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Two weeks left for ASEAN Gaming Summit Manila

Asia Gaming Brief (AGB) is going to host its flagship event, the ASEAN Gaming Summit at the Conrad Manila in Philippines from 19th-21st March, 2019.

According to the organisers, the 2019 event is expected to be their biggest ever, with around 400 delegates expected over the three-days.

Key stakeholders in Asia’s gaming industry have already signed up as participants, including Belle Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, Crown Resorts, Melco Resorts, NagaCorp, Resorts World Manila, Thunderbird Resorts & Casinos from the land-based sector, and companies such as Betcris, Ladbrokes Coral, LuckyNiki, MoPlay and Pinnacle from the online sector.

On Day 1 of the conference, delegates will be able to hear about the latest technology and innovations affecting land-based casinos, such as smart table technology, the evolution of slots, the future of ETGs and how the market has reacted to skill-based games from an operator’s perspective.

Attendees will also hear from famed entrepreneur and investor Jay Walker, Founder of Walker Digital, who will be speaking about the future of gaming, as well as Earle Hall of AXESNetwork, a TED-Talks professional speaker, who will discuss how blockchain can be used in land-based casinos.

On Day 2 of the conference, delegates will take a deep dive into regulatory and economic developments across Asia’s key gaming jurisdictions, including Macau, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Cambodia, just to name a few.

There will also be bonus sessions looking at the wider applications of blockchain in online gaming, and opportunities coming out of the U.S. sports betting market.

On Day 3, the organizers are running “closed-door roundtables” instead of the traditional conference format – catering to the online gaming industry. The day will be welcomed by President and COO of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Alfredo Lim – who will be discussing what PAGCOR has been doing in the Philippines and their thoughts on the future.

Key roundtable discussions on Day 3 include: The Online Casino Roadmap, Innovation in Game Design, Asia Licensing, European Licensing Opportunities, Future of Asia Sports Betting and Betting on India – a $60 billion opportunity.

The event is also supported by a roster of key industry suppliers, including eBET, Aristocrat, Asia Live Tech, Betradar, Scientific Games, Walker Digital and many more.

“The team is really excited to bring our 2019 edition of the ASEAN Gaming Summit to fruition. Everyone in the team has worked hard to bring industry heavy-weights onto the stage and to cover issues and topics that are at the forefront of our industry,” said Felix Ng, Conference Director at Asia Gaming Brief.

“We’ve also made sure that we provide a fun, and relaxed environment for delegates to network and form new business partnerships. In addition to our new ‘Chillax Lounge’ area, we’ll also be bringing back our line up of unforgettable networking parties, cocktail nights and poker tournaments throughout the three-day event,” he added.

For more details about the event and registration process, visit the ASEAN Gaming Summit website.

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IFSG successfully hosts GamePlan 2019; KPMG report on sports gaming ecosystem released

The Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG) hosted the second edition of GamePlan sports gaming conference at Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai today.

Based on the overall theme of ‘The Economy of Sports Gaming’, the GamePlan 2019 event hosted three separate panel discussions: Future of Online Sports Entertainment in India; Growth of Sports Gaming Ecosystem and Fuelling Sports Fan Engagement. Panelists included the likes of Melinda Petrunoff of Facebook; Vikas Agnihotri of Google India;  Varun Narang, of Hotstar; Ipsita Dasgupta of Pro Kabaddi League; Girish Menon, Senior Partner of KPMG India and Harsh Jain, founder and CEO of Dream11.

Consulting firm KPMG India released an industry report titled ‘The Evolving Landscape of Sports Gaming in India’ at the event. According to estimates in the report, the online gaming industry in India (both real money and casual/social gaming) generated Rs. 4,400 crores in revenues in the financial year 2018. The report also states that the industry is expected to growth at a compounded rate of 22% annually and would be able to achieve revenues of around Rs. 11,900 crores by the financial year 2023.

The report also estimates that the total size of the illegal gambling industry in India would be worth around US$130 billion as of 2018 as compared to $122 billion in the year 2017. KPMG in its note also said that users are able to differentiate between fantasy sports and sports betting with over 69% of the users interviewed in their survey being able to differentiate between the two products.

Speaking on the launch of the report, Girish Menon, Partner and Head – Media and Entertainment, KPMG India said, “Online gaming in India is seeing increased traction due to the growth of digital infrastructure, with fantasy sports emerging as an important segment in this space. With the number of fantasy sports operators growing rapidly and the number of users on fantasy sports platforms expected to cross 100 million by 2020, this segment has the potential to spawn a whole ecosystem around it, and could help deepen user engagement with their favourite sports”.

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Eventus International successfully hosts 3 day SPiCE gaming conference in Goa

The Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference and Exhibition (SPiCE) 2019, organised by Hong Kong-based events company, Eventus International from 25th-27th February, 2019 was a tour de force of networking, panels and discussions among the industry’s top players.

The event opened at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa on 25th February with a casual “SPiCE Breaker” networking event followed by two days of talks, panel discussions and debates.

“This is a great event,” said Abhishek Shah, director of CoversionX, one of SPiCE’s sponsors.”It’s a very mixed crowd and it’s a good opportunity for us to meet many people from outside India.”

At the cocktails and dinner event the crowd not only networked, but was also treated to traditional Goan dancing and even a dance performance by the organizers and sponsors of SPiCE themselves.

“All contributors to SPiCE are excellent,” said Pariekshit M, Managing Director of SPiCE sponsor and exhibitor Grid Logic Group, parent company of SPiCE title sponsor Taj Rummy. “That’s why we have taken the lead to sponsor the show. It’s a great mix of decision makers versus people who are exploring, from domestic operators to international software providers.”

This sentiment was echoed by attendees across the board. “This is a really high quality crowd,” said Erin Urumath, account manager of Play’n Go, another sponsor of the event.

The quality of the crowd was also the draw for Networking drinks co-sponsor FashionTV Gaming Group. “SPiCE is a smaller event but it’s the exact place to be because of the quality of the people,” said Head of Media for Fashion TV Group Aviva.

After the glamour of the evening, SPiCE 2019 kicked off in earnest the following morning. The schedule was jam packed with high-priority points of discussion and coveted opportunities to make connections.

Throughout the day, speakers and audiences discussed topics ranging from regulation and legalisation, obstacles to entering the Indian market, data handling, taxation and the growth of poker in India.

“India is getting closer and closer to getting legislation and regulation in place,” said Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant of 1710 Gaming Ltd and chairperson of SPiCE 2019. “At the moment we have a number of different groups. You need to pull together and start coming up with a game plan. Start working with the right people and get things going.”

The case for legalization and regulation was a reoccurring theme throughout the day. “Regulated businesses tend to partner with other regulated businesses,” explained Alderney eGambling CEO Susan O’Leary. “There are interesting opportunities for international businesses to partner with Indian companies, but they need to be regulated.”

The day finished  with the “SPiCE It Up” poker tournament aboard the Deltin Royale casino anchored on the River Mandovi.

On 27th February, the third and final day of the event, discussions focused on self-regulation, structuring of gaming businesses and fantasy sports.

“In the absence of government regulation, self regulation becomes paramount to the investor,” explained Zain Pandit, Principal Associate at J. Sagar Associates. “The void created by the current lack of regulation needs to be filled by the sector itself.”

Tom Russel, general counsel at Genius Sports Group emphasized the need for sports betting regulation in particular, explaining that creation of tax revenue, protection of consumers and protection of sports integrity are important drivers for such regulation.

“Transparent, fair and unpredictable competition is key to the sports betting industry,” he said.

“I’m very positive and very excited about fantasy gaming,” said Nostragamus CEO Yashashvi Takallapalli, adding that in India, more and more of its over one billion people are coming online, providing much potential for growth in the online market.

As with other sectors of the gaming, betting and gambling industry, education is critical in order to eradicate misconceptions and improve the industry’s image.“We have a collective responsibility to educate policy makers in India,” said Ankush Gera, founder of Junglee Games.

Poker consultant and commentator Aditya Wadhwani elaborated on the the limits of Indian players being able to compete in the international market because of slow connectivity in India. “As soon as they step outside, into Southeast Asia, let alone the rest of the world, they are getting crushed,” he said.

“Our developers are catching up to the quality that has existed in the West for decades,” said Junglee Games’s Gera. This is a positive development. “A homegrown industry is now becoming a possibility,” he said.

Despite the challenges, optimism about the future prevails, not least of all because of the sheer size of the Indian market and the untapped potential it holds.

“There is a significant risk of things going backward,” said SPiCE chairperson Christina Thakor-Rankin, alluding to recent decision of the Kerala High Court on playing rummy for stakes. “But there is also tremendous opportunity.”

SPiCE 2019 concluded with the Table Talk Networking Dinner during which featured speaker Ankush Gera discussed the opportunities and challenges in the South Asian casino and gaming industry from an investor’s perspective.

The organisers have announced that the third edition of the event will be held once again in Goa on 27th and 28th February, 2020 in Goa.

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Second edition of GATO conference and awards to be held on 24th April

Industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has announced the second edition of its gaming summit and expo, Gaming for Tomorrow (GATO) on 24th April, 2019 at the Leela Ambience in Gurugram.

The event is expected to discuss and promote skill-gaming and social gaming in India, the opportunities available in the sector as well as the ways and means to augment and grow the industry.

Branded as GATO 2.0, the day-long event will include conferences, workshop, exhibitions, gaming zones and a GATO award ceremony to honour and recognise Indian gaming developers.

The nine categories of awards include Best Gaming App; Best Live Game; Best Fantasy Game App; Best Card Game on an App; Most Emerging Indian Gaming Organisation; Best use of AR/VR in a Game; Best Affiliate Partner of the Year; Best Ad network of the year and Best Operator of the Year (Mobile).

The first edition of Gaming for Tomorrow was held in December 2017 and saw participation from top executives of various gaming companies such as Adda52, Taj Rummy, Winzo Games, Ace2Three, VCommission etc.

More information about the Gaming for Tomorrow 2.0 event and nomination process for the GATO awards is available here.

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IFSG to organise second edition of GamePlan conference on 4th March in Mumbai

Fantasy sports industry body, the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG), has announced that it will be hosting the second edition of its flagship event ‘GamePlan 2019’ on 4th March, 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai.

The day long event will see three engaging panel discussions on the economy of sports gaming being conducted which will be followed by a launch of a special report on the ‘Evolving Landscape of Sports Gaming’.

The first panel discussion at the event will revolve around the future of online sports entertainment in India and will see Vikas Agnihotri, Company Director Sales- Google India; Kartik Sharma, CEO (South Asia) of Wavemaker; Harsh Jain, CEO of Dream11 and KPMG Partner Girish Menon discuss the topic.

Two other panel discussions will see discussions on the growth of the sports gaming ecosystem and fuelling fan engagement respectively.

Arvind Iyenagar, CEO of Sportz Interactive; Arvind Ramachandran; co-founder of Fantain; Akhil Suhag; CEO of Fanfight; Ricky Thussu, Global Sales Head of the International Hockey Federation and Melinda Petrunoff, Director of Global Marketing Solutions of Facebook are some of the speakers who would participate in panel discussions at the event.

IFSG had hosted the first edition of GamePlan in February 2018. The event had seen discussion on the investment potential in fantasy sports; legality of fantasy sports and synergies between sports leagues and fantasy sports. A report detailing the legal issues in the fantasy sports industry was also released at the first edition of the event.

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SPiCE gaming conference 2019 to discuss road ahead for gaming industry post elections; opportunities in the current regulatory framework

SPiCE or Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference and Exhibition 2019 by Eventus International is being held during 25th-27th February, 2019 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa.

The 2018 version of the event was called Sports Betting and Gaming India Summit (SGBI), which facilitated discussions on various aspects of betting, gaming and gambling. The event received a great response from delegates who turned up in good numbers. SBGI 2018 was held on 27-28 February, 2018 at Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa.

Some of the important discussions, panels and presentations at SBGI 2018 were on topics including growth markets and opportunities in India, sports integrity and responsible gaming, gambling and betting in sports legalisation in India, fantasy sports, mobile gaming, and poker & rummy in India.

Eventus International has rebranded SGBI to SPiCE. On the first day of the event, 25th February 2019, there will be a SPiCE Breaker event. It is a networking event where attendees with get an opportunity to break the ice and network over drinks.

On Day 2, 26th February 2019, speakers from diverse affiliations will speak and present about topics including how growth markets in Asia and India can arrest the decline of operators affected by Europe’s regulatory prohibition; attraction and issues of official versus unofficial sport data; and direct and indirect taxes on gaming in India.

Besides this, there will be expert panel discussions on how elections of 2019 will effect the regulatory scenario for gambling and betting in India; opportunities in the South Asian casino industry; and growth of online poker and poker leagues.

Jay Sayta, the founder of Glaws.in is addressing the attendees on Day 2. He is the advisor to SPiCE 2019. He will also be a part of the panel that will discuss the regulatory implications of the 2019 elections on the casino industry.

The day will end with a SPiCE it up Poker tournament at Deltin Royale offshore casino.

On Day 3, 27th February 2019, different speakers will talk and present about what India can learn from recent regulatory progress in the US and beyond regarding bringing sport betting out of the shadows and about how cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology can help regulate the sports betting industry in India.

There will be five panels hosted by experts in the industry, on this day. The panels will discuss opportunities and growth in online fantasy gaming, eSports in India, need for introduction of responsible gaming practices in India, structuring and growing online skill gaming businesses in India, and opportunities, monetisation challenges and solutions in Mobile Gaming market in India.

The final day will end with a table talk networking dinner. The event is being attended by industry delegates—operators, regulators and professionals—from private and public sectors.

With such important topics of discussion on the agenda, the event has received an overwhelming response, and the delegate seats are almost full.

To know more about the programme and for registering, visit their website: https://www.sportsbettingevents.com/spice-india

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ASEAN Gaming Summit 2019 to be held from 19-21 March in Manila, one session to focus on India gaming updates

ASEAN Gaming Summit, organised by Asia Gaming Brief is ready to host its third summit during 19-21 March, 2019, at the Conrad Manila in Philippines.

This year, over 300 operators, suppliers, and regulators will participate in the summit. These participants come from Asia’s online and land-based gaming industries. The summit promotes information exchange, networking, and business activities among the participating delegates.

On 19th March, 2019, the summit is hosting Casino Tech Day, where there will be programs based on robotics & Artificial intelligence in casinos, blockchain & casinos, digitization/gamification, future for slots, Electronic table games (ETGs), skill-based games, e-wallets/e-payments.

The focus of the day will be on Yield Management techniques, to understand how to control fixed, time-limited resources, so that the right products are sold to the right patrons at the right time for the right price.

Jay Walker from Walker Digital is the Key Note Speaker at the event. He will initiate the summit on 19th March with his speech on gaming in the age of digital. There are 40 other speakers at the 3-day event.

On 20th March 2019, the track called The Year Ahead covers programs including Anti-money laundering, Asia market development, Making money out of eSports and Asia investors risks.

On the last day, 21st March 2019, the summit will carry out panels and presentations related to online gaming and betting. Besides other topics, there will be a roundtable on India opportunities.

The speakers will be covering topics including India legislation update, real-money skill-games, and timeline for the same.

The second edition of the event, ASEAN Gaming Summit 2018, was held from 20-22 March, at the same location as this year. There were more than 50 speakers from land-based and online gaming industry in Asia, at the summit. The event hosted two main tracks—Strategy & Management and Tech Trends & Convergence.

The first edition of ASEAN Gaming Summit in 2017 focused on regional growth and competition in emerging markets like Philippines, Thailand, and Myanmar, on the convergence of land-based and online gaming sectors, and on role of augmented reality, bitcoin gambling, and marketing and retention strategies.

This year, ASEAN Gaming Summit is offering more educational and inspirational content about the industry through programs mentioned above. Participants can opt for various types of access passes including All access Pass, Two Day Pass, One Day Pass, and Workshop & Clinic pass.

To download the brochure of ASEAN Gaming Summit 2019, visit: https://aseangaming.com/brochure-download/

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IFSG hosts ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ event, Dream11 foundation donates Rs. 3 crores for emerging athletes

Fantasy sports lobby group the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG) launched its athlete support programme ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai yesterday. The programme, created with an aim to identify and support India’s future sporting talent.

Thirteen young athletes from various sports such as sailing, swimming, tennis and squash were selected at the event and will be provided financial assistance and other infrastructural support by IFSG along with GoSports Foundation.

Dream11 Foundation (the CSR arm of fantasy sports website Dream11) pledged Rs. 3 crores for the programme and handed over a cheque to IFSG President John Loffhagen at the event.

Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and award-winning boxer Mary Kom; Principal Secretary to  the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Bhushan Gagrani; cricket historian Boria Majumdar; Dream11 CEO Harsh Jain and others participated in the panel discussion on ‘Is India on its way to becoming a sporting powerhouse?’ at the event.

Commenting on the initiative, IFSG President John Loffhagen said, “Inspired by the Indian Sports Ministry’s efforts and initiatives, IFSG wants to facilitate and contribute towards building India as a great sporting nation. Being a part of the sports ecosystem, we feel it is our responsibility to enable the overall growth of sports and provide specific support to deserving athletes at an individual level.”

Harsh Jain, CEO of Dream11 added, “We are proud to support IFSG’s Stars of Tomorrow initiative as it resonates with our Foundation’s objective of contributing towards building India as an even greater sporting nation.”

Felicitating the athletes selected in the Stars of Tomorrow event, boxer Mary Kom added, “I am happy to be associated with IFSG’s initiative as I feel that for India to truly become a sporting nation and be seen as a strong contender in the international arena, support needs to be given not only for team sports but also to individual sports. IFSG’s Stars of Tomorrow is another welcome step towards achieving national goals.”

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Eventus International to host Gaming & Tourism conference in Nepal in September 2019

After the release of the schedule of a flagship gaming focused event ‘SPiCE’ in Goa in February 2019, Hong Kong-based specialist event management company, Eventus International, has announced a first of its kind tourism and gaming focused event at the Tiger Palace integrated casino and resort in Bhairahawa, Nepal, near the India border.

The two-day event, to be held on 24th and 25th September 2019, is branded as ‘Gaming, Entertainment and Tourism Summit’ (GETS) and will be supported by Silver Heritage Group, the Hong Kong-headquartered and Australian Securities Exchange listed hotel resort and gaming company, which owns and operates Tiger Palace Resort, as well as by the Ministry of Tourism of Nepal and the Nepal Tourism Board.

The will delve into tourism and tourism-related investment opportunities in Nepal, and will discuss the experience of foreign investors (FDI) and other organisations in the Himalayan nation across multiple sectors. The summit will also discuss future opportunities and current experiences in the booming casino industry across South Asia, including Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka.

Eventus International will be bringing together leading experts in tourism, investment, gaming, regulation, infrastructure and technology, to discuss thought-provoking topics that affect the gaming, entertainment and tourism industries in the South Asian region.

Commenting on the announcement of GETS, Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director at Eventus International said; “It is our honour and privilege to present the first-ever summit of this kind held in Nepal. We hope to bring together all stakeholders associated with the gaming and tourism sector in Nepal and the wider the South Asian industry and to help all participants to understand the unique opportunities available in one of the most rapidly emerging investment destinations, Nepal, as well as neighbouring India.

We are delighted to be hosting the event at the beautiful Tiger Palace Resort in Nepal, which is South Asia’s first Integrated Resort and strategically located near the Indian-Nepal border, between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – those of Lumbini and Chitwan.”

Mike Bolsover, CEO of Silver Heritage Group, who is an Advisor to GETS 2019 said, “Eventus International is an experienced group who always organise and execute first-class events, and having been to many as a delegate and a speaker we are honoured to have Tiger Palace Resort, and Nepal, as the destination and host for GETS 2019.”

Jay Sayta, Advisor to GETS 2019 added, “ Nepal has been fast emerging as a popular tourism and entertainment destination in Asia, with companies from India, Sri Lanka and China interested in investing in making massive investments in the sector. Eventus International’s decision to hold a structured dialogue on the massive tourism potential and opportunities in the casino and entertainment industries in the region is a timely and welcome step.”

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SPiCE gaming event to be held at Goa Marriott resort on 26-27 February 2019

The second edition of the premier gaming conclave of India, namely the Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition (SPiCE), organised by Eventus International, is set to be held on 26th and 27th February 2019, at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, located in Miramar, Panaji.

The two day conference and exhibition will be held at the serene Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, which is strategically located close to the capital city of Panaji, with easy access to the offshore and onshore casinos of the state.

The event will see eminent experts and industry leaders brainstorm on the developments in the gaming and betting industry and the road ahead for the sector over the course of two days.

A SP’iCE’ Breaker Networking Drinks will be held on the eve of the event, i.e. on 25th February 2019 at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, wherein the attendees will get an opportunity to discuss, deliberate and network over drinks while gazing out over the beautiful oceanic view of the Arabian sea.

After Day One of SPiCE 2019 (26th February), attendees will also see a fun-filled casino visit to Deltin Royale casino in the evening and a USD 150 buy-in poker tournament as well as canapés and drinks for  all.

On Day Two (27th February), there will be a VIP Table Talk Dinner, wherein the VIP attendees of the event will be invited to gather over a 5-star three-course dinner and drinks.

The theme for the event is to promote Indian culture and therefore participants and speakers are encouraged to attend the conference in their best ethnic attire.

Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director at Eventus International notes, “SPiCE is turning out to be the most anticipated gaming event in India and the response that we have received so far is truly overwhelming. We aim give a unique experience to all participants and also promote Indian culture, which is why we are encouraging all participants to come out in their best ethnic wear for the event. SPiCE will not just be a platform to network and exchange views, but also have a memorable and fun-filled experience in a serene environment.”