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MGM targets Osaka for its Japanese IR initiation

Niji Narayan

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MGM Resorts International is focusing on Osaka prefecture of opening a casino in Japan. The Japanese government, which is finalizing the details for the implementation of the landmark Integrated Resort (IR) bill, has not disclosed the location chosen for the IR facilities. Earlier, the government had made it clear that there would be three locations in the country.

Osaka is one of the top candidates to be selected. That’s perhaps why MGM Resorts International has decided to set potential development in the city as a key target for their business.

During the full-year earnings call last week, company Chairman and Chief Executive James Murren highlighted the importance of the Japanese market.

“We just recently opened up an office in Osaka. We’ve committed now to the mayor and to the governor of Osaka,” he told financial analysts and added: “MGM has adopted an Osaka-first strategy. We are focusing our considerable resources on Osaka.”

According to Mr. Murren, the company expects an operator to be picked by Osaka in 2020, just before going to the central government.

“We think Osaka will be one of the three concessions that will likely be granted, but we know the central government has to select Osaka and its operator. That probably happens maybe 12, 18 months after Osaka itself picks its operator,” Murren stated. “Osaka’s goal is to have an IR opened by 2025. That’s when the World Expo is in Osaka.”

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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BMM Testlabs – Strong Growth in Asia

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BMM Testlabs, the world’s best gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, is pleased to announce year-over-year growth of 20% for its Asian region, with increases in all business service segments including, igaming, land-based products and casino services.

Kirk White, EVP & GM Asia Pacific and Africa commented, “Over the past year, we’ve not only acquired new clients but added more value to many of our existing clients. The industry is recognizing BMM as the go-to test lab in the region to support their market delivery requirements. We are a trusted partner for land-based gaming, igaming and our growing casino services.”

White added, “BMM will continue to support the Macau Polytechnic Institute for training and education services. We will also be making a series of substantial investments in operations and testing staff in the region across technology, tools and resources.”

Martin Storm, CEO concluded, “BMM scales to meet demand because we made the early, strategic decision to invest in engineer training, new tools, technology and innovation. Due to regional demand, we have doubled our testing services department across both our Macau and Singapore test labs. BMM’s quality testing and expert professionals puts us at the forefront of servicing the gaming industry not only across Asia, but worldwide.”

 

about BMM
BMM is the longest established and most experienced private independent gaming certification lab in the world, providing professional technical and regulatory compliance services to the gaming industry since 1981.

At its core, BMM is a systems-expert company that has provided consulting for and tested many of the largest gaming networks and systems over the last 37 years. In addition, BMM has been successfully testing and certifying the full scope of Class III casino products for over two decades.

BMM authored the first set of independent gaming standards in 1992 and the first set of online gaming standards in 2001.

BMM employs some 400 people in 14 global locations and serves over 440 jurisdictions.

BMM’s world headquarters are in Las Vegas (USA), with offices in Mexico City (Mexico), Lima (Peru), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Singapore, Macau (SAR, China), Moncton (Canada), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Barcelona (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Bologna (Italy), Midrand (South Africa) and Bucharest (Romania).

For more information on BMM Testlabs, please visit bmm.com

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Hong Kong’s Alphaslot enters global gaming market

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Alphaslot, a gaming technology provider based in Hong Kong, is going to enter the $200 billion global gaming market on the wings of its recent membership in the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA).

“Alphaslot connects the gaming machines with customers on the casino floors synergistically overcome the limitations around interoperability, user experience, security and advance the widespread adoption of blockchain technology.” said MGEMA in an announcement. “It’s our honor that Alphaslot can join us and be a part of MGEMA. In the coming year, MGEMA will continue to strengthen and establish support of our member’s business development and strive to provide a platform for Macao economic growth, diversity and innovation hub.”

“Alphaslot’s commitment to fostering innovations and regulations in gaming has been significantly strengthened by our very first membership in Macau with MGEMA.” said Raymond Chan, Alphaslot Founder and CEO. “MGEMA is the absolute gateway to Macau’s wide-ranging entertainment sector. It is our great honor to granted admission in MGEMA alongside the America’s IGT, Australia’s Aristocrat, Japan’s Konami and Aruze and Singapore’s WEIKE at the largest entertainment city in the world.”

 

About Alphaslot:
Alphaslot is an entertainment focused blockchain foundation to create a transparent and reliable ecosystem for casino operators, regulators, and manufacturers. The tokenized motivation system provides customers with incentives to stay engaged and acting as a catalyst to bring growth for the steady-state gaming industry.

About MGEMA:
The Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA) was launched in Macau SAR in 2012 with the objective to work towards the diversification of economic strategies pursued by the government of Macau SAR. This initiative ensures that the opportunities created contribute to the development of the gaming equipment manufacturing and supporting sectors in Macau through its promotional campaign: “Designed in Macao”, “Incorporating Macao Concepts” and “Made in Macao”.

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Helio Gaming set for Asian Expansion

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Helio Gaming CEO Richard Mifsud will tell Asian operators this week that the region has a great opportunity to embrace the new wave of online lottery products.

Mifsud will join nine other Malta-based suppliers in front of operators at the SiGMA roadshow in Manila, which takes place after the ASEAN gaming summit in the Philippines capital.

Helio, which made its Asian debut in May last year, has a portfolio of innovative lottery games that can be customised to individual operators.

It also offers betting on international lotteries and is about to launch a live lottery product, which will have particular resonance to audiences in the Far East.

Richard said: “The popularity and prevalence of sportsbook and casino and Asia is undisputed, but the adoption of next generation lottery has yet to be exploited, particularly outside of the big state lotteries.

“Lottery used to be the domain of lottery operators only, but it is so much easier just to add the vertical to existing operations, where you can introduce new players to your site and cross-sell really appealing opportunities to win large jackpots to existing customers.

“The live lottery element will also be very appealing and fit easily given the preference for the live dealer format in casino. I really think lottery could be the next big thing in Asia.”

Helio Gaming’s Hero games now include daily, weekly, and event-based draws, which can be branded by individual operators to appeal to a large number of player demographics.

With unlimited jackpots, the draws can use the supplier’s certified RNG or live broadcast using existing casino studios, and even include non-monetary prizes such as cars, yachts, and luxury holidays.

In addition to attending ASEAN and the SiGMA Roadshow, Richard Mifsud will also appear on a panel at the latter discussing Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and automation within gaming.

 

About Helio Gaming:

Helio Gaming, a fully scalable lottery engine system that offers multiple API functionality with which to integrate existing gaming platforms, customer relationship management, campaign management, affiliate management, and other marketing automation tools.  Its portfolio includes custom-made lottery games to fulfil any operator’s lottery needs, including its flagship brand Lotto Hero. Such games can vary from operator-branded RNG lottery games, where the operator can tailor the game to their needs, lottery games based on the outcome of international lotteries, and much more. Helio Gaming’s products offer its partners a new vertical through which to grow and strengthen their player base and drive cross-sell between their other game verticals.  These products give them the edge in what is a fiercely competitive sector and can be integrated easily and seamlessly into any platform.

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