Asia Gaming Briefings – September 2021 Edition


Olympics dusted, next event please

With major sporting events set to resume their Autumn schedules and fresh off the back of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, our focus section in this September edition of Asia Gaming Briefings is on the sports betting world.


IN FOCUS: Japan and esports


Japan, olympics, sports betting

Sporting bets on Olympics, Japan and esports

With major sporting events set to resume their Autumn schedules and fresh off the back of the Tokyo 2020 Japan Olympics, our focus section in this edition of Asia Gaming Briefing is on the sports betting world.
Japan, Sports betting regulation

Covid/Olympic costs may speed Japan sports betting regulation

Japan’s government may move to expand legalized sports betting sooner than expected as it seeks to rebuild its Covid-ravaged economy and recoup costs from hosting the Olympic games, industry figures say.
Drone, horse racing

United Kingdom’s drone dilemma poses global threat

The use of drones to facilitate inplay betting on the United Kingdom's horseracing courses has become a scourge for the industry that could easily spread to other global jurisdictions, regulators warn.
eSports

Esports continue to race ahead, with Asia a key focus

Esports continue to record strong growth and while the mobile sector is gaining momentum it’s still the traditional forms that dominate betting revenue. 

JURISDICTIONS UPDATES


Macau,casino,concessions

Government silent on concession renewals

The Macau government is coming under increasing pressure to announce a delay to the retendering of its casino concessions, as the clock ticks for the city’s six operators with no visibility over the process.
esabong, Philippines

Philippines PIGO sector accelerates, lead by eSabong

After a slow start, the Philippines’ domestic online gaming industry is beginning to gain momentum, helping to pad the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp’s (PAGCOR) Covid-depleted coffers.
Singapore

Singapore learning how to live with Covid

As Singapore rapidly approaches herd immunity, it has become the first nation in Asia to look towards reopening, shifting a change in approach that may serve as a role model for others to follow.
Star Entertainment, Australia

Star Entertainment shines focus on asset-light model

The Star Entertainment Group is planning a series of strategic asset sales to reinvest into higher yielding areas of the business, including the potential for U.S.-style sale and leaseback accords.
Australia, Crownsports

Crown Resorts affair to trigger more regulatory change

Gaming product manufacturers may be required to make changes to the products  that they offer in Australia as a result of recent royal commissions into Crown Resorts.
india, esports

Courts uphold skill-game legality in major step forward for industry

India is viewed as one of the most promising markets in Asia for the skill-based online gambling industry and recent court rulings have helped cement the legality of the practice.
Japan, IR, yokohama, mayoral race

Politics cast clouds over Japan IR aspirations

Japan efforts to establish an IR industry face rising uncertainty as politics derail one candidate city and another’s selection procedures are called into question.
saipan, online gambling

Saipan online gambling seen as a non-starter

Saipan’s casino regulator says it wants to hear from potential online gaming investors as it seeks to recoup lost revenue from its failed casino venture, however, industry insiders say they don’t see the island as a viable market.

INDUSTRY OPINION


Wai Ming Yap
Wai Ming Yap
Gina Ng
Gina Ng

Regulators seek clarity on blurred lines between gaming and gambling

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is seeking feedback from the public on proposed amendments to the existing gambling legislation.


LAST WORD


Sharon Singleton
Sharon Singleton
Managing Editor, AGB

Surprise‌ ‌pockets‌ ‌of‌ ‌vaccination‌ ‌hope

The gaming industry in Europe and the U.S. is gearing up for a busy schedule of live events in the next couple of months, although unfortunately, Asia’s participation is likely to be limited.

SUPPLIER SPECIAL REPORT


It’s show time – Or is it?

Events, tradeshow
As in-person events begin to ramp up again, at least in Europe and the U.S., suppliers need to make some difficult choices about whether or not to attend and who to send.

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