Amusement Expo Brings Back Big VR Offerings


Amusement Expo International (AEI) organizers have announced the return of an entire section and educational track dedicated to the emerging LBE VR industry. Organizers say that following the tremendous response at last year’s show, they are doubling down on VR in 2019. (And the future looks bright for the tech in our business: According to figures from Greenlight Insights, the LBE VR industry is set to grow to over $8 billion by 2022, meaning heaps of opportunity for money-making in our industry and beyond.)

“Amusement Expo International is the perfect venue for VR content developers and game manufacturers to cultivate new relationships with location operators,” said AAMA EVP Pete Gustafson. “Last year’s inaugural VR focus was overwhelmingly positive, delivering above and beyond exhibitors’ expectations and the VR Summit was a smash success – standing room only from the first seminar to the last.

”The focus kicks off on Tuesday, March 26, with a VR Summit Education Day. This full day of panels and seminars devoted to LBE VR will feature reps from a host of important players in the industry today and will be again hosted by VR expert and RePlay columnist Bob Cooney. Sessions will cover a roadmap of where the technology is going, how operators are making real money with VR today, potential impacts of VR and AR on laser tag, how to meld storytelling, VR and escape rooms, and how LBE centers can capitalize on eSports. Experienced professionals with comments to add to any of these topics are encouraged to reach out to Cooney at [email protected] for potential speaking opportunities.

“The virtual reality market tends to be insular and most of the VR events have become echo chambers, with the same people talking to each other,” said Cooney. “Amusement Expo International brings two unique audiences, who need each other, together. I believe we will unlock massive value for the entire location-based entertainment market.”

For more information, visit the AEI website here.


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