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Singapore Casinos to Resume Their Operations on July 1

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The Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Tourism Board have granted permission for 13 entertainment venues to reopen from July 1.

The casinos at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa are among the list of those 13 entertainment venues. However, operations will be limited to no more than 25% of normal capacity and subject to strict health and safety measures.

In a press release, Marina Bay Sands said it was restricting casino access to Sands Rewards Club members holding Gold status and above, plus Annual Levy Holders.

“The casino will also abide by strict safe management measures. There will be limitations on the number of patrons at each gaming table, while seats at the electronic gaming machines and slots will be at least one meter apart. Safe Distancing Ambassadors will be deployed to ensure that there are no bystanders. Customer-facing team members will don masks and face shields, and will sanitize their hands before and after shifts at gaming tables,” Marina Bay Sands said.

MBS, which said it has trained over 1000 staff to take on safe distancing roles, will also reopen its ArtScience Museum and Sands SkyPark.

Resorts World Sentosa will open its casino and Universal Studios Singapore from July 1, followed by SEA Aquarium from July 4.

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Booongo expands in Asia with Flow Gaming partnership

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Company’s slots portfolio made available through platform provider

Slots developer Booongo has strengthened its position in Asia after securing a new partnership with platform provider Flow Gaming.

As part of a content distribution agreement, Booongo will integrate its fast-expanding games portfolio onto Flow Gaming’s platform.

The deal significantly enhances the platform provider’s content offering, with the developer’s top performing games including Tiger Pearls, Great Panda and Aztec Sun all being made available to Flow’s extensive operator network and their players.

Booongo’s games are enjoyed by players across Asia and this latest launch further extends the company’s presence within the territory.

Sebastian Damian, Commercial Director at Booongo, said: “We’re well aware of Flow Gaming’s popularity in the Asian market and signing this deal is an exciting move for Booongo.

“Integrating our games onto the Flow Gaming platform ensures that we take our market presence in Asia to the next level.”

Peter van Tuyl, COO at Flow Gaming, said: “We know the importance of nurturing strategic relationships to enhance our platform offering, which is why we’ve partnered with Booongo.

“Booongo’s games are of a high quality and are appreciated by players across the globe. We’re looking forward to offering the developer’s content to our operator partners over the coming months.”

 

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Nova Esports Partners with GodLike Esports

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Hong Kong-based Nova Esports has partnered with Indian esports organisation Godlike Esports. The new team will be known as Nova GodLike. Through the deal, Nova GodLike will compete in Tencent’s PUBG Mobile with an Indian roster.

Anthony “AY” Yeung, CEO of Nova Esports, spoke on the reasoning behind the deal in an announcement: “PUBG Mobile is currently trending in the gaming section of India. It has surpassed other games in terms of popularity and revenue and made a place for itself in Indian pop culture. Even people who have not played the game would have seen and heard about it through various social media memes and posts.”

Nova Esports has several goals it hopes to achieve through its new Nova GodLike brand, namely succeeding in global PUBG Mobile competitions, turning its players into public figures, attracting other organisations to the Indian esports market, and creating “high quality content for the community.”

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PAGCOR Issues Public Warning Over Illegal Online Gambling Offers

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has issued a warning to the public not to take part in unlicensed online gambling or bingo games.

PAGCOR said that it was “committed to the prosecution of persons involved in such illegal activities, because of the strong link” between illegal gambling and organised criminals “who are also engaged in credit card fraud, identity theft, [and] money laundering,” among other things.

PAGCOR said it had received information that “certain persons” had been taking advantage of the “uncertainties brought by the Covid-19 pandemic,” in order to “scam your money, steal your financial information, and use your identity for illegal purposes,” via illegal bingo games and Internet-delivered gambling “using Facebook,” a social-media platform, to “promote such illegal activities.”

No person or entity other than those licensed by “PAGCOR and other government agencies” may operate gambling in the Philippines, PAGCOR said.

PAGCOR added in its advice to consumers: “Betting on such illegal gambling activities is also a crime.”

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