One of China’s top 100 internet companies, V1 Group Limited, is pleased to announce that the wholly owned subsidiary of the Group, Beijing Crazy Sports Management Company Limited (“Crazy Sports”), has entered into a strategic partnership with Suqian Jingdong Derui Enterprise Management Co. Ltd. (“Suqian Jingdong”) to introduce sports lottery new retail services into JD Convenience Stores in China. The parties will promote the development of sports lottery new retail business, riding on the wave of upcoming major sports events to seize market opportunities and promote the “buy sports lottery at convenience stores” lifestyle.
JD Convenience Stores is one of the series of innovative smart stores forged by JD New Markets; which focuses on upgrading traditional small and medium-sized stores across China, providing them with the brand of JD, as well as strengthening the uniformity in six aspects including store image, store management control, facilities configuration, service standards, product planning and logistical delivery; to fully refined consumer experience. It joint hands with Crazy Sports to combine the strengths of both parties, to commence sports lottery new retail business and forge “All-purpose convenience stores” by installing sports lottery terminals in JD Convenience Stores throughout the country; to provide sports lottery sales and related services for the vast lottery players in the country. JD Convenience Stores now cover all administrative regions in China except Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and has initiated comprehensive coverage at airports, train stations and highway service stations. According to public information, JD Convenience Stores’ geographical coverage will also expand into rural villages, towns and counties. This will effectively carry the sports lottery new retail business of Crazy Sports to third- and fourth-tier cities and towns, thus reaching even more new users.
During the first half of 2020, Crazy Sports has also signed cooperation agreements with other convenience stores including Shenzhen China Resources Vanguard , Dalian Lianhua Quik and Shanghai 007. Together with the 12 chain enterprise lottery sales channels that has been previously announced by Crazy Sports such as Guangdong 7-Eleven, Bianlifeng, Haolinju, and Jiajiayue, it will continuously install sports lottery terminals at sales channels in each province and municipal city to provide convenient sales channels of sports lottery tickets for residents.
The new retail business of Crazy Sports will provide lottery sales and related services for vast sports users, and act as an entry point for our lottery recommendation services ”Crazy Red Insights” to form a closed-loop commercial system. With this strategy in place, Crazy Sports has succeeded in becoming a large and unique internet sports community and lottery information distribution platform in China leveraging its core lottery user data and further refined the structure of its comprehensive online and offline sports community and lottery e-commerce ecosystem, thereby allowing users to participate in sports and sports lottery activities via multiple channels. This strategy is also capable of driving fission growth among the online and offline user base and creating a new retail model featuring online to offline user redirection and consumption through both channels, thereby bringing a positive prospect of quick linear growth.
As the five upcoming major tournaments resumes, it is expected that the sports lottery industry will see a ”retaliatory” rebound with huge commercial potential. The 2021 Tokyo Olympics, European Cup, Copa America, 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Qatar World Cup will bring enormous opportunities to the development of sports and lottery businesses. Crazy Sports will accelerate its offline layout to seize the resources in the lottery new retail market.
Mr. PENG Xitao, Joint Chief Operations Officer of V1 Group Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Crazy Sports, said, “Crazy Sports is very honoured to be in this cooperation with JD to bring lottery new retail services into JD Convenience Stores, which will not only facilitate sports lottery users to purchase sports lottery tickets easily, but also strengthen the development of Crazy Sports’ offline physical sports lottery sales network, thus expanding our user base. Looking forward, Crazy Sports will continue to form partnerships with different parties and establish more chain enterprise sales channels and ”365 Smart Stores” to attract more offline traffic, which could then convert into online users to propel the development of our sports lottery new retail business, and seize the huge potential of the upcoming major sports events.”
Dr. ZHANG Lijun, Chairman of the Board of Directors of V1 Group Limited, said, “The partnership between Crazy Sports and JD coincides with the 15th anniversary of VODone Information Engineering Group Co., Ltd, a core enterprise of V1 Group Limited. We have composed remarkable stories of success in the past 15 years, and we will start another grand new chapter today! I believe, with the solid support from our numerous users, the passionate work of our employees, as well as the confidence and support from our shareholders, V1 Group will make life better and happier; thus creating greater value for our users, employees and shareholders!”
SOURCE V1 Group Limited
India: Six People, Including Cops, Arrested After Ranchi Police Busts Illegal Gambling Den
Six people, including cops, were arrested after the Ranchi Police busted an illegal gambling group in the Gonda area of Jharkhand’s capital.
In recent news, six people, including cops were arrested after the Ranchi Police busted an illegal gambling den in the Gonda area of Jharkhand’s capital. Acting on the received information, a police team raided the spot. Reportedly, a sum of five lakh rupees was seized from the accused.
BJP State President Babulal Marandi raised his concern over the incident, emphasising on the involvement of police personnel stationed at CM Hemant Soren’s residence in the gambling operation. Marandi suggested that there might be pressure on the police, leading to potential manipulation of the case.
He even took to his official handle on X (formerly Twitter), to express his worries over the state’s leadership being involved in wrongdoings. He also questioned where the money earned from the gambling activities was going.
The station in-charge Ravi Thakur confirmed the arrests. A detailed investigation into the matter is underway. The illegal gambling activities were reportedly ongoing in the police like area for several days. Upon receiving the information about the illegal gambling den, Ranchi SSP formed the team who conducted the raid.
Genting Berhad Reports Group Revenue of $1.57 Billion for Q3 2023
Genting Berhad has posted its financial report for the third quarter of 2023, highlighting a 20.39% increase year-on-year in its group revenue to RM7.37bn ($1.57bn).
This improved performance in the group’s revenue was contributed mainly by the Leisure & Hospitality Division continuing to recover.
There was a significant increase in the group’s net profit from the previous year’s third quarter results, seeing them go up 177.16% to RM995m.
EBITDA also saw an increase, going up from RM2.06bn in the third quarter of 2022 to RM2.73bn in the third quarter of 2023, representing an increase of nearly 33%.
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Genting mentions that its financial performance for the rest of the 2023 financial year may be impacted by a number of factors, including the continuation of domestic demand employment growth; and the regional gaming market is expected to continue its recovery as airline capacity and air connectivity in the region improves.
The report also mentions that Resorts World Sentosa has collaborated with a local charity organisation called Food from the Heart to fund, to enable the distribution of fresh, locally sourced produce to 2400 underprivileged families across the island over the next three years.
PAGCOR SCORES 99.46% IN GCG 2022 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEM
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) recently received formal recognition from the Governance Commission for GOCCs or GCG for achieving a score of 99.46% in its annual Performance Evaluation System (PES) for 2022.
The score is one of the highest in the history of PAGCOR and was achieved on the first year under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Alejandro H. Tengco, who was appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in August 2022.
PAGCOR’s score in the 2021 PES was 98.08%, while in 2020 it was 91.38%.
The award for 2022 was received by PAGCOR President and COO Atty. Juanito L. Sañosa during the inaugural GOCC Governance Awards Ceremony on November 20, 2023 at the PICC Complex in Pasay City.
Atty. Sañosa said the award elevated PAGCOR to the ranks of the best performing GOCCs in the country.
“This is truly another proud moment for PAGCOR. While this award serves as a validation of our efforts and hard work, it also inspires us to continuously exceed our past accomplishments – all in the service of our country,” he said.
The PES award is a recognition of the unwavering dedication to the highest standards of accountability and efficiency among government-owned and controlled corporations.
In the GCG report, PAGCOR garnered perfect scores in the following categories: Increased Contribution to National Government Coffers and Nation-Building Efforts; Increased Gross Gaming Revenue of the Industry; and Increased Revenue of PAGCOR; among others.
In his keynote speech during the awards ceremony, Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin said GOOCs contributed Php48.68 billion in dividends in 2022, funding some of the most vital government socio-civic projects such as infrastructure, health, education, and others.
“It is beyond question that GOCCs are significant tools in adjuring inclusive economic growth and development for 2022. The Bureau of Treasury recorded Php48.68 billion dividends coming from different GOCCs that are covered under Republic Act 10149,” Bersamin noted.
In a statement, GCG Commissioner Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka encouraged all GOCCs to work closely together in making the GOCC sector a prime driver in delivering effective and efficient progress for Filipinos.
Aside from PAGCOR, twelve other GOCCs received awards for achieving the highest Corporate Governance Scorecard (CGS) ratings in 2022 while three bagged the CGS Hall of Fame.
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