Malta venue gambles on growing iGaming sector
The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre (MFCC) has enlarged its space by 3800m² specifically to accommodate one event – SIGMA the IGAMING EXPO.
Malta’s online gaming industry has been on a winning streak over the past few years, with the sector now accounting for some €1.2 billion, or over 12 per cent, of the local GDP. Malta is one of the few countries granting gambling licenses to online gambling operations, and the country’s favourable tax legislation for international companies has made it a popular destination for online gaming operators.
The sector relies heavily on Malta’s already strong tech sector, providing employment and driving innovation in specialised resources for iGaming, from IT engineering and infrastructural solutions, to IT security products and services, and software solutions focused on compliance monitoring and marketing optimisation. One of SIGMA’s affiliate events, the Malta Ai and Blockchain Summit, attracted 8,500 people in 2018. The meteoric rise of the iGaming industry has also resulted in demand for ancillary corporate services in Malta in a variety of fields, such as meeting the complex insurance requirements of the gaming industry.
SiGMA is considered one of the major events on the iGaming calendar, with the 2018 event welcoming more than 400 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 industry-leading speakers and a record-breaking 12,500 attendees from over 80 countries. The sixth edition will take place at the MFCC from 27-29 November 2019 and is set to grow even bigger.
Increased interest in participating in the Expo has seen the MFCC and SIGMA organiser, Eman Pulis, come up with a solution to increase the main hall by 2000m² to allow for more exhibitors. A further specialised fully insulated structure was set up adjacent to the main fixed area to provide 1800m² of added space for the conference area.
Published Date: 11/01/2019