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Myanmar proposes new gambling law, banning its citizens from gambling



Myanmar has proposed the 2018 Gambling Law, which again underlines its  citizens will not be allowed to take part in gambling in the country’s casinos

U Kyaw Soe Lin, secretary of the Lower House of Parliament’s Bill Committee, said: “Casinos are intended for foreigners only,. He added that casinos would be used mainly to attract tourists in the country’s bid to spur tourism and the national economy. He said casinos could become a useful tax generator for the government and would be good for Myanmar so long as they could be managed without harming citizens.

The new legislation would replace the existing gambling law that came to existence 32 years ago.

The new bill did not specify who could or could not gamble at a casino when the government introduced it in Parliament. The Lower House Bill Committee later added a clause stipulating that Myanmar citizens would be banned, U Aung Hlaing Win, a lawmaker representing Yangon’s Mingaladon Township, told The Irrawaddy.

But with the country in the midst of a democratic transition, he said, the government should be encouraging citizens to make their own informed decisions.

“Under the new law, a Myanmar businessman will find it difficult to go inside a casino with his foreign business partners. I don’t want citizens to be restricted unnecessarily. The Union government should be granted authority. If necessary, the union government can restrict gambling by citizens,” he said.

In February, U Aung Hlaing Win submitted a proposal in Parliament urging the government to legalize casinos in Myanmar.

“It is because of casinos that Macau and Hong Kong do not have any foreign debt. While we have a huge deficit, they have large surpluses. The gambling industry has been the main source of income for them,” he said.

The Bill Committee said the Home Affairs Ministry was also drafting other laws related to casinos and lotteries but had yet to submit them to Parliament.

Before submitting the new gambling bill to Parliament, the Public Affairs Committee held several meetings with the Bill Committee, Home Affairs Ministry, General Administration Department, Myanmar Police Force, Planning and Finance Ministry, Internal Revenue Department, Myanmar Investment Commission and Attorney General’s Office.

Although the existing Gambling Law bans casinos, a few, approved by the previous government, still operate on the island resorts of Myeik in Tanintharyi Region catering to tourists. Another casino near the Thai border in Myawaddy Township, Karen State, is reportedly owned by a colonel in a local border guard force.


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QTech Games partners with Ezugi to elevate live casino for Asia




9-3 QTech Games partners with Ezugi to elevate live casino for Asia


Leading distributor teams up with live-dealer specialist to create a definitive one-stop-shop for gaming

QTech Games, Asia’s number-one games distributor, has launched with leading live casino provider Ezugi in a breakout deal for the company which completes its definitive product portfolio, establishing QTech Games as a comprehensive one-stop-shop for global operators.

Ezugi already provides high-class mobile live dealer and desktop solutions to digital gambling businesses and brick-and-mortar casinos across international markets, such as Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. Now, though, this agreement with QTech Games’ leading platform also expands Ezugi’s geographic reach still further, opening up Asia’s array of both established and emerging markets for accelerated growth.

Ezugi’s state-of-the-art live studio delivers an unrivalled immersive experience for players, who can now enjoy these engaging, real-time table games (from classics like blackjack, roulette, baccarat and three-card poker to regional favourites such as India’s Andar Bahar) via the flexible QTech platform which offers the fastest integration on the market.

As the fastest-growing distributor in Asia over the past few years, QTech’s platform boasts the broadest gaming portfolio around, localised for each region, with native mobile apps, powerful reporting and marketing tools, and 24/7 local-language support.

QTech Games CEO, Markus Nasholm, said: “We’re thrilled to have signed this agreement with Ezugi, whose games need no introduction and are always raising the bar for cutting-edge, mobile and web live dealer gaming. Even from a soft launch in December, the response from our network of operator partners was both immediate and universal.

“It’s a real milestone moment for QTech to have finalised a definitive product set with this latest key addition to our platform. And together, we are planning to add some more exciting products over the next few months, which we intend to unveil for our flagship QTech Games Party around ICE Asia (8-9 June) at our home hub in Manila.”

Ezugi added: “It’s fantastic for us to put the final piece in place on the QTech Games jigsaw, and we look forward to their platform taking our games to new, untapped audiences across emerging markets. Ezugi’s unwavering dedication to delivering engaging live-player experiences affords customers, who love these games, the visceral thrill of playing in a real-world casino, while QTech’s peerless Asian knowledge made them the perfect partner for us. Just take Ezugi’s novel spin on a traditional Indian favourite with our Andar Bahar card game, delivered in both English and Hindi. QTech understands that there’s no chance of cracking emerging markets without delivering the best localised games that truly connect with unique cultural appetites.”


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Las Vegas Sands pushes hard to get Japanese IR license



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Las Vegas Sands President courts Osaka officials, pitches multi-billion-dollar integrated resort plan.

Robert Goldstein, the president of US-based casino company Las Vegas Sands, has held meeting with Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura to present the company’s plans for building and running a casino in Osaka. Osaka is tipped to be one of the three locations for which the newly announced IR licenses will be issued.

Goldstein briefed the officials about Las Vegas Sands’ success in the international gambling markets and company’s plans for investment in building an greatest integrated resort in Osaka. Sand now has casino facilities in Las Vegas, Macau, and Singapore.

Las Vegas Sands is willing to invest more than $10 billion for an IR facility in Japan.

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eSports market of Japan grows 13-fold last year



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According to gaming industry publisher Gzbrain Inc, Japan’s eSports market has grown by 13-fold to touch ¥4.8 billion (about $42.5 million) this year.

There has been a massive jump in revenue since competitive video gaming was legalised in February. The Japan Esports Union has also been set up, which provides professional licenses to gamers.

A number of new competitions have been planned. All these will make Japan’s eSports fan base to grow further. The industry forecast is that the domestic market will touch about $90 million in 2022.

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