Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition


IN FOCUS: The year that changed the game


domestic, tourism, travel

Covid sparks innovation in domestic tourism

Covid has triggered a major tourism reset across Asia, with governments forced to pivot to the domestic market, which prior to the pandemic received little support in terms of finance and marketing.
china

Operators eye China projects as governments push integration

As Macau and China step up cooperation in the Greater Bay Area, the territory’s operators are paying heed and turning their attention to opportunities on the Chinese Mainland.
Hong kong, macau, travel bubble

HK/Macau travel bubble positive, but don’t expect a gold rush

The travel bubble that is being discussed between Hong Kong and Macau would be a positive step in opening up the market, but wouldn’t necessarily lead to a surge in gross gambling revenue for the territory.
Grand lisboa Palace, macau

Grand Lisboa Palace takes its place on Cotai after muted debut

SJM Holding’s long-awaited Grand Lisboa Palace made a low-key debut in late July, filling out the offering on the Macau Cotai Strip as the last major IR planned for Macau.
China

China soft power packs punch in online gambling crackdown

China’s crackdown on online cross border gambling is showing no signs of easing, with Beijing’s increasing deployment of soft power across Asia reducing safe havens for operators.
Philippines Q2 GGR plunges

PIGO market gradually evolving, with restriction to VIP bets dropped

The Philippines is pushing on with efforts to develop its domestic online gambling market, with the regulator recently tweaking rules to lift a restriction on only accepting bets from VIP players.
hatien vegas, cambodia

Casinos shuttered on resurgent Covid

Up until February, Cambodia was one of the world’s Covid success stories, with very few cases and no deaths. That has now changed, with the government in Phnom Penh struggling to control an outbreak, resulting in the widespread closure of the country's casinos.
MGM-Orix, Japan

Clash of casino titans becomes a damp squib

The future shape of Japan’s IR casino industry is slowly beginning to take shape, but instead of a heated battle between the world’s gaming giants, regional governments have found themselves with limited choice in their potential gaming partners.
saipan

Saipan seeks to unravel IPI mess

Authorities in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands are considering a proposal for two gaming licenses for the island of Saipan if the monopoly permit of Imperial Pacific International is revoked.
Online gambling, india

Covid drives online growth, attracting foreign investor interest

India online gambling market has seen explosive growth during the Covid crisis and that’s showing no signs of slowing down as overseas investors increasingly target the market.

JURISDICTIONS UPDATES


Covid sparks innovation in domestic tourism

Covid has triggered a major tourism reset across Asia, with governments forced to pivot to the domestic market, which prior to the pandemic received little support in terms of finance and marketing.

Operators eye China projects as governments push integration

As Macau and China step up cooperation in the Greater Bay Area, the territory’s operators are paying heed and turning their attention to opportunities on the Chinese Mainland.

HK/Macau travel bubble positive, but don’t expect a gold rush

The travel bubble that is being discussed between Hong Kong and Macau would be a positive step in opening up the market, but wouldn’t necessarily lead to a surge in gross gambling revenue for the territory.

Grand Lisboa Palace takes its place on Cotai after muted debut

SJM Holding’s long-awaited Grand Lisboa Palace made a low-key debut in late July, filling out the offering on the Macau Cotai Strip as the last major IR planned for Macau.

China soft power packs punch in online gambling crackdown

China’s crackdown on online cross border gambling is showing no signs of easing, with Beijing’s increasing deployment of soft power across Asia reducing safe havens for operators.

PIGO market gradually evolving, with restriction to VIP bets dropped

The Philippines is pushing on with efforts to develop its domestic online gambling market, with the regulator recently tweaking rules to lift a restriction on only accepting bets from VIP players.

Casinos shuttered on resurgent Covid

Up until February, Cambodia was one of the world’s Covid success stories, with very few cases and no deaths. That has now changed, with the government in Phnom Penh struggling to control an outbreak, resulting in the widespread closure of the country's casinos.

Clash of casino titans becomes a damp squib

The future shape of Japan’s IR casino industry is slowly beginning to take shape, but instead of a heated battle between the world’s gaming giants, regional governments have found themselves with limited choice in their potential gaming partners.

Saipan seeks to unravel IPI mess

Authorities in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands are considering a proposal for two gaming licenses for the island of Saipan if the monopoly permit of Imperial Pacific International is revoked.

Covid drives online growth, attracting foreign investor interest

India online gambling market has seen explosive growth during the Covid crisis and that’s showing no signs of slowing down as overseas investors increasingly target the market.

INDUSTRY VIEWS


Covid sparks innovation in domestic tourism

Covid has triggered a major tourism reset across Asia, with governments forced to pivot to the domestic market, which prior to the pandemic received little support in terms of finance and marketing.

Operators eye China projects as governments push integration

As Macau and China step up cooperation in the Greater Bay Area, the territory’s operators are paying heed and turning their attention to opportunities on the Chinese Mainland.

HK/Macau travel bubble positive, but don’t expect a gold rush

The travel bubble that is being discussed between Hong Kong and Macau would be a positive step in opening up the market, but wouldn’t necessarily lead to a surge in gross gambling revenue for the territory.

Grand Lisboa Palace takes its place on Cotai after muted debut

SJM Holding’s long-awaited Grand Lisboa Palace made a low-key debut in late July, filling out the offering on the Macau Cotai Strip as the last major IR planned for Macau.

China soft power packs punch in online gambling crackdown

China’s crackdown on online cross border gambling is showing no signs of easing, with Beijing’s increasing deployment of soft power across Asia reducing safe havens for operators.

PIGO market gradually evolving, with restriction to VIP bets dropped

The Philippines is pushing on with efforts to develop its domestic online gambling market, with the regulator recently tweaking rules to lift a restriction on only accepting bets from VIP players.

Casinos shuttered on resurgent Covid

Up until February, Cambodia was one of the world’s Covid success stories, with very few cases and no deaths. That has now changed, with the government in Phnom Penh struggling to control an outbreak, resulting in the widespread closure of the country's casinos.

Clash of casino titans becomes a damp squib

The future shape of Japan’s IR casino industry is slowly beginning to take shape, but instead of a heated battle between the world’s gaming giants, regional governments have found themselves with limited choice in their potential gaming partners.

Saipan seeks to unravel IPI mess

Authorities in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands are considering a proposal for two gaming licenses for the island of Saipan if the monopoly permit of Imperial Pacific International is revoked.

Covid drives online growth, attracting foreign investor interest

India online gambling market has seen explosive growth during the Covid crisis and that’s showing no signs of slowing down as overseas investors increasingly target the market.

Should Beijing’s economic rampage concern Macau?

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho says he’s not expecting any nasty surprises from the upcoming concession renewals in Macau, although stock market investors are not so sure.

G&D: Convego Pearl offers flexible, secure payment solutions

Restrictions to stay contactless, and maturity within payment technology have created a boom for digital payments in both popularity and the global usage.

SG: Quartz standalone ups the game post-Covid

Scientific Games explains how its  table game technology, Quartz Standalone, will provide a more dynamic experience for players and enable operators to run their business more efficiently and safely.   

JCM: Driving efficiencies through smart data

The FUZION system from JCM Global continues to evolve and now has an even greater and more positive impact on real-time peripheral management.

UltraPlay: Best practices for product development

One of the most important considerations for eSports fans is authenticity. This means operators looking to reach that fan base will need to tailor their betting products around their preferences, whether that’s data-driven content, professional players, or influencers in the sector.

Habanero: Content king in player retention

As lockdowns lift, the online casino sector needs to think hard about how to retain the customers it gained during Covid lockdown.

Jade: Pioneering remote gaming in the Philippines

Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technologies (JADE) takes sports betting to new heights. With the recent development of remote gaming here in the Philippines, JADE, will be one of the few platform service providers accredited by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to offer a remote gaming experience to local players.

1XBet: Changing the game with Asian innovation

1xBet has long been a leading global betting brand. However, it’s not easy to gain such widespread acclaim because each region has its own characteristics and betting culture.

RGB: Developing Omni channel solutions

RGB prides itself in our successful track record in the industry, where we continually evolve to deliver innovative and high-quality gaming solutions.

Dallmeier: Speed of detection adds to casino security

One question that has been asked is whether COVID-19 made security challenges more difficult or easier? Of course, fewer visitors decrease the typical violations and offences.

INDUSTRY OPINION: Sudhir H. Kalé


domestic, tourism, travel

Covid sparks innovation in domestic tourism

Covid has triggered a major tourism reset across Asia, with governments forced to pivot to the domestic market, which prior to the pandemic received little support in terms of finance and marketing.

LAST WORD: Sharon Singleton


domestic, tourism, travel

Covid sparks innovation in domestic tourism

Covid has triggered a major tourism reset across Asia, with governments forced to pivot to the domestic market, which prior to the pandemic received little support in terms of finance and marketing.

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