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.

22, Sep 2017
Melco Resorts and Entertainment’s decision to file for an initial public offering for its Studio City joint venture took analysts by surprise, with many speculating the proposed listing is being used to fish for a valuation for the resort. Melco owns the Hollywood-themed IR through a partnership with New Cotai Holdings. Analysts have long expected Melco to buy out its partner’s 40 percent stake to gain full ownership, giving it access to the full revenue stream and the potential for...
21, Sep 2017
In early September, MGM Resorts International CEO James Murren emphasized in a public presentation that his company was looking for a “Japanese-led” IR consortium in a major urban market. He wasn’t specific about what he meant in practical terms, but clearly MGM envisages its Japanese partners playing a major, perhaps a predominant role in a future IR. Caesars Entertainment made a similar statement, however, so far few Japanese companies have come out opening as saying they are prepared to...
14, Sep 2017
Macau’s sixth Legislative Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, with gaming-related candidates proposing more concessions, a social fund and better workers’ rights as part of their platforms. Seven gaming-linked candidates are competing as part of a 24-strong field for the 14 available seats.
14, Sep 2017
Technology is changing the way that people gamble, in terms of their gambling experience, how they interact with operators in venues and online, and how gambling operators and regulators monitor and respond to customers. From a regulatory and corporate social responsibility perspective, it is important to clarify the risks associated with new technology, and how this can be used to minimize and prevent the experience of gambling-related harms. With disruptive technologies comes the need for a...
7, Sep 2017
Bitcoin has regularly made the headlines in recent months, its price surging towards the $5,000 mark - four to five times its value at the start of 2017 - predominantly driven by interest in Asia. It has also emerged as a viable gaming currency, with online operators discovering that users, particularly in Asia’s grey markets, are keen to embrace a currency that is secure and easily deposited and withdrawn.
7, Sep 2017
Aristocrat Leisure recently snapped up social games developer Plarium for $500 million, but what exactly is the appeal of acquiring a studio that creates strategy/ role-playing game (RPG) titles for a very different player demographic to social casino gamers? Mergers and acquisitions in the social casino space have been rife since the turn of the decade, with blockbuster deals worth hundreds of millions – even billions – of dollars becoming commonplace. But not many industry observers foresaw...
31, Aug 2017
Singapore’s two gaming operators reported an improvement in Q2 results, helped by cost controls, lower bad debts and higher premium play, though analysts see few catalysts for significant expansion of the market. In 2007, Singapore granted Las Vegas Sands and Genting Singapore a license for one resort each, with exclusivity until 2017. Those licenses were renewed in 2016 for a further three years, but the government is not expected to allow any new entrants, therefore keeping a lid on the size...
31, Aug 2017
Filipinos’ well known love for entertainment means the country’s casinos may see significant upside from their non-gaming attractions if they get the mix right, giving Macau a run for its money when it comes to creating a diversified entertainment hub in Asia. Morgan Stanley estimates non-gaming may account for 20 percent of what it projects will be a $5 billion market by 2020.

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