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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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Operators, Investment Firms Confirmed Sponsors of the Kyushu – Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar

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The Kyushu – Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar (to be held on 27 June 2019) has confirmed at least six international operators and investment groups who have agreed to support the event and speak to attendees. The operators in attendance will be presenting on a variety of topics to an expected audience of nearly 500 participants.

Confirmed event sponsors now include Agora Hospitality Group, Current Corp. – Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 & Get Nice Holdings Limited, Oshidori International Development Limited, Disaster Support Foundation and Casino Austria International, as well as one international operator who has asked to remain anonymous until the event date. Each of the sponsors will be given time to present individually, where they will introduce their organizations, visions for the future of an integrated resort in Nagasaki Prefecture as well as how they foresee economic integration with the Greater Kyushu Region at large. Problem gaming will also be a topic for discussion. A second session will include a panel discussion which will be chaired by Mr. Andrew Edsall of The Carter Group, a Japanese market research firm based in Tokyo.

The event is expected to draw attendance from Nagasaki Prefecture as well as the Greater Kyushu Region across both the public and private sectors. Additional attendees will include event supporters such as the Nagasaki Prefecture and Sasebo City Governments and a variety of Chambers of Commerce and Economic Federations from throughout Kyushu. The event is seen as the first major IR seminar in the region and follows the recent announcement at the Kyushu Regional Strategy Conference that confirmed agreement for the support of a Nagasaki-based IR by all Kyushu Governors as well as the governors of Okinawa and Yamaguchi.

It is expected that attendees will be interviewed after the event to gauge feedback based on the presentations given and will be passed to the event supporters to further study and understand public perception and IR support within the region.

 

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HOGO is a marketing strategy and corporate communications company that focuses on the tourism, hospitality, gaming and entertainment industries. Based in Macau, the agency has offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Japan. Focused on creative marketing and strategic vision, HOGO works with clients to further develop and build their brands throughout Asia Pacific.

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Philippine Stock Exchange Delists Melco Resorts

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment has been delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange after falling below the PSE’s minimum required threshold for public ownership.

The delisting comes six months after Melco completed the crossing over of shares from a tender offer aimed at increasing the shareholding of MCO Investments Limited. The stakes were increased from 72.54% to 96.1%, pushing the amount held by other shareholders well below the required 10% minimum public ownership requirement.

Melco (Philippines) is also looking to further decrease the public holding via a reduction in the number of common shares in the company from 5.9 billion to just 11,800, with the value of each share increasing from Php1 to Php500,000.

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RGB Signs Deal with KL Saberi and Atlas

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RGB International Bhd, the Malaysia based gaming machine distributor, has secured the rights to distribute EGMs on behalf of two new manufacturers – KL Saberi and Atlas. The KL Saberi is owned by Kangwon Land, the only Korean casino in which locals can legally gamble, while Atlas is an Australian firm operating out of Victoria.

Datuk Chuah Kim Seah, MD of RGB told that RGB was planning to launch 200 units of the new brands in the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam this year via the company’s Sales and Marketing division.

“In the Philippines, some 600 gaming machines have already been installed in the casino according to the terms and conditions of the contract,” Chuah said.

RGB previously revealed it had signed contracts to install 1700 units in 2019, of which 1300 are in the Philippines.

When all are installed, “these 1300 machines will generate a yield of at least US$50 million for the group over the next five years,” Chuah added.

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