Entries by LindaJoannides

FEAR OF INNOVATION A THREAT TO MACAU

A leading Macau gaming lawyer has called on the Macau government to embrace new technologies and the rapidly growing online gaming space or risk being left behind by more savvy jurisdictions like Japan. Jose Alvares, a Partner at Macau’s CA Lawyers, says that a widespread reluctance by Macau officials to embrace innovation will eventually limit […]

VIDEO Q&A WITH IGT’S PATRICK BRIMMER  

The Drop interviewed IGT Head of Product ANZ, Patrick Brimmer who gave us some interesting insights into their new game design trends and their market focus on adding interest for players, in the successful StarStax and Fortune Gong games. IGT continues to increase game performance by offering point of difference games.  Their Crystal Curve Star […]

IMPROVE YOUR CUSTOMER’S EXPERIENCE WITH THE AUST. HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY EXPO

Australian hospitality venues and gaming establishments are facing far greater competition with more gaming and liquor licenses being granted. The highest performing pubs and clubs have recognised that growth and profitability are dependent on enhanced customer experience.  Complementing high-quality food and beverage service, successful operators are now investing in venue upgrades, the latest in design […]

NEW MUSIC LICENSING FEES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Australia’s two big music licensors – APRA AMCOS & PPCA – have released a new set of fee structures ahead of the planned launch of a combined platform in 2019, called OneMusic Australia. It is supposed to bring an end to years of complaints about the complexity of the system. Currently, you need two licenses […]

PUB NEWS: WOOLWICH PIER HOTEL RENO & REPOSITIONING

The Laundy Hotel Groups iconic Woolwich Pier Hotel officially relaunched last week after an extensive 3-month renovation. The two-level venue originally built in 1885 has adopted a contemporary European look, courtesy of architects Alexander & Co, who were also behind The Morrison and Watsons Bay Hotel. Justine Laundy led the hotel’s redesign and said the […]

THE DROP TEST DRIVES KONAMI’S “ALL ABOARD” HIT GAMES

Originally released back in July, the first two Konami games in their ‘All Aboard’ SAP game range, ‘Dancing Dragons’ and ‘Dynamite Dollars’, have maintained consistently high popularity among players. Extremely strong game performance, and a new game due out around Christmas, ‘Piggy Pays’, adds weight to the list of reasons to purchase these games. The […]

ARE YOU COMING TO THE PARTY?

Visitors and exhibitors alike can expect a vibrant week-long program of industry innovation, education, networking and (let’s be honest) fun, around the annual Keno Australasian Hospitality and Gaming Expo when it hits the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 27-28, 2019. A collaboration between Clubs NSW, Clubs Queensland and the Club Managers’ Association Australia, […]

THE STAR’S GC EXPANSION APPROVED BUT HARD ROCK BID RAISES CONCERNS

The Star Entertainment Group, together with its partners the Far East Consortium and Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook, is set to expand its The Star Gold Coast operations, with the Queensland Government granting approval for a $2 billion masterplan that will transform the precinct. The project will comprise of four new towers – including more hotels – as […]

AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO (AGE) A FINALIST IN AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) has been announced as a finalist in the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) 2018 Awards for Excellence, for the 2018 Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE). The EEAA is the peak industry Association representing Organisers, Venues and suppliers within the exhibition and event sectors, and the Awards celebrate those doing […]