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Melco Announces Further Details of Gaming Concession



Melco Announces Further Details of Gaming Concession
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Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, a developer, owner and operator of integrated resort facilities in Asia and Europe, announces further details of the ten-year concession to operate games of fortune and chance in casinos in Macau (“Concession”) granted to Melco Resorts (Macau) Limited (“Melco Resorts Macau” or “Concessionaire”), a subsidiary of the Company, as announced on December 16, 2022.

The Concession is granted by the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (“Macau SAR”) to Melco Resorts Macau as the Concessionaire. The term of the Concession commences on January 1, 2023 and ends on December 31, 2032. Under the Concession, Melco Resorts Macau is authorised to operate the Altira Casino, the City of Dreams Casino and the Studio City Casino as well as the Grand Dragon Casino and the Mocha Clubs. The Macau SAR government has allocated 750 gaming tables and 2,100 electronic gaming machines for operation by the Concessionaire during the Concession.

Under the Concession, Melco Resorts Macau will pay an annual premium to the Macau SAR of MOP30,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$3,741,000) plus a variable amount calculated in accordance with the number of gaming tables and electronic gaming machines operated by Melco Resorts Macau. The variable amount of the annual premium is MOP300,000 (equivalent to approximately US$37,000) for each gaming table reserved exclusively to certain kinds of games or players, MOP150,000 (equivalent to approximately US$19,000) for each gaming table not so exclusively reserved and MOP1,000 (equivalent to approximately US$100) for each electronic gaming machine, subject to a minimum annual payment of an amount required for the operation of 500 gaming tables and 1,000 electronic gaming machines. The Concession provides for the payment of special gaming tax on gross gaming revenue. Special gaming tax is currently payable at a rate of 35%. Contributions of 2% and 3% of gross gaming revenue is payable by the Concessionaire to a public fund, and to urban development, touristic promotion and social security, respectively. These contributions may be waived or reduced with respect to gross gaming revenue generated by foreign patrons under certain circumstances. In addition, a special premium may be due by the Concessionaire in the event the average gross gaming revenue of the Concessionaire’s gaming tables does not reach the annual minimum of MOP7,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$873,000) and the average gross gaming revenue of the electronic gaming machines does not reach the annual minimum of MOP300,000 (equivalent to approximately US$37,000). The amount of the special premium is equivalent to the difference between the amount of the special gaming tax paid by the Concessionaire and the amount that would be paid under the annual minimum set average gross gaming revenue for gaming tables and electronic gaming machines.

Under the Concession, the registered share capital and net asset value of Melco Resorts Macau cannot be less than MOP5,000,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$623,538,000) and, to guarantee its performance of certain of its legal and contractual obligations, including labor obligations, Melco Resorts Macau must maintain a guarantee issued by a Macau SAR bank in favor of the Macau SAR in the amount of MOP1,000,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$124,708,000) until 180 days after the earlier of the expiration and termination of the Concession. The Concession requires that the managing director of Melco Resorts Macau must be a permanent resident of the Macau SAR and must hold at least 15% of the registered share capital of Melco Resorts Macau. Melco Resorts Macau is compliant with these requirements.

In connection with the Concession, Melco Resorts Macau has undertaken to carry out investment in the overall amount of MOP11,823,700,000 (equivalent to approximately US$1,474,506,000). The investment plan can include gaming and non-gaming related projects in the expansion of foreign market patrons, conventions and exhibitions, entertainment shows, sports events, art and culture, health and well-being, thematic entertainment, gastronomy, community and maritime tourism and others. Of the total investment amount referred to above, MOP10,008,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$1,248,074,000) will be applied to non-gaming related projects, with the balance applied to gaming related projects.

The Concessionaire has undertaken to carry out incremental additional non-gaming  investment in the amount of approximately 20% of its initial non-gaming investment, or MOP2,003,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$249,789,000), in the event the Macau SAR annual gross gaming revenue reaches MOP180,000,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$22,447,372,000) (“Incremental Investment Trigger”). This incremental investment amount is reduced to 16%, 12%, 8%, 4% of the initial non-gaming investment amount or nil, if the Incremental Investment Trigger occurs in year 6, year 7, year 8, year 9 or year 10 of the Concession, respectively.

Transfers of property and credit rights of Melco Resorts Macau exceeding MOP100,000,000 (equivalent to approximately US$12,471,000) and loan agreements or similar arrangements executed by Melco Resorts Macau as borrower or creditor equal to or exceeding that amount are each subject to approval by the Macau SAR government, except for those loan agreements related to credit granted for gaming purposes. The issue of debt securities by Melco Resorts Macau is also subject to approval by the Macau SAR government and the Concession prohibits the Concessionaire from being listed on a stock exchange. The Concession requires that prior notice be given to the Macau SAR government of financial decisions relating to the internal movement of funds of Melco Resorts Macau exceeding 50% of its registered capital, financial decisions relating to salaries, remuneration or benefits of employees, among others, exceeding 10% of its registered capital and other financial decisions exceeding 10% of its registered capital.

The Concession may be terminated by the Macau SAR government by mutual agreement with the Concessionaire, for breach of obligations by the Concessionaire, for reasons of public interest, by reason of threat to national security, or for lack of suitability of the Concessionaire. In addition, the Macau SAR government may, from the eighth year of the Concession, redeem the Concession by notice to the Concessionaire at least one year in advance. Pursuant to such redemption, the Macau SAR government would assume all rights and obligations of the Concessionaire resulting from business legally and validly conducted by the Concessionaire before the date of the redemption notice and the Concessionaire would have a right to obtain reasonable and fair compensation under applicable Macau SAR law.

The Concession provides for Melco Resorts Macau’s right to use the casino premises and related land for the purpose of operating games of chance under the Concession during the term of the Concession. On the termination or expiry of the Concession, the casino premises operated under the Concession and the gaming equipment would automatically revert to the Macau SAR without compensation.

The Company enthusiastically welcomes the grant of the Concession to Melco Resorts Macau, which will enable Melco Resorts Macau to continue its core gaming and entertainment business in the Macau SAR for the next decade.


MOGO Executes Definitive Agreement with Nils Lahr and OrionsWave to Acquire Social Challenge Engine and Platform Technology



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Mobile Global Esports Incorporated (MOGO) (NASDAQ:MGAM), the mobile eSports and social platform company driving collegiate eSports tournaments, team development and data services in India, today announced that the company has executed the definitive agreement to acquire, implement and relaunch the social challenge technology developed by Nils Lahr and OrionsWave LLC.

“I’m thrilled about the prospect of bringing specific social stories to life,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for OrionsWave LLC, Nils Lahr, said. “Unlike the ad-hoc nature of Instagram or the instant gratification of TikTok, our original app, which was number-one on the app store before these platforms emerged, catered to a unique category that is still unaddressed in the market. Our aim is to add more value to social connections and infuse more fun into viral calls to action. With the advancements in technology and user experience, we’re poised to bring a fresh and exciting perspective to the market.”

“Moving forward with OrionsWave’s social challenge technology provides the robust technological backbone required for building out the capabilities, value and offering of our MOGO social platform,” the Chief Executive Officer for Mobile Global Esports Incorporated, Dave Pross, said. “We’re looking forward to working closely with Nils and his team to drive gamer engagement through offering users the ability to create challenges with which to motivate player and team unity and competitiveness.”

Lahr, an esteemed American entrepreneur and computer scientist, has made significant strides in the digital media and artificial intelligence (AI) industries. As the founder and Chief Executive Officer for OrionsWave, LLC, he has guided early-stage companies to success including Orions Systems Incorporated and Synergy Sports. His tenure as Reality Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft showcased his expertise in AI scalability. Holding over eight key patents in machine learning and AI, his innovative approach led to Microsoft’s acquisition of Orions Systems Incorporated in 2020.

Lahr also co-founded Synergy Sports Technology LLC, a global leader in sports analytics, which recently had its IPO. His Emmy-award-winning work in streaming media has significantly influenced the digital transition of major corporations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Trinity Gaming India Signs Deal with Everdome to Build Web3 Adoption in India



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Trinity Gaming India and EmChain to earmark land on virtual Mars to content creators, eSports organizations, brands and companies

Trinity Gaming India, a gaming content and marketing company with access to over 40 million gamers, has partnered with Everdome, a leading hyper-realistic metaverse giant, to build the first virtual Mars community.

The company aims to develop and accelerate the Indian gaming community to transition from Web2 to Web3. With this partnership, Trinity Gaming will activate the Indian gaming community towards the metaverse phase.

Trinity Gaming India will gain access to real estate on the virtual Mars and allocate space to content creators, eSports organizations, brands and companies. This will enable trade of the virtual assets and create more freedom in the play-to-earn (P2E), Web3, Crypto and NFT gaming sectors to boost their immersive experiences.

Trinity Gaming India has collaborated with blockchain-based firm EmChain FZE towards this partnership. As part of the deal, Trinity Gaming India and EmChain will train, mentor and provide revenue streams for approximately 40 million captive gamers and creators in the web3 and blockchain sector.

Emchain will ensure the development and mentorship of the content creators to help them pick pace with the technical framework of the global gaming community. The content creators will be able to engage with their audience on a deeper level, attach and grow their brand within a premium quality metaverse setting, leverage the upcoming marketplace as a location for any in-world transaction or simply create a virtual home.

Launched at the beginning of 2022, Everdome has swiftly built a community of over 500,000 supporters and circa 90,000+ unique wallets holding $DOME, the utility token, along with a series of digital land auctions with 98% sell-out and ten significant partnerships that concluded with an excellent trust score of 90/100.

“The Indian gaming community in the Web3 environment is expanding in leaps and bounds,” the founder and Chief Operating Officer for Trinity Gaming India, Shivam Rao (pictured), said. “This development will provide Indian gaming content creators with a first-of-its-kind opportunity. Under the aegis of Emchain and Everdome’s expertise, we at Trinity Gaming India strive to equip Indian game developers with globally-recognized technical know-how to create a truly immersive gaming experience.”

“Everdome is all about making extraordinary metaverse experiences more widely accessible,” the Chief Growth Officer for Everdome, Artur Kaczmarczyk, said. “Our partnership with Emchain and its network of content creators helps us in our mission to reach new audiences with our metaverse experience, not just in terms of a South Asian and Indian audience, but also a brand-new direct engagement with a thriving gaming community. I am delighted to join forces with Emchain as Everdome takes another step towards our goal of building a thriving, truly worldwide community of metaverse explorers.”

“Metaverse and the gaming industry are a perfect match,” the Chief Executive Officer for Emchain, Towqeer Gilkar, said. “The metaverse provides a new level of interactivity, community building and earning potential for gamers. At one go, it offers the game developers a new platform to create and release more immersive and exciting games. The future of gaming is in the metaverse and the possibilities are endless.”

In this hyper-realistic metaverse, the content creators can use their land to build virtual boot camps. These can be a replica of their existing boot camp or something with their imagination that is impossible in real life. They can have streaming rooms, play areas, lounges, display areas, an art gallery, a common area, a theatre/screening room, production studios and so on inside the boot camp. They will invite their fans/other gaming creators and create content.

Monetization will be done through:

* Ticketing to enter the metaverse

* Buying creators NFT

* Brand collaborations in virtual space

* Playing games with fans

* Watching movies in virtual space

* Content shoots in the metaverse

* Playing eSports

* Content IPs

* Fan meet-ups

Trinity Gaming India is confident about the initiative that will shoot development and acceleration to help the Indian gaming community to transition from Web2 to Web3. It will help Trinity Gaming India to activate the Indian gaming community towards the metaverse phase.

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Amatic Names Robert Dykstra as New Manager of Business Development for APAC Region



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Austrian slots and multi-player gaming manufacturer Amatic Industries has named Robert Dykstra as the company’s new manager of business development for the Asian Pacific region. Amatic stated that, due to his experience and required skills, Dykstra is expected to be “a great fit” for the company and its business philosophy.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Dykstra joins Amatic’s expanding team and will be responsible for serving the APAC region. He brings more than 25 years of experience in both land-based gaming and online to the new role, with the last 6 years responsible for South East Asia.

Amatic’s management stated: “With Robert, we are thrilled to welcome an experienced person who has excellent knowledge of the Asian Pacific region and can thus strongly represent the Amatic brand.”

The new appointment comes amid a busy year for Amatic, which has showcased its solutions at a number of events these past few months, including the 42nd annual Irish Gaming Show and ICE London back in February.

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