Balkans and Eastern Europe Move to the Mainstream at BEGE 2016

Published December 2, 2016 by Lee R

Balkans and Eastern Europe Move to the Mainstream at BEGE 2016

The array of exhibitors was staggering, and the general innovation of the show unparalleled.

A huge turnout is abuzz after experiencing the wondrous exhibition of gaming and entertainment industry that was BEGE Expo 2016.

Tons of Exhibitors

On November 23-4 at Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, attendees were treated to exhibits from over 60 leading companies ranging from new upstarts splashing down into the iGaming market alongside long-term partners from around the world.

Ninth Gathers Momentum

The ninth edition of the show revealed development and identified trends in the industry for Balkans and Eastern Europe, rolling out a staggering array of technological advances in the sector headed by non-cash payment systems and the latest updates to slot machine technology.    

Happy Hosts

Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry Chairman Angel Iribozov couldn’t have been happier, proudly proclaiming how grandly the ninth edition was able to build on the success of previous editions with far “more exhibitors and visitors than the previous ones.”

New On the Scene

The dazzling array of new exhibitors on the scene included Betomall, CPI, Imperia Games, Info-kod, Merkur Gaming, Moniko, KOTWA - The Shuffle King Company, Roulette 73, Spintec, and ZUUM among others, displaying an array of new products as well as key innovations to well-known products.  

Veteran Innovation

Traditional exhibitors included EGT, Casino Technology, Novomatic Gaming Industries, Alfastreet Trade BG, Abbiati, IGT, Royale Stool, Innovative Technology, Alpha Display, Bulgames, Alfastreet, Advansys, Alberici, JPL, Interblock, NSoft, SUZOHAPP among others, who wowed gaming industry representatives with the advanced stages of innovation. 

BEGE Awards Ceremony

One key event above and beyond the exhibitions was the annual BEGE Awards ceremony taking place on Day 2, where a litany of specially made crystal statuettes were handed out for outstanding contribution in a full 12 gaming industry categories, along with special achievement awards as well.

Some Winners

Big winners included EGT taking home hardware for most advanced slot machine portfolio; Novomatic Gaming Industries for unique casino product concept; Advansys for most complete casino management system, and Apex Gaming for most innovative live game product.  And for the newcomers, the top BEGE Expo rookie debut award went to Merkur Gaming.

Beauty Pageant Entertains

The entertainment was nothing short of spectacular as well, punctuated by the Miss Gaming BEGE beauty contest, in which 18 beauties wearing the banners of participating sponsors mesmerized attendees with the three winners led by local beauty Milica Markovic announced at an after party at what has become BEGE’s private nightclub location.

Regionally Emboldened

There is no way to describe everything that happened at BEGE 2016, but it is safe to say that all attendees now see the opportunities in the Balkans and Eastern Europe in a completely new and ever so bright light! 

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