The iGB Live Conference and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam shows were postponed until 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty caused by new travel restrictions imposed to prevent the virus from spreading.
Although Clarion Gaming reported that the fair brought together a large number of key exhibitors and sponsors and motivated a large volume of pre-registered people, the iGB team decided to delay the event for next year.
The new date for the events will be July 13-16, 2021 at RAI in Amsterdam. The 2019 exhibition had previously been delayed between September 22 and 25 this year for the same reasons.
Recent announcements of travel restrictions by various european governments and the outbreak of the virus in some countries, caused the events to be postponed again to ensure a greater number of attendees and business partners.
“As disappointing as this news is, we believe it is the most responsible decision to make. We really wanted to offer this event to our partners and stakeholders,” said group event director Naomi Barton.
“However, with measures beyond our control, we believe that a postponement is the right thing to do, as we cannot guarantee that delegates, exhibitors and sponsors can arrive at the event safely,” she added.
And she indicated that:
“If we cannot deliver the value and return on investment that is generally available at our events, we will wait until that is possible.”
Delays of the physical event will cause a change of focus, so the iGB network will announce the details soon.
According to Barton, “the iGB network will have a digital and physical element, but definitely, if we can and in a safe and responsible way, we will bring the industry together, even face to face where we can.”
The online platform iGB Live! meanwhile it will remain openly to users so that the sea avoids as a content and network resource. Registration through the iGB Live! it will be free. Including all video sessions of the digital program on demand. Throughout the year it will be kept updated with exclusive content.
So far, a little over 1,500 industry professionals have registered for the use of the platform.
After the postponement of iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam the show will take place in the Netherlands when conditions allow and the Dutch igaming market is specifically open.
“This makes each program even more valuable as a forum for networking and discussion, both for market holders and newcomers,” Barton concluded.