Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: POGO franchise tax

POGO shrinkage accelerates

Good morning, 

POGOs have won a reprieve from a punishing franchise tax, which may stop the exodus from the country, but uncertainty over business conditions remains high. We have the latest analysis on where things stand. This morning’s newsletter also includes updates from Donaco, whose new leadership is making optimistic predictions for future growth; and there is more optimism from Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture, which believes that it is still on pace to open an IR in spring 2026. Finally, the special cherry-on-top is our latest infographic, this time looking at the top mobile trends that we expect to impact our industry in 2021.

First, the news


What you need to know


Donaco says set for growth after settling spat

Australia-listed Donaco International is starting 2021 on a positive note, finally settling its legal issues and saying it is now positioned for future growth. The company, which operates a casino in northern Vietnam and one in Cambodia, has been in a multi-year legal tussle with the Thai vendors of the Star Vegas casino in Poipet. In a note to the Australian Stock Exchange, Donaco said the dispute has been formally concluded and its half-year results up to Dec. 31 will fully reflect the positive outcome.

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Wakayama maintains plan to open IR in spring 2026

The Wakayama Prefectural Government published its IR implementation plan last Thursday, maintaining its optimistic view that it can open an IR by the spring of 2026. Currently, there are four candidate locations competing for a maximum of three possible licenses, and among these Wakayama has provided the smallest estimate of the likely economic growth impact. Moreover, the prefectural bid also suffers from the fact that only two operator bidders were accepted into the RFP process after earlier frontrunners such as Barriere and Bloomberry had to pull out under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Insights


BY THE NUMB3RS

Mobile trends to watch out for in 2021

2020 was the year that changed the game. Locked in their homes hoping for the pandemic to blow over, consumers spent more time and money on mobile phones and apps than ever before. Last year, mobile data analytics firm App Annie found 130 billion apps were downloaded in 2020, up 10 percent year-on-year, whilst mobile app spending increased by 25 percent to $50 billion in just the first half of the year. Time spent on devices also grew by around 25 percent compared to the year before. So what does this all mean for those that develop for mobile? Today, we take a look at the top mobile trends that we expect to impact our industry in 2021.

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DEEP DIVE

POGOs win tax stay, though uncertainty remains high

Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have won a reprieve from a punishing franchise tax, which may reduce departures from the country, but uncertainty over business conditions remains high, industry insiders say. The Supreme Court stay at present is only temporary and operators are wary. Those considering leaving may rethink and stay put, though those who have departed are unlikely to come back.

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