Andrea Domingo, chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), speaks with Asia Gaming Brief managing editor, Sharon Singleton, about the introduction of licenses allowing online gaming to be offered to Filipino citizens for the first time.
Speaking on an AGB webinar, entitled “Life After Pogos,” Domingo outlined that the service would be restricted to registered VIP players of the country’s casinos and e-gaming platforms. She says there will be strict know-your-customer and security protocols to ensure that only those able to afford to gamble will have access to online bets and to ensure the exclusion of “bad” actors.
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.
Donaco International said it has secured an approval from its lender Mega Bank on the settlement of all legal cases related to the Thai vendors of its Star Vegas property in Cambodia. It says it is on track to repay all outstanding debt in 2021.
A report from the Bank of Korea has highlighted the dire economic situation faced by Jeju’s eight casinos, including an estimate that their combined sales for 2020 will come in at less than a third of the figure recorded in 2019.
After a horrific year like 2020, what almost everyone wants to hear is that 2021 will be a year in which the world will gradually return to something like normality. That may very well be the story that develops over the course of the next twelve months, but no one should assume that a positive outcome is guaranteed.
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.
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.