12th April 2017

The Show Season – key trends and technologies not to miss

The early part of the year is show season and 2017 has seen the Heber team out and about. If you haven’t had time to visit the shows, our roundup will give you an overview of the best from each.

Heber showcased its gaming experience once again at the ICE Totally Gaming show and the Entertainment, Amusement and Gaming (EAG) show at the beginning of the year at the ExCel in London.

Both shows offer gaming industry clients the opportunity to see the best of the gaming sector, demonstrating the latest products and services and showcasing the newest technologies and innovations.  For Heber, this meant bringing the latest developments from our 30 years of experience in electronic control systems including the Pluto A300 PC gaming controller and the Pluto PSU power supply unit. It was also an opportunity to meet with clients old and new and see what the key market trends are.

The buzz around both shows was tremendous right from the start. EAG remains the show of choice for the coin-operated amusement industry and offered visitors the opportunity to participate in the show’s largest ever educational seminar programme. Organised by industry bodies BACTA and BALPPA, and covering the hottest topics in the industry, the seminar programme included areas as diverse as creating exciting inclusive and intergenerational play spaces, to cashless systems, to updates on planning and finance.

ICE retained its glamorous Vegas-style feel and saw a noticeable increase in the use of curved screens and VR technology. A key trend at ICE was discussion about reaching millennials and the relevance of products such as play for cash slot machines today. A record breaking attendance of over 30,000 visitors this year cemented ICE’s reputation as the launch pad for gaming innovation.

To find out more about ICE, EAG, the trends in gaming for 2017 or the Pluto range of products, please contact simon.rose@heber.co.uk.

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