Latest Intelligence is a premium content section developed for AGB members only featuring in-depth articles on relevant items of interest across the multiple Asia Pacific Gaming jurisdictions. AGB relies on an extensive network of regional advisors and contributors to ensure that the published content is real, topical and based on fact.

14, Dec 2017
Russia has passed a bill that doubles tax rates for both land-based casinos and bookmakers, with even more hikes in the pipeline, raising concern the ever shifting sands of regulation are changing the outlook for the industry and threatening foreign investment. Steve Gallaway, managing partner at Global Market Advisors, says the “changes to the tax regime are devastating for the IEZ (Integrated Entertainment Zone) in Primorye,” referring to the most developed of Russia’s gaming zones.
14, Dec 2017
In just under two decades, virtual sports have gone from being a niche vertical dismissed by many as cartoon betting, to one of the fastest growing areas in gaming, with operators in Asia increasingly taking notice. Interest is undoubtedly strong amongst Asia's sports mad punters, however, slow turning wheels of regulation, or lack of rules, is holding back progress.
8, Dec 2017
It’s 15 years since Macau flung open its arms to international gaming companies and major US operators wasted little time heading to the Far East to plant their flags firmly in the ground. US and Australian interests have dominated casino investment across Asia, with the Europeans notably absent, however, with Japan planning to open the market, there are signs that may be about to change. 
7, Dec 2017
Even by the standards of initial coin offerings (ICOs), Macau gaming company Dragon Corp. raised eyebrows in September with an announcement that it planned to raise $500 million to build a floating casino that operates in a newly-created cryptocurrency. Its aim is to undercut Macau's massive junket industry that finances high rollers in the gambling hub. However, the company's ambitious plans face major regulatory hurdles.  
30, Nov 2017
Malaysia has launched a major crackdown on illegal gambling and this time says it will stamp out the practice for good, though some observers are less optimistic. They say without changes to the law to specifically target online activities, stamping out the problem may be a tough call.  
30, Nov 2017
Nepal’s casino sector appears finally to be poised for expansion, with new properties opening and foreign investors entering the market, drawn by the lure of untapped demand in neighboring India and increased business traffic. The industry is one of the oldest in Asia, but has been through a transitional period, with new international standard gaming regulations introduced in 2013 and with the country hit by an earthquake and temporary border issues in 2015. However, the picture is brightening...
23, Nov 2017
Money laundering comes a close second to gambling addiction when it comes to reasons for opposing casinos in Japan, with local media stoking fears that the country’s organized crime gangs plan on using IRs to legitimize the proceeds from crime. These opponents might be exaggerating the risks of money laundering at the anticipated Japanese IRs, but their concerns do not seem to be entirely misplaced. Japan is not necessarily on the cutting edge of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing...
23, Nov 2017
With mobile internet usage surpassing that of desktop internet usage in 2016, there is no denying that the future lies in mobile. In the gaming space, operators are already upwards of 70 percent of their total user engagement coming from the mobile channel, according to Calvin Kent, CEO of ReelNRG. So, when it comes to game design, if it doesn’t start with mobile, you’re out of the loop.  

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