Asia Focus 2024

Editor's Letter

Given the fact Asian gaming was already so disparate, it is perhaps no surprise to see the Asia-Pacific region continue to change at such pace. Indeed, we have a new player in the land-based arena, in Mohegan’s Inspire Resort in South Korea. In this issue, we speak with Mohegan CEO Ray Pineault all about the property’s grand opening – and the desire to create “Instagrammable moments.”
New players, of course, impact existing ones; so I also spoke with Steve Wolstenholme, Hoiana President & CEO, about the latest developments in Vietnam – and just how Vietnamese gaming is impacted by Inspire, other surrounding properties and potential new ventures in Thailand, the UAE and Japan (admittedly all some way off).
Among others, we also spoke exclusively with Secretary Katrina Ponce Enrile, Administrator and CEO of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, about her duties as a regulator in the Philippines. A bustling market with both thriving land-based and online sectors, the Philippines is confident of achieving standout growth within Asia-Pacific.
Anyone reading this magazine at SiGMA Manila will, of course, know this already. And that’s exactly why this year’s Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific – the third edition of the Awards in Asia, but first-ever in-person ceremony – are heading to the Philippines’ capital. Rewarding the very best companies in the industry based on a fair and rigorous process, and voted for by a senior panel of expert judges, the Global Gaming Awards is proud to present our first-ever live ceremony in Asia. It promises to be an afternoon to remember.
Elsewhere in this year’s Asia Focus, we have features from returning contributors IndusLaw and Alex Czajkowski, and interviews with Betty Zhao and Tom Mace. No Gambling Insider Focus magazine would be complete, meanwhile, without our company profiles – a who’s who of Asian gaming. So please enjoy what we have prepared for you – there’s a lot to get through, believe me!

In the Magazine

Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific: Going live

The Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific are set for their first-ever in-person ceremony for 2024. Below, Gambling Insider explains the significance of the Awards and why we chose Manila for its inaugural live event

Preview: SiGMA Asia 2024

SiGMA’s annual Asia summit comes back to Manila – signifying the return of the Asia-Pacific Global Gaming Awards for its first ever in-person ceremony 

Q&A with Secretary Katrina Ponce Enrile, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority CEO and Administrator: Making a difference

Secretary Katrina Ponce Enrile, Administrator and CEO of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in the Philippines, speaks exclusively to Gambling Insider about her career to date, day-to-day duties and the biggest issues that face her in the regulation of Philippine gaming

Company profile: Praxis Tech

Being payments ready in Asia - A call to action for iGaming merchants

Company profile: Betby

Betby stands as a premier provider of sportsbook solutions, boasting extensive expertise in delivering dependable, scalable and certified offerings to esteemed brands across diverse markets

India's approach to responsible online gaming: Who is leading the charge?

IndusLaw’s Ranjana Adhikari, Srija Ray and Ruhi Kanakia speak on changes surrounding responsible online gaming in India and the organisations leading the change

Company profile: Aviator from Spribe

Spribe is the developer behind the world’s number one crash game, which now has more than 12 million monthly players across Asia and beyond

Company profile: Onlyplay

Unlocking the thrills of gaming with Onlyplay: A journey into excellence

Q&A with Imagine Live Armenia CEO Hakob Manukyan: Innovating the live experience

Gambling Insider speaks with Hakob Manukyan, CEO of Imagine Live Armenia, about the company’s offerings and how they are being catered for the Asian market

Mohegan CEO: Balancing North American and Asian interests.

Speaking with Gambling Insider Editor Tim Poole, Ray Pineault, the President and CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, reflects on the tribal operator’s new Inspire Resort in South Korea, its grand opening, balancing North American and Asian interests, and the influence of social media

Company profile: Z-Gaming Asia

Redefining iGaming Excellence with next gen iGaming platform, Z Gaming Asia

Examining the latest emerging gaming markets in Asia with Hoiana President & CEO Steven Wolstenholme

Gambling Insider Editor Tim Poole sits down with Hoiana President and CEO Steven Wolstenholme about the developing Asian market and the impact of emerging markets in Thailand and Korea

Company Profile: Pronet Gaming

Pronet Gaming is a full turnkey platform provider operating across global markets from LatAm, Europe, Africa and now — Asia

Exploring the potential of the gambling market in Thailand

Could Thailand give the Philippines a run for its money?Gambling Insider explores...

The six Ps of iGaming: 2024 Asia edition

Gambling Insider contributor and iGaming marketing expert Alex Czajkowski gives us an updated 2024 Asia edition of the ‘Ps of iGaming’

How the gaming industry is developing in Asia

Gambling Insider speaks with Aruze Gaming Global (AG2) SVP of International Operations Betty Zhao about the developing Asian market, Macau vs the US and the impact foreign-player-only casinos have on game design

Company Profile: GR8 Tech

Setting new standards in Asian sports betting with long-term success strategies for 2024

Why Gacha games are so successful in Asia

Gacha games are huge in Asia, especially on the mobile gaming scene, but how can this mechanic be so successful in countries where gambling is banned, like China, Japan and Korea?

The importance of data tools to global regulators

Gambling Insider spoke with Sportradar SVP, Regulatory Services Tom Mace about the importance of providing data tools to global regulators

Company Profile: CDNetworks

CDNetworks: Delivering the fastest and most secure digital experience at the edge