We are proud to announce that beginning next April in Vancouver the Canadian Gaming Summit will host an annual First Nations Gaming Conference.
The conference will include two days of action packed activities including sessions, keynotes, roundtables, access to the Summit trade show floor and Golf Tournament, as well as host the annual First Nations Canadian Gaming Awards Program.
The conference sessions will include some of the industries most recognizable experts presenting a wide range of topics to be selected by a steering committee consisting of First Nations leaders from across Canada.
The First Nations Canadian Gaming Awards will be held concurrent with the Summit annual Awards Program and Gala.
We are looking for your additional input and ideas, including setting up the conference steering committee.
Two internet gaming related sessions that particularly caught my attention were presentations of the opinions of the general public by Ipsos Reid, and industry insiders and professionals by HLT Advisory.
In broad terms, what the poll and survey tell us is that public opinion and perceptions are at odds with the reality of internet gaming and that there is plenty of confusion even among the “experts”.
Ipsos found that fully 71% of Canadians, and 75% of online players, think that internet gaming as currently offered by the private sector is legal.
Though mistaken, the general public seems to see the issue a lot clearer than industry insiders - who appear to be confused and split down the middle on the issue of legality. According to the results of the HLT survey, 23% of the insiders think internet gaming is either legal or illegal, and the remaining 54% just aren’t sure or think it’s a grey area.
What is really interesting is who thinks what, with 45% of regulators and almost 50% of lottery corporation employees being in those “aren’t sure” and “grey area” places.
And speaking of regulation, the general public thinks that, in addition to being legal, that internet gaming is already regulated by the government. According to Ipsos, half of Canadians think it’s regulated either federally or provincially, and the number jumps up to two-thirds if you include the lotteries.
All in all – food for thought.
By Bill Rutsey, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association