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Indian Gaming Association reflects on Anaheim success and looks ahead to San Diego ‘25

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The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention and DigitalPlay Summit (DPS) closed its doors in April having seen the busiest show floor in Anaheim, CA yet. The exhibitors and education sessions enjoyed by operators and tribal leaders bode well for a return to San Diego, California in 2025 with iGaming firmly on the radar of many.

With more visitors through the door than 2022’s event in the same location, over 7,000 industry delegates engaged with an impressive roster of major industry stakeholders.

New for 2024 was the DPS which offered attendees the chance to discover development in iGaming and sports betting, expanding the opportunities at Indian gaming’s flagship event.

Leading providers including IGT, Everi, Konami, Playtech, Chalkline, Continent 8, and GBank, as well as other brands such as DraftKings and FanDuel, headlined the DPS and contributed to the over 400 booths that participated in the show.

Education was another key focus across the two days with the most comprehensive seminar program yet. Taking the DPS’ inaugural narrative into the seminar rooms, online casino and sports betting deep-dives were strengthened by a series of sessions examining technologies such as AI and how they can maintain tribal government gaming’s growth.

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Another first was the Sustainable Gambling Zone (SGZ) which provided a focal point for the industry’s drive to share best practices and the latest innovations in operating sustainably.

With recent years perforated by challenges concerning the future of sports betting, the 2024 event was dominated by positive talk of the growth potential brought by cutting-edge technology and its deployment across the wider tribal gaming sector, boding well for the ever-present future introduction of iGaming.

Feedback from exhibitors and visitors heralded the evolution of event space that showcased dedicated solutions to pressing issues and trending topics in the industry.

The 2025 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, taking place March 31 – April 3 in San Diego, California, will once again include the DigitalPlay Summit and SGZ, and is already much anticipated.

Marcus Yoder, Chief Commercial Officer, Playtech USA, said: “It’s a pivotal time for iGaming and sports betting in the US. The conversations we were able to have at DPS with tribal leaders were critical to building the future.”

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Gavin Knapp, Senior Director of Sales and BD at Light & Wonder, said: “iGaming is coming. It’s not a matter of if, but when, which is why the content covered at DPS was critical. Tribal markets are vastly important and are a natural extension to the iGaming ecosystem.”

Ernest Stevens, Jr, Indian Gaming Association Chairman, said: “It’s clear from the vast majority of the conversations held in Anaheim that we’re more aligned than ever on the way forward and the manner in which we’re going to get there together.

“Tribal government gaming leads the industry in its passion and responsibility to build and evolve a sustainable gaming infrastructure – giving back to and supporting local communities and future generations. Our annual event provides the perfect platform for sharing that passion and the insight that drives it. I know that next year’s gathering in San Diego will continue in that same collaborative vein and urge everyone who shares our vision to mark it in their calendar.”

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BMM Testlabs’ Next Generation Initiative Donates to Spirit of Sovereignty at Indian Gaming Tradeshow 2023

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BMM Testlabs, the world’s original gaming test lab and product certification consultancy, is pleased to announce that its Next Generation Initiative presented a donation to Spirit of Sovereignty in the Tribal Leader’s Lounge at the Indian Gaming Association (IGA) Tradeshow and Convention on March 29, 2023.

The donation was presented in the Tribal Leader’s Lounge with special guests Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. (Chairman of the Indian Gaming Association), David Garelick (Spirit of Sovereignty Liaison), Travis Foley (Executive Vice-President of BMM Testlabs) and Holly Billy (Senior Tribal Services Manager for BMM Testlabs).

”Spirit of Sovereignty is an IGA-advised donor fund that helps make higher education a reality for deserving Indian students,” Billy said. “The values and mission of BMM Testlabs’ Next Generation Initiative match the goals of the Spirit of Sovereignty and we are grateful for the opportunity to support their efforts.”

“We greatly appreciate BMM Testlabs’ support for our goals of elevating indigenous students through flexible scholarships tailored to their needs,” Garelick said. BMM Testlabs’ generosity will help hard-working young men and women in Indian Country pursue their dreams of higher education. Our advisory board, community donors and strategic partners believe education is a vital component of sovereignty. Opportunities for higher education today ensure that Indian youth become the qualified leaders of tomorrow.”

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“BMM Testlabs’ Next Generation Initiative provides access to financial and educational resources to ensure the success of Tribal youth,” Billy concluded. “This initiative has been active for seven years and we look forward to providing more and more assistance to Tribal communities over the next few years.”

For more information about Spirit of Sovereignty, please visit https://SpiritOfSov.org/. For more information about BMM Testlabs’ Next Generation Initiative, please visit https://BMM.com/We-Care/Next-Generation/.

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UNITY Announces Partnership with Gaming Laboratories International

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Each year, the National UNITY Conference brings together more than 2000 attendees representing hundreds of Native American youth councils from Tribal and urban communities nationwide. At the Indian Gaming Association’s annual Trade Show, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) presented a $50,000 check to UNITY to support its National UNITY Conference and registration scholarships over the next three years, allowing an opportunity for more young people to attend and participate.

“Native youth are often left out of the discussion when organizations plan training and create programs to meet the needs of young people. Our conference is youth-led, meaning they serve as emcees, moderators, and presenters-providing a hands-on experience in leadership development. With the support of GLI, we will be able to broaden our impact to reach even more Native youth leaders who may not necessarily have access to funds to attend,” Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director at UNITY, said.

Each year, Native American and Alaska Native youth and advisors from rural and urban tribal communities across the US come together for learning, cultural sharing, and collaboration. They receive training, gain knowledge, participate in quality personal growth experiences, and receive encouragement to apply their gifts and talents to self and community betterment within a supportive/safe environment.

“Youth who attend UNITY’s programming discuss critical issues and hold important conversations that align with GLI’s initiatives to protect the environment, promote diversity, support education, and give back to the community. GLI is thrilled to offer the Native youth the opportunity to experience, network, and learn at a UNITY national conference. These are the youth who one day will lead their Tribes and represent Indian country. In fact, in honor of the late Norm DesRosiers, his dedication to Native gaming and love of UNITY, we’d like to challenge the entire gaming industry to match our donation and create an even larger impact on the lives of our Native youth and the future ahead,” James Maida, President and CEO of GLI, said.

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Top 6 AGS Highlights at the Indian Gaming Association Trade Show and Convention

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AGS (NYSE: AGS), a global gaming supplier of high-performing slot, table and interactive products, today announced its must-see products at the Indian Gaming Association (IGA) Trade Show and Convention in San Diego from March 29 to 30, 2023.

“We are looking forward to once again having the opportunity to connect with our tribal partners,” the President and Chief Executive Officer for AGS, David Lopez, said. “IGA is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our portfolio and deep pipeline of products coming out this year. We believe that our R&D team has created products that offer a unique and exciting experience for players and casino operators alike. And we could not be more excited to share our developments with our customers.”

In booth 2231, AGS will exhibit its latest slot games and cutting-edge table technology that touts its broad portfolio and diverse market offerings; a direct result of its recent game studio expansion. These six must-see products will be on display at IGA:

* The number-one performing new portrait upright cabinet since October 2022, Spectra UR43 with the top-indexing new core video game, Shamrock Fortunes.

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* The highly configurable Orion Curve Premium with a reimagined version of AGS’ legendary, player-favorite game River Dragons.

* More three-reel, high denomination video game options including the debut of Diamond Boost on the 75-inch dual-screen cabinet, Orion Rise, and higher bet levels on Mega Diamond and Gold Inferno.

* Exciting new game themes and brand extensions add to the breadth and depth of AGS’ core and premium content library.

* New triggers added to the roulette version of AGS’ award-winning progressive side bet Bonus Spin Xtreme.

* The headline-grabbing progressive system STAX paired with 3 Card Catch and the quick-cycling, easy-to-install single-deck shuffler PAX S.

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