Concessions, online crackdowns and technology seen as 2019 themes

The new year is getting underway against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty across the globe. The U.S. government shutdown due to a spat over funding for a border wall with Mexico and the trade dispute with China are causes for concern that ultimately will be felt in the global gaming industry. Already, shares in Macau operators have been heavily sold off and gross gaming revenue is declining in tandem with the slowdown in China’s economy. Two of Macau’s operators are going into the final year before their concessions expire with no clarity as to what the government plans in terms of the rebidding process. While several countries, including Thailand and India, face elections, which could have ramifications for the gaming industry. We ask our field of industry experts to gaze into their crystal balls for predictions as to what are likely to be key events and trends...

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