Highlights of BEGE 2013
Sofia, Bulgaria – October 2013
The 6th edition of BEGE Expo proved once again as a very important initiative that supports the development of industry in the region
During the days 22nd and 23rd of October for the sixth consecutive year there was held the Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo (BEGE EXPO).Traditionally Sofia became a center of gaming and entertainment businesses on the Balkans, bringing Bulgarian and foreign companies together to present their latest products and services for the region to an audience of more than 2,000 visitors. The event was officially opened by Ognemir Mitev – chairmen of the State commission on gambling and Angel Iribozov – Chairman of the Management Board of BTAMOGI.
The Bulgarian industry was represented by leading manufacturers and distributors of entertainment and gaming equipment and software solutions. The leading Bulgarian manufacturer Casino Technology introduced the newest versions from the multigame series GAMOPOLIS HIGHWAY, along with the latest developments of the server-based and online solutions.
The distributor of gaming equipment Casino Trade BG presented for the first time to the local market the G5 HD Mini Roulete ™ – an innovative 8-seat roulette, produced by the Slovenian company Interblock. Among the rest of Bulgarian companies offering successful solutions to the business were: Decart, AlfaStreet Trade BG, Casino Game Innovation, Rodiz, Avangard Technology, Simona Cards, Avant-X Technoolgy. From the entertainment sector that were: Interservice Uzunovi, Mini Golf Ltd, Microintellect and KB Distribution.
More and more international leaders are presenting at BEGE Expo and some of them are participating at the show for second, third or fourth consecutive year. In 2013 their latest innovations presented the following companies: APEX Gaming Technology, Abbiati, Advansys, Betconstruct, Fininvest, Future Gaming, Gaming Support, Interblock, Vermantia, Microgaming, Suzo-Happ, SB Tech, Spielo International, Syswin Solutions and StylGame. Entertainment sector was presented by the Advanced Technology Research, SEGA and Sound Leisure.
At BEGE Expo 2013 there was held the second edition of the contest Miss Gaming BEGE. The crown was given to the charming blonde Kristiyana Rangelova, representing Casino Hrisantema. Her runners-up were Nikol Georgieva – Miss Palms Bet (second), and Anastasia Andreeva – Miss Sesame (third), while “The audience’s choice” became Miss Casino Ritz Plovdiv – Mihaela Vasileva.
The Miss Gaming BEGE winners were announced at the BEGE Expo party hold at Playground, Paradise Center, where all the exhibitors and partners of BEGE Expo, celebrated its successful sixth edition. The party was made in more unconventional format allowing the guests to enjoy both the musical program of fashionable Bulgarian performers but also to the special bowling tournament, along with any other entertainments offered by the leisure center. The first place in the bowling tournament took the team of the Slovenian company Fininvest, followed by the teams of Kamenitza (second) and Casino Game Innovation (third).
The hosts of the party Playground, which were among the BEGE exhibitors as well and are the exclusive representatives for Bulgaria of the world’s leading game manufacturer SEGA, with whose most popular and attractive products are equipped all the major entertainment centers in Sofia, Varna and Bourgas.
During the second day of BEGE Expo there were presented the traditional BEGE AWARDS. Alfastreet Trade BG was distinguished as a “Company representing the largest number of foreign companies in Bulgaria”. Honorary diplomas for “Bulgarian companies supporting BEGE Expo” received: AvantX Technology, Casino Technology, Casino Game Innovation, Decart, Rodiz and Simona Cards. Special honorary diplomas for companies participating for the first time on the expo received: APEX Gaming Technology GmbH, Gaming Support, Syswin Solutions, Vermantia and Advanced Technology Research.
At the same day there was held for the second time an open discussion of Bulgarian gaming operators with the State Commission on Gambling, focusing the most updated common topics about the local industry and the regulator.
During the two days of BEGE EXPO, visitors and guests had the opportunity to try free cocktails and coffee drinks from Bar Academy and Baristo coffee, provided by Enco Vending. For those looking for more entertainment there was a special fun area, with mini-golf, foosball and varied simulators.
The exhibition ended successfully with positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. The 6th edition of BEGE Expo proved once again as a very important initiative that supports the development of industry in the region, helps manufacturers and distributors to reach more customers and provides valuable information from the source about the Eastern European gaming industry and market.