Brazil’s aspirations to introduce a regulated gambling industry may have hit the brakes recently, but there is no sign of a slowdown on the part of potential stakeholders who are talking in more positive terms than ever about how a new gambling landscape should take shape there. A major focal point for all this speculation is the forthcoming Brazilian Gaming Congress (BgC) in Sao Paulo (April 22 to 24), where an impressive roster of speakers will address all the major gaming tick boxes including inter alia, sports integrity, taxation, legal boundaries and social responsibility.

Confirmed members of the line up include Francesco Rodano of Playtech, Francisco Javier Vidal Caamano of Sortis & Golden Lion Casinos Panama, Jan Jones Blackhurst of Caesars Entertainment, Michael Pollock of Spectrum Gaming Group and William P Coley of the Ohio Senate.

Between them they will contribute to a packed agenda spread over two days with panels dedicated to sowing the seeds of legislation, cultivating and regulating licensing, opportunities and strategies for Brazil and the social and economic impact of taxation. They will also look at how to develop a competitive market place that is able to respond to future trends and player preferences as well as new technologies and products.

Betting and gaming solutions provider Golden Race will be among several potential stakeholders in attendance at BgC. Said the firm: “We are eager to discover the main developments regarding gambling legalisation in Brazil, and what we might expect for this 2018. BgC 2018 will go beyond the approval of the law itself and discuss the challenges Brazil might face in creating a stable marketplace that is attractive for long term investment as well as how expectations can be met in terms of boosting the economy. Since the first edition in 2013, BgC has played a fundamental role in gathering key operators, investors and legislators to explore the potential of the Brazilian gaming market and how best to prepare once it becomes regulated.”