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Police Arrest Three South Koreans for Running Online Gambling Ring in Vietnam

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Police have arrested three South Korean men for running an online gambling ring in Vietnam. All the three of them have entered Vietnam on tourist visas and organised online gambling for South Koreans living in the country, police said.

Police seized 20 mobile phones, nine bank cards, 37 desktop computers, two laptops and devices for online payment from their rented house in Vung Tau Town.

The server on which online gambling website was hosted is outside Vietnam. The website offered thousands of players, mainly South Koreans a number of gambling games.

Since November last year, the ring had organised transactions worth more than VND170 billion ($7.3 million), police said.

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Chinese Embassy Urges Philippines to Ban POGOs

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The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has urged the Philippine government to ban its offshore gaming industry, claiming that the “vast majority” of Chinese citizens involved in their operations are victims.

In an official statement attributed to a spokesperson, the embassy also denied any involvement in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) industry after uniforms of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force were discovered during a raid on a POGO compound in Pampanga earlier this month.

“We appeal to the Philippines to ban POGO at an early date so as to root out this social ill. And we firmly oppose any baseless accusation and smearing against China in connection with POGO,” the statement said.

The statement went on to say, “Chinese law prohibits all forms of gambling. The Chinese government strictly cracks down on Chinese citizens engaging in gambling business abroad including POGO. Ample evidence shows that POGO breeds serious crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, human trafficking and murder. POGO is detrimental to both Philippine and Chinese interests and images as well as China-Philippines relations.

“In recent years, the Chinese and Philippine law enforcement agencies have maintained close communication and cooperation and conducted multiple joint operations to bring down cross-border gambling and telecom fraud. Since 2018, nearly 3000 Chinese citizens implicated in the cases have been repatriated with joint efforts of both sides. In the past year alone, China has assisted the Philippines in shutting down five POGO hubs and repatriated nearly 1000 Chinese citizens.

“The vast majority of the Chinese citizens involved in these cases are victims of the Philippine offshore gambling industry. The Chinese government is committed to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”

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Pronet Gaming Triumphs at SiGMA Asia

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Pronet Gaming, an award-winning platform provider of full turnkey solutions, debuted at SiGMA Asia earlier this month with a stellar performance.

Held in Manila, Philippines, from 3 to 5 June at the SMX Convention Centre in Pasay City, the conference served as the perfect venue for Pronet Gaming to showcase its commitment to innovation, excellence and expansion in the vibrant Asian market.

Among the highlights of Pronet Gaming’s presence at SiGMA Asia was the “Best Multi-Channel Provider 2024” award that the company bagged at the SiGMA Asia Awards held on opening night. The recognition spoke volumes of Pronet Gaming’s unwavering dedication to delivering leading-edge solutions across multiple platforms, solidifying its position as a frontrunner in the iGaming industry.

In attendance were the Pronet Gaming team from both the London and Manila offices who gave an impressive showing, demonstrating the company’s global reach and commitment to providing unparalleled support to its partners. Their participation underlined Pronet Gaming’s mission to foster strong relationships and deliver tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of operators worldwide.

One of the standout attractions at the Pronet Gaming booth was the Spin-to-Win wheel, which captivated attendees and quickly emerged as a crowd favourite. With people queuing in droves for a chance to win exciting prizes, it proved to be thematic with Pronet Gaming’s ability to engage and delight audiences.

Alex Leese, CEO of Pronet Gaming, took the stage as a keynote speaker, participating in a fireside chat that offered valuable insights into the future of Asian iGaming businesses diversifying into other jurisdictions. More than galvanising Pronet Gaming’s thought leadership and deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges shaping the industry’s landscape, Leese spoke reassuringly of the giant strides his company has made toward setting up shop in Asia, as well as outlining a path to helping local Asian operators to expand their global reach into Europe & LATAM.

“One year ago, we were only at the ‘we will be in Asia, and we are on our way’ stage. As I speak here today, I am now proud to say that we have the office, we have the team, and we have the PAGCOR accreditation. Next time, I will be saying that we are established, with a much larger existing team, and operator clients on board. My aim is to be here again next year to say that we are well and truly on the ground,” Leese said.

SiGMA Asia provided an invaluable platform for Pronet Gaming to forge new connections and explore opportunities in the burgeoning Asian market. As the company gears up to launch its operations in Asia, the event served as a springboard for establishing strategic partnerships and fostering collaborations that will drive growth and success in the region.

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GamingCon – India’s Newest Gaming Festival

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Gear up for an unparalleled gaming experience as GamingCon, India’s inaugural gaming festival, arrives in Mumbai at the NESCO Center from November 30 to December 1, 2024. This groundbreaking event is set to transform the Indian gaming landscape. It offers a blend of innovation, entertainment, and community engagement. Celebrating the Spirit of Indian Gamers, GamingCon marks a new era for the gaming community in India.
Unleashing the Potential of India’s Gaming Industry
As the first of its kind in India, GamingCon showcases pioneering advancements in gaming technology providing a platform for gamers, tech enthusiasts, and pop culture fans to unite. The event promises an unforgettable experience with:
● Hands-On Gaming Experiences: Attendees will explore the latest games, product launches, and VR experiences. This offers an immersive dive into the latest in gaming technology.
● Insightful Conferences: Industry experts, animators, VFX artists, and development teams will engage in discussions providing insights into the fun and serious sides of gaming.
● Cosplay Events: A vibrant cosplay event where attendees can dress as their favorite gaming characters and compete for exciting prizes.  ● Career Focus: A dedicated career zone where aspiring game developers, designers, and artists can meet potential employers.
● Influencer Interactions: Leading gaming influencers will connect with fans through live gameplay, and how-to sessions.
Vikas Vij, the Managing Director for IDEX Events, organizer of GamingCon, brings his extensive global event experience and passion for gaming to spearhead this transformative event. “GamingCon is not just an event; it’s a celebration of the vibrant and rapidly growing gaming culture in India. We are thrilled to bring together gamers, developers, and industry leaders to create an experience that will inspire and connect the gaming community,” said Vikas Vij.
Under his leadership, GamingCon aims to create a dynamic platform for the gaming community in India.
Why Attend GamingCon?● Network and Connect: A unique opportunity for developers, marketers, streamers, YouTubers, and influencers to network, learn, and grow.
● Brand Exposure: Over 10,000 gamers and tech enthusiasts, along with 100+ gaming, tech, and lifestyle brands will come together under one roof.
● Interactive Experiences: Attendees can engage with interactive demos and activities, creating memorable experiences.
Participation and Sponsorship
GamingCon provides a platform for brands and attendees to forge valuable connections with industry leaders, game developers, publishers, and fellow gaming enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking to explore potential partnerships, collaborate on future projects, or simply connect with like-minded individuals, GamingCon is the place to be. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of India’s premier gaming event and position your brand at the forefront of the gaming industry. Reserve your booth or sponsorship package today and unleash the power of your brand at GamingCon!
A Growing Industry
India’s gaming industry is experiencing exponential growth. By 2028, the country is expected to have over 900 million gamers. The market revenue is projected to reach USD 6.26 billion, driven largely by in-app purchases and ad revenues. GamingCon will showcase the very best of this exciting industry and its potential to both local and global audiences. (Source: “State of India Gaming’ Report FY23, released by Lunikai in collaboration with Google)
Be Part of History
Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of history as GamingCon marks a new era for the Indian gaming community. Join us at the NESCO Center in Mumbai and witness the future of gaming!
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