GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, AUSTRIA – After numerous cancellations by major international show exhibitors and due to the ongoing challenging situation created by COVID in the U.K. and across Europe, the Novomatic AG Group made the decision to withdraw from the planned participation at ICE 2022. In a prepared statement, the company said:
“The Novomatic Executive Board has not taken this decision lightly. Following the recent weeks’ uncertainties and after detailed analysis and risk assessment, the decision has been taken to withdraw from ICE 2022 for various reasons.
A multitude of adverse aspects – including the pandemic, logistical challenges, and last but not least, the unfavorable and unavoidable alternative date – have culminated in a situation in which participating in the show is no longer viable. The situation remains difficult to assess, due to the pandemic creating conditions that continue to prevent safe travel as well as a safe stay and participation at this gaming show – circumstances that have ultimately led to several cancellations by leading show exhibitors and participants. Novomatic considers the health of its employees as well as customers and partners a top priority and has therefore decided to take this unfortunate but measured and considered step.
ICE is a key trade show for the entire gaming industry and Novomatic hopes that the successful cooperation can be continued under more favorable conditions in 2023.”