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Macau Casinos to Resume Operations from February 20

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The casinos in Macau are going to resume their operations from February 20 after the authorities imposed a two-week suspension to keep the coronavirus in check. The halt in gaming operations started on February 5.

Macau has not reported any new cases of the virus since February 4. There have been 10 confirmed cases of the virus in total.

Macau government has told casino operators, which include Sands China, Wynn Macau, SJM Holdings, MGM China, Galaxy Entertainment and Melco Resorts, they have 30 days to go back to full business.

While casinos have been given permission to operate, business is likely to be limited, say executives, due to Macau’s strict controls on visitor entry and curtailed transport links, including the suspension of ferry services from neighbouring special administrative region Hong Kong.

Nearly 30 hotels, mostly joined to casinos, have been shuttered for the last two weeks due to the suspension. It was not immediately clear how quickly those operations, as well as other non-gaming amenities, would resume.

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iSoftBet signs aggregation deal with Mikadogames

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iSoftBet, the leading online games supplier and content aggregator, has agreed an aggregation partnership with Japanese arcade-style slots provider, Mikadogames.

Offering an alternative to narrative-rich gameplay since it was founded in 2017, Mikadogames creates innovative games and animations inspired by Japanese anime cartoons.

The deal will see a selection of Mikadogames’ GLI certified games added to iSoftBet’s aggregation offering, including the provider’s skill-based sports titles such as The Penalty Kid and Darts Roulette and its fruit machine-inspired Pachinko slots.

Active in 20 regulated global markets, iSoftBet asserts its reputation as an industry leading supplier by providing some of the biggest operators with top performing casino games and the quickest route to market via its aggregation platform, engagement tools and services.

Denisa Csepregi, Commercial Aggregation Manager at iSoftBet, said: “We are always scanning the market for up-and-coming providers that employ unique approaches in game design, and Mikadogames do just that.

“The addition of their exclusive content to our aggregation offering is the first step in what we hope will be a great relationship with even more unique content to come.”

Keiko Tsunego, IT Manager at Mikadogames, said: “iSoftBet’s distinguished aggregation platform adds considerable value to the brand’s name and to our subsequent partnership. We are very satisfied with the agreement and look forward to seeing how our relationship materialises in the months ahead.”

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Melco Discontinues its Pursuit of Yokohama IR Development

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Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced that it will discontinue its pursuit of an integrated resort development in the City of Yokohama. The company remains committed to Japan and will continue to explore development opportunities in the country.

Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said: “For the past several years, we have worked with our partners to devise a superlative, world-class IR proposal that reflects the unique characteristics and culture of Yokohama and which would put the city on the global stage of tourism. Our proposal was focused on the Asian premium segment, our devotion to quality and craftsmanship, and our dedication to creating a world-class entertainment destination. We designed this resort in a way that reflected Melco’s focus on quality, demonstrating a respectful approach to partnership, developing the most advanced protection measures in the world, and with stringent ethical business conduct during the process.

“Unfortunately, the citizens of Yokohama have decided otherwise, and the Mayoral election results give a clear verdict. The new Mayor, having campaigned on an anti-IR platform, has now closed the door on the process we engaged in with our partners. While we are disappointed, we are grateful for the friendships that we have formed throughout the process and express our sincere gratitude to the people and government of Yokohama, as well as our business and community partners, for their tremendous support.

“Melco has been working on the ground in Japan for over a decade. We firmly believe in the country’s long-term potential and remain committed to exploring opportunities to develop the world’s best integrated resort in Japan. We will be closing our Yokohama office while maintaining a representative office in Tokyo.”

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Yokohama City Cancels IR Bid Process

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The city of Yokohama has cancelled the process to apply for an integrated resort (IR) in the city, following Takeharu Yamanaka’s victory in mayoral elections.

Yamanaka was one of several anti-IR candidates. Upon becoming mayor, Yamanaka announced that the IR process would be scrapped.

Following this cancellation news, a consortium led by Genting Singapore, and also including pachinko operator Sega Sammy, said it was disappointed but had no choice but to discontinue its pursuit of the licence.

“We are surprised and disappointed by the unexpected turn of events leading to the city’s decision to cancel the Yokohama IR Bid, as the board of directors and management of the company, together with our consortium partners and supporting partners have devoted considerable time and our best efforts to prepare and submit a compelling bid and proposed a significant investment that will benefit the city of Yokohama and its community, and at the same time make Yokohama a world-class tourism destination,” Genting Singapore’s board said.

“The Company would like to thank all parties who have supported and contributed to our Yokohama IR Bid and we extend our best wishes to Yokohama City.”

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