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QTech Games partners with Ezugi to elevate live casino for Asia

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Leading distributor teams up with live-dealer specialist to create a definitive one-stop-shop for gaming

QTech Games, Asia’s number-one games distributor, has launched with leading live casino provider Ezugi in a breakout deal for the company which completes its definitive product portfolio, establishing QTech Games as a comprehensive one-stop-shop for global operators.
Ezugi already provides high-class mobile live dealer and desktop solutions to digital gambling businesses and brick-and-mortar casinos across international markets, such as Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. Now, though, this agreement with QTech Games’ leading platform also expands Ezugi’s geographic reach still further, opening up Asia’s array of both established and emerging markets for accelerated growth.
Ezugi’s state-of-the-art live studio delivers an unrivalled immersive experience for players, who can now enjoy these engaging, real-time table games (from classics like blackjack, roulette, baccarat and three-card poker to regional favourites such as India’s Andar Bahar) via the flexible QTech platform which offers the fastest integration on the market.
As the fastest-growing distributor in Asia over the past few years, QTech’s platform boasts the broadest gaming portfolio around, localised for each region, with native mobile apps, powerful reporting and marketing tools, and 24/7 local-language support.
QTech Games CEO, Markus Nasholm, said: “We’re thrilled to have signed this agreement with Ezugi, whose games need no introduction and are always raising the bar for cutting-edge, mobile and web live dealer gaming. Even from a soft launch in December, the response from our network of operator partners was both immediate and universal.
“It’s a real milestone moment for QTech to have finalised a definitive product set with this latest key addition to our platform. And together, we are planning to add some more exciting products over the next few months, which we intend to unveil for our flagship QTech Games Party around ICE Asia (8-9 June) at our home hub in Manila.”
Ezugi added: “It’s fantastic for us to put the final piece in place on the QTech Games jigsaw, and we look forward to their platform taking our games to new, untapped audiences across emerging markets. Ezugi’s unwavering dedication to delivering engaging live-player experiences affords customers, who love these games, the visceral thrill of playing in a real-world casino, while QTech’s peerless Asian knowledge made them the perfect partner for us. Just take Ezugi’s novel spin on a traditional Indian favourite with our Andar Bahar card game, delivered in both English and Hindi. QTech understands that there’s no chance of cracking emerging markets without delivering the best localised games that truly connect with unique cultural appetites.”
 

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Macau Gaming Growth to Slow Down Amid China’s Clampdown on Illegal Money Exchanges

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Macau’s gaming sector is likely to see a slowdown in EBITDA growth in June and July due to the mainland’s crackdown on illegal money exchange operations in Macau, according to a recent forecast by Morgan Stanley.

China’s Ministry of Public Security has launched a major campaign to target “money exchange gangs” providing large-scale cash exchange and loan sharking services to mainland Chinese gamblers in Macau. These illicit activities have been facilitating the flow of funds out of China, which authorities view as a threat to financial stability.

The crackdown has already yielded results, with police across China reporting successful operations that have uncovered millions in illegal exchange activities and the arrest of dozens of suspects. However, analysts warn that disrupting these unofficial currency exchange channels could potentially lead to a slowdown in mainland Chinese travel to Macau’s gaming industry.

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Praveen K Choudhary, Gareth Leung and Stephen W Grambling of Morgan Stanley project that the second quarter will see the first negative quarter-on-quarter growth in both mass gross gaming revenue (GGR) and corporate EBITDA since the post-Covid-19 reopening. Mass GGR is expected to decline 2% quarter-on-quarter, reaching 113% of 2019 levels, while corporate EBITDA is forecast to decrease 7% quarter-on-quarter, reaching 80% of pre-pandemic levels.

The brokerage firm predicts that June and July will see a slowdown due to the money exchange crackdown, while weaker macroeconomic conditions, consumption, and retail sales in China could persist in the third quarter and further impact the Macau market.

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China Media Group, Esports World Cup and VSPO Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement on National Institute for Esports Development

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China Media Group, Esports World Cup Foundation and VSPO have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Friday as the new China Media Group National Institute for Esports Development kicked off in Beijing.

China Media Group (CMG), which operates state television networks including CCTV, formally unveiled the new CMG National Institute for Esports Development on Friday. The Institute then signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Esports World Cup Federation and VSPO during the establishment ceremony, vowing to jointly organise and participate in future esports events.

The establishment ceremony was attended by Shen Haixiong, vice minister of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and president of CMG, Sun Shuo, CPC Secretary of Xicheng District and Xue Jijun, head of the institute, among other government officials.

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The three organisations have been long-time advocates for the healthy development of the esports industry. VSPO already works with the Esports World Cup Foundation in organising the inaugural Esports World Cup, an eight-week mega event currently underway in Riyadh with a record-breaking prize pool of more than $60 million.

“It’s a huge honor to be a strategic partner with the Chinese Media Group and the Esports World Cup Foundation with the establishment of the CMG National Institute for Esports Development, which marks another key sign of Beijing’s support for esports development,” Chairman of VSPO, Asia’s biggest esports operator, Dino Ying said.

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QTech Games appoints Crystal Nadal to the role of Sales Director

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Top distributor for emerging markets secures well-known and respected sales leader to continue expansion of its global footprint 

QTech Games, the leading distributor for all emerging markets, has appointed Crystal Nadal to the position of Sales Director.

Crystal is a well-known and respected operator in the industry, armed with a wealth of international expertise within business development and sales that is uniquely fine-tuned for Asia’s patchwork make-up of territories.

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Crystal arrives at QTech Games after successful recent stints at Tom Horn Gaming, where she acted as Head of Business Development for Asia; Aura Gaming, where she was COO; and Solid Gaming where she held a range of senior marketing roles across an array of varied content – including live-dealer and assorted igaming solutions for the fragmented Asian market. In each case, she diligently built the brand’s reputation in gaming markets from India to the Far East, demonstrating a keen eye for strategy and new sales across both digital and land-based sectors.

Now Crystal brings those skills to bear at the industry’s leading platform and distributor for growth territories. She will be responsible for managing QTech Games’ existing partners throughout the world’s largest continent, and spearheading the expansion of QTech Games’ burgeoning influence into other untapped “margin” markets.

Crystal Nadal said: “I’ve always based my business relationships on the ability to add value. Working with QTech Games, I’ve not only found the premier distributor for delivering localised games in Asia, but also a strong, experienced team that are client-focused and share an ongoing commitment to tailor their offering to make it work for the customer.

“My new colleagues at QTech Games have excellent relationships across the sector, and their proprietary platform has quickly become the trailblazer in our home territory of Asia. They’re trusted, supportive, collaborative and well-regarded. I can’t get behind a better story than that.”

Philip Doftvik, CEO of QTech Games, commented: “We’re thrilled that Crystal has joined the QTech Games team and she’s hit the ground running. With her winning mindset and attitude, she is also a perfect fit in our company culture. Her experience and contacts in sales and business development are second to none in the Asia landscape, so she’ll be a real asset to both the company and all our clients.

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“Securing the best executive talent has always been a main driver of our ability to scale. Therefore, we’re naturally delighted that Crystal is now taking the wheel for further business development and sales in our core continent.”

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