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US – Rocha ready to put ‘tribal gaming in global context’ at GiGse

By - 25 March 2015

Victor Rocha, the award-winning editor and owner of influential portal Pechanga.net, is keen to gauge the state of the Tribal gaming market at GiGse next month after picking up a prestigious gong for his work in the industry.

Pechanga.net has supported GiGse since its relaunch in 2010, and Mr. Rocha will take a central role in the ‘Open Space’ discussions that will explore various issues in the sector just weeks after picking up the Tribal Gaming Visionary Award at RES2015.

Tribal gaming, particularly in GiGse’s home state of California, has been a hot topic in recent months, and Mr. Rocha said that he plans to “put tribal gaming in a global context” at the event, which he described as the “gold standard in iGaming.”

He added, looking forward to GiGse from April 20 to 22 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California: “Sitting around in a circle and hashing things out is the Native American way. It fosters an environment of participation and helps to get to the truth of the issue. I get a unique perspective at GiGse that I wouldn’t have got anywhere else. It really helps me to understand where Indian Country fits in the industry. With GiGse, you know you’re coming to San Francisco to hear the best and brightest discuss the most important iGaming issues affecting the industry. The content is always fresh, it is always comprehensive, and it is always cutting edge. It is how I stay ahead of the curve. Additionally, I enjoy seeing my old friends and meeting new ones. I have met some of my most important business contacts in the networking breaks at GiGse.”

As the 2015 recipient of the Tribal Gaming Visionary Award at RES2015, Mr. Rocha is one of the most influential figures in the Tribal gaming industry.

“There is no bigger honour than one that comes from your people,” he added. “When I started my website 17 years ago, I never imagined myself as a leader of anything – I was only trying to help Indian Country understand the politics of gaming. I am just happy that people are still paying attention to my work.”

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