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Asia Pioneer Entertainment Launches Mini Macau Metaverse Project

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Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited (APE) has launched its new metaverse experience, Mini Macau.

Built on The Sandbox Game platform, Mini Macau is a new APE business project targeting digital tourists who are unable to travel to major resort destinations due to COVID restrictions. Mini Macau’s virtual land consists of some of the most famous Macau tourist attractions such as the Macau Tower, The Senado Square, Ruins of St Paul’s and the Ah Ma temple; initially launched on The Sandbox’s Game Maker gallery.

Mr Tony Chan Chi Lun, CFO and Executive Director at APE Holdings, said: “The launch of Mini Macau is APE’s first foray into the metaverse via Sandbox. We are delighted to have three local real-life Macau brands in our Mini Macau: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery, Seng Fung Jewellery and O Junco de 9 Jades restaurant. The virtual mini-shops have been built to showcase our cooperation with real retail brands from Macau on the metaverse. To engage with players/digital travellers, we have designed two skill-based games: The ‘Fortune Cookie’ treasure hunt and ‘Avoid the Tourists’ games. Players that complete these challenges can win real life prizes redeemable in Macau. We hope to expand Mini Macau to other Macanese brands for advertising and for online to offline booking/ecommerce opportunities.”

Mr Chan added: “Mini Macau will serve as a prototype for the future development of our own metaverse travel and hospitality platform, called the ‘Resortverse’. In our Resortverse, we plan to bring real life resorts and travel destinations into the metaverse and provide a platform with gamification and rewards. Our travel and hospitality metaverse platform will enable resorts and merchants to engage with digital travellers with online gamification and offer real offline rewards and coupons that can benefit their businesses. An increase in virtual travel through our immersive metaverse would attract new foot traffic to real life resorts and travel destinations. Our plan is to launch our Resortverse travel and hospitality platform by year end 2022.”

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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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