The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) scheduled October 1-3, 2001 in Las Vegas will go on as planned, in spite of last week’s terrorist attacks.
A number of Internet gambling companies will be exhibiting at the show including: BMM North America, Boss Media, Casino Promote, Casino.com, CasinoContent.com, Chartwell Technology Inc., ClearChecks, Covers.com, DataPro, Diamond Digital Media, E-Commerce Marketing/Casino Trade, First Multimedia Group, GambleGoddess.com, Gambling Online Magazine, Gambling Times Magazine, GamblingSoftware.com, Gaming & Entertainment Technology, Gaming Logix, Green Room Media, i2Corp.com, iGamingSolutions, iGlobalMedia.com, Infinium Software, Interactive Gaming Council, IQ-Ludorum Software, iTech Digital, Marketedgedirect.com, Mary Ann Liebert Inc. Publishers, Online Gaming Systems, Orbis Development, Playtech, Poker.com, Power to Ten/Web Game Corp, Reserved, The River City Group, WebStorm Media, and World Gaming plc.
Conference organizers reached out to attendees for guidance on whether to cancel the show. “Hearing numerous directives from the industry in favor of moving forward with the show, we will hold G2E at the Las Vegas Convention Center … as planned,” said Lorenz Hassenstein, Industry Vice President.
In related news, the Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada has confirmed that the Interactive Gaming Expo & Conference will proceed as scheduled on September 26-28, 2001 at Bellagio in Las Vegas. The conference will give Nevada casino operators and regulators the opportunity to discuss Nevada’s Internet gambling strategies and challenges with leading Internet gambling technology providers.
A third gambling conference, the World Online Casino Singapore Gaming Expo, is scheduled for October 17-19, 2001 in Las Vegas.
The Gambling Industry Shows its Support
Many people are still in shock after last week’s terrorist attacks in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped them from helping those affected by this disaster. Donations have been pouring in to relief agencies, and the gaming industry is offering its support as well.
Many large brick-and-mortar casino companies have made sizeable donations to the relief effort over the past week. Mandalay Resort Group and Harrah’s Entertainment each donated $1 million to the families of the New York policemen and fire fighters who were killed in the attacks.
MGM Mirage made its own $1 million donation to the American Red Cross relief effort, while Pinnacle Entertainment will be donating a minimum of $500,000 to the children of victims and the Mohegan Tribe will donate $1 million to the Twin Tower fund. The fund will assist the families of those killed in the World Trade Center as well as the families of the fire and police personnel who lost their lives.
The online gambling industry has also stepped up to the plate and has contributed to the relief effort. Casino on Net has donated $50,000 on behalf of its staff and members to The September 11th Fund of United Way of New York.
Paypal, the online payment service used by many Net casinos, is also collecting donations. To date, PayPal donations total $1.43 million; 100% of the money raised goes to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.
WINNERonline has made its own donation to the American Red Cross and challenges all other online gambling portals, news sites, and online casinos to make a similar contribution to this worthy cause.
Donations can be made through Yahoo.com to any of the following relief agencies: the American Red Cross, the New York Firefighter’s Fund, and the Salvation Army. These three funds have raised more than $21 million to date and continue to grow daily.