Interview of Silviya Marinova, Director - EGT Colombia, for Yogonet
The big news for FADJA 2017 was its new venue. What were the benefits of the relocation? How would you assess the show on the overall? How would you rank the visitor traffic? And what about the organization? To what extent were you able to meet your goals?
The relocation of this year’s FADJA was a challenge for us. However, the show in general and our booth in particular were well visited. We presented some of our highly potential products on the market – the Premier Curved cabinets and the jackpot systems 3 Happy Hits, Diamond Life and Lady’s Cards, the multiplayer division’s Luxury roulette touch table, the STORK terminal, and multitude different multigames, including the EGT Interactive online-based titles. We were able to meet with many new operators, so our overall estimate of the exhibition is that it was successful for us.
How was this past year, from FADJA 2016 to date for the Colombian gaming industry? What are the expectations for the near term following your participation in the trade show?
The industry is growing at a high pace and new additions to the gaming floors are at a high demand, encouraging the operators to add more diversity to their equipment. EGT has a lot to offer in this respect, presenting nonparallel products on the market, attracting the attention of the connoisseurs.
Several major casino operators such as Chile’s Sun Dreams are eyeing Colombia for new casino. What are the opportunities present there for you?
Some of the major local operators are already in contact with us and we are currently in a process of installing our products on their floors. The reputation we have established as a manufacturer and a partner and our proven products are among the key factors EGT to be considered as a reliable supplier for the gaming industry in Colombia.
Do you reckon the investigation of former officials of Coljuegos for irregularities in casino contracts will have an impact on the industry?
The measures, undertaken by Coljuegos together with the police resulted in numerous arrests and confiscations of illegal machines. The fight against the gray sector will certainly affect our industry in a positive way.