India, Japan eyed as key emerging markets

India cricket (file)
India cricket (file)

Uncertainty caused by regulatory instability in Cambodia and the Philippines has prompted operators to search for new markets, with India and Japan top of the list. Such was the conclusion from panels dealing with Asian online gaming opportunities at the Betting on Sports conference in London last week. Rune Loderup, chairman at Asia-facing and Manila-based Goldblue, said the online gaming sector in Asia was currently enduring a “rollercoaster” due to the upheavals involving the outright ban on online gaming in Cambodia and China’s efforts to pressure the Duterte administration in the Philippines. “We have a situation in Asia where it is illegal to live in the country where you offer into,” he pointed out. One such example is India where – at least for most states within the country – sports-betting remains illegal. However, there is provision within the law for the operation of games of skill meaning that both poker and, increasingly...

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