Asia Focus 2023

Editor's Letter

We at Gambling Insider are incredibly excited to present our Asia Focus. The Asian region has long been a focal point for the gambling sector. Withouteven mentioning the land-based behemoth that is Macau, there is the promiseof Japan, the growth of the Philippines, the potential of India and much, much more. That is exactly why it brings me great pleasure to present our Asia Focus magazine to the market. In this publication, we focus specifically on the likes of India and Japan – two countries that offer a lucrative future to suppliers and operators once they regulate various forms of gambling. Sportradar MD for APAC, Oscar Brodkin, speaks to us about India among other markets, while Ranjana Adhikari and her colleagues at IndusLaw discuss India’s new centralised gaming regulations. On the Japanese theme, Mitsuya Fujimoto walks us through the country’s unique culture and sporting preferences. Meanwhile, we also walk our readers through the latest updates in Osaka, where a definitive green light was finally given to MGM Resorts for its future integrated resort. It must be pointed out that our magazine is aimed at the Asia-Pacific region, and we are therefore including an article from the knowledgable Paul Newson on the arc of gambling regulation in Australia. Also in this edition, we have articles from Ron Mendelson and Alex Czajkowski, both of which explore the continent of Asia as a whole. In fact, Czajkowski poses the statement that “there is no Asia,” given the disaparate nature of all of its different markets. Along with our traditional company focuses and an informative Q&A from Evoplay on cross-selling sports bettors to online casino in Asia, we additionally have a preview of G2E Asia – and, of course, the Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific. These Awards will take place virtually for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all who were nominated and good luck to all the companies and executives hoping to take home one of the industry’s most prestigious Awards.

In the Magazine

Asian iGaming: An overview of the different online gambling markets

Gambling Insider contributor Ron Mendelson, of Fast Offshore, breaks the market down from verticals to licences and more.

There is no "Asia" – Distinguishing localised iGaming markets

Regular Gambling Insider contributor Alex Czajkowski writes from the Philippines – and explains why it’s worth distinguishing exactly which Asian country you are in within “highly localised” iGaming markets.

In focus: Digitain

Digitain has established itself as a leading supplier of iGaming solutions for the Asian market.

Australia: The arc of gambling regulation and the the risk of over-correction

Paul Newson, Principal at Senet and Australian gambling regulation expert, discusses the regulatory journey a gambling market must inevitably undergo - but warns of the risk of over-correction.

What operators need to know about Japan’s sports betting landscape

Windstorm Media Managing Director Mitsuya Fujimoto discusses the current sports betting scene in Japan and what a path to a regulated market may look like.

Review: MGM's Japanese casino resort in Osaka – the story so far

Gambling Insider looks at Japan’s recent decision to give final approval to MGM and Orix’s casino resort in Osaka, how it happened, where it is and where it may be going.

In focus: Omega Systems

Omega Systems, the software company providing cloud-based omnichannel solutions to operators worldwide, showcases its OMEGA CORE Management System.

The ease of doing business: India's central online gaming law

Regular Gambling Insider contributors Ranjana Adhikari, Srija Ray and Shashi Shekhar Misra, of IndusLaw, discuss the introduction of a central online gaming law in India - which prioritises the ease of business.

In focus: Evoplay

Revolutionising Asia's betting and casino experience with innovative titles.

In focus: Bombay Live

Introducing Bombay Live, a brand new Live Casino set to bring real-world grandeur to the online space.

Q&A with the Managing Director of Sportradar: Asia trading and India potential

Oscar Brodkin, Sportradar MD APAC, speaks to Gambling Insider Editor Tim Poole about the “magic triangle” of trading in Asia, the potential of the Indian betting market and much more.

Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific 2023: Preview

The return of the Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific is approaching with the nominations list for the 2023 Awards now available.

G2E Asia 2023 preview: Returns to Macau and Singapore

Gambling Insider previews the upcoming G2E Asia 2023, as the gambling expo returns to Macau for the first time since 2019.

Evoplay's CEO discusses the art of the cross-sell in multiple Asian markets

Ivan Kravchuk, Evoplay CEO, speaks exclusively to Gambling Insider about the idea of ‘casino betting,’ the ‘melting pot’ of multiple Asian markets that must all be treated very differently – and ‘the Messi effect’ in sports betting.