Germany – EiG returns to Berlin with M&As under the spotlightBy Phil - 26 May 2015
Clarion Events has announced that EiG (Excellence in iGaming) will return to Berlin in October, with mergers, acquisitions and consolidation set to be high up on the agenda.
EiG 2015, which will run from October 20 to 22 at Arena Berlin, will serve as a platform for debate surrounding the evolving iGaming sector, with the confirmation this week of multiple bids for bwin.party having provided a timely illustration of the changing face of the industry.
“Consolidation is a major talking point at the moment, and at EiG we will not just be debating the merits and dangers of M&As for the major players, but also the impact on suppliers, stakeholders and indeed consumers,” Ewa Bakun, the Head of Gaming Content at Clarion Events, said.
EiG 2015 will also offer attendees an insight into the industry’s emerging markets and regulatory outlook, with topics such as reputation management, mobile and virtual reality also set to spark discussions and debates against the backdrop of Berlin, a city of cutting-edge creativity and technological innovation.
“Last year’s ‘Outside-In’ theme attracted a record number of international visitors and gaming operators to EiG, and once again this year there will be key speakers providing expert viewpoints from outside the gaming industry,” Ewa Bakun added.
“The feedback we received from those who attended last year’s event persuaded us to return to Berlin this year. As a hub of innovation, it is the perfect setting for EiG.”
Expertise from speakers representing various sectors will help attendees in Berlin to address the challenges of 2015 whilst setting their long-term strategies for 2025 through open floor debates, panel discussions, presentations and workshops.
In parallel with the topic of consolidation, the expansion of iGaming companies into emerging markets in regions such as Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America is also a matter of great interest that will be explored at EiG 2015.
The opportunities and challenges of such markets, as well as evolving regulatory regimes across Europe and beyond, will also be placed under the microscope in Berlin through discussion hub formats, which will enable attendees to examine key issues in a relaxed and informal setting.