Friday, December 4, 2020
digital wallets and crypto

E-wallets, crypto, fill online payments gap in Japan

Japanese online casino operators are increasingly turning to cryptocurrency and digital wallets to solve their payment problems over traditional methods.
Designing the customer experience

Designing the customer experience

In Asia’s increasingly competitive igaming industry, developing a player-centric approach is becoming increasingly important to ensure acquisition and retention of customers.
Call for visa restrictions another potential hurdle to recovery

Call for visa restrictions another potential hurdle to recovery

A Philippine senator is calling for an end to the Visa Upon Arrival scheme for Chinese nationals, which could potentially be a blow for both land-based casinos and the country’s Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

Philippines senator calls for end to visa on arrival for Chinese

Philippines Senator Risa Hontiveros has called on the Bureau of Immigration to suspend the visa upon arrival scheme for Chinese nationals, citing reports from the national police suggesting the scheme boosts kidnappings related to Chinese casino players.
PlayerzPot online fantasy sports

PlayerzPot aims for the big league

It’s yet to break into the big league when it comes to India’s fast-growing online fantasy sports market, but gaming startup PlayerzPot has caught the attention of investors, raising $3 million to accelerate its expansion plans. 

New Delhi High Court receives plea aiming for online gambling ban

A plea has been entered in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to call on the central government to ban online gambling. The petition says that despite there being laws prohibiting online gambling in several states, there is still a large amount of betting activity across India. 

India sets out gambling advertising standards

The Advertising Standards Council of India has set out guidelines covering online gambling, which will enforce a standard disclaimer of risk.

Cambodia arrests 10 foreigners in online gambling bust

Cambodian police has arrested 10 foreign nationals in an online gambling bust, seizing passports, keys, computers, cars and other related items, the Phnom Penh Post reports. It didn't give the nationality of those detained.
Darang Candra says 2020 a double-edged-sword for esports

Darang Candra says 2020 a double-edged-sword for esports [Podcast]

Darang Candra, director of Southeast Asia for Niko Partners speaks with Asia Gaming Brief asia editor Felix Ng about interesting trends seen across esports,...
PUBG tops India's esports ladder

India’s esports industry races ahead

India’s online gaming revenue is expected to jump by 45 percent this year as players turned to their mobiles during Covid-19 mandated lockdowns, with the esports one of the fast growing stars of the segment.

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Aristocrat Nov. slot installations higher in Queensland/NSW

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Can staycations save Christmas?

As we near the end of a tourism-free year, the industry is gearing up for one last push to salvage annual revenue with a round of campaigns to capitalize on the upcoming holiday season. Reliance on locals and “staycation” marketing have been a theme of the year, with varying degrees of success around the region.