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Singtel Group pushes ahead on gaming and esports

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Singtel, wholly-owned subsidiary Optus and regional associates Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate and jointly leverage their strengths to grow the gaming and esports ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Australia and India.

The MOU brings together the six members of the Singtel Group to partner across the gaming space, including scaling up esports, content creation and distribution, and collaboration with the broader gaming ecosystem. This was announced at the Singtel Group’s inaugural multi-title and regional esports league, PVP Esports Championship, which took place from 5 to 7 October and featured some of the biggest international names in gaming.

The Singtel Group will tap on its telco assets, strong knowledge of its local markets in Asia and mobile customer base of more than 700 million to explore opportunities to enable esports enthusiasts and gamers in their passion. As more than 200 million customers across the Group play games on a regular basis, Singtel, Optus, Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel intend to work together to develop solutions and services for gamers and fans in the region. This includes access to high quality local, regional, and global esports competitions, as well as original content and exclusive programming.

Mr Arthur Lang, CEO of Singtel’s International Group, said, “Gaming is part of a digital world without borders, where fast network speeds, connectivity and local market knowledge are critical. It is a natural and perfect fit for Singtel and our partners. We are committed to working as a group to better serve the gamers in our networks, and in the region. We hope to play a major regional role as an enabler of esports, to collectively grow the gaming ecosystem, and give gamers the support and recognition they deserve.”

The number of gamers in the region is projected to surge from 400 million in 2017 to more than 700 million by 2021, with esports viewership numbers expected to double and reach over 40 million by 2019.

Singtel is the organiser and owner of the PVP Esports Championship and the content related to this event, which enables Singtel to distribute the event content globally. The event attracted over 3,600 teams competing in both Dota 2 and Arena of Valor for a US$300,000 prize pool, and was broadcast in seven languages – English, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Tagalog and Thai.

Singtel is collaborating with Optus and regional associates Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel to build an ecosystem of digital services such as mobile payments and gaming for customers. Earlier this month, the Singtel Group extended Singtel Dash, its mobile wallet, to be used overseas and announced the launch of VIA, its cross-border mobile payment alliance, with AIS and Kasikornbank, Thailand’s largest digital bank. This payment alliance will be progressively expanded to include other regional associates and non-telcos.

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Melco proposes eSports stadium in Japanese casino

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The Hong Kong-based Melco Resorts & Entertainment has proposed to construct an eSports stadium in its planned Japanese resort.

“It is very likely that the esports stadium [will] become one of the key components for our integrated resort in Japan. The content that esports offers will be very diverse, with the advancement of technology, by the time a resort opens in Japan,” – stated Melco’s Chief Financial Officer, Geoffrey Davis for Nikkei Asian Review.

Melco was the first casino operator to open an eSports stadium at its Studio City facility this year in Macau. Geoff Andres, Property President of Studio City Macau at Melco said that eSports is a fast-growing market segment that is constantly innovating and evolving.

“The Japan resort will attract visitors, most likely from the region,” said Davis. “Having relationships with Chinese customers can be a big strength for Melco to contribute to Japan’s inbound tourism,” he added.

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1X2 Network strengthens Asian operation

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1X2 Network has consolidated its position in after partnering with platform provider QTech Games, for distributing its slots, table and virtual games to operators and players.

1X2 Network’s products will now be available to companies using the QTech Games platform.

Some of most sought-after games like Rainbow Wilds, Blood Queen and the recently released The Curious Cabinet, as well as upcoming releases Vikings Wild from Iron Dog Studio and Faerie Nights, will be available in the new platform which can be accessed through both desktop and mobile devices.

Kevin Reid, COO at 1X2 Network, said: “Asia is one of the fastest-growing online casino markets in the world, and we are delighted to have teamed up with QTech Games to distribute our content to operators and players across the region.”

Jonas Alm, CEO at QTech Games, said: “We are constantly updating our extensive game portfolio to ensure that we offer our operator partners the widest range of quality titles from the best studios and developers.”

“1X2 Network has cracked the code when it comes to designing and developing stunning games that deliver engaging and compelling gameplay, providing a superior player experience. Their games have been performing consistently well for a number of years in a range of different markets, so we’re confident they will be well-received by new players in Asia, too.”

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RTG Asia launched Scuba Diver game

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The Singapore-based gaming developer Realtime Gaming Asia (RTG Asia) has launched its latest game, titled Scuba Diver Game. This is the second game from the company this month, with Stardust, a 5-reel video slot that benefits from an All Ways Pays system, being the first.

 “Don’t miss the treasure as you’re bedazzled by the beautiful fish in our new Scuba Diver game. Our professional scuba diver is out capturing fish… on film! And you’ll be as captivated as he is, although we know you have your eye on that treasure, 7500 times your bet per line in this 27 ways pay, low volatility game, even if he’s oblivious to it!” said the company’s release.

With beautifully rendered and animated 3D blue marlins, spiky puffer fish, oysters with a pearl in its shell and other fish and plants, you will want to stay under the sea as long as your tank has oxygen in it. “And that shark? Fear not! It’s wild but it’s also your Wild symbol, and when you hit three stacked up in the middle reel, you’ll get a free re-spin. And only in that free re-spin will you see the treasure chest symbol,” stated RTG Asia.

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