Eighty-three countries were represented at EiG 2015 – a huge increase of more than a third on last year’s total of 61, illustrating the increasingly global appeal of the event.
A final tally of 1,669 people marked a 13.3% rise on last year, with the ‘GreyIsTheNewGreen’ agenda and a top line-up of ‘Outside-In’ speakers such as ITV News Head of Digital Jason Mills, former Thomas Cook Chairman John Straw and William Hill Chairman of the Board Gareth Davis pulling in the crowds.
The conference programme also featured some unmissable sessions that tackled topics as diverse as consolidation, disruption, omni-channel customer experience, mobile devices and emerging markets.
A packed auditorium for the Start-Up LaunchPad competition, which was won by Casino VR after iGaming Capital Director Melissa Blau hailed the quality of the submissions as better than ever before, wrapped up the three-day extravaganza in perfect style.
With WrB Eastern Europe coming up in Bucharest, Romania on December 2, and then ICE on the horizon in London, UK from February 2-4, EiG organiser Clarion Events has plenty more to offer the gaming industry in the coming months.
“We are thrilled with the feedback we have received from attendees, and we are already putting plans in place to ensure EiG 2016 continues this positive momentum,” Clarion Events Event Director Rory Credland said.
Cianan Clancy, the Global Innovation Strategy Manager at Paddy Power Group Plc, described EiG 2015 as “pulsating, innovative and thought provoking”.
He added: “Once again EIG set the bar extremely high with a mix of fascinating national and international speakers and dynamic, topical, fast-paced panel discussions. All this combined with excellent networking opportunities and top-class exhibitors ensured EiG continues to be a calendar-must for all those in the gaming sector who want to stay ahead.”
Mark Robson, the new head of e-gaming at the Isle of Man government’s department of economic development, said it had been “a fantastic show” and added: “We had a high standard of visitors to the Isle of Man stand and some excellent meetings.”