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Gambling Tycoon Stanley Ho Retires

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Stanley Ho, the legendary gambling tycoon of Hong Kong has retired from his position as chairman and executive director of SJM Holdings. He called it a day of his long career yesterday. The 96-year-old’s career has influenced and even shaped the gambling industry in Hong Kong and Macau.

Although Ho has not been actively involved with SJM these days and his public appearances have become increasingly rarer due to falling health, he is still called  “The King of Gambling” In these parts, especially Macau.

But while Ho’s retirement marks the symbolic end of an era for Macau, for the Ho dynasty it’s the beginning of another chapter, with Daisy Ho stepping into her father’s shoes at the helm of SJM. Ho’s daughter will be facing heavy competition from players like Sheldon Adelson and Lui Che Woo as she seeks to restore SJM’s crown as the top casino operator in Macau.

Rising To The Top

The great-nephew of Sir Robert Hotung, a prominent early 20th-century Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist who held the distinction of being the first Chinese person to live on the city’s prestigious Victoria Peak, Ho is perhaps one of the more enigmatic of Hong Kong’s 20th-century tycoons. Born into affluence and privilege, Ho would experience poverty by the time he was in his teens as the Great Depression of the 1930s decimated his family’s fortunes, before the Japanese invasion forced him to flee his native Hong Kong for Macau in 1941.

Ho made his fortune over the next 20 years as a trader, establishing a reputation as a bold opportunist – a temperament that made him perfect for the casino industry. His decisive roll of the dice came in 1962, when he led a consortium that secured Macau’s sole gaming licence from the government, thus beginning a highly successful 40-year monopoly that lasted until 2002, when the territory opened up its gambling trade to foreign casino operators such as Las Vegas tycoons Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn.

As well as a string of casinos – including the Lisboa, which was Macau’s most lavish attraction when it opened in 1970, and the towering Grand Lisboa, which opened in 2007 – Ho’s empire also encompasses Hong Kong-based Shun Tak Holdings, which is involved in shipping, property, hospitality and investments. He stepped down as chairman of Shun Tak in June 2017.

Ho’s Legacy

A keen ballroom dancer, Ho demonstrated an irresistible swagger in both his business and personal life during the latter half of the 20th century. He calls four different women his wives, and fathered at least 17 children, three of whom will now sit at the helm of companies that account for half of Macau’s six gaming licences. While Daisy Ho will follow in her father’s footsteps as chairperson of SJM, Pansy Ho, who succeeded her father as chairperson of Shun Tak Holdings, has an estimated personal fortune of $5.3 billion, according to Forbes. She’s also the co-chairperson and executive director of MGM China Holdings. Lawrence Ho, meanwhile, is chairman and CEO of Melco International, which owns and operates City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira Macau.

Daisy will be taking up the reins of SJM following a tumultuous few years for casino operators in Macau. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption deterred high rollers from the mainland and sent revenues tumbling, although the territory has been on the mend more recently, with the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau announcing year-on-year growth of around 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2018.

Appointed executive director of SJM in June 2017, Daisy has also served as deputy managing director and CFO of Shun Tak Holdings since 1999. Her leadership of SJM will be shared with Angela Leong, her father’s fourth consort, and Timothy Fok, son of Stanley Ho’s former business partner Henry Fok, who have been named co-chairpersons and executive directors. It’s a succession plan that follows a dispute in 2011 when family members engaged in a power struggle over control of Ho’s empire for several months.

As the chairperson of the Hong Kong Ballet, Daisy will no doubt wish to sidestep any further such troubles as SJM prepares to carry on the legacy of the man who made Macau dance to his tune for more than half a century. 

Source: Forbes


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Kinguin Launches API Giving Merchants Access to Inventory and Award Winning Customer Support

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Kinguin, one of the world’s leading online retailers in the video and PC game industry today announced the launch of the Kinguin application programming interface (API) for e-commerce. The newly released API is free to qualified online retailers and makes it easy to list, price, and sell thousands of video games while using Kinguin’s award-winning Customer Support and automated order-processing.

With the Kinguin e-commerce API, retailers gain access to a virtually endless supply of CD keys via Kinguin’s robust video and PC game catalog, eliminating traditional online store needs of inventory management and control, while offering larger, more diverse selections of products. Retailers can immediately add up to 15,000 games with customizable attributes such as pricing, descriptions and more to their existing store offerings.

Customers pay the participating store directly as normal, then, without any middlemen or delays, orders are automatically processed by Kinguin. Game keys are immediately dispatched once an automated purchase information has been received. Problems regarding game keys or transactions will be handled completely, professionally and immediately via Kinguin’s award-winning customer service channels – simplifying the purchasing experience for merchants and gamers.

“The mission of the Kinguin API for e-commerce is to make it easier for any e-commerce store to distribute virtual products. In this way, businesses can take advantage of the large volume of products available at Kinguin.net quickly, easily, and profitably,” says Kamil Grabowski, Project Manager behind Kinguin’s API for e-commerce. “Our goal is to satisfy the gaming community, both players and merchants, and with this API, it’s going to be easier than ever.”

To apply for the Kinguin API e-commerce solution, please apply here.

About Kinguin:
Founded in 2013, Kinguin has fast become the largest alternative marketplace to Steam, Origin, and Battle.net, with more than 7 million loyal customers globally. Kinguin’s mission is to create an ecosystem built for the gamer. To achieve this, Kinguin provides easy and secure access to games, innovative ways for gamers to trade and conduct commerce, and new ways for developers to reach customers directly. Kinguin is also involved with esports, esports venues, and esports centers of excellence worldwide. Visit https://www.kinguin.net and https://www.kinguin.io for more information.


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Leap Gaming launches Instant Football

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Leap Gaming, a developer of 3D multi-platform casino and gaming solutions, has launched its latest game, titled Instant Football.

It provides an on-demand football experience through both desktop and mobile devices. Its hallmarks are realistic animated action and fast-paced betting options.

The interface is characteristically simple and intuitive. It features 16 teams. Its other features include the option to browse between games, on-demand activation of games and the ability to skip scenes and matches for faster betting.

Instant Football offers a broad range of betting markets, including home and away teams, and Rebet and Rebet*2 on the same teams – all of which are available 24/7.

Video footage has been created using motion capture technology to record professional players and scans of real stadiums, and is voiced with professional commentary.

The game also offers a range of customisable options, including the UI and UX, languages (the game automatically adjusts to location), currency and betting limits.

It is available directly through Leap Gaming, or via 1X2 Network, SG Digital and other selected platforms.

Yariv Lissauer, CEO of Leap Gaming, said: “Instant Football is one of our most complete game to date, and combines stunning graphics with professional commentary with a wide range of betting options to deliver a truly world-class player experience.

“Virtuals are becoming increasingly popular as players demand round the clock access to sports events and games, and we can certainly deliver this via titles such as Instant Football.”

 

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions wins Norsk Tipping’s competition

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a full-service lottery provider based in Austria, has won a mini competition conducted by Norsk Tipping to find a suitable supplier of the digital version of the lottery’s most popular scratch game “Million Flax”.

“Million Flax” is one of the core products in Norsk Tipping’s portfolio of physical scratch games and it has won a great brand recognition since its launch in 1995. NLS offered not only a smooth transition of all elements from the physical ticket to its digital version but also proposed attractive and playful animations that can further enhance players’ retention.

“We are very happy that once again our offering has proven to be the best fit for Norsk Tipping’s sophisticated online games portfolio. It was a competitive bid and the fact that we won based on quality is another validation of NLS’ innovative approach to the eInstant game category” – explained Pall Palsson, Director of Product Management at NLS.

This win comes as part of the contract that NLS inked with Norsk Tipping in March 2017, following a competitive tender procedure. Under the terms of the contract, NLS supports the growth and diversity of lottery’s e-Instant portfolio and provides business development expertise in the area of interactive games.


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