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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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Kalaro: The “Super App” for eSports Fans and Pros

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Kalaro is an esports “Super App” that has a wide variety of features and services aimed at esports fans and pros. It was officially launched in the Philippines in October 2020. Kalaro offers tournament management, social media, a video hub and more. This makes Kalaro a “one-stop shop” for esports.

Here is a breakdown of Kalaro’s features that will help Pinoy gamers:

Tournament Management – With just a few clicks on the Kalaro app, one can take charge of player registration, team formation, bracketing and promotion of multiple tournaments. Managing and scaling eSports competition anytime anywhere has never been this easy. For gamers, they can join in active tournaments with ease and this can serve as their training ground to practice and improve their skills to prepare for more competitive and bigger tournaments in the future.

Brand Integration – Kalaro can be a platform to combine monetisation and activation of brand campaigns at the same time. Companies have the opportunity to organically tap the gaming community who are known to support products and services who sponsors eSports events. Gamers and tournament operators can also start building network through Kalaro.

In-app Social Media and Content Browsing – Widen your network with real-time interaction with other gamers while you hone your gaming skills at the same time. There is a bigger chance of discoverability since this will also serve as a social media platform and video hub of the gaming community. Also, there is an in-app currency made up of gems for cashless transactions and better gaming experience.

In-app Advocacy – Kalaro also promotes work-life balance while driving eSports and public sustainability. One of its goals is to also see gamers gain discipline needed to be recognised as true athletes in the world of eSports. When these things are achieved, more companies will realise the value of using eSports as a teambuilding initiative to develop camaraderie, schools will accept online games as part of their curriculum like in other countries and the government to further support the eSports industry.

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Sportradar Expands its Partnership with Kyodo News

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Kyodo News Digital, a subsidiary of the leading news agency in Japan, has signed a new multi-year partnership with Sportradar. Under the terms of the agreement, Sportradar will see its multi-sport API data services and Radar 360 product re-distributed to Kyodo’s media clients across Japan.

The multi-year deal will see both parties expand a relationship they have had since 2018, which will include the supply and support of a wide range of data from international competitions around the globe including baseball, basketball, soccer, rugby, tennis and golf.

“Offering accurate and reliable information is the cornerstone of our business and we are excited to be partnering with Sportradar to provide the market leading products and services to us and our clients,” Ryuichi Koie, General Manager of Sports Data Division at Kyodo News Digital, said.

Editors and clients will be able to access real-time NBA data through Sportradar’s Radar360 product. This is an innovative tool which allows users to access data through an intuitive interface and easily customisable queries, and includes the ability to create, modify and save custom reports and a myriad of offerings with custom views that allow the end user to choose the stats desired and isolate players and teams from different eras for a direct comparison.

Baseball fans will get exclusive data through the MLB Statcast offering from Sportradar, who are MLB’s exclusive distributor of real-time game statistics, across international markets. Statcast is a state-of-the-art tracking technology that allows for the collection and analysis of a massive amount of baseball data, in ways that were never possible in the past. This unprecedented access to data will help shape the offering Kyodo News is able to present to its clients.

“Media partners use our turnkey services to tell unique, data-driven stories. With these expanded capabilities, it will be even easier to comprehend trends and produce amazing content for pre-, in-, and post-game consumption. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with Kyodo News who are an established media outlet not only in Japan, but in the region,” Danny Fok, Head of Business Development, Asia at Sportradar, said.

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Wakayama IR Promotion Council Urges Prefecture to Select IR Partner Soon

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The Wakayama IR Promotion Council has urged the prefectural government to take a decision as soon as possible on its preferred private partner for its IR bid.

Wakayama prefecture announced in January that two private partner candidates, Suncity Group and Clairvest Neem Ventures, had applied for its IR bid, but the target date for an IR partner selection has been pushed back several times.

According to local media, the target date will occur in the spring of this year but little has been known in recent months.

Katsuaki Shirako, secretary-general of the IR Promotion Council, said: “When considering the era after the coronavirus, Wakayama will have a very difficult economic environment if the IR does not come.”

According to Wakayama prefecture’s policy, the IR development must offer a symbolic landmark and be technologically advanced, including MICE facilities covering 50,000 square meters and a casino comprising no more than 3% of the entire area.

In September 2020, the prefecture extended the deadline for request-for-proposal submissions from potential private sector partners by almost three months to January 2021.

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