The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) informed MNA that its Director, Paulo Martins Chan, will not be present at 2019 G2E Asia after reports that exhibitors in the gaming expo were promoting illegal online gaming.
The 2019 G2E Asia is currently being held at The Venetian between May 21 and 23, with event organizing company Reed Exhibitions being responsible for the gaming event.
As customary in previous G2E Asia editions, the DICJ Director was scheduled to attend this expo opening ceremony on Tuesday and make a speech after SJM Holdings Executive Director, Daisy Ho. However schedule changes showed he would not attend the ceremony.
According to the department’s response to MNA, after reports made by ‘certain associations and the public’ that some exhibitors were suspected of ‘using the Macau exhibition to promote illegal online gaming’, an investigation by the department was initiated.
‘During the period of the exhibition, the DICJ will send inspectors to conduct more frequent inspections, and will distribute illegal online gaming leaflets to the exhibitors to remind them about the laws of Macau,’ the department stated.
In January of this year, Reed Exhibitions indicated that it would it would partner with Hong Kong company Blockchain Labs Co., Limited to organise a Financial Technology Asia segment in this year’s edition.
According to the event schedule, a Blockchain & Gaming panel talk will be held on Wednesday 2:15pm at the event’s Financial technology Forum.
After the response sent by DICJ, MNA tried to clarify with the gaming department if the investigation was focused on the blockchain segment of the event but the department did not specify the exact focus of its illegal online gaming investigation.