The 1st edition of BEGE – Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo was held in Sofia between 30 September 2008 and 2 October 2008.

The event was organized by the Bulgarian Trade Association of the Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI) and under the patronage of Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling as a response to the dynamic growth of the entertainment and gaming industry in Bulgaria and the Balkans. During recent years both gaming manufacturers and gaming operators have been increasingly interested in the region’s potential, which is also a result of increased investor confidence after a number of Balkan countries joined the EU.

Following the event the organizers are more than satisfied with the results. The show was attended by more than 2000 visitors from 40 countries. The exhibition floor (over 5200 square meters) was fully booked by 78 companies from 18 countries. The majority of exhibitors were from Slovenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia and Russia. There were also exhibitors from the United Kingdom, Australia, USA, Canada and Dubai. Internationally recognized companies such as WMS, Aristocrat, TCS John Huxley, Shuffle Mater, SUZO, JCM, MEI, Fair Play, Casino Technology, EGT, Alfastreet, Gold Club, etc. demonstrated their latest products.

All visitors had a unique opportunity to explore the latest achievements of regional and world leaders in the entertaining business, the equipment, systems and specialized techniques for entertainment and theme complexes, hotel and resort projects and entertainment centers. Most of them were unanimous that already BEGE has become a real contender for the best and most successful gaming show in the Balkans. The facilities for both visitors and exhibitors were well organized and everybody was really satisfied with the services and the business they had during the show.

Patronage of the event:

State Commission on Gambling