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OCA Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement with Tencent

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The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Chinese internet and technology giant Tencent to promote the development of electronic sports in Asia with Asian Electronic Sports Federation through the Asian Electronic Esports Development Conference.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding took place during the Asian Electronic Sports Development Conference on Thursday, January 20 held jointly by the OCA and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF), which is the governing body for esports in the continent.

The conference and MOU signing ceremony, themed “Blooming in Asia”, was conducted online and attended by the OCA Director General, Husain Al-Musallam, AESF President Kenneth Fok, Tencent Senior Vice President Steven Ma and other officials from AESF and Tencent.

Esports will be appearing in the OCA’s 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China from September 10-25, 2022 for the first time as an official medal sport after being a demonstration sport at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia in 2018.

The OCA Director General said: “The Olympic Council of Asia is delighted to build up a strategic cooperation with Tencent. We are sure that Tencent’s technology and innovation will help the OCA and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation create more exciting possibilities for the digital electronic sports industry in Asia.”

The parties discussed the development of esports and of traditional sports in Asia as well as the OCA-AESF “Road to Asian Games” continent-wide project already in place for Hangzhou 2022.

Tencent’s Steven Ma thanked the OCA for its trust and said Tencent would continue to support the OCA in promoting the long-term development of esports and traditional sports in general, and in preparing for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. He promised that Tencent would work with Asian countries to jointly create an esports culture with Asian characteristics and promote the prosperity and development of the esports industry in Asia and around the world.

AESF President Kenneth Fok said: “The significance and progress of the Road to Asian Games will determine national team selection for Asian countries across various esports titles and mark an important step for the inclusion of esports in national level multisport competitions.”

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AGTech Wins Lottery Terminal Supply Tenders for Shaanxi, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces

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Lottery and integrated technology and services company AGTech Holdings Limited (AGTech) has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has successfully won procurement tenders to supply lottery terminals to Sports Lottery Administration Centres in Shaanxi province, Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province of the People’s Republic of China.

AGTech already has previous success in the China market, having won a bid in 2018 for supplying its new dual, touchscreen lottery terminals to the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Shanghai and Hebei.

Even before this, AGTech introduced new instant win games, launched in partnership with Chinese logistics firm SF Holdings across Shenzen, Nanchang, Changsha and Nanjing.

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Philippine President Marcos Announces Ban on POGOs

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has banned the establishment of any new Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), also known as Internet Gaming Licensees (IGLs), with immediate effect. Existing POGO operators will have until the end of the year to wind down their operations.

The verdict, not entirely unexpected, was delivered during his State of the Nation Address in Manila on Monday following widespread pressure from a Senate investigation into illegal POGO-linked activities.

“Effective today, all POGOs are banned. I hereby instruct [gaming regulator] PAGCOR to wind down and cease the operations of POGOs by the end of the year,” Marcos said in his SONA.

The decision to shut down POGOs follows a series of recent raids on illegal POGO compounds in Pampanga and Tarlac amid allegations they had been engaging in human trafficking and scam activities.

A full ban, proposed by multiple senators, had also gained the support of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the National Economic and Development Authority.

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VSPO Chairman Dino Ying Named Member of the Asian Games Esports Task Force

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VSPO chairman and co-founder Dino Ying has been appointed as one of the three members of the esports title selection task force for the 20th Asian Games in 2026.

The mandate of the task force is “to select and recommend for approval” titles that will be featured at the 20th Asian Games, according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Hideki Okamura from Japan and Mr. Carlos Tang Jiahe from Hong Kong are the two other members of the task force.

Earlier this year, Ying was already elected as a member of the OCA’s first Esports and E Martial Art Committee.

VSPO, Asia’s largest esports operator, has played a key role in making esports’ entry into the Asian Games a reality. VSPO was the operator for the esports series at both Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games and the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games where esports became first a demonstration sport and later a medal sport.

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