Over 200 industry experts, affiliates, and others attended the first Asia Gaming Summit that was held in Taiwan last week. The three-day conference explored the possibilities for Taiwan to become the next destination for land-based casinos and online operations in Asia. One reason the small island nation near the coast of China was chosen for the inaugural summit was the recent Kinmen island referendum, that if passed by voters, would have allowed a casino outside of the Special Administrative District of Macau and only a little over a mile from mainland China. The island, governed by the Republic of China (ROC) from Taiwan already sees more than a million visitors each year.
Taiwan itself has already seen phenomenal growth in certain gaming sectors important to online operations including business process outsourcing and foreign investment in online gaming service providers located there.
Leading gaming experts in Taiwan presented speeches and held roundtable discussions on pressing topics including global and regional licensing regimes, strategic partnerships, omnichannel strategies, payment solutions, an overview of gaming in the Asia-Pacific region, and how to stand out in the increasingly competitive Asian gaming market.
Experts included Mooze Lee, Secretary General of WISBET, a provider based in Taiwan; Steve Hsieh, Chairman of Taiwan Lottery; Asian gaming expert Calvin Shueh, and managing partner of Join Law, Calvin Yang.
In addition to local authorities in the industry, Bitcoin and Crypto-Currency expert, Frank Schuengel shared his knowledge of the disruptive technology. Spencer Yang, Head of Asia for eSports bookmaker Unikrn helped demystify global and regional betting in that growing sector. iGaming Asia’s CEO, Jesper Ramskov Jensen joined in the discussion with a focus on the importance of innovation in sports betting, and Tony Tong, co-founder of Pacific Financial and China Credit Management Association offered insights on Taiwan’s potential to become the next gaming destination.
Conference organizer, Beacon Events of Hong Kong was prepared for a robust conference regardless of the Kinmen referendum’s outcome. Less than 30% of eligible voters went to the polls on October 28th but a large majority of them rejected the measure.
Spotlights at the summit included a focus on other jurisdictions in the region including Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan with high-level executives, consultants, and legal personal presenting sessions on the changing and evolving gaming industry outside of Taiwan.
The three-day summit offered plenty of important networking time for gaming operators, affiliates, exhibitors and others including delegates from well-known companies such as Betradar, BetConstruct, Taiwan Lottery Corp., XPG, Limelight Networks and others.
In addition to the highly successful inaugural Asia Gaming Summit, Beacon Events also organize the iGaming Asia Congress – the longest running iGaming event in Asia for C-level executives.
To learn more about the 10th edition of iGaming Asia Congress to be held on 13-15 March 2018 at Grand Hyatt, Macau or to download the full program for the event please visit their official website: https://igamingasiacongress.com/
Confirmed speakers for the coming congress include Sue Schneider, editor in chief of Gaming Law Review and Economics. She will look back at 10 years of iGaming Asia and plans for the future.