Asia Gaming Briefings – Sep 2020 Edition


Cotai Macau

Clouds gather for U.S. operators in Macau

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on casino revenues in Macau with U.S. operators such as Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands bleeding more than $2 million a day in the 2020 second quarter.
Is it time to rethink the industry or is it business as usual?

Is it time to rethink the industry or is it business as usual?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has pretty much decimated brick and mortar casino and betting shops worldwide, is there light at the end of the very long tunnel?
Fantasy sports await IPL’s return

Fantasy sports await IPL’s return

While sports betting remains illegal in India, betting on online fantasy sports (OFS) has been the biggest growth area of the country’s online skill-based gaming industry.
Punters flood the sports betting zone

Punters flood the sports betting zone

Kung Volleyball, ping pong and Tajikistan football leagues are just some of the exotic sports that saw wagering action during the pandemic shutdowns, though now regular events are opening up, operators are noting a big swing back to old favourites.
Sports Betting, Ball games bounce back!!

Sports Betting – Ball games bounce back!!

Major sporting events are slowly ramping up around the world and with them the drama and surprises, not all of them good for sports betting operators.


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Macau – Q2 focus on cost cuts and recovery timing

Travel restrictions are gradually being lifted between Macau and China, although analysts are not expecting a v-shaped recovery and warn it may be some time before visitation can get back to normal levels.
Will Covid-19 trigger local gaming rethink?

South Korea – Will Covid-19 trigger local gaming rethink?

The Covid-19 pandemic may be a trigger for South Korea to rethink its foreigner-only casino policy, as the country’s casinos struggle with a lack of tourism revenue.
Japan’s new PM promises to push for IRs

Japan’s new PM promises to push for IRs

The man who will replace Shinzo Abe as prime minister of Japan has promised he will push ahead with the development of IRs in the country, saying they are indispensable for the country’s tourism development.
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Australia, Two-year wait for gaming demand to normalize

Australia’s gaming venues may have to wait as long as two years for gaming revenue, demand, and turnover to return to...
Projects advance as long-term optimism undented

Philippines – Projects advance as long-term optimism undented

Operators in the Philippines say they are moving ahead with their capital expansion projects, expressing optimism in the future of the market.
Skycity New Zealand

SkyCity battles through adversity

Covid-19 is testing the mettle of global casino managers like no other crisis, requiring quick thinking and flexibility. But if there’s one...
Will Malaysia open up to online gambling?

Will Malaysia open up to online gambling?

The market regulator in the Philippines has taken the unusual step of claiming that Malaysia, a strictly Muslim country where gaming...


Is it time to rethink shutdowns?

Is it time to rethink shutdowns?

Eight months into the Covid-19 crisis and it’s starting to feel a bit like a game of whack-a-mole as reinfections continue to resurface around the world.


asia gaming brief sbc conference

This year, Asia Gaming Brief was selected to be the Premier Media Partner – Asia for SBC Barcelona Digital Summit, held from 8-11 September 2020.

A landmark event for the sports betting industry, more than 10,000 delegates from around the world tuned in over the four-day digital conference and exhibition, in what would have been a mammoth task for the organizers.




Visa simplification key to Macau pickup

Covid-19 resurgence forces new wave of travel curbs

As we head into the final days of 2020, Covid-19 is once again ramping up in Asia creating new challenges for travel and tourism and triggering a new wave of restrictions.

SJM appoints former Sands executive Toh Hup Hock as CFO

SJM Holdings has appointed Toh Hup Hock as chief financial officer, replacing Robert Earle McBain who is retiring. Toh joined SJM in October, prior to which he was CFO of Shangri-La-Asia and Sands China.

Suncity announces development of Hokkaido resort

In a New Year message, the Suncity Group let drop that, in addition to other projects it has previously announced, it is also engaged in building a luxury resort in the ski resort of Niseko, Hokkaido.
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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.
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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.