Next Friday, September 16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Bogota, GAT Showcase will take place, a meeting that brings together the land-based and online gaming industry, traditional casino games and the latest entertainment trends, with an exhibition of the latest slots, roulettes and intelligent platforms.
José Aníbal Aguirre, CEO of the Gaming & Technology GAT Expo events for 23 years, comments: “Colombia occupies the first place in Latin America in regulatory development in terms of gaming and in figures of State collection on account of legal gaming; this is shown by Coljuegos’ numbers for the first semester of 2022. Hence the importance of GAT Showcase Bogota, which defines investments and business in the last quarter of the year”.
The figures presented by Coljuegos show a 59 percent growth in sales of the various verticals of the sector, compared to the same period of 2021, as indicated by the president of the entity, César Augusto Valencia: “Internet-operated games closed in 2020 a sum close to $8 billion pesos, doubled in 2021 and in the first semester of 2022 bets for $11 billion pesos were reported, so it is estimated that the figure may reach $20 billion, boosted by the FIFA World Cup to be played between November and December.”
In relation to taxes and exploitation rights of legal gambling in Colombia, the Coljuegos page confirms that as of July 2022, transfers to the health system have been made for $584,713 million. Currently, there are 383 companies operating legally in the country in 3116 establishments and a number of 96,076 slot machines (METs), authorized to operate by the Colombian government, as well as 17 platforms for Internet betting.
This growth and the regulatory aspect are an important attraction for foreign investors, so the number of visitors is expected to greatly exceed the number of visitors achieved in 2021 and the exhibiting brands in 2022 will double those of the previous year.
Exhibitors Showcase Bogotá 2022: Novomatic Latam, Merkur Gaming, EGT, Win Systems, IGT, BetConstruct, Pragmatic Play, Interblock, GLI, Alfastreet, Aruze, Aristocrat, JVL, Digitain, Mobadoo, Metamap, Copag, America Simulcast, Cockpit Gaming, Trebol Carpet, RCFC Legal, Radio Marcas, RPCol and Sadekya, igaming consultant from Curaçao.
Sponsors: BetConstruct, Pragmatic Play, Altenar, Metamap, Betplay.
Five days before the event, the participating brands and the organizers have confirmed the attendance of more than 850 invited executives.
The associations that group the main legal gaming operators in the country: Asojuegos, Cornazar and Fecoljuegos, will be present at GAT Showcase Bogota with their associates and federates.
Betplay Colombia has taken on the sponsorship of one of the novelties for this year, the ESports Betting Bar area, which will be animated by simulations and demonstrations of this revolutionary line of entertainment with players and casters, which will be provided by the Colombian Federation of Electronic Sports, Fedecolde. There will also be an exhibition of Mobadoo’s eSports betting software, which is currently being integrated into the portfolios of some of the online betting operators in Colombia, led by Betplay.
It will be an intense one-day exhibition and business day for Colombian operators and foreign companies with operations or projects in the region, in which the organizers will launch Gaming & Technology Expo 2023, the large format fair to be held again in Cartagena, on March 29 and 30.