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Devil in the details of digital RMB: Bernstein

The introduction of a digital renminbi into Macau would potentially have a positive impact on the gaming industry, easing cash flow for mass and premium mass players, but the “devil would be in the details,” says Bernstein Research.

Hong Kong steps up Covid-19 measures with Kowloon lockdown

Hong Kong is taking its most drastic measures to date to curb the spread of Covid-19, locking down about 150 buildings in central Kowloon, affecting about 4,000 to 5,000 residents.

All six Macau operators offering staff bonuses

In a series of announcements in recent days, all six Macau operators have now announced staff bonuses to most of their employees, generally equivalent to one month of extra pay.

Legislator accuses Macau regulators of colluding with operators on employment abuses

Macau legislator José Pereira Coutinho has called on the city’s Chief Executive to take action against what he described as “collusion” between casinos and those responsible for regulating the gambling sector, in order to stop employment abuses.

SJM enters purchase agreements on senior notes

SJM Holdings has announced it has entered into two purchase agreements for US$1 billion in US dollar-denominated senior notes intended to assist in repaying bank loans connected to the Grand Lisboa Palace project.

Macau returnee tests positive for Covid infection

A passenger aboard one of the two special Air Macau flights coming from Tokyo, bringing 109 residents stranded abroad, has tested positive for Covid-19 in a test carried out upon arrival in Macau, becoming the first local case in seven months.

Macau registers fewer gambling addicts in 2020

A total of 77 gambling addicts were added to the Macau Social Welfare Bureau central registration system last year, a 30 percent decrease compared to the 2019 figure.
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Interview with Peter Johns: Edging towards convergence [video]

Peter Johns, chief commercial officer of IDX Games and a long-time Asia gaming executive, talks with Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about how new technologies are shaping the future of gaming and how more convergence with the online world is needed.
Aruze Wheel of Prosperity

Aruze launches Wheels of Prosperity

Aruze Gaming has announced the launch of the 5 reel, 243-way games, Wheel of Prosperity Dragon and Wheel of Prosperity Phoenix  in the Asian market.

China says 75,000 suspects arrested in 2020 gambling crackdown

The Chinese government earlier this month said it had cracked 3,500 cases of illegal cross-border gambling in 2020, arresting 75,000 suspects. It also shut down 1,960 illegal payment platforms.
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.