Canada’s premier gaming event, the Canadian Gaming Summit, will be owned and operated by international events and media company Sports Betting Community (SBC) following the 2022 edition in Toronto.
SBC has agreed to terms to acquire the long-running Summit, which celebrates its 25th year as Canada’s leading annual conference and trade show for land-based and iGaming professionals by returning in-person at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre from June 7 to 9, 2022, from current joint owners MediaEdge Communications and the Canadian Gaming Association.
The acquisition will be completed after this year’s edition of the Summit, and also includes the Canadian Gaming Business portfolio of website, e-newsletter, and print magazine.
While the acquisition will not take effect until after the June 2022 Summit, SBC will work with MediaEdge and the CGA to bring even more content and commercial opportunities to this year’s Summit. This includes all three organizations hosting a Special Gaming Industry Reception on April 4 to celebrate the launch of Ontario’s new online gaming regime.
After the acquisition, the CGA will continue to be involved as an official and strategic partner of the Summit and will work with SBC to ensure the Summit supports the continued development of the gaming industry in Canada.
Rasmus Sojmark, Founder & CEO of SBC, commented: “This is a wonderful acquisition for SBC as it fits perfectly with our growing portfolio of market-leading events and media properties in the US and Latin America. We are delighted to bring the Canadian Gaming Summit into the SBC family, as the opening of single-event betting is likely to be transformational for an already vibrant Canadian gambling sector and enables us to build on what is already a great conference.”
Canadian Gaming Association Chair Ilkim Hincer commented: “The CGA is a national trade association that represents leading operators and suppliers in Canada’s gaming, sports betting, esports, and lottery industries. The board is thrilled to support this deal, as it enables us to focus our efforts even more on our members and on bringing them the greatest value.”
Canadian Gaming Association, President & CEO Paul Burns, added: “The CGA’s membership has grown significantly in the last year, and we are excited to open new opportunities to broaden our members’ access to networking and exchanging ideas on issues of common cause. We already have a great working relationship with the SBC team and look forward to working together for many years to come.”
Chuck Nervick, Senior Vice President, MediaEdge Communications, added: “We are proud of what we have achieved in partnership with the CGA over the years and the relationships and friendships we have established, but believe now is the perfect opportunity for the Canadian Gaming Summit to start a new chapter. We’ve greatly enjoyed working in the gaming sector and believe SBC has the ideal team to take the reins from here.”
SBC is the events and media business for the international sports betting and iGaming industry. Every year it brings together thousands of people from across these rapidly-evolving sectors to connect, share knowledge and do business.
SBC Events’ portfolio of industry-leading conferences and trade shows around the world already includes the flagship global event SBC Summit Barcelona, the iGaming-focused CasinoBeats Summit in Malta, and the regional SBC Summit North America, Betting on Sports Europe, SBC Summit Latinoamérica, and SBC Summit CIS shows. SBC Media’s network of 10 paywall-free B2B news websites include SBC News, SBC Americas, CasinoBeats, SBC Noticias, SBC CIS, PaymentExpert, Insider Sport, Lottery Daily, SlotBeats, and GamblingTV, along with the prestigious bi-monthly SBC Leaders magazine.
For more information on the 2022 Canadian Gaming Summit, please visit www.canadiangamingsummit.com. If you are interested in exhibiting, sponsoring, or being a session presenter at the Summit or participating in the Special Gaming Industry Reception on April 4, please contact [email protected]