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“Fortune Cup” Horse Racing Game Makes Waves in Macau

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Following months of success of the first two Konami Fortune Cup horse racing Multi-Terminal Gaming Machines (MTGM) debut in Cotai
and Macau this year, Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited (“APE” Stock Code: 8400.HK) announces today the third installation of the popular game has been operating since late August, 2019 at
MGM COTAI. The innovative horse racing Multi-Terminal Gaming Machines (MTGM) resonated throughout the city after its first installation in March this year. Encouraging feedback was obtained from casino operators that players are really gravitating towards the game. The arcade style MTGM combines the mechanics of traditional arcade horse
racing with the actual horse race experience.
Fortune Cup integrates mechanical field racecourse with real-time digital video
animation. A large LCD screen to offer spectators sports broadcasts in real time. Cantonese voice-overs for these broadcasts are jointly produced by electronic gaming equipment supplier APE and renowned Hong Kong horse racing commentator Samuel
Hung. Patrons would be attracted by the resounding voice from a distance. Developed by gaming machine specialist Konami Australia Pty Ltd, the machine comprises a central 274cm-wide race track for eight horses, which can move freely and independently across the course. There are 12 high-definition touchscreen terminals for players to place bets and view horse odds, race statistics and comprehensive bet options for win, place and quinella.
“Fortune Cup is an absolute hit in Macau. For those regular players of electronic games, they find the racing game extraordinary. They can experience the excitement as if being on the real racecourse. More importantly, it is a racing game which
combines sports elements that they can cheer on their stallion to final victory instead of solely pressing the bet button to wait for the result”,
said Mr. Herman Ng, APE’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. Mr. Hideo Goto, International Sales Manager of Konami ustralia Pty Ltd stated: “Macau represents a strategic area for us in Asia market. It has proven an important market for the company as well, with Konami expecting to conclude several more installations in the territory by the end of the year”

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FBM Looks Back on G2E Asia @ the Philippines

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FBM has attended the first edition of G2E Asia @ the Philippines as the title sponsor.

As a leader in video bingo, the brand came to the show to present its amazing new video bingo machine Galaxy. The machine offers high-class components with a fine design and outstanding performances that have been hailed by the public. The machine was showcased with the new generation of FBM famous games such as Bingo-Go and Rubingo, composing the new Progressive Series.

The new Galaxy Machine was nominated for the G2E Asia @ the Philippines Product Awards as the Best Bingo Solution of the year, a prize that FBM won with great pleasure.

“We would like to thank everyone who has voted on the FBM product. It was a great satisfaction for all of us. I extend our thanks to all the associations involved in this award: G2E, AGA, and PAGCOR, as well as to all the excellent professionals who were part of the new Galaxy project. The new Galaxy is a breakthrough in the bingo industry and will surely have a prosperous future in the market,” Renato Almeida, FBM executive said.

A new version of the famous PHANTOM machine was also presented. A redesigned model of the most popular bingo machine in the Philippines that incorporates one more monitor, bringing extra interaction and dynamism to players.

Easy$Link, the first linked spin reel games of the brand has been a hit ever since its release earlier this year. “FBM’s Spin Reel line was one of the biggest news for FBM in 2019, and even more is about to come,” Almeida said.

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Philippine Police Reports 42 Casino or POGO Related Kidnappings This Year

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Anti-Kidnapping Group of the Philippine National Police has reported 42 cases of kidnapping related either to casinos or POGOs in the first 11 months of 2019.

The kidnappings, which primarily involved Chinese nationals, included 36 casino-related crimes and six linked with POGOs. Of those, 21 cases have been solved with 21 people rescued, while 58 suspects have been arrested. Instances of casino-related kidnappings appear to have slowed in the two months.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat issued a statement that aimed at reassuring tourists that the Philippines is safe to visit.

“It’s very much (safe). We will not promote a place where we know it’s not safe. Why? If something happens to even a single tourist, it destroys the whole Philippines. We’re not only in touch with the PNP but also the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the local government units. It is to our advantage to make sure that the tourists are safe so that when they come to a particular destination, they’re assured nothing bad will happen to them, that they are safe and secure,” she said.

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AGTech Entered into Cooperation Framework Agreement with Alibaba Group

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AGTech Holdings Limited announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing GOT Technology Co., Ltd entered into the Alibaba Cooperation Framework Agreement with Alibaba China.

According to the agreement, AGTech may provide equipment and maintenance services to Alibaba through open bidding and commercial negotiations. Such equipment include, but not limited to, point-of-sales (POS) terminals and face recognition payment equipment, which may be applied to offline retail sales and lottery sales.

The Group’s lottery hardware business has been a critical component of the Group’s business. The Group supplies the Sports Lottery and the Welfare Lottery and has lottery hardware deployed in multiple provinces, cities and municipalities across the PRC, making the Group one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of lottery terminals and other hardware in the PRC. In 2018, the Group won 19 lottery hardware tenders, accounting for over 41% of the overall Sports Lottery terminal tenders in the PRC during the same period, calculated by the number of terminals tendered. The Group did especially well in new Android sports lottery terminals tenders in the PRC, winning over 67% of such tenders in 2018, calculated by the number of terminals in such tenders.

The Group believes that Alibaba Group’s new retail initiatives present a great opportunity for the further development of the Group’s lottery hardware business. New retail represents the convergence of online and offline retail by leveraging digitalised operating systems, in-store technology, supply chain systems, consumer insights and the mobile ecosystem to provide a seamless shopping experience for consumers.. In particular, new retail initiatives require the supply of an enormous amount of hardware supplies, such as POS terminals, and payment and settlement devices. Many of these hardware supplies share similar designs, technologies and components that underlie the lottery hardware products supplied by the Group throughout the years.

The Group has been collaborating with Alibaba Group’s retail ecosystem including Lingshoutong to enhance on lottery distribution models. Through Alibaba Group’s physical new retail distribution channel and networks, supplying the relevant hardware products in relation to Alibaba Group’s new retail initiatives is able to bring lottery opportunities and resources to more customers, therefore presents direct opportunities for the further development of the Group’s domain expertise of lottery technology and services.

 

Source: AGTech Holdings Limited

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