G2E Asia said it will continue to work with regulators to ensure products that are illegal in Macau are not on display at the show and says its exhibitors are “committed” to not promoting any online, or mobile, consumer facing products.
“In close coordination with the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), G2E Asia continued to restrict the promotion and marketing activities of illegal online gaming products and services,” it said in a statement.
“Working closely with local regulators to stamp out illegal gambling is a hallmark of gaming operators and suppliers in Macao. We remain committed to our strong partnership with the Macao SAR authorities, in particular DICJ.”
The statement on the final day of the three-day show came after DICJ head Paulo Martins Chan reportedly decided not to give a keynote address due to concerns about online gambling.
“The DICJ believes that before a detailed investigation on the matter is completed to dispel the doubts of the public, it will be more proper for the Bureau not to attend activities held by the respective exhibition organizer,” the regulator said in a statement to Macau news agency.
Online companies are exhibiting on a separate floor from land-based gaming this year and many products appear to be on display, despite G2E’s assurances.
The show attracted about 13,500 trade visitors in the first two days and was the largest edition to date, overtaking last year’s numbers by 5 percent.