iGaming conferences offer a unique opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals and professionals in the industry. For European game suppliers keen to expand their footprint across the footprint, or even affiliates on the lookout for new connections, these events provide the perfect environment where business can be done while keeping abreast of trends set to define the industry's path.
iGaming conferences vary in size, focus, and extra-curricular activities depending on location, but they all gather the very best talent spanning the industry's core fields. Conferences like ICE, iGaming Supershow Amsterdam and SiGMA iGaming shows pool a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise into their multi-day festivals - the place to be heard and seen for anyone looking to get ahead in iGaming.
The global iGaming industry is one that's experiencing rapid growth with events typically slated across all corners of the world - reflecting the sheer popularity of this age old leisure pursuit. The past couple of years has seen event organisers postpone plans with the global COVID-19 taking centre stage, but with the signs the pandemic is finally easing, the worldwide iGaming conference calendar is again showing signs of life.
Recent times have presented us all with unprecedented challenges, but iGaming professionals are a resilient and resourceful bunch. Many conferences have thus moved online; some have been postponed indefinitely, while a handful of event organisers remain hopeful of weathering the storm and welcoming industry professionals at some stage this year.
Stay up to date with the future of iGaming with this iGaming calendar - your one-stop destination for all major conferences lined up, covering anything from poker and lottery to sports betting and casino. Bookmark the page so you don't miss any important events coming up.
In the meantime, we've profiled one of the leading operators in the iGaming conference business in this article.
SiGMA iGaming Conferences
A heavyweight in the ultra competitive iGaming conference arena, SiGMA are known to regularly lay on some of the best attended and dynamic events in the industry, with their presence felt across all corners of the globe.
The self-titled "quintessential gaming & emerging tech events company" enjoy a huge international footprint owing to their vibrant mix of high-quality land-based, regulatory, online, B2B, networking & awards, and affiliate-related international events.
Throughout the course of the year, SiGMA brings their travelling band of iGaming conference experts to each corner of the globe, making stops in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Each event is comprised of four main pillars: Pitch, Awards, Conference/Agenda and Networking Events, which accommodate a cross-section of businesses, from iGaming start-ups to emerging tech innovators.
So, what makes SiGMA the go-to events company for the industry at large?
Well, for one, you will be in esteemed company at a SiGMA event. Almost half of the attendees at the firm's flagship Europe iGaming conferences are C-Level professionals or decision-makers, while conference speakers are often plucked from the industry's most influential tech companies.
Furthermore, the locations chosen to host the firm's headline events provide the ideal backdrop for networking and showcasing your wares. At the time of writing, SiGMA Europe is busy preparing an April 2021 return to Malta, while its Asian counterpart has eyes fixed on Manilla, The Philippines, one month later. Considered the undisputed iGaming hubs of their respective territories, both countries are home to flourishing iGaming industries that benefit from robust regulatory frameworks and favourable tax incentives.
Let's not forget the SiGMA Europe series, which is an all-inclusive networking bash for industry movers and shakers. These highly anticipated events are known to attract a star-studded line-up of thought leaders representing three main categories: Affiliates, Suppliers, and Operators, who come together to impart wisdom and share current ideas affecting iGaming.
The events also bring together innovators from new and emerging tech spaces, like blockchain, AI, big data and quantum computing - prompting discussions around their potential benefit to iGaming.
iGaming Business Awards
It's not all business, either. Once the night draws in, the events give attendees the chance to let their hair down and indulge in some after-hours jovial fun. You could find yourself battling a company CEO at poker, or coiffing champagne at one of the many iGaming business awards ceremonies held annually.
Besides SiGMA, there are a handful of glamorous award ceremonies that also celebrate the industry's movers and shakers. Considered by some the 'Oscars of iGaming in Malta', Malta's MiGEA Awards places a greater focus on innovation and individual success, while the star-studded EGR Awards held each year in London rewards B2C operators for setting standards in iGaming.
If you're looking for a fun way to network with people in your industry, SiGMA's iGathering events are the perfect place. Taking in the most luxurious resorts located at one of the world's iGaming hotbeds, these exclusive affairs gather esteemed industry personnel under one roof. Get ready to slip into your best evening attire and enjoy plenty of networking and cocktail sipping as day turns to night.
Completely free to attend, the invite-only lavish occasions guarantee intimacy and exclusivity with attendance capped strictly at 200. The 2021 line-up is set to take in a selection of iGaming hubs, with events slated for Malta, Manilla, Kiev, London and the Isle of Man - virus-permitting. Luxury restaurant meals, sunset cruises and pool parties are just some of the VIP perks attendees can expect with their iGathering invite in hand.
One thing's for sure: whichever SiGMA event you choose to attend, you are guaranteed a fun, engaging and productive time.
Typically more at home in the brick-and-mortar environment, the omini-channel organisation have recently established more of a digital footprint as they shift some of their operations online to keep up with evolving consumer trends.
In November 2020, SiGMA's European-facing arm, SiGMA Europe, laid on their very first Virtual Expo, which promised to elevate the online event experience through the firm's cutting edge digital platform. Virtual attendees were able to keep abreast of industry news, hear about changes in regulation and learn about emerging tech and its relative impact on the industry - no mask required!
The firm's media branch is also central to its operations. SIGMA's bi-annual SiGMA magazine shines a light on remote iGaming, while those constantly on the move can keep up via the firm's library of podcasts that stimulate regular discussion around wide-ranging topics. Recent editions have stoked conversation on unscrupulous casino streamers, the untapped potential of emerging markets and the impact of Esports, to name a few topics.
Staying online, SiGMA TV is worth checking out if you have a spare moment. This video portal charts the firm's travails across the world while exploring a range of industry topics like platform challenges and the Bitcoin effect, as well as examining divergent industry jurisdictions.
Showing their benevolent side, SiGMA is committed to promoting charitable causes and empowering those who are less fortunate. The company's philanthropic arm, the SiGMA Foundation, helps raise money for various charity events while providing education about self-confidence skills that can be used in everyday life.