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Australian Study Finds Link Between Loot Boxes and Problem Gambling

An Australian Senate inquiry into “loot boxes” has found a link between the popular game feature and problem gambling amongst gamers.

Australasian Gaming Expo 2018 Sets New Attendance Record

The 29th annual Australasian Gaming Expo set a new attendance record with 8,638 visits, a 7 percent increase over the 2017 expo, already a record year.

Australia Resorts Upgrading to Woo Asia Tourists

Australia’s integrated resorts have been upgrading their facilities to capture a greater proportion of the expanding China outbound tourism market, as competition around Asia grows.

Hard Rock Eyes Queensland IR

US casino operator Hard Rock International, which is seeking a license in Japan, has also emerged as a major contender in the race for the Gold Coast’s second casino license, Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Crown Misconduct Claims Dismissed

Allegations of misconduct made against one of Australia’s largest casino operators have been dropped because the people who made the claims would not reveal their identity.

Roy Morgan: Mobile Betting on the Rise, But Overall Betting Down

Australians are increasingly using mobile devices to place bets. However, there are fewer punters taking bets overall compared to six years ago, said a report from research firm Roy Morgan.

AGE Expects “Biggest and Best” Year with New Program Additions

The Australasian Gaming Expo expects 2018 to be the “biggest and best” year yet in its 29 year history, with several new upgrades to its program.

Aquis and ESE Launch eSports Venture

Aquis Entertainment and Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE) have reportedly launched a joint venture called QeSports to invest in the esports market.

Star Entertainment VIP Revenue Surges

Star Entertainment Group said its international VIP rebate business has continued to show strong growth into the second quarter, with turnover jumping almost 64 percent year to date.

Silver Heritage Appoints Entrepreneur as Non-Executive Chairman

Silver Heritage Group has appointed Australian entrepreneur James Spenceley as non-executive chairman and director, effective immediately.

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Osaka Governor Frustrated with Legislative Delays

In a Wednesday press conference, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui expressed his frustration with other national opposition parties for their boycott of legislative business, making it less likely that the IR Implementation Bill can be passed in the current Diet session.

Politicians Optimistic on IR Bill, But Divided on Details

Japan’s ruling coalition says it will push for both the implementation bill to govern the casino industry and legislation to address problem gambling to be passed before the end of the current Diet session on June 20, even though pro-IR parties still have widely different stances.

Izumisano Still Hoping for IR

Izumisano city in Osaka Prefecture has not given up its hopes of hosting an IR, even though rival Yumeshima has been backed by the incumbent governor.

Aquis and ESE Launch eSports Venture

Aquis Entertainment and Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE) have reportedly launched a joint venture called QeSports to invest in the esports market.

Casino Proposals May Hit Investment Levels, Operators Warn

Government proposals presented to the ruling party this week relating to tax rates, entry fees, and casino floor space restrictions have drawn wildly different reviews from the business community and Japanese political parties.