Asia Gaming Briefings – October 2021 Edition


It’s on with the show !!

A global pandemic that brought the gaming industry to its knees, closed down international borders, grounded air travel and crippled economies is bound to spark some changes. In fact, some people note that it’s often events such as this that are the catalyst for real innovation. In our Focus section this month, we take a look at some things that will be different once the industry fully recovers. 



in Focus: Covid as a catalyst for change


Covid provides a catalyst for change

A global pandemic that brought the gaming industry to its knees, closed down international borders, grounded air travel and crippled economies is bound to spark some changes.

Covid changes accelerate casino slots optimization

Social distancing rules and changes in consumer preferences due to Covid are helping to prove a theory that casino slot optimization experts have held for some time.

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In this special report, we asked gaming industry executive David Croft, former general manager of product and strategy at The Star Sydney, to put himself in the shoes of a patron visiting a casino of the future.

China crackdowns loom large over international travel plans

As international borders begin to reopen, a key question for the industry in Asia will be whether the preferences of the Chinese outbound traveller have changed.

China game restrictions could have upside for esports

There has been a general belief that Mainland China toughened restrictions on underage video gaming could undermine the growth of the fast-growing esports industry, though some experts say otherwise. 

JURISDICTIONS UPDATES


Investors/casino operators anxious for more details on Macau gaming laws

Investors and operators are seeking further clarity from the Macau government over draft proposals that seek to increase supervision over the gaming industry.

Law changes trigger stock exodus, but should it have been a surprise?

Signs China is tightening its grip on the gaming industry in Macau triggered a record stock sell off in the big six casino gaming operators.

PAGCOR defends tax collection record, as the government seeks more funds from gaming

The Philippines’ market regulator PAGCOR is pushing back against accusations that it has failed to collect enough tax from its offshore gambling operators.

Cebu’s first IR catches junkets’ attention

NUSTAR Resort & Casino is on track to open on Cebu island in the Philippines in March next year and is already attracting interest from junket operators.

Phu Quoc readying for international travel from November

Vietnam is taking the first steps to reopening its tourism industry, allowing international travel to the island of Phu Quoc from November.

China warns Cambodia over online gambling operations

Cambodia online gaming industry is once again in China cross hairs, with a senior government official making a thinly veiled threat that the two country’s economic ties might be at risk if action isn’t taken.

NagaWorld ramps quietly, expansion projects still on the cards

NagaWorld, Nagacorp’s integrated resort in Phnom Penh reopened its doors after more than a six month shutdown on September 15 without its usual fanfare.

Kangwon seen as star performer as the country opens post-Covid

Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea where locals are allowed to gamble, is expected to continue to outperform its peers as the country reopens after Covid

Primorye gets new investors, stalled projects resume

The development of Russia’s Primorye gaming zone has taken a major step forward in recent months, with the announcement of two new investors planning integrated resorts in the area.

UPCOMING EVENTS

INDUSTRY OPINION


Politics continue to obscure Japan IR outlook

Like a delinquent child who refuses to follow the rule book, going astray is more the norm than exception for the passage of casino gaming in Japan.

LAST WORD


Exploring economic disconnects

Just seven years ago during a panel at G2E Asia, analysts and operators alike were predicting that Macau would be a $100 billion market by 2021.

SUPPLIER SPECIAL REPORT


g2e Las Vegas

Bouncing back!

Las Vegas will welcome one of the world’s largest gatherings of industry executives this month with the return of G2E.

Asia Gaming Briefings – September 2021 Edition

With major sporting events set to resume their Autumn schedules and fresh off the back of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, our focus section in this September edition of Asia Gaming Briefings is on the sports betting world.

UPCOMING EVENTS