forward a co-ordinated and professional delegation which enabled visitors to discuss legal, financial, data hosting, software, consultancy and corporate services.
With more than 100 industry speakers and more than 1,700 delegates from over 60 countries, EiG is mainland Europe’s biggest industry event for decision makers in the online gaming industry.
The event offered excellent opportunities for the e-Gaming team and industry representatives to communicate the island’s strong proposition to delegates at the event.
Alex Downie, political member for e-Gaming, Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development said: ‘It was a great opportunity to demonstrate the quality of the Isle of Man’s e-Gaming sector and its continued status as a world-leading centre of excellence for the industry.
‘We will be working with industry in the Isle of Man to progress the many positive leads that have come out of the event. The Department is already preparing for the next opportunity for the Isle of Man to promote itself in this way, which will be at the ICE exhibition, taking place at Excel, London during February 2013. This will be the biggest international gaming event ever held in the UK.’
Tim Craine, head of e-Gaming and Technology, said: ‘During the last few years the Isle of Man has achieved significant successes in e-Gaming resulting in the growth of a world-leading cluster for gaming and its support infrastructure.
‘The European iGaming Congress and Expo is one of the key events of the year and an important part of the Government’s ongoing strategy to continue to expand this fast growing sector.
‘The event offered a great networking opportunity for new and existing businesses, not only enabling us to position the island as a premier jurisdiction for e-Gaming but also to showcase our diverse economy.’
l REPRESENTATIVES from Manx Telecom returned to the island with a number of strong new business leads.
Manx Telecom sales director Fergal McKenna, and corporate solutions account manager John Dunne attended the expo.
Mr McKenna said: ‘This has been the most fruitful ever attendance by Manx Telecom at an e-Gaming exhibition and is testament to providing world class hosting and managed services solutions to some of the biggest global brands in this field.
‘We’ve spoken with start-ups who have the Isle of Man on their location radar and those looking to relocate here from other jurisdictions.
‘In these situations, sharing a stand with the Isle of Man Government’s e-Gaming Team allows us to complement the island’s jurisdictional advantages with ours as a full service communications provider.’
Tim Craine, head of e-Gaming at the Department of Economic Development, said: ‘The e-Gaming Team works hard to support our local companies at events like EiG 2012 and it is rewarding to see Manx Telecom is developing further opportunities that will hopefully add to their existing portfolio of clients in the sector.
‘The eGaming Team’s ‘Team Isle of Man’ approach for attending exhibitions and events of this nature is working very well and demonstrates the excellent relationship that Government shares with its industry partners.’
Following the success of its attendance at EiG 2012, Manx Telecom is already looking ahead to more eGaming events.
Mr McKenna said: ‘Manx Telecom is one of the sponsors at next month’s KPMG eGaming Summit at Mount Murray on November 22 and we will also attend the Asian Gaming and Hospitality Congress in Macau, November 27 and 28 and ICE Totally Gaming in London from February 5 to 7, 2013 – the most comprehensive trade exhibition in the gaming industry.