Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Japan

Galaxy drops out of Yokohama IR race

Galaxy Entertainment has announced that it is dropping out of the race to build a major urban IR at Yamashita Pier in Yokohama, Japan.

Opposition lawmaker: digitization undermines Yokohama IR plan

Kenji Eda, a prominent opposition House of Representatives lawmaker based in a Yokohama district, has challenged the IR project in Diet debate and in his speeches from a very different perspective than most—among other things, he argues that digitization is likely to undermine the profitability of casinos in Japan by the time they open.

Konami gaming & systems revenue falls 41.4% 

Japanese gaming manufacturer Konami said its Gaming & Systems business revenue fell 41.4 percent to JPY16.6 billion in the year ended March 31, 2021, due mainly to the various closures of casino facilities in 2020. 

Sega Sammy annual profit down over 90%

Heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Sega Sammy Holdings reported that its profits for the April 2020-March 2021 were down over 90% from the previous year.
Suncity Wakayama

Wakayama IR bid on the ropes as Suncity pulls out

Wakayama’s IR bid appears to be on the ropes as the Suncity Group has withdrawn from the RFP process.
Kasamatsu Racecourse

Central Japan prefecture grapples with jockey betting scandal

The central Japan prefecture of Gifu has been grappling with a scandal involving jockeys and trainers as who have been found to be engaging in betting on horse races.
japan, horse racing, animal cruelty

Japan draft horse racing faces animal cruelty accusations

Japan’s unique Banei Horse Racing (draft horse racing) in Obihiro, Hokkaido, is under the cloud of animal cruelty accusations after several videos of jockeys kicking horses in the face were distributed on the internet.
Japan eSports

Japan’s esports market grew 9% in 2020

The Japanese esports market grew by 9 percent in 2020 and is set for even more impressive growth in the coming years, according to figures released by the gaming information firm Famitsu.
Okura Holdings permanently shutters two pachinko halls

Okura Holdings permanently shutters two pachinko halls

Hong Kong-listed Okura Holdings has announced that it will be permanently shuttering two of its pachinko halls in Japan, effective today.

Okura Holdings to close two underperforming pachinko halls

Hong Kong-listed Okura Holdings said it was closing down two of its pachinko parlours due to intense competition in the industry and the impact of Covid.
AGE at ICC Sydney

Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2021

The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the place to see new products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales....
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
Asia Gaming Briefings, april 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – April 2021 Edition

In this April edition of Asia Gaming Briefings we take the pulse of how the North Asia jurisdictions of Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East have fared.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.