Good Morning. Cambodia has put its plans for a national internet gateway to control all traffic in and out of the country on hold, but the project is not likely to be abandoned altogether. The gateway will make life harder for the online gambling operators who are still present in the country despite a ban that came into force in 2020. We examine the implications of the gateway for the industry and the broader business community.
What you need to know
- Macau’s non-resident workforce has fallen by a third post-Covid and operators will be required to prioritize locals in their hiring going forward.
- South Korea’s casinos are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, although the recovery in the Chinese VIP market is likely to be slower-than-expected: NH Investment & Securities.
- Caesars Entertainment posted record adjusted EBITDA in 4Q21, on sustained strong demand throughout the quarter and continued growth in its digital segment.
- Caesars chief executive Tom Reeg says that the company remains ready to offer gaming in Dubai should regulations allow.
On the radar
- Hong Kong to begin mass Covid testing in March, tightens restrictions.
- Macau visitor arrivals drop 15.5% in Jan. from prior month on Covid curbs.
- India gaming trade body launches intelligence services portal.
- Berjaya Assets sued for pulling out of lottery company acquisition deal.
What the papers say
- Authorities detain South Korean fugitive accused of illegal sports betting.
- Requirement for junkets to work with one operator raised as concern.
- 100 striking Nagaworld workers arrested this week.
DEEP DIVE ONLINE
Cambodia’s plans to implement a national internet gateway for all traffic has the potential to create significant headwinds for the country’s online gaming industry, even though it’s not seen as the primary target of the changes. Internet service providers and telecommunications companies had been given a date of February 16, 2022 to connect to the gateway.
The deadline has been pushed back to an unspecified date, but the plan is not expected to be dropped. “This law is implemented to curb political activists and to silence the voices of dissenters,” said Danny Too, managing director of Cherry Interactive. Nevertheless, if the Chinese government wants to crack down on China-facing operators, “Cambodia will comply in furnishing all the necessary details to big brother China.”
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