Andrea Domingo, chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), speaks with Asia Gaming Brief managing editor, Sharon Singleton, about the introduction of licenses allowing online gaming to be offered to Filipino citizens for the first time.
Speaking on an AGB webinar, entitled “Life After Pogos,” Domingo outlined that the service would be restricted to registered VIP players of the country’s casinos and e-gaming platforms. She says there will be strict know-your-customer and security protocols to ensure that only those able to afford to gamble will have access to online bets and to ensure the exclusion of “bad” actors.
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.
Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the number of visitor arrivals grew by 9.3 percent month-to-month to 636,351 in November 2020. However, this figure represented a year-on-year decline of 78.1 percent.
A spokesperson for James Packer has reportedly denied that the Australian billionaire met with Sands China Chairman Sheldon Adelson over the New Year holidays. The super yachts of the two casino executives were moored next to each other, triggering speculation.
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.
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.