Moscow show disappoints
The World of Games show in Moscow last week graphically illustrated the decline in the Russian games and gaming markets since President Putin announced that from 2009 all gambling would be devolved into four special geographic zones.
From 155 exhibitors last year, the show had only around 35, nearly all aiming at the casino market. Largest exhibitors were Fair Play, Kare Technology, Unicum Gaming and the largest ‘amusement’ machine distributor present was IgroService Corporation of the Ukraine.
The event’s status as an annual show is now under scrutiny.
More than half of the exhibition space for the recently announced Autumn Coin-op Show to be held in London, UK, has been sold.
Namco America’s Prize Division enjoyed “incredible success” in the past year, sales manager for merchandise Jim Wulfers said.
After a record DEAL trade show in Dubai, the region’s largest distributor, Amusement Services International, put much of its success down to a history of ethical trading.
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