Good Morning. Macau and Hong Kong have recorded their first cases of the new Omicron strain, which could pose a risk to recovery plans, given their pursuit of a zero-covid policy.
What you need to know
- The Macau government on Monday confirmed it has identified the first imported case of the Omicron Covid-19 case.
- Several academics and gaming associations have voiced concerns over the latest public consultation report of the new gaming law, particularly concerning the license grant period and the role of the government representative.
The year ahead
More online regulation and mergers: Dany Too suggests three themes for next year: countries will start “regulating” online, more mergers will follow and convergence will be the key in consolidation.
On the radar
- Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research has upgraded its rating of the Malaysian gaming sector from “Neutral” to “Overweight”, as countries become better at handling new outbreaks and investors become immune to Covid-19 related news.
What the papers say
- A former Shinzo Abe adviser will act as an aide on Osaka’s urban development, including planning for a casino resort.
- BetConstruct launches a new game called Fighters xXx
- MGM joins two high-tech enterprises to carry out smart upgrades
- GEG announces one off special payment to 97% of its workforce
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