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Bay City Ventures Head Becomes First Japanese To Win Individual G2E Asia Award

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The final winners of the prestigious G2E Asia Awards were announced on May 21st, with the award ceremony and gala dinner held in The Parisian Macao attended by over 370 industry professionals. In what could become a recurring event as the Japan IR industry develops and grows, Tokyo-based Bay City Ventures’ Joji Kokuryo won the G2E Asia “BEST INDUSTRY RISING STARS” award, marking the first time a Japanese individual has received such an honor in one of Asia’s premium gaming award events. The company noted that the award recognized Kokuryo’s volunteerism in the promotion of innovation in the gaming industry, as well as his efforts and leadership in preparing his home country for a successful IR industry.

“This is an amazing honor. I owe everything to the colleagues I have worked with, the customers who demand the best, regulators who kept me on my toes, and everyone who helped me learn and excel in the industry. I must give a special thanks to my friends at Aruze Gaming, who first gave me the opportunity in this industry to take on bigger challenges,” said Kokuryo.

Other recipients of awards on the evening include gaming operators such as Galaxy Entertainment, Melco Resorts, MGM China, Wynn Palace, and Solaire, as well as gaming supplier giants Aristocrat and Scientific Games. Japanese gaming suppliers such as Aruze Gaming, Konami, and Angel Playing Cards have in the past been recognized in Asia for their products.

Kokuryo adds that “it is humbling to see the BC Ventures name on such a prominent list of winners. This recognition further strengthens our sense of responsibility to continue supporting Japanese individuals, entities, local communities, and eventually regulators to be successful in the global gaming industry. “

The Japan gaming industry, while still in it’s early stages, will be up and running by the middle of the 2020’s. While international support will be key, locals will certainly play a large role in shaping the newest major gaming industry. Bay City Ventures aims to be a major player in developing human resources and promoting the smooth development and regulation of Japanese integrated resorts.

 

About G2E Asia and G2E Asia Awards:

The Global Gaming Expo Asia, known as G2E Asia, is the largest gaming industry event in Asia, and consists of multiple exhibitions, conferences and forums. It is run by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions.

The G2E Asia Awards is an annual event that recognizes the best of various categories in the gaming industry. It is co-organized by G2E Asia and Inside Asian Gaming.
The “Industry Rising Stars Award” is the only individual award and is awarded to a maximum of 5 winners from a list of 16 finalists. 50 industry veterans were judges for the awards. This prestigious prize is awarded to gaming industry performers under the age of 40 who have demonstrated consistent leadership and innovation, with great potential for more to come.

 

About Bay City Ventures Ltd.:

Bay City Ventures was established in Tokyo, Japan in January of 2019, with the goal of supporting local business endeavors in the international gaming industry and providing relevant information and support to local stakeholders during the development of the Japan IR market .

The company was founded by Joji Kokuryo, formerly a lead executive in charge of the Asian and European market for gaming supplier Aruze Gaming. Joji is one of the few Japanese nationals who have stamped their name in multiple facets of the international gaming industry.

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Indian Gaming League (IGL) to host “Influencers Rising Cup” from 25th-31st January 2021

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Indian Gaming League (IGL), the fastest-growing Esports platform will host their inaugural Influencers Rising Cup in which they want to give all up and coming free fire content creators a chance to showcase their skills and have an opportunity to win a share of the 8000 IGL coin prize pool. The tournament will have 3 qualifiers & 1 Final. There are 64+ team slots. This is a private tournament wherein the players will need a code to register themselves from the official website iglnetwork.com.

The winner will get Rs. 8000/- Prize Pool. All the matches will be streamed live on IGL’s Youtube Channel: IGL- Indian Gaming League starting on 25th Jan 2021 to 31st Jan 2021 at 5:00 pm. The highlights will be available on IGLTV and on IGL’s own Instagram Handle @iglnetwork. The participants can register themselves from the IGL’s official website – iglnetwork.com.

Yash Pariani, CEO, Indian Gaming League (IGL) says that “Our main motto for hosting this tournament is to encourage the significance of content creators. Since there are a lot of companies providing a platform to the original content creators, we just felt to join in the venture.”

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Chinese Lottery Sales Fall 20.8% in 2020

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Chinese lottery sales declined 20.8% to CNY333.95bn (€42.31bn) in 2020, following a collapse in activity in the first quarter as the country dealt with the Covid-19 crisis.

This total was made up of CNY144.48bn from the Welfare Lottery, a 24.5% decrease. The Sports Lottery’s contribution fell 17.9% to CNY189.64bn.

Of the Welfare Lottery revenue, the vast majority came from numbers lotteries, which brought in CNY122.14bn, down 7.5%.

Instant win games were more resilient, bringing in CNY14.64bn, down just 2.1% from 2019, while Keno revenue increased despite the effects of the pandemic, to CNY910.9m.

Video lottery, however, saw revenue collapse due to extended closures, with the vertical bringing in just CNY679.3m, down 84.8%.

Breaking down Sports Lottery revenue, numbers games made up the majority of revenue, as sales from this vertical increased by 4.7% CNY99.77bn. Sports betting followed, bringing in CNY74.92bn, but this was down 38.6%.

Instant win games, meanwhile, saw sales of CNY 14.77bn, up 8.7%. Sales from video sports lotteries – always only a minor contributor to total sales – fell 38.9% to CNY1.5m.

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Thai Govt Launches Sub-committees to Combat Illegal Gambling

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The Thai government has launched three new sub-committees that will try to tackle the country’s illegal gambling dens, which have been signalled as a major source of Covid-19 infections.

One sub-committee, headed by police inspector-general Gen Sarawut Kanphanit, will pinpoint areas where illegal gambling dens operate and examine the links between their heads and local police forces and administrative organisations.

Interior Ministry inspector, Phusit Somchit, will lead another sub-committee with the goal of proposing long-term measures to combat illegal gambling.

The third sub-committee will investigate the money trail illegal gambling dens leave. It will be headed by Pol Col Akkharaphon Bunyopatsatam, deputy director-general of the Department of Special Investigation.

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