You cannot lose at the Canadian Gaming Summit 2024

30 Apr 2024

You cannot lose at the Canadian Gaming Summit 2024

The Canadian Gaming Summit is the gambling gig of the year. This top-tier conference takes place annually, and this year, the action is taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 18 – 20, 2024. Now in its 27th year and presented by SBC in collaboration with the Canadian Gaming Association, it attracts over 3000 delegates. This is not the usual club scene crowd but a gathering of top executives from the gaming and sports betting industry. They may be hard at work while they are there, but their business is about punters' pleasure and making igaming and sports betting fun, safe and innovative.


They come together to share powerful and niche insights into the Canadian gambling market, which is a rapidly growing industry and a top entertainment choice for swathes of Canadians right across the nation. iGaming attracts almost equal numbers of men and women to play and is popular right across the age range. In Toronto this year, the organizers are promising a conference agenda that reflects the changing face of the industry. They are promising exciting new exhibitors as well as established names from casino gaming and lottery verticals. It is being billed as a must-attend event for everyone keen to do business or make their mark in one of the world's most exciting gambling markets.


Toronto is right at the heart of that exciting gambling market;Ontario was the first Canadian province to open a fully regulated, legal gambling market where any resident aged 19 or over can participate in all forms of gambling. In the past, Canadian sports betting did not allow single-event wagering, but recent changes to the law have swept these restrictions away. All the provinces set their own terms when it comes to what is and what is not allowed in terms of gambling, but Ontario has the most liberalized market. There is a regulator to ensure everything is above board and protect players from exposure to potential gambling harms. Every gambling outlet in Ontario has to be licensed, which benefits the provincial coffers and the residents.


Anyone visiting the conference or in the city for any other reason can take a dip into Ontario's online casino market. There is so much on offer from all the popular table games like blackjack, roulette and poker, a myriad of online slots and a vast array of live dealer games too. The market is administered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontarioso players know every online site they play on is above board, secure and fully licensed. Players just need to make sure the site displays its iGamingOntario license to rest easy that the site they are playing on is approved.


As well as being a serious business event with industry speakers and next-generation gaming software on display, the event will also have a serious social side. After all, the saying says that all work and no play make Jack /Jackie a dull boy (or girl), and the Canadian Gaming Summit is paying homage to that anecdote. What fun would a gaming event be without any gaming? While socializing at conferences is billed as 'networking parties', they should give delegates a chance to meet up in less formal conditions. The organizers have booked some of the city's most upscale venues sostakeholders from all corners of the industry can carry on their discussions in a friendly and relaxed environment.


The conference organizers have attracted delegates from across the industry and are catering to the needs of casinos, sportsbooks, affiliates, lotteries and provincial lottery corporations, First Nations operators, community interest groups, charity bingo and gaming operators, sports teams and leagues, regulators, legislators, investors, associations and the media. If gambling and igaming are the business, the Canadian Gaming Summit probably has answers to most of the current questions. 

Anyone wondering about the makeup of the modern gambling world will find exhibitors and vendors covering every possible area. Platform providers will be exhibiting alongside game developers and payment solution providers. Marketing and content specialists will be vying for attention, while legal and regulatory experts will promise to keep everything above board. Companies in the finance and accounting sector will be demonstrating packages and platforms to help operators keep the finances in order, while security, surveillance and fraud experts will have cutting-edge tech and systems to bamboozle cyber criminals.


Delegates will also be able to explore the latest developments in sports betting data, streaming services and geo-validation software. All the big-name slot and gaming providers will be wanting to show off their latest titles and innovations. In addition, the latest developments in casino equipment will be available for view. To keep it fun and accessible, there will also be exhibitors who take responsible gaming seriously and offer the tools to allow operators to provide these services and for punters to be able to access them. 


Full pass entry tickets include pre-registration networking drinks on the Tuesday night and entry to the Wednesday conference tracks and sessions. Entries to Wednesday's exhibition and the Official Networking Party. Entry to Thursday's conference tracks, sessions and exhibition. Complimentary refreshments, including breakfast and lunch. Post-event access to all on-demand content. SBC also includes an event app in the ticket price and are promising AI-powered matchmaking.


In addition to networking, exhibitions, and industry hobnobbing, there are some special events to look out for.


• June 18th, 12 pm – 5 pm, a Player Protection Symposium with the aim of creating a robust gambling harm prevention system in Canada's igaming and sports betting industries.
• June 19th, 9.30 am – 10.30 am the Global Gaming Women Breakfast Meet-up
• June 19th, 12 pm – 2 pm, join an Electronic Gaming Academy masterclass.
• June 19th, 3.30 pm – 4.15, the 2024 First Nation's Gaming Awards will recognize and honour the best in First Nation Gaming and its important significance to innovation in Canada's gaming.


It is possible more specialist events could be added to the agenda, so stay tuned and be part of the gaming action.

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