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Cruise stock rally pauses as sailings delayed

Major cruise lines have been pushing back their planned dates to resume sailing as the Covid-19 pandemic drags, helping to dampen a fourth-quarter rally in stocks.

Hard Rock buys London casino license from Ritz

Hard Rock International said it has acquired the casino premise license from The Ritz Club in London, UK. This transaction will allow Hard Rock to seek out and establish a new casino premise in London, continuing Hard Rock’s expansion into major gateway cities around the world.

Genting permanently closes U.K.’s Southport casino

Genting Malaysia's U.K. unit has permanently closed its casino in Southport in Northwest England, with 38 staff facing redundancy. The group has already closed casinos in Margate, Torquay and Bristol and has reduced its workforce in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Blackpool and Birmingham.

Macau’s Q4 GGR at $2.75 billion, mass market makes up bulk

Macau's gross gambling revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 was MOP22 billion ($2.75 billion), with mass market baccarat and slots making up about 65 percent of the total, according to quarterly figures released by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.

S.Korean police trace bulk of missing casino cash, search for three suspects

South Korean police say they believe they have located the bulk of the KRW14.56 billion ($13.3 million) missing from the Jeju Shinhwa World casino are are seeking three suspects. 
Ankush Gera

Interview with Ankush Gera: Skills for operating in India [video]

Ankush Gera, founder and CEO of Junglee Games, talks with Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about the growth of the skill-based gaming market in industry in India, some of the regulatory and operating challenges and what’s driving growth. 

Moody’s sees slow 2021 start for Melco, rising debt

The New Year has brought little reprieve to Macau’s gaming operators, with analysts scaling back their expectations for the first half of 2021 amidst new outbreaks of Covid-19 across the region.

G2E Asia pushed back to August in Macau

G2E Asia said it is postponing its show in Macau until August 17-19 from its regular May slot due to Covid-19. The exhibition will take place in the Venetian.

Sportradar to be distribution partner for Asian Football Confederation

Sportradar said it has entered a partnership with the Asian Football Confederation to become the official video and data distribution partner for national team and club competitions.

Melco earnings recovery seen sluggish, debt rising: Moody’s

Melco Resorts & Entertainment's earnings outlook for 2021 remains sluggish due to the ongoing pandemic and movement restrictions, while its corporate debt is rising due to expansion plans, Moody's Investor Services says. 
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...
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Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.
asia gaming briefings OCT 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.