Sunday, January 24, 2021

Japan

Hundreds apply for Sega Sammy voluntary retirement program

Sega Sammy Holdings has reported that hundreds of its employees have applied for the firm’s voluntary retirement program and they will be leaving the company at the end of February.
Suga Nishimura

Japan closes borders to foreign travelers

After reaching record numbers of new Covid-19 cases and fatalities for almost two months, the Japan government has finally decided to take serious measures to partially lock down the nation.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi

Mayoral election now key to Yokohama IR development

When Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi announced at a press conference three months ago that she would respect the outcome of any popular referendum on IR development, we took her at her word.

Opposition party conducts symposium against Yokohama IR

The Kanagawa chapter of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan held an online symposium on Monday opposing IR development in Yokohama and began the process of raising a candidate against Mayor Fumiko Hayashi.
Wakayama IR Zone Map

Wakayama maintains plan to open IR in spring 2026

The Wakayama Prefectural Government published its IR implementation plan last Thursday, maintaining its optimistic view that it can open an IR by the spring of 2026.

IR development and democracy

We are coming off a very difficult week in which one of the world’s primary temples of democracy, the US Capitol Building, was stormed by an angry mob, leaving five people dead and much of the world shaken. Does this pose any special concerns for the Asian gaming industry?
Nagasaki RFP

Nagasaki launches its RFP process

The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has launched its RFP process as anticipated, setting January 28 as the deadline for accepting documents from the interested parties.

Ruling coalition moves to quash Yokohama IR referendum

A committee of the Yokohama City Council dominated by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito quickly moved to quash the IR referendum proposal submitted after two months of signature-gathering activities by local residents, which had gained more than three times the required number of signatures. 

Wakayama to choose its operator partner in the spring

Wakayama Prefecture is collecting final documents from the two accepted operator bidders, Suncity Group and Clairvest Neem, with the intention of making its selection of its operator partner this spring.
MGM-Resorts

MGM online gaming moves could impact Osaka bid

As Japan sinks into a deeper crisis over the Covid-19 pandemic, it would be natural that it might be overlooked. Indeed, the sensitivity of Japanese policymakers to overseas developments is often tenuous at best. But for the future of Japanese IRs generally—and for Osaka most specifically—stakeholders should be quaking with alarm over the most recent headlines regarding MGM Resorts.
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.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
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.
news, macau, gambling

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.
asia gaming briefings OCT 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.