Esports – professional video gaming in which teams play each other in competitions – are experiencing exponential growth in China
“We are adding different amenities and attractions to continue to draw people to Singapore and keep our side ahead of the competition,” George Tanasijevich, the chief executive officer of Marina Bay Sands, told the Nikkei Asian Review in May.
A Chinese company has reportedly given the Samoa government a wish list for investment in the country, including a casino.
Talamua Online reported a company call Beijing Zhao Yi Li Investment Management, has recently visited Samoa.
In China, drones are playing a key role in investigating illegal gambling. Last month, Chinese authorities employed drones to locate illegal mobile casinos in Anhui Province, leading to the arrest of 35 suspects. A concealed gambling den — apparently housed temporarily in tents — continually relocated — so it was difficult for police to conduct a raid — and organizers had guards on watch for police activity.
The cross-border gambling ring was revealed in 2018 after a gambler told police in Anhui’s Susong County he lost approximately 700,000 yuan (US $102,578) from gaming on the website.
Offshore gambling originated during Joseph Estrada’s brief term as president, and now has surged since Rodrigo R. Duterte took power.