Тhe most important event in the gaming and entertainment industry in the Balkans and Eastern Europe – BEGE Expo was held for 8th consecutive year from 24th to 25th November in Inter Expo Center, Sofia. The leading gaming show for Eastern Europe doubled its size than last year. Over 60 companies from the region and around the world attended the event by presenting their latest product developments, inspiring ideas and technological solutions. Over 4000 visitors came to enjoy the rich entertaining programe and experience the latest achievements in the gaming world endorsing BEGE Expo as a must visit event in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
BEGE Expo became once again the hot spot for innovation, entertainment and fruitful business contacts gathering together exhibitors, from over 14 countries: Bulgaria, Korea, the Great Britain, USA, Malta, Latvia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar and Isle of Man as well as vendors, operators and industry professionals from around the globe. The exhibiting companies presented products and services used in the operation of hotels and casinos, entertainment and shopping centers, restaurants, bars as well as solutions from the marketing sector, digital technologies, mobile applications, security and control systems, vending equipment and others.
Supporting the initiative and its contribution to the gaming industry several official guests as follows: Mr. Ognemir Mitev – Chairman of the State Comission on Gambling, Mr. Kiril Domuschiev, Chairman of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialist in Bulgaria and Mr. Angel Iribozov – Chairman of the Management board of the Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI) presented their special adresses to all exhibitors and visitors.
“We are extremely proud to announce that BEGE Expo 2015 gathered a great number of exhibitors and we strongly believe that the exhibition will surpass the success of its previous editions while encouriging the innovations and professionalism in the sector”, said Angel Iribozov, Chairman of BTAMOGI.
As a strong argument in favor of Mr. Iribozov’s statemen is the fact that plenty of the international leaders of the industry choose to present their latest achievements at BEGE Expo 2015 such as : Novomatic, Apex, Alfastreet Slovenia, Кonami with their European representatives Intergames, Interblock, Alpha Display, HMT – Live, Advansys, Gold Club, BetConstruct, SBTech, IGT, SUZOHAPP, VNE Srl, Fininvest, Future Gaming Europe AB, Nsoft, NYX Gaming Group, Casino Systems Production, Casino Technology, Casino Technology Interactive, EGT, Alfastreet Trade BG, Bulgames, Casino Game Inovation, Novo Invest Bulgaria – part of Novomatic company group, Noble Gaming, Rodiz, Vartec, Decart, Wizzy Cast, AvantX Technology, Inter Service Uzunovi, Enco Vending, Barrisol Bulgaria, SBB Group, Alberici, Bit8, Cards Print, E-Service, Baum Games, Ezugi, Gamayun, IGSoft, Innovative Technology, London Gaming Company, Pegasus Gaming Solutions, Odds&More, Proxima 3, Pioner 2, Tableswin, Tain AB, V-teck and many more.
For another consecutive year Future Gaming and Advansys highlighted their Casino Management Systems. The European manufacturer Apex Gaming showcased its brand new cabinets and multigames, its innovative iDROP solution for simple mounting at the gaming table as well as the EVO platform enabling pin-sharp and high-definition graphics to be displayed.
The leading Bulgarian manufacturer Casino Technology presented its premium product – ARCH™ slot machine – the first of its kind in the gaming industry with its unique, horizontally positioned, 42″ full HD, curved, gaming customized display integrating the compelling multigame series GAMOPOLIS™ ARCH including 20 unique titles of the popular GAMOPOLIS™ library complemented by the captivating jackpot theme THE CITY OF GAMES. . .
Another centerpiece of Casino Technology’s booth was the latest version of the global hit multi-game series GAMOPOLIS™ – SPEEDWAY including over 40 games, brand new interface and enhanced game play. GAMOPOLIS™ HIGHWAY was presented with its top versions covering over 200 unique titles gaining a special recognition all over the world. Responding to the customer demand and recent product trends, Casino Technology demonstrated the innovative and dedicated multilevel progressive jackpot link called 8 PEACOCKS™ including 5 smartly tailored games led by the shining star PEACOCK&DRAGON™ which was presented in a themed bank of machines. The company’s Interactive division presented the complete multichannel gaming solution called THE BIG 5™ combining a Casino Management System, a Jackpot Server, a Remote Game Server, an Online Gaming Platform and a Money Management System. With its wide range of modules and functionality, the system suite caught the attention of the customers and visitors of the company’s booth.
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JPL presented its latest multi-game series – United Dreams Multigame, inclusive of 15 games.
Avant-X Technology provided its brand new developments in digital signage with its system WizzyCast™ as well as the ultimate products and platforms such as EYESIGHT и WIZZYCAST Jackpot Visualization Engine (JVE).
SUZOHAPP demonstrated a rich palette of components and touch monitors, validators, ticket printers, push buttons, and various cabinets’ components.
EGT presented a complete product line amongs were P-24/24 Up cabinet from the Premier Series and the authentic roulette Premier R8, the progressive link Egypt Quest, Diamond Life, Lady’s Cards and Cat 4 Cash. EGT highlighed on its brand new slant top cabinet – P-24/24 St Slim.
As the official representative of Safescan, at this year’s show Vartec presented a whole new product line. Innovative Technology provided various payment options. The company focused on the SMART range of mixed note and coin recycling solutions and a number of new ticketing products from traditional flatbed ticket printers to compact ticket printers and the SMART Ticket which combines a flagship banknote validator with ticket in / ticket out capabilities.
Decart outshined with its Casino Management System IMPERIUM, as well as the MELIORA platform, the electronic table for Black Jack – CGI BLACK JACK, and the automatic system for a complete Bingo halls – E-Bingo.
Traditionally, the BEGE Awards are presented to the leading companies in the industry for their contributions and outstanding performance. 2015 category winners have distinguished themselves with creativity, innovation and genuine ideas, earning a recognition within the industry and contributing to the gaming technology advancement around the world.
The ceremony started with The Most Innovative Product of 2015 nomination where the ARCH™ slot machine by Casino Technology won. The award for the most successful multi-game product for 2015 was presented to EGT Premier Series. United Dreams Multigame by JPL was recognized as the most successful positioning of a new product brand. SUZOHAPP took the award for the Most Loyal Components Supplier. The Most Comprehensive Platform for Online Betting and Remote Games nomination was presented to NYX OGS by Nyx Gaming Group.
The local operators market was also distinguished by presenting Most effective operations marketing strategy for 2015 to Efbet, Operator with the best concept for a complete gaming and entertainment complex for the year to Royale Palms Casinos as well as the operator offering the best selection of versatile gaming equipment to SESAME gaming clubs.
The most popular product in the gaming industry for 2015 went to New Games and Eurobet. Eurofootball took the award for Social responsible company for 2015. The annual award for the Most progressive international company was presented to Novo Invest Bulgaria, a part of NOVOMATIC Group of companies and Alfastreet Trade BG was recognized as the company providing the Most versatile mix of imported gaming equipment.
Meeting with the National Regulator
With its role to set improvements and present latest developments, achievements and changes in the industry, the exhibition became once again a meeting point between the State Commission on Gambling and the local operators where they had the chance to discuss the latest trends and regulatory changes in the sector for the past year and see them from different point of view in order to achieve better results in the following year.
Miss Gaming BEGE beauty contest
Following its vision to provide high quality entertainment and a world-class gaming experience, BEGE Expo kept the tradition of organizing the spectacular Miss Gaming BEGE beauty contest where 19 leading casinos and gaming halls from Bulgaria and Serbia were presented by the most beautiful women in the gaming industry competing for the crown of the 4th edition ofthe glamorous show. . The pretenders rocked the floor while catwalking and presenting their casino brands and the latest fashion trends enjoying the applauses of all visitors and exhibitors.
The Career Center initiated by BEGE Expo reported excellent results by gathering together students from the leading Bulgarian universities and offering useful information focused on their professional career paths. Around one hundred Bulgarian students registered online and attended the exhibition as well as its accompanying events.
What exhibitors say:
“BEGE Expo is the ideal exhibition to reach out to the gaming market in the entire Balkan region and the bordering countries.” – APEX
“Our motives to participate in BEGE are related with the opportunity of meeting potential clients and learning more about the casino industry.” – Cards Print
“Since BEGE is the largest industry exhibition in this part of the world, we understand that it is a crucial platform for presenting our products” – Innovative Technology
“BEGE is an exclusive gathering place for gaming players and operators. The event gives us the possibility to build our network and create partnerships whilst introducing and presenting our data customisation tool to the online gambling market.” – Odds&More
“BEGE is the must attend show of the Balkan area, the best showcase to display our integrated solutions specifically designed for the Gaming market. ” – SUZOHAPP
„BEGE Expo is an awesome window on the very growing market of Gaming and Casinos world of the Balkan area.“ – Tableswin
BEGE Expo 2015 once again has confirmed its positions as a very important event for developing the gaming industry in Bulgaria and the Eastern European region.
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BEGE Expo – the most important exhibition in the gaming, entertainment and leisure industry in the Balkans and Eastern Europe that has been bringing together exhibitors and visitors from around the world for the ninth consecutive year. The exhibiting companies present products and services used in the operation of hotels and casinos, entertainment centers, shopping centers, restaurants, bars and etc. as well as solutions from the marketing sector, digital technologies, mobile applications, security and control systems, vending equipment and others.