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Tokyo-based fintech and renewable energy firm Pixel Companyz has joined the running for the bid to develop an integrated resort in Nagasaki.

Three months after announcing French casino operator Groupe Partouche as its new Japanese IR consortium partner, the duo has now become Nagasaki’s fourth IR candidate alongside Oshidori International Holdings, Casinos Austria and a consortium comprising Get Nice Holdings and Current Corp.

“As of right now, the official public offering period hasn’t been announced. Until it is, we will continue discussions and preparations and hope it will lead to acquiring an IR operation license,” Hiroaki Yoshida, CEO of Pixel Companyz, said.

Pixel has been carefully preparing its IR bid in recent months, having started in June development of a resort hotel in Miyakojima city, Okinawa, in order to gain valuable experience for future IR development.

In August, the company teamed up with market analysis firm TTL Resorts, as well as announcing its collaboration with Groupe Partouche and global casino design giant Steelman Partners.

“We plan to expand through various alliances with leading overseas companies in the industry, Japanese regional companies in related fields and domestic and overseas investment companies,” Yoshida said.