I enjoy all the conferences that I get to attend with Dave, and will manage to get to 2 or 3 each year. The first conference to start the year off has been the London Affiliate Conference (LAC) held at the Old Billingsgate Market, which we have just got back from.
What I love about iGaming conferences is the “glitz and glam” that the merchants, operators, players and super affiliates bring with them. The affiliate conferences is something that we started going to when A4U and the Casino Affiliate Conference first asked Dave to speak back in 2008. Last year we went to AAC in Amsterdam and BAC in Budapest which were great events.
The venue hotel for the London Affiliate Conference was the Grange St Pauls Hotel which is a new and stunning building. The standard of the hotel was very high, but I think they struggled with the volume of people heading to breakfast and needing serving at the bar on the evening. Here’s a picture of the view from the 3rd floor of the dining area and lounge below, as well as the Lamborghini that was parked in the lobby.
The Old Billingsgate Market is a great venue but it got a bit cramped as the huge amount of attendees started to turn up. Fortunately as we had heard that LAC had signed up 2400 registrants we knew it would be busy and registered the day before the conference at the hotel so we could just go straight in. As we walked in we were greeted by a huge 888.com sign and lots of stands with lots of buzz and noise.
Dave was on the Demon SEO Panel with Bob Rains, Ziv Dascalu and Frank Watson, talking about all the bad stuff that is out there like injections, hacking, Xss, click botting, messing with inhouse SEO teams and messing up web logs. The conference room was packed out and 2 or 3 deep standing at the back and sides of the room. It was quite a technical session and I think a lot of people in the room didn’t even think that some of it existed, so hopefully they may start trying to protect themselves better in the future.
Friday night started with a gorgeous dinner at Gaucho’s, which is an award winning Argentinean restaurant near Tower Bridge where we enjoyed fabulous steaks and conversation.
There was a big 888 party on the Friday night but we opted out as the venue would only hold 500 people and by the time we would have got there it was no doubt at capacity already. We spent a good deal of time in the hotel bar chatting to lots of very cool and interesting people. I’m certainly looking forward to the next iGaming event, but the next conference for me will be SES New York in March which I’m really looking forward to.