Asia

Dream11 valued at $1bn after recent Steadview investment

Indian fantasy sports gaming platform Dream11 has become the first gaming company in India to join the exclusive ‘unicorn club’, after Hong Kong-based Steadview Capital bought an undisclosed stake in the startup, valuing the company at over $1bn. Investment from Chinese online gaming giant Tencent, along with others, also resulted in a $100 million funding round which significantly helped the …

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Japan gives the go ahead for new gambling resorts

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given the green light to approve new gambling resorts across the country, with hopes to open the first resort in Osaka by 2024. The government approved the opening of casinos in 2016, followed by the approval of another bill which would pave the way for the legalisation of integrated resorts. It is hoped that …

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SIS extends partnership with Singapore Pools

Racing content and sports data provider SIS (Sports Information Services) has extended its agreement with the Singapore Pools (Private) Limited by two years, which will see the provider become the distributor of live pictures and data from the Singapore Racecourse in Kranji, Singapore. As part of the new deal, the data provider will showcase 800 races from the Kranji course, …

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Japan calls for facial recognition across licensed gambling premises

Officials in Japan have called for facial recognition systems to be installed at pachinko parlours, boat and horse racing venues across the country in a bid to clamp down on problem gambling. Legislators hope that the idea behind rolling out the technology will help refuse entry to both under-aged gamblers, which is under the age of 20 in Japan, and …

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6 of the Best – Abelson Odds’ Jeevan Jeyaratnam

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This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Jeevan Jeyaratnam, Head of Compilation at Abelson Odds, who is to speak at the sixth annual Betting on Football, being held at Stamford Bridge later this month. Continue reading to discover a European footballing atmosphere which “has to be experienced,” a nearly moment in the Chinese Super League and a huge musical dilemma. Best Album  Really hard to …

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Joe Saumarez Smith: Bede Gaming – “legalising and taxing sports betting is the only way forward” for India

With India on the brink of legalising sports betting, and a number of other countries around the world also mulling the idea, this year’s Betting on Football will be hosting a track focused upon the Global Markets that are considering liberalisation as well as looking at those that have legalised recently. One of the panel discussions on the track that …

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12Bet strengthens ITTF partnership

The ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) has confirmed 12BET as its official international betting partner for the biggest Table Tennis event of the year: the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Championships, taking place between 21-28 April. The partnership will see digital and social media activations carried out during the World Championships, promoting the 12BET brand globally, placing a specific emphasis on …

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BK8.com announces John Terry as first Asia ambassador

Former Chelsea and England football captain, John Terry has been named to be the first ambassador of Asian market focused online gaming and betting brand BK8.com. The agreement permits BK8.com exclusive marketing rights to John Terry as Brand Ambassador, which will be across BK8’s marketing campaigns and advertising platforms throughout Asia. Lawrance Wayneson, General Manager of BK8.com, said: “We are …

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Rank appoints ‘strategy pro’ Tang Hong Cheong as corporate advisor

The governance of legacy UK gambling operator Rank Group Plc has this morning announced the appointment of Tang Hong Cheong as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Tang Hong Cheong has served as President and CEO of multi-national Asian entertainment and leisure investment firm Guoco Group since 2016. A seasoned C-level executive in corporate financing, risk management, transformation projects and …

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SBC to organise Sports Betting Tours at ICE London 5-6 February

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SBC (Sports Betting Community) will once again be organising the Sports Betting Tours at ICE London from 5-6 February as the sports betting industry gathers for the largest gaming event in the calendar. ICE London comes with a massive exhibition floor and tens of thousands of attendees, making finding and connecting with high quality or specific suppliers really challenging. The …

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