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EAG 2021 Goes Online


Bingo Life Interview with Martin Burlin, EAG Chairman

In January 2020, the Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo (EAG) celebrated its 10th anniversary as a successful must-attend event at the very heart of the amusements and entertainment industry, attracting participants from around the globe.

Wind forward just a few months and with the global Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc with lives and businesses, bacta, the show’s owner, has been focused on seeking alternative ways of supporting the industry in a safe and effective way. Early in November, it was announced that EAG will take place from 27th-28 January 2021, but as an online event.

Bingo Life caught up with EAG Chairman Martin Burlin for a chat about the show’s new format and what it will mean for its participants:

Interactive Entertainment

How did 2019 treat Willow Communications ?

2019 was a fantastic year for Willow Communications across all areas of our business; retail bingo, casino, AGC, hospitality and leisure. The granting in 2019 of our Gambling Commission licences to provide facilities for the playing of bingo was a catalyst to further develop our established and proven BiGD platform (Bingo Information Graphical Display), which is now used by most UK multi-site retail bingo operators. 2020 promises to be a very busy year with exciting new bingo and jackpot games being launched with several of our retail bingo clients. Our Bingo and Jackpot manager software is deployed on our BiGD platform to provide paper based games presented on the in-venue public display screens to deliver dynamic rich media game content.

Setting the Standard


GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard: One Year On

GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for those affected by gambling related harms across Great Britain. Alongside operating the National Gambling Helpline, open 24-hours a day and offering a range of support and treatment services nationwide, they also use their expertise to provide training and accreditation for the gambling industry, including through the Safer Gambling Standard.

The Safer Gambling Standard was launched a year ago and working alongside the BSI, (British Standards Institution,) GamCare has ensured that the Standard is a recognised mark for gambling operators licensed in Great Britain: to date five gambling businesses have already completed and achieved the accreditation, with more en-route. Currently 20 operators are actively working with GamCare on achieving accreditation.

If You Can’t Measure It – You Can’t Manage It



EBI Software is an industry leading developer of data integration and business information software.  With two industry technologists at its helm; Tony Eyre, with over 28 years of product innovation and product marketing in UK gambling sectors, and Chris Cowan, with more than 35 years developing business information software for manufacturing and supply chain management businesses.




As many Bingo Life readers will already know The Bingo Association has been supporting Variety the Children’s Charity since 2015, with amazing success, thanks to the support and hard work of bingo operators, club staff and the amazing generosity of bingo players up and down the country. The hard work and generosity has brought the total raised to date to over £1.3 million – a staggering amount of money!



WhichBingo.co.uk, the UK’s biggest website and community dedicated to online bingo reviews,  is getting ready to welcome over 180 industry guests to London’s Madame Tussauds on Wednesday 26th June for the WhichBingo Awards 2019.

This annual event, now in its sixth year, celebrates the very best in the UK online bingo and slots market, with a total of 11 award categories decided by a public vote of bingo players, and another 7 award winners chosen by a panel of industry experts.

At last year’s event, it was Mecca Bingo who came out on top as they walked away with a trio of awards, including Best Playtech Bingo Site, Best Customer Service and Most Socially Responsible Operator. This year, newcomers such as Buzz Bingo are looking to make their mark.

Gaming Progression on Show G2E Asia 2019

Bingo Life interview with Josephine Lee, Chief Operating Officer of Reed Exhibitions, Greater China

Can you provide us examples of other key speakers at this year’s conference?
“We’ll be officially announcing our G2E Asia 2019 speaker line-up in February. As with last year and many editions before, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting assembly of influential leaders that are fully representative of Asia’s gaming and entertainment industry.”
What else can visitors to G2E Asia expect to see on the exhibition floor as well as the Conference?

The Biggest BUZZ in bingo

 103 clubs and a £40 million investment

A number of towns and bingo players across the country have felt, and seen, the winds of change blow through, as Gala Bingo rebranded to Buzz Bingo, establishing itself as the newest and largest licensed bingo club operator in Great Britain.

The transformation is now almost complete and Buzz Bingo has launched all 103 clubs across the country following a staggering investment of £40 million, with the remaining 19 clubs due to be completed by February 2019: players are seeing the changes and experiencing the benefits. The launch of Buzz Bingo has also coincided with the introduction of a brand new online offering - buzzbingo.com.

Award Winning Compliance: The Bingo Association’s Cherry Hosking wins Compliance Officer of The Year

Cherry Hosking, Company Secretary of The Bingo Association, won Compliance Officer of The Year at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards, held at The Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 18th April.

The Award acknowledges an outstanding compliance professional that always goes beyond the call of duty and has embraced the compliance function within their organisation, implementing it effectively with enthusiasm and vigour. Judges were looking for an exemplary individual who pro-actively embraces the compliance function, and who reacts to regulatory developments positively in their role. The Judges found that person in Cherry.

Insight and Innovation to be found at G2E Asia 2018


Bingo Life interview with Josephine Lee Chief Operating Officer Reed Exhibitions, Greater China

What can those representing Bingo operations who may be considering attending G2E Asia 2018 for the first time expect to see from a bingo perspective on the exhibition floor as well as the Conference?

G2E Asia is the region’s one-stop destination for forward-thinking and entertainment decision makers and suppliers. Currently, G2E Asia is covering land-based, digital content & technology, lottery and non-gaming sectors on a broader scope where there are segmented zones, targeted networking events as well as dedicated conference sessions for each.

Have you visitor numbers to G2E Asia 2017 and is there any trend developing from a geographical attendee standpoint?