ICE Asia goes digital after in-person event postponed

7 April 2020

ICE Asia will follow Clarion Gaming’s ICE North America in becoming a digital show in 2020, after the in-person event scheduled for June this year was shifted to May 2021.

With the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic making face-to-face meetings impossible, Clarion Gaming and SiGMA have launched ICE-SiGMA Asia Digital. This will be an online-only event that runs from 8-10 June, when the event was originally scheduled to take place in Manila.

It will be comprised of three days of content focused on gaming in Asia, incorporating local operators, thought leaders and industry experts. Topics to be discussed include technological innovation, the future of gaming, and how the market can recover once the pandemic subsides.

It will feature a series of panel discussions and keynote presentations, as well as employing an online networking platform to allow attendees and participants to hold meetings and make connections via video.

The physical event, meanwhile, has been rescheduled for 27-28 May, 2021.

“My team and I continue to empathise with our global gaming community, as well as industries and supply chains around the world, that are being affected by Covid-19,” Clarion Gaming managing director Kate Chambers said.

“We understand the deep impact the virus continues to have with our friends and colleagues across the Asia region and globally, and our best wishes go out to them.

“These are unprecedented times and we would like to keep our communication channels open and understand the challenges unfolding across the Asian gaming community.  If we can help in any way, I would be delighted to hear from the industry on my personal email:”

SiGMA Group founder and chief executive Eman Pulis added that Covid-19 had provided “a unique opportunity to rethink how we live and work”.

“In line with SiGMA Group’s commitment to facilitating new business opportunities for key players in the global igaming and emerging tech sectors, the digital conference will embrace the difficulties we are facing at a time when working together has never been more important,” he explained.

More information on the event, as well as a registration form for ICE-SiGMA Asia DIGITAL, from 8 to 10 June 2020, can be found here.

The shift to digital for the Asian event comes after ICE North America Digital was announced last month. Running from 11 to 15 May, this event will see three hours of content broadcast daily, featuring some of the leading operators, executives and suppliers in the market.

ICE North America, meanwhile, has been rescheduled for Spring 2021 in New Orleans.