TGG Takara Gaming Group is glad to be the “Supporting Sponsor” for 2018 Japan Gaming Congress (JgC), to be held at Conrad Tokyo on May 10-11, 2018.
Recently appointed Chief Operating Officer for open source platform provider Takara Gaming Group, Albert Yu, discusses the company’s plans for expansion through Asia and Europe in 2018.
Inside Asian Gaming: Many people in the industry would know you from your years with Aruze. What attracted you to TGG and how did the opportunity to work with the company come about?
Albert Yu: I’ve known Raymond Chan, the CEO and co-founder, for a while. I always really liked TGG’s business model and how the company is bringing offline content to online and online content to offline utilizing its open-source platform.
We’re developing a lot of new ideas and products that casinos today are just not able to find. Our “Fish Hunter” game is an example of our work with Chinese games – any game you can play on mobile, with our platform you can bring to a land-based casino. It’s a whole new gaming segment TGG is helping to create.
IAG: And you’re also providing an opportunity for game designers to get their ideas out to the market?
AY: Yes. We are a very young company, a start-up basically. We have our in-house developers and programmers, our team, but that is not what we aim to do. We aim to bring in new gaming concepts from developers directly to the casino operators so that we’re just a bridge in between, because that will be the easiest method for everyone.
Operators are very eager to see new products, not just in Macau and Asia but also everywhere around the world. The number of slots players is decreasing and one of the reasons is that the current games are not entertaining. What we wanted to do was provide something new. We feel this will attract both operators and game developers.
These developers might not be in the land-based sector, they might just be into social gaming and they might not know how to get their content into land-based casinos, so TGG can provide that gateway.
IAG: Can you tell us a bit about your role at TGG?
AY: At the moment I’m focusing more on the downstream side of the business which is the casino side because that’s where I have more experience. I’m getting in touch with a lot of the casinos in Asia and Europe. Obviously I have some background in business development in Europe so I have been able to get in touch with a lot of casino operators there to explain our ideas.
Even during the three days we had at ICE this year we were received very well by European operators. Most of them said they’ve never heard of this open-source concept before. They seemed very excited to see our products.
In terms of game development at TGG, it’s very much a team effort. It’s not just me bringing a game to an operator and leaving it there. I will also go and talk to the game developers and make them more engaged either in a joint venture project or a co-development project. That will make them more involved.
We are offering a new strategy on the business development side that will allow them to seize the opportunity. Although they are very mature and educated in regards to mobile platforms they have less knowledge of what is going on in the land-based sector. We will educate them and we will bring them to our meetings with the operators so that they are in synch with how they should develop their products.
IAG: What sort of reaction have you had from operators that you’ve explained TGG’s open-source platform to for the first time?
AY: I’ve only been with the company for two or three months but I have traveled around Asia a little bit prior to ICE – primarily the Philippines, Malaysia and Macau. A lot of casinos have shown interest and we actually have some contracts on the table. In Europe we invited a number of operators to come and see us at ICE to learn what we’re doing face to face. It’s not just meeting with casinos only, I’ve also met with a couple of game developers from Europe who are very interested in bringing their content to land-based, so it’s bit of a chain reaction.
IAG: Where will TGG be focusing its energies in 2018?
AY: This year our focus is Asia – because we are a company from Hong Kong – and Europe. Europe is an area where we plan to expand very rapidly, very quickly and very aggressively. From 2019 onwards the US will be one of the major markets that we’re targeting along with other jurisdictions.
One thing I want to stress is that there are not many manufacturers, in terms of land-based slots, from China or Hong Kong. The big players obviously have a lot of game developers in their teams that are Chinese but there is not one brand that is Chinese-based or is from a Chinese background. We have a genuine interest in heading in that direction.
IAG: You see that as a significant advantage for TGG?
AY: Yeah for sure. Considering the economy of China, the population and the overwhelming interest in gaming, how come there isn’t one company that represents China? There should be one and we’re helping some of them try to become that one.
IAG: What sort of growth do you see TGG achieving in 2018?
AY: Well aside from focusing on Asia and Europe, we’re also just trying to bring our name out more to the market. To a lot of operators, TGG is not yet a household name. Nobody knows what we have done, but through press, through conferences, through exhibitions, through face to face meetings and all of that we have tried to bring more attention to what TGG is doing, how we can help game studios by providing a land-based casino sales channel and how we can help land-based casinos attract more customers. I think this is a very good business model.
IAG: Are people starting to recognize TGG more?
AY: Right now, other than spreading our brand through media, exhibitions and word of mouth, our main markets have been Cambodia, Korea, Singapore and we’re moving into Macau this year. We already have deployment in Mexico and South America. People will start to recognize there are some TGG products out on the casino floors and that will help in terms of floor presence. That will be very important for us, so we will be aggressively deploying our machines in Europe and Asia this year.
IAG: And in terms of Asia, Macau will be an important market long-term?
AY: Macau will be the center of our attention. Obviously the Philippines is on the rise and their casinos are doing well, Singapore is doing well, Malaysia has one IR but it is a dominant one in that sense. Korea has more casinos opening too but at the end of the day Macau is the most important market so we need to have a presence in Macau. It is not an easy market to get into but it will be well worth it for us to explain to the upstream or downstream that we have a presence in Macau.
TGG Takara Gaming Product的行政總裁Raymond Chan每年都會往海外公幹差不多四十八次，與世界各地的合作伙伴及客戶會面。生於香港、長於香港的他，現在依然以這顆東方之珠作為基地。但若果時機成熟的話，他會希望把重心轉移到澳門，讓自己與這個觥籌交錯的世界更多接近。
TGG Takara Gaming Product把互動娛樂與賭場博彩經驗相互結合。該公司在包括加拿大、澳洲、荷蘭、意大利、塞爾維亞、秘魯、肯亞、澳門、台灣、韓國、菲律賓及柬埔寨等地都有合作伙伴。Raymond相信澳門由於是亞洲以至世界博彩樞紐的原故，其市場「必然為這個行業中的任何人都十分重要。」雖然博彩收益在過去幾年有所下跌，他卻聚焦於收益正在上升這事上。他說：「我很有信心澳門的前路依然非常光明」
TGG其中一樣最矚目的產品是三合一「Landbased iGaming & Social-Media」(實體、網上及社交平台) 跨領域遊戲平台。「整體意念其實在於開放市場，在社交和網上的遊戲及實體博彩都能享受到在網上世界及社交平台的好處。」
Full article: http://macaucloser.com/zh-hant/magazine/觥籌磌樂
(Hong Kong) TGG Takara Gaming Group, the world’s first Asian focused game distributor for casino entertainment, has agreed a deal with Solaire Resort & Casino to integrate the successful Philippines casino operator to its Asian VIP and middle-class focused gaming machine on the casino floor.
Solaire is one of the most successful entertainment resort in Manila, the capital city of Philippines. The casino floor in the Manila resort has generated a total of USD 728 million gross gaming revenue in 2016, which is the highest amount since it opened in 2013. In recent years, the casino & gaming sector in the Philippines has been growing rapidly, it is expected that the Philippines casinos will generate gross gaming revenues of USD 6 billion by 2018, which would put the country among the top four in the world. This again proved the market is in demand for games that can fulfill the entertainment needs of the rapid growing VIP and middle-class visitors from countries around the region.
TGG’s CEO & CO-founder comments “TGG has always been eyeing the potential of the Philippines market and with this agreement, it places TGG in the best position to expand the Asian VIP and the rapid growing Middle-Class market, who spent billions in casinos every year. We are excited to distribute sophisticated Asian Focus entertainment experience for players from game developers around the globe, and embedding state-of-the-art GLI-approved technology towards Solaire’s casino floor through this agreement.”
The successful deployment in the Philippines is expected to enlarge TGG’s Asian VIP and the rising middle class focused entertainment products presence around the region and unlocks the new pathway towards other countries including Macau in the near future.
(London) TGG Takara Gaming Group has successfully showcased the world 1st Chinese Shooting game “Fish Hunter” in a chance-based casino-graded gaming machine at ICE, the world largest Gaming Technology Expo last week in London, UK.
Fish Hunter is a real-time fish shooting simulation game with marvelous bonus features that has captured the video skill game market in China since it debut in 2009. TGG’s engineering team has once again distinguished the game engine flexibility by the successful conversion of this famous shooting game onto a casino gaming floor in partnership with a China based video game manufacturer. The innovative approach of the Chinese shooting game is now giving casino operators a whole new horizon of entertainment offering to their valuable Chinese VIP segment beyond the traditional Baccarat which has dominated the Macau market for over 5 decades.
TGG’s Co-founder & CEO Raymond Chan comments “With the world’s first Chinese shooting game now made possible for casino players via TGG open-source technology, I am excited to see the casino operators are now back in control to take the lead of the product offering to their very own valuable customer in the Asian VIP and mass market segment, which accounted for 95% of gaming revenue in Macau. This could be the biggest thing of gaming innovation since the invention of slot machine 100 years ago and we are proud to be part of the team with casino operators and game manufacturers making that happens together.”
The Fish hunter has made it’s duet at the ICE totally gaming show 2018 successfully and it is expected to attract major video and mobile game manufacturers to join the development and bring the gaming industry towards the next chapter in conveying the brand new dimension of electronic gaming for casino floor.
London – Takara Gaming Group (“TGG”) is set to bring the Asian hottest titles for casino gaming to the London ICE Totally Gaming Technology Expo 2018. With over 30,000 attendees from more than 150 countries, ICE Totally Gaming brings together international online and offline sectors. Featuring world-leading innovators drawn from the betting, bingo, casino, lottery, mobile, online, social and street sectors ICE provides a sensational, global perspective on all forms of latest casino gaming technology.
With the aim of bridging the gap between casino operators and Asian real-money gaming players, TGG has created the world’s first open-source gaming platform to provide significant freedom and flexibility for casino operators to build games with designers that meet global regulation requirements at only a fraction of time and cost. By doing that, casino operators are now able to have a direct influence on the product creations with the game designers. This is a significant win-win result for the industry because for the first time the distance between game creators and operators are narrowing in all stages of game development, rather than waiting until the final product is created for the market.
Come and visit us at London ICE to learn more about the open-source gaming platform – Our team are looking forward in meeting you at Booth # N1-424.
TGG received the award after being recognized by a panel of 50 expert judges in Asia by Inside Asian Gaming for TGG’s forward thinking open-platform technology, offering a Linux based robust game engine for the disruptive innovation gaming product to run on for the land based casino operators worldwide.
Mr. Chan co-founded TGG in 2014 and created the largest open-source casino gaming platform on Earth with one goal in mind – bringing the disruptive design of gaming products to the casino floors by harnessing the global game developers together for this US$ 450 billions industry. TGG is now having over 17 partners and 200 innovative gaming titles pending to deploy in 10 countries around Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Raymond Chan, TGG Co-founder, and CEO, “It is an absolute honor to be named “Power 50 – Ones to Watch” in the 10th annual ranking of Asian Gaming Leaders. It is all about our dedication to the industry since 2014 by building the world’s first open-source platform for disruptive creativities, making innovations possible for hundred of millions visitors enjoying casino entertainment worldwide. We are looking forward to our 2018 expansion and more innovating gaming design to come soon on our platform.”
All the recipient of the “Asia Power 50” Award has been listed out in the IAG 2017 December in the Macau Edition: http://www.asgam.com/mags/201712/
In the October Edition of Inside Asian Gaming (IAG):
TGG Co-founder Raymond Chan has discussed TGG’s current move into the Korea Gaming Market and the reason of Korea will be playing a vital role of Asian Gaming in the future.
Online Flipbook: http://www.asgam.com/mags/201710/
p. 28-31 for TGG’s article
(Hong Kong) TGG Takara Gaming Group, the pioneer in gaming platform technology is proud to announce the Korea KTC Approval and signed gaming machine operation agreement with Futro Group at Majestar Casino, the biggest Korean casino in Jeju Island.
This latest venture opened up the market for TGG and its game manufacturers to participate in the highly regulated Asian gaming market. The partnership is also expanding the brand recognition in the region and enhancing the international profiles as the game platform leaders in the Gaming industry.
The Co-founder and CEO of TGG Raymond Chan said, “Korea is a fundamental marketplace for the Asia Gaming and to see our product deploying there in the second half of 2017, is such a great obligation of the contribution we have committed as one of the vital components of our engagement to a market-led strategic management.”
Majestar Casino is located in Jeju Island which is a place that chosen as one of the new 7 wonders of Nature in Korea. Running as the biggest Casino in Jeju Island, the casino is having 3089 square metre large and contains dynamic games such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette games and slot machines; with such a competitive advantage in the market, it’s undoubtable that TGG will further enlarge its footprint into the Korea land-based gaming market in the future.
TGG is the creator of HIRO, the industry’s first open source Linux platform design primarily for electronic gaming machines. Casino operators, game designers, and manufacturers can build games using TGG’s GLI-11 certified open platform with a distribution network in over 10 countries and gaming jurisdictions worldwide.