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New Growth Opportunities In Virtual and Augmented Reality | What To Expect in The Future

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New Growth Opportunities In Virtual and Augmented Reality | What To Expect in The Future
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Virtual and augmented reality is a suite of hardware, service and software components allowing end-users to visualize and experience virtual environment in real-time. Both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are expected to witness strong demand globally largely due to growing application in end-use sectors such as healthcare, education, gaming, media and entertainment, and others. Constant innovation in technology is expected to create demand for new VR and AR solutions in the coming years.

Furthermore, the demand for compact VR and AR hardware devices is expected to create demand for new VR and AR hardware devices. The VR and AR ecosystem players include hardware, service and software vendors. In the coming years, both software and service vendors are expected to play crucial role in expanding the adoption of VR and AR across multiple end-use applications. The revenue of the global VR and AR market stood at US$ 16,806.1 Mn in 2019; this is projected to expand at a CAGR of 86.0% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027) and reach US$ 2,408,749.7 Mn by 2027.

North America was the largest geographical market in terms of revenue in 2019. The presence of a large number of VR and AR players and high consumer demand led by high consumer disposable income is expected to support the demand for VR and AR in North America in the coming years. The U.S. is expected to be a significant contributor to the VR and AR market in North America. Europe is anticipated to contribute significant market share during the forecast period owing to demand from media and entertainment, manufacturing, and gaming sectors over the forecast period.

Due to high economic growth, Asia Pacific is expected to register significant growth for VR and AR solutions in the coming years. Countries such as China and India are expected to witness considerable adoption of VR and AR solutions. Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South American countries are expected to contribute less to the VR and AR market in the coming years as compared to other regions.

The demand for software and service by component segmentation is expected to remain significant in the North American, Asia Pacific and European regions. Media and entertainment, and gaming segments are expected to make major contributions to the growth of the VR and AR market in MEA and South America.

The hardware segment is anticipated to account for a significant market share among all other types of component segments in the VR and AR marketplace throughout the forecast period. The software and service segments under component segmentation are expected to register high CAGR growth as compared to hardware segmentation over the forecast period.

Media and entertainment, gaming, and healthcare segments are expected to contribute considerable market share under different VR and AR end-use applications over the forecast period. The automotive segment is expected to account for the highest growth rate over the forecast period until 2027 among all end-use applications.

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Greece Prohibits Advertisement on Online Slots

Niji Narayan

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The Greek government has implemented tough norms on online gaming and advertising. As per the new norms, the maximum stakes of random number generator (RNG) games is limited to of €2, and maximum prizes are limited to €5000.

The slot games  should not be advertised anywhere outside of an operator’s own website. Gambling products other than slots can be advertised on social media but the operators must ensure that the ads are viewed only by persons over the age of 21.

There are several other provisions.

Online players now need to fix loss and time limits for play, and operators must inform players when they reach 80% of their limit.

Casino games will have a prize limit of €70,000 and sports betting will have a prize limit of €500,000 per bet.

Fees for for seven-year licences have been fixed at €3million for online betting and €2million for other forms of gaming.

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Dutch Govt. Grants Power to Local Authorities to close Leisure Venues

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Dutch Govt. Grants Power to Local Authorities to close Leisure Venues
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In a significant move, the Dutch government has granted power to Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst – GGD) to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades. The GGD can exercise this power, if needed, for containing the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo De Jonge announced this decision amidst concerns about rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

Dutch gambling trade association VAN Kansspelen also issued a warning to its members to strictly implement all restrictions and ensire that customers follow all of the measures intended to limit the spread of the virus, such as keeping a distance from one another.

“The number of infections is increasing and people not adhering to the basic rules as closely, such as observing the 1.5m and hygiene measures,” VAN Kansspelen said. “The national government is taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

“As a sector, it is important to contribute to the prevention of infections. We therefore call on you to adhere to all protocols and the rules. Also inform your guests of this if they do not comply with this.

The Netherlands government allowed casinos and slot arcades to start functioning again on July 1, after closing in mid-March.

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SkyCity Shuts Down Auckland Casino as New Zealand Re-enters Lockdown

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Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has once again closed down its flagship integrated resort SkyCity Auckland, after the New Zealand government revealed four new cases of community transmitted COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The cases have come as a huge shock to the country, which only 24 hours earlier had celebrated 100 days without a single new locally transmitted case of the coronavirus. Auckland has immediately been placed back on Stage 3 restrictions for three days as a precautionary measure, with the rest of New Zealand on Stage 2. Under Stage 3 lockdown, bars and many businesses will be closed, gatherings restricted to 10 people and travel in and out of Auckland mostly prohibited.

SkyCity’s casinos in Hamilton and Queenstown will remain open with social distancing measures in place.

“SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand government. SkyCity is well prepared to respond quickly to these changes and is in a strong financial position to withstand the financial impacts of these temporary restrictions,” Graeme Stephens, CEO of SkyCity Entertainment, said.

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