The first edition of the Mekong Gaming Summit, a two-day conference organized by Asia Gaming Brief and focused on gaming developments across the region, kicks off today in the bustling city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
More than 170 gaming executives from the Mekong region are set to attend, making it one of the largest standalone gaming conferences in the region to date.
And it could not come at a better time. Over the last few weeks, the Chinese government has been flexing its muscles with the aim of putting an end to online gaming businesses that have been targeting their nationals. Cambodia, the benefactor of billions in Chinese investment, has swiftly responded with a ban on the issue of any further online licenses and said it won’t renew existing ones when they expire.
More than 10,000 Chinese nationals left the country in haste following the news, concerned about the impending crackdown on the industry. Flights were fully booked and airports were packed.
The event launches with opening remarks from the organizer, Rosalind Wade of Asia Gaming Brief.
Keynote speakers to the conference include Nguon Sokha, secretary of state, Ministry of Economy and Finance; Mey Vann, delegate to the Royal Government in charge as director-general, General Department of Financial Industry; and Ros Phirun, the deputy director-general of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. (AGB)