While this year’s KPMG Isle of Man eGaming Summit returned to its original home at the Comis at Mount Murray Hotel and Resort last week, it was evident that the industry has moved on light years since the first Summit took place there in front of a fledgling industry in 2010.
As Chief Minister Howard Quayle commented in his opening address, eGaming now (along with ICT) makes up 28% of the Isle of Man’s economy, with a growth rate of 15% year on year. It was an industry, he said, of which the Isle of Man should be proud, adding that the Island was “a jurisdiction of choice for eGaming and ancillary digital services.”
Mr Quayle was addressing over 250 delegates who had gathered at the 2018 event to hear the latest news and views from industry leaders and to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing eGaming over the coming years.
His speech was followed by a presentation from the Isle of Man’s Department for Enterprise Digital Chair Lydia Barbara, who outlined the current framework of the Island’s Gambling Supervision Commission and explained the role of the newly formed Digital Agency. She then led a panel session on “The Isle of Man – A Digital Destination for Gaming” that focused on the reasons why a number of companies had chosen the Isle of Man as their headquarters.