Thought leaders welcome 2019 launch of ICE North America

Clarion Gaming has announced the 2019 launch of ICE North America, which will bring together GiGse and ICE Sports Betting USA into a single consolidated event for the interactive gaming industry. The first ICE North America will be held at the Boston Convention Exhibition Centre across 13 -15 May, 2019.

Confirming the plans and strategy, Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Kate Chambers said: “We work extremely closely with all sections of the international gaming industry and throughout our discussions we’ve been made aware of how important it is to reduce the volume of events, conferences and exhibitions that take place during the course of a year whilst focussing on the blue chip event brands that have a track record for helping business meet its strategic objectives.

“ICE North America, the first edition of which will take place in May 2019, very close to the dates traditionally occupied by GiGse, is a response to this key objective and will provide a trusted, blue chip business opportunity for the interactive gaming sector across the continent of North America. The ICE brand is synonymous with quality and we will be bringing the same levels of professionalism, organisation, commitment and insight experienced by our stakeholders at ICE London to the North American facing interactive gaming community. The key gaming verticals we are targeting with ICE North America comprise Sports Betting, i-Lottery, eSports as well as the Affiliate market.”

The announcement has been welcomed enthusiastically by the industry. Keith O’Loughlin, Senior Vice President of Sportsbook for SG Digital, a division of Scientific Games said, “The ICE brand’s prominence has been a key component of the industry’s growth through many years. Combining GiGse and ICE Sports Betting USA marks a new era for gaming, sports, and lottery providers. We have the utmost respect for Clarion Gaming and their impeccable history of productive and innovative industry events. Especially given the potential of the U.S. sports betting market, ICE North America will be a massively impactful event. We’re thrilled to support Clarion in their vision of creating a space for thought leaders, manufacturers, and operators to showcase the latest in gaming technology. We’re at a cornerstone in the history of betting in the States, and it’s great to see Clarion at the heart of the change, giving providers a platform to showcase the latest and greatest technology.”

Benjie Cherniak, Managing Director at Don Best Sports, added: “This is terrific news for the North American sports betting market, particularly in light of the recent PASPA repeal. We at Don Best have been enthusiastic supporters of both GiGse and Sports Betting North America, the latter having quickly established itself as the blue chip gathering for stakeholders in the sports betting space. Combining the two into one event under the world renowned ICE umbrella makes this a must attend event for all industry stakeholders. We look forward to our continuing involvement in 2019 and beyond.”

The view was endorsed further by Julie Mossler, EVP Global Marketing at Sportradar, who stated: “The changing industry demands professional-quality events held in strategic locations, offering the right energy and empowering attendees to achieve key business objectives. The ICE brand is incredibly well respected in the gambling space and just what the North American event landscape needs. We look forward to being an integral part of the experience.”