The Spectrum Gaming Group legal consultancy has pinpointed 10 trends for the gaming industry in 2020, with Japanese prefectures' efforts toward a casino license at the top of the list. Spectrum also anticipates more internationalization of the industry with cities and countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa seeking big casino names to boost their economies, while online gaming and electronic gaming devices are expected to grow in popularity across the US.
Morgan Stanley is forecasting fourth-quarter revenue growth for Macao's mass market and VIP segments to slow in comparison with the first three quarters, with October's gross gaming revenue slipping by 6% and November's and December's each by 9%. An economic stutter and fewer overnight visitors are partly to blame, the company says.
With the help of neuroscientist and physical therapist David Putrino in New York, former athletes and esports athletes are creating a kick-butt team of esports players using adaptive equipment, and they plan to compete as a team -- and win -- in tournaments with able-bodied players. Virtual reality and video games are helping patients with rehab and overall health at Putrino's Abilities Research Center, while manufacturers are slowly coming around to creating more products for this growing segment of fans.
Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa -- close to the border with South Dakota -- racked up $1.1 million in sports bets in September, its first full month of offering the service. Internet betting was responsible for about half that amount.
A five-count complaint by Nevada's Gaming Control Board discusses alleged sexual harassment of employees by Steve Wynn and recommends penalties that likely would prevent him from ever having a casino license in the state again. Wynn, who has disputed the allegations, will have 15 days to respond after the commission serves the complaint.
Facebook is considering taking action against London-based Spinner, a startup that provides social media "sniper targeting" -- implanting computer cookies that provoke an avalanche of news articles and ads designed to promote more frequent wagering on online slots sites. Beyond the alleged manipulation that could encourage problem gaming is the concern over research that suggests people under 18 are being targeted by Spinner's services.
SkyCity Entertainment Group of New Zealand will turn off the external lights to its Sky Tower in Auckland for two months to install LED light bulbs to reduce energy consumption by 10%. "Even though our [carbon] footprint is not huge and the difference we make independently may not be huge, if every corporate did their little bit, then actually it does add up to quite a lot," CEO Graeme Stephens says, noting that SkyCity has reduced emissions by 13% in the past 12 months and is targeting 38% by 2030.
After a delay to fix last-minute glitches, Oregon will debut its Scoreboard app from SBTech on Wednesday. The mobile sports-betting app allows geofenced, in-state users to bet on professional sports, including real-time, in-game wagering.
Once destined for a bulldozer, the Wynn Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip has turned on the green light with eight entirely new Fazio-designed holes and 10 others revamped. The course has views of the Encore and Wynn towers as well as a lush, forested feel -- along with a Vegas-style greens fee: $550 during peak season.
As the industry grows at "an unprecedented pace," American Gaming Association Allie Barth says, about 27,000 attendees -- nearly 14% from outside the US -- are expected beginning today for the Global Gaming Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Tuesday, AGA CEO Bill Miller will discuss the state of gaming.
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