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ePlay Appoints esports and Gaming Advisor For Big Shot Augmented Reality Mobile Game Expansion in Asia

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Phil Chen joins ePlay to help the mobile esports company with market expansion.

ePlay Digital Inc. is delighted to announce Philip Chen is joining its Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) as a special advisor for Big Shot (China). As the company targets specific North American cities with a slate of sports, esports, and entertainment titles, Mr. Chen will support international activities in the fastest growing economies and mobile esports markets in the world.

Philip Chen is Managing Partner and Founder of Dynaco Capital Inc., a financial advisory firm based in Toronto and associated with numerous Global Venture Capital firms, Private Equity Funds, Wealth Management Institutions and multi-billion dollar Chinese enterprises. Over the past 20 years, Philip has worked on dozens of M & A transactions in various sector themes. His current specialization encompasses, but is not limited to, E-commerce, FinTech, AI, Social Media, esports and Gaming.

Philip Chen comments, “I am pleased to work with ePlay Digital and build value by opening up new doors in China for its esports products and games like Big Shot. ePlay has developed best in class esports and gaming technology that is readily appealing to the large gaming-centric Asian demographic.”

Big Shot is an augmented reality mobile game described as Pokémon Go meets sports, esports, and entertainment. The game released as a beta to the Apple App Store in August 2018 will initially be marketed in selected North American cities including Los Angeles, California. The first game title in the Big Shot series is targeted at NBA fans around the world. Other professional sports and leagues will become part of the Big Shot product line in the future.

“We are well aware that the largest mobile esports and gaming market in the world is in China. These are exciting times for our company as we roll out Big Shot in initial key markets and position to expand our augmented reality esports leadership globally including in Asia-Pacific,” says Trevor Doerksen, CEO of ePlay Digital. “Mr. Chen joins us at a great moment to expand our team’s ability to reach existing and new target markets.”

Recently, ePlay announced new strategic financing and partners focused on marketing for the Big Shot mobile esports game. China Daily recently reported the esports market in China alone will reach USD $18 billion with over 430 million players and viewers. Chen joins 7-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster, Robert Horry and sports broadcaster and TV host, Lindsay McCormick on the ePlay SAB.

With Big Shot, ePlay, like other game developers and publishers owns the game. Riot Games owns League of Legends and the professional esports leagues and events. Riot Games, it’s titles, esports events and leagues, was purchased by China-based Internet giant Tencent. ePlay is providing esports leadership in a vertically integrated manner – from game to league and from augmented reality to distribution – in multiple esports markets.

 

About ePlay:

ePlay Digital Inc. is a mobile game creator and publisher specializing in sports, esports and entertainment augmented reality titles, including their new flagship title Big Shot Basketball. ePlay is operated by an award-winning team of sports, gaming and esports leaders as well as broadcast and digital technology industry experts, software engineers and athletes who have brought dozens of game titles to market for companies including Time Warner Cable, ESPN, Sony Pictures, AXS TV, Intel, AXN, Fiat, CBS, and others.

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Singapore Casinos to Remain Closed Beyond June 1

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The gaming venues of Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands are to remain shut beyond June 1, the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) of Singapore confirmed.

Singapore will see three-quarters of its economy resume normal operations when measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic are eased from June 2, the government said last week.

“The Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on 19 May the list of businesses which are allowed to resume operations from 2 June 2020 onwards. Casinos are not included within the list,” CRA said.

“The government will further monitor and assess developments in the Covid-19 situation to determine the appropriate timelines for the gradual resumption of more businesses and activities, including the casinos,” it added.

“With the phased approach, we are ready to help our workers go back to work and allow businesses to resume in a safe way,” the government said.

Marina Bay Sands said on its official website that the property “remains closed in support of the Singapore government’s ongoing efforts to combat the Covid-19 situation.”

“We are working closely with the authorities on our reopening schedule, in line with Singapore’s gradual resumption of business activities in phases,” it added.

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Adriano Ho to Take Over as Director of DICJ Next Month

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Lei Wai Nong, the Secretary for Economy and Finance, has confirmed that Adriano Ho will take over as the Director of Macau’s Gaming of Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) on June 10, replacing Paulo Martins Chan.

Chan will step down on June 9 with Ho to be formally appointed the following day.

Lei said that progress on amendments to Macau’s gaming law, which is set to form the legislative basis for the retendering of gaming concessions, will not be affected by the change of director.

“The authority of making decisions about the gaming law are in the hands of the Chief Executive and the five Secretaries. The DICJ’s job is mostly to execute our decisions and policies,” he said.

Ho is currently a key advisor to the Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, having previously headed the Police Criminal Investigation Department and the Gaming-related and Economic Crimes Investigation Department.

Discussing the appointment with media, Lei expressed his belief that Ho has enough experience in the field of gaming to perform his new role but denied his appointment was intended to strengthen regulations on gaming operators.

“Regulating the gaming industry is a persistent work for the government, it is not future tense. No matter who is the DICJ director, we’ll continue with our regulation as usual to ensure healthy development of the gaming industry,” Lei said.

The Secretary also emphasised that Chan’s departure is a “normal personnel change,” revealing Chan had offered his resignation last year but had been retained for another six months to aid transition – even though his tenure had been extended by a full 12-months until 1 December 2020.

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Suncity Group Venture Secures Casino Operating License for Vietnam IR Hoiana

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Hoi An South Development Co Ltd, the Vietnam-based joint venture of which Suncity Group holds a 34% stake, has secured a casino operating license for its Vietnamese integrated resort, Hoiana. The license is valid until 10 December 2080.

Hoiana, a joint venture between Suncity, Chow Tai Fook and VinaCapital Group, is located in Hoi An South in Vietnam’s Quang Nam province, with the US$1 billion Phase 1 development to span more than 165 hectares. It will include a casino, restaurants, an 18-hole golf course and more than 1000 hotel rooms.

“I am thrilled to be granted a Casino Operating License in Hoiana. We are now ready. The Casino Operating License will visualize my re-imagination of Suncity. Hoiana is now finally allowed to open its doors to offer guests an authentic Vietnamese experience embellished with sun, sea and sand,” Alvin Chau, CEO of Suncity Group, said.

“This is a very exciting time to witness my vision for Suncity to sprout from ground zero into a truly integrated resort company – a true metamorphosis for Suncity. Stay tuned for Hoiana’s exclusive preview in the summer and the Grand Opening in 2021,” Alvin Chau added.

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