Friday, February 26, 2021

Japan

Okura Holdings posts 84% drop in H2 profit

Pachinko operator Okura Holdings said Profit for the period attributable to shareholders of the in the six months to end December decreased to 23 million yen, compared with 224 million yen the year earlier.

Osaka anti-casino group claims Yumeshima development dangerous

An anti-casino group in Osaka is planning a human chain protest at the Osaka City Hall, and they are arguing that the soft soil...
Hokkaido IR

Hokkaido white IR dies another death

“A fool dies a thousand deaths; a wise man only one.” This common expression—a garbled version of something written by Shakespeare—might very well be applied to the prospect of IR development in Hokkaido. And indeed, the project has recently died yet another death.

Japan government confirms no taxes for foreign visitors’ casino winnings

In response to questions from an opposition lawmaker, the Suga government has confirmed that it no longer plans to establish a system of taxation for the casino winnings of foreign visitors.

Japan motorboat racing bets spiraling upwards

There has been a surge in betting on motorboat races in Japan as more people stay at home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Nagasaki seen as best-managed IR bid contender

The Nagasaki Prefectural Government continues to distinguish itself as having the best managed bid in Japan’s IR development race, giving them a strong chance to become a licensed municipality.

Sega Sammy income down 51.8% in April-December 2020

Sega Sammy Holdings has released its financial results for the April-December 2020 nine month period, showing a 51.8 percent fall in operating income on a year-on-year basis.

Five consortiums bid for Nagasaki IR

The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has confirmed that five consortiums are in the race to become their partners in a licensing bid. The five have been named as Casinos Austria Japan, Current Group, Niki Chau Fwu (Parkview), One Kyushu (TTL Resorts), and the Oshidori consortium.

One operator already passes Yokohama IR qualification

The municipal government of Yokohama has announced that one IR operator has already passed its qualification screening, though the name of the company was not disclosed.

Osaka reopens IR process to allow challengers to MGM

The government of Osaka has decided to reopen its IR bidding process to allow the possibility of challengers to the MGM-Orix consortium which has hitherto been the only accepted applicant for the Yumeshima site.
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.