The general impression of this year’s European I-gaming (EiG) Expo and conference in Copenhagen was that there was a greater mood of seriousness than in the previous years as the reality of poor economic conditions coupled with regulatory issues and stronger competition hit home.

The conference was opened with a keynote speech from Senator Raymond Lesniak who spoke about efforts to legalise online gambling in New Jersey. The Senator’ efforts seem to have paid off because a few weeks after the conference the New Jersey Senate passed a bill that would legalise Internet casino games, assuming it is approved by the state Assembly and the Governor.

 

Lotteries were also in the spotlight at this year’s event. Danske Spil’ CEO was the first from a state lottery to take part in an EiG CEO panel. The lotteries have become more interesting to online gaming suppliers as many are now entering the sector for the first time. Software suppliers have recently started offering their products to the state lotteries. For example, Playtech has partnered with the Serbian state lottery to offer online casino and poker. 
Betfair was also a topic on everyone’ lips as the conference was held just before its IPO, which proved successful. 
This year’s Launch Pad event was interesting with the winner Passoker showing a unique game which marries poker with individual events within sports matches. We hope the launch pad will be a start of a successful raise of the initial investment needed for the game to kick off. 
This year’s EiG was the last to be held in Copenhagen. Next year’ expo will be held in Milan and GBGC, for one, is looking forward to the new venue.