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IGC Participates in GIGSE 05

6 June 2005

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Interactive Gaming Council will be busy at the Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo in Montreal, June 13-15. Our board and members will be meeting, and we look forward to meeting with prospective members at our booth, #507.

"GIGSE is always the main event on the annual interactive gaming calendar," said Rick Smith, executive director of the IGC. "But this year, attendance is even more critical for any company that has anything to do with our segment of the gaming world. Passage of the UK Gambling Act 2005 in April this year was a tremendous step for regulated interactive gaming. That, coupled with the final ruling of the World Trade Organization on Antigua's complaint against the U.S., means that there is much recent news to digest and analyze. We'll be hearing from experts on both subjects."

The conference will also feature panels discussing online poker, betting exchanges, skill games and mobile betting. And there will be nuts-and-bolts sessions on payment systems, DDOS attacks, marketing and branding strategies.

"A glance at the event's web site, shows a tremendous amount of international participation in the conference and exhibit hall," said Keith Furlong, deputy director of the IGC. "Unfortunately, however, the U.S. political climate is still quite hostile to our industry. Senator Jon Kyl is expected to introduce yet another bill aimed at crippling interactive gaming, and the U.S. Justice Department continues to harass media that advertise interactive gaming. So we're looking forward to discussions on those topics."

"All of this worldwide activity, positive or otherwise, makes membership in the IGC all the more compelling," Smith added. "At our booth next week, I know I'll be seeing representatives of many companies that are newly involved in interactive gaming."

About the IGC

Formed in 1996, the IGC is the leading trade association for the international interactive gambling industry with its membership operating or supplying services to most of the reputable interactive sites on the World Wide Web. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the IGC champion's fair and honest interactive gambling environments. To help parents protect their children, IGC members are encouraged to participate in the self-labelling system of the Internet Content Rating Association. The IGC has developed a Code of Conduct for members, and a program called Helping Hand to assist problem gamblers.

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