Good Morning. There’s an emerging video games genre called “gashapon”, which is skating a fine line between video games and gambling. These so-called games use loot boxes as a major feature of their gameplay, but does not set off any gambling laws as they don’t have any “cash-out” feature. We spoke to Hai Ng about what makes these games so popular, and why our industry needs to take note of their successes. 

What you need to know

  • Genting’s RWLV is seeing a ramp-up in occupancy and has been cash-flow positive since it opened last year despite the challenges brought by Covid, property president Scott Sibella said.
  • Macau’s average daily revenue was up 3 percent in the week to April 10th, compared with the prior week, but remains at its lowest level since October 2021, Bernstein said.
  • The New York Supreme Court has dismissed a case brought by Bangladesh Bank against Bloomberry Resorts for lack of jurisdiction.
  • Star Entertainment’s chief legal and risk officer Paula Martin is set to resume the witness stand today (Tuesday) after commencing her testimony on Monday.
  • Guangzhou has just become the next major Chinese city to tighten Covid restrictions after reporting 27 new cases on Monday, up from 11 cases a day earlier.

On the radar

  • Macau 1Q22 industry EBITDA to decline QoQ, says Morgan Stanley
  • PAGCOR hands over $115.2m to government, says industry recovering.
  • IGT agrees to buy iSoftBet for EUR160m to expand digital offering.
  • New York greenlights three casinos; GGR seen at $4.8b: CBRE.
  • ICE London makes its return after 26 months of hiatus.

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Hai Ng, partner of Neomancer talks with Asia Gaming Brief about an emerging video game genre called “gashapon games,” and how it uses a mix of RNG, great content, and captivating gameplay to keep players engaged, and how we can apply this to the real money gambling space.

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