New innovations on show as the casino conference SiGMA 2018 kicks-off

The premier iGaming event in Europe, SiGMA (Summit of iGaming Malta), is underway. On its fifth edition, the iGaming event registered a much higher number of attendees than any other edition before it. Many well-known names in online gambling such as Microgaming, Endorphina,
NetEnt and others will be in attendance. Famous casinos such as Voodoodreams (, Vera and John, Leo Vegas, GIG and Mr. Green will also be at the conference. The event, held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, will have over 12,000 attendees.

SiGMA Day 1

SiGMA Day 2

SiGMA Day 3

Bigger and better

The conference is much bigger this year and will run for a week. On the opening day of the convention, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addressed the exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and all in attendance in an opening speech that touched on the potential of the blockchain in online gaming.

Over the weeklong conference, exhibitors from different gaming developing studios and other stakeholders will be showcasing what strides they are making in their respective fields. As is always the case, the first day of the conference saw a packed exhibition floor. The air was that of excitement as industry players got to network and connect with the end users of their products. In all the buzzing activity, the colorful booths would always have some type of presentation going on.

On the first day of the conference, part of the agenda was to discuss the recently implemented iGaming Act. Stakeholders took a closer look at the new iGaming law, and how it would affect the industry moving forward. The session was led by Heathcliff Farrugia, CEO of the Malta
Gaming Authority. Through the session, the panel discussed the current state of the law. As the talk on the new law drew to a close, all parties could agree that though recently introduced, it was meeting expectations.

The internet of things

the internet of things has to be at the top of the list when it comes to technological developments that are consumer driven. In the past year alone, all the snazzy gadgets we have these days helped the casino industry make unprecedented profits of up to 40 billion dollars. This vast network of connected gadgets is making it easier for players to keep up with iGaming. The rise of smart devices, and how to make them work for the online casino industry is one of the topics that shall be tackled over the week of conferences. With the internet of things (IoT), casino providers can connect much better with their clients. Though the IoT has been around for a while, it only became such an effective tool after the ubiquity of hand-held devices. Game developers now have to come up with mobile compatible games that are just as cutting-edge as the PC versions.

The convention will have a total of six conferences in which a variety of topics at the core of the gambling industry will be tabled for industry players to find solutions. For the gaming enthusiasts looking to see one or two new gizmos, there will be a lot on display. The advent of VR gaming is bound to be a hot topic with a lot of prototypes on display at the booths.