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Sega Sammy throws in hat into Japan’s IR bidding ring

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Sega Sammy Holdings Inc., the entertainment behemoth in Japan, has entered into the bidding fray for Japan’s proposed integrated resort (IR) license for operating casinos. The big Japanese is looking for the “most appropriate partner” to bid for IR license.

As per Japan’s IR bill, three casinos will be allowed in the country. The venue of these licenses is not chosen yet. A bidding process will begin soon. A number of international companies planning to set shop in Japan to play a part in the gaming revolution in Japan. Sega Sammy expects the bidding process to “commence in 2019 at the earliest and in 2020 at the latest.”

“We would prepare for formulating plans in line with such timing,” including announcing partners, said the company.

Sega Sammy has mentioned previously it was “accumulating know-how” in resort management via its investment in South Korean foreigner-only casino resort Paradise City.

In October, Sega Sammy’s chairman and group chief executive Hajime Satomi said such knowledge would set the brand in good stead for its strategy of investing in other “growth businesses” including a bid for a casino resort in Japan.

Mr Satomi added that Sega Sammy was interested primarily in being a majority owner of any Japan casino project in which it participates. In that country, such schemes are known as “integrated resorts” or IRs.

In the latest presentation, Sega Sammy’s management said that if the partnership with South Korean casino operator Paradise Co Ltd “becomes a big success,” the Paradise City brand can be expanded “into different regions.” That did not mean, however, that the group had decided to bid for a Japanese licence in partnership with Paradise Co, it added.

“For a Japanese integrated resort, we would like to find the most appropriate partner including other collaborative operators as the partnership with Paradise group has not been decided,” it stated.

Source: Latest News on European Gaming Media Network

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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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Caesars Entertainment hopeful of winning Japan license

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Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP of Government Relations of Caesars Entertainment, is confident of winning the license for Japanese Integrated Resort (IR) licenses. The Japanese government has decided to issue three IR licenses for yet to be decided provinces. A number of international gambling operators are jostling to obtain one of the three licenses.

Blackhurst says that Caesars is right on track to win one of the three available licenses.

She said: “This is probably the single most important market to open in the last decade for sure, maybe the last two decades.”

Jones Blackhurst shot into prominence when she became Las Vegas’ first female mayor in 1991. She joined Caesars after serving two terms as mayor.

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