Last week, Venetian Macao hosted the 2019 Macau Gaming Show (MGS) expo. The event drew about 20,000 visitors, according to the organizer.
GGRAsia reported a “low levels of foot traffic to the event and modest numbers of qualified buyer.” But whatever the number, there were no illicit online gambling operators among them. According to Macau gaming regulator DICJ, regulators patrolled the trade show to ensure there were no wrong products on display that contravene the local law.
Promotion of online and crypto gaming has been prohibited in Macau. On Friday, DICJ reported that they are working with the judiciary Police to ensure that exhibitors didn’t present illegal gaming activities.
iGaming on the list
MGMS website wrote that the event was about displaying a variety of products. They included: casino operation, foods, beverages, gaming equipment, accessories, hospitality, leisure, style, fashion, tourism and culture.
G2E Asia Controversy
The precaution became necessary after the G2E Asia expo in May in Venetian Macao detected rogue operators. According to Casino.org, DICJ was forced to stop delivering a speech and carry on the investigation. Due to the influence of China mainland, Macau doesn’t license online gaming. China has waged war on illegal operators who are mostly based in the Philippines and target mainland China for years. In China, all sorts of gambling are unlawful except state-owned lotteries.
In Macau, cryptocurrency isn’t regulated and that is why eyebrows were raised towards Hong King based blockchain Labs during the G2E Asian expose. However, blockchain display was aimed at cloud and cybersecurity payments.