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.

19, Oct 2017
Brazil and Japan are two of the most hotly anticipated casino markets, but how do they stack up against one another and which country is the most appealing for international casino operators and investors? The two nations have entwined cultural links, mainly due to mass migration throughout the 20th Century. In fact, Brazil is home to the world’s largest Japanese-descendant population outside Japan. One other thing Brazil and Japan have in common is that they both appear to be on the cusp of...
19, Oct 2017
The rising cost of acquiring new online players is forcing operators in Asia to ramp up their customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities in a bid to build deeper bonds and gain more value from existing customers. In the past, limited competition and high volumes have provided little incentive for Asia facing operators to build a long-term clientele, but that is changing fast.   
12, Oct 2017
Korea’s horse racing industry, considered the sleeping giant of Asia, has not been immune from the turmoil sweeping through the country’s political and business classes, with modernization plans in the balance after the Korean Racing Authority chairman was removed from office. It’s just the latest setback for the sport, which has been beset by political obstacles. Exorbitant taxes, uncompetitive take out rates, a unionized labor force at its training centers and vociferous anti-gambling...
12, Oct 2017
Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development opened its Shinhwa World theme park at the end of September, as IR projects for the honeymoon island forge ahead despite the uncertainty caused by a diplomatic spat with China and tensions with the North. Arrivals from the mainland have slumped and while operators may be confident they can pull in tourists from elsewhere, they may find it harder to fill casinos. 
5, Oct 2017
Localization is fast becoming a key battleground for online operators looking to expand across fast-growing Asian markets. While online gaming is still a long way from reaching maturity in Asia, consumers in the region’s grey markets are becoming more discerning and less likely to accept an English-only dot com website. Market leader bet365 now offers its website in 18 different languages, while SBOBET supports a range of Asian languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indonesia,...
5, Oct 2017
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have long been used by Chinese gamblers as a sort of invisibility cloak, allowing them to walk through the digital doors of offshore online casino, poker, bingo and sports betting sites undetected. VPNs straddle a legal fence, they are not illegal and many businesses use them legitimately to skirt the country’s “Great Firewall”, which blocks access to material on the internet that is considered politically sensitive. The clampdown on VPNs in China has dealt a...
28, Sep 2017
Casinos appear to be struggling to appeal to the next generation of gambler, with slots in particular looking tired to the younger audience. So could skill-based games be the answer, or will the savvy millennial gamer quickly see the odds are still stacked in favor of the house? Although far from mainstream, some big names have recently announced they are taking a bet on skill-based products to draw in the younger demographic.
28, Sep 2017
With its pristine, golden beaches and exotic temples, Asia has cemented itself as a premium tourist region, attracting millions of travellers every year. Yet, these same attractions may also be keeping them away from Asia’s integrated resorts, with many tourists no longer drawn by slot machines and gaming tables, instead preferring to spend their hard-earned time and money on non-gaming entertainment options. So how do IRs stay relevant?

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