The MGS Entertainment Show 2019 edition will partner with local telecom provider CTM to make the conference/exhibition event – set to take place at The Venetian between November 12 and 14 – the first in the city to make use of on-site 5G network and technology applications.
5G is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks.
“CTM will set up a special 5G Experiential hall displaying various 5G applications – from VR entertainment apps employing 5G speed transmission to 360-degree HD video transmission,” the event’s founder and Chairman of the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association, Jay Chun, said today at the event’s announcement press conference.
The event will also again organise a Global Digital Entertainment Summit jointly organised with Sina Games Channel with the theme ‘Innovative Forces, Winning Abroad, Competing in the Future’ and a section on ‘Future Development Trends of 5G Cloud Gaming’.
The other three main themes of the summit will be ‘Transformation and Innovation of the 2019 Gaming Industry’; ‘Sina Asia E-sports Industry Summit’; and ‘Sail Scientifically and Survival and Challenges of Overseas Living’.
According to Mr. Chun, 5G technology will be a powerful driver in the development and promotion of many industries, including the gaming technology sector.
“Especially in the mass market, currently all the machines are linked by fixed-line and when you try to move the machines it is very complicated […] If every single unit can be connected through 5G we can move the gaming equipment very easily and if we want to change the content of the games that will also be very easy,” said the chairman and managing director of electronic gaming equipment company Paradise Entertainment Ltd and its subsidiary LT Game.
CTM is currently preparing the installation of 5G networks in Macau, with Chinese multinational technology group Huawei providing the technology and the Post and Telecommunications Bureau (CTT) set to install the first 5G base stations next year.
CTM expects to launch a 5G network for commercial use in the first half of 2020, in line with what is expected in Mainland China and South Korea.
This year’s MGS exhibition space was increased by 5,000 square meters to 20,000 square meters and will be divided into seven distinct areas: Leisure Technology, Gaming Equipment, E-sports, Security Systems, Integrated Resorts (IRs), Procurement Fair, Hotel Supplies Securities Systems and Environment Protection & Sustainability.
Last year’s edition attracted more than 200 exhibitors and over 17,000 professional visitors from 54 countries and regions.
The MGS Entertainment Show 2019 is jointly organised by the Macao Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association, Nam Kwong Cultural and Creative Industry Limited, and China National Machinery Industry International Co., Ltd.
A summit on the development of SMEs in Macau and on the impact of smart finance will also be organised in cooperation with Bank Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau) Limited.
The event – previously named Macau Gaming Show – was first hosted in 2013.