NFT Collectible “God Temple” Launches Public Sale, Introduces Play-to-Earn Game Model with Comic Artist Pat Lee’s Artwork

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God Temple, an NFT collectible platform, has introduced the gamification model for its limited-edition art collection collaborated with comic artist Pat Lee, who did stints with DC and Marvel comics.

Users of the platform will be able to play against other users or computer-controlled players through God Temple’s global matching system. It will be a Play-to-Earn model utilizing both the platform’s native token (MYTH) and the game token (SOUL), which are necessary for players to start a game.

At God Temple, players can hold the Greek god NFT and play as the mythical characters such as Zeus, Athena, and Hades, illustrated by renowned comic artist Pat Lee. The winner in the duel will receive a game token (SOUL) as a prize, which will be tradable on secondary markets.

The public sale of God Temple’s native token (MYTH) will commence on 2nd August on Balancer Liquidity Bootstrapping Pool to make it accessible in a fair, linear, and decentralized manner. The sale supply will be 1,000,000 MYTH and the sale will last for 48 hours and will officially conclude on 4th August. The Balancer sale will have a MYTH-USDC pool during the token issuance period.

“We aspire to bring the story of mythology to life, and that’s why we introduced this new gamification model. We are developing strategic collaborations with artists around the world to create timeless mythical art god NFTs. Pat Lee is the leading celebrity artist and we hope more artists will be inspired to join the ecosystem,” said the spokesperson at God Temple.


Hong Kong’s record prize money increase includes Group races

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£136.2 million up for grabs in 2021/22 season, with £9.3 million in the four Group 1s on LONGINES Hong Kong International Raceday

Hong Kong racing will offer record prize money of HK$1.46 billion (£136.2 million) for the 2021/22 season with the four G1 features on LONGINES Hong Kong International Raceday offering a combined new high of HK$100 million (£9.3 million).

By elevating the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup’s prize money to HK$30 million (£2.8 million), the Hong Kong Jockey Club will stage the world’s richest Group 1 races over 1200m, 1400m, 1600m and 2000m on turf.

The LONGINES Hong Kong Mile and the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint, which are already the most valuable Group 1 races over 1600m and 1200m on turf, will rise to HK$26 million (£2.4 million) and HK$24 million (£2.2 million) respectively.

The Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) is also the most endowed seven-furlong contest in the world on turf at HK$12 million (£1.1 million).

Hong Kong will also stage the world’s second most-valuable 1200m Group 1 on turf in 2021/22, with the Chairman’s Sprint Prize, run on FWD Champions Day, worth HK$20 million (£1.9 million).

In addition, there will be generous increases across the whole prize money structure, with prize money for Group 2 races and Group 3 races boosted by HK$250,000 (£23,000) and HK$200,000 (£19,000) respectively. Races in Classes 1 to 5 will also see prize money increased by between 4% and 9%, demonstrating the Club’s commitment to fostering talent and incentivising strong owner investment at all levels.

The upward adjustments, announced today, Friday 16 July, re-establishes the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup as the most lucrative Group 1 2000m event on turf in the world and consolidates its position as a principal target for the world’s best middle-distance horses.

Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association President Mr. Matthew Lam said: “The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been doing great in keeping ‘racing goes on’ amid the COVID-19 challenges since last year when so many other sporting events were impacted. It is great to see the further increase of prize money in nearly all races, which offer good incentives to Hong Kong Owners to continue to import high class horses and support the world class racing standard in Hong Kong.”

Mr. Andrew Harding, Executive Director, Racing, at the Hong Kong Jockey Club said: “Key to Hong Kong’s world-class racing is the Club’s significant investment in prize money. Despite the issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty in world economies, we are committed to continuing our strategy of strong increases in  purse levels to reward and encourage our owners and to ensure Hong Kong’s elite races are attractive to overseas competitors. This approach has been a core element in Hong Kong being able to maintain its position as a world leader in providing quality horseracing and has enabled us to achieve between 17 and 26 horses in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for each of the past eight years.

“For next season, the Club has increased prize money to a record overall sum, including a significant injection across all Class 1 to Class 5 handicap races and Group 2 and Group 3 contests. We believe this will help to enhance competition and assist our owners in their attempts to purchase and import the best possible horses in a difficult economic climate.”

Mr. Harding noted the importance of Hong Kong’s elite races, especially the flagship LONGINES Hong Kong International Raceday.

“The LONGINES Hong Kong International Races will offer a record total of HK$100 million (£9.3 million) across the four Group 1 races held on the day, which underlines the Club’s commitment to attracting and rewarding the world’s best,” he said.

“That commitment is evident in the prize money increases for the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Sprint and Hong Kong Mile.”


Online Gambling Allowed in Philippines to Boost Covid Response Funds

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Despite previously being against online gambling in the country, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he was forced to allow the activity to boost the country’s Covid-19 response funds.

In a pre-recorded meeting with his political party officials, Duterte said allowing gambling operations was the most “sensible” thing to do, considering the government is running short of funds.

Duterte acknowledged that he was previously against the online gambling industry, noting that he even insisted on a no-casino policy in famous resorts in both Boracay and Bohol.

Duterte, however, said he is still against gambling “in the barangay-level” noting that it would be more difficult to control.

Malacañang recognises the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) as the government’s tax revenue generators amid the prevailing health crisis, but would not let them evade paying the right taxes. Around 60 POGOs have secured licensed to operate in the Philippines.


Cambodian Police Shuts Down 7 Illegal Online Gambling Dens

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The Cambodian authorities have shut down 7 illegal online gambling dens in Phnom Penh on July 3.

The raid did not result in any arrests, however, instead, the operators of the illegal sites were simply issued a warning.

Police spokesman San Sok Seiha told that the crackdown came after the district authority instructed owners to stop illegal online gambling.

“Police did not detain any suspects, but instructed them not to engage in illegal online gambling activities, which is contrary to the instructions of the municipal administration,” he said.

On July 3, district governor Sok Penh Vuth assigned his deputy Mok Chankurana to lead a joint force to shut down the locations where payment accounts for illegal online gambling on mobile phones were created.

The district administration said: “The establishments operate by using a computer to close a door after entry. The door is locked and players can then top up their account. Once players have topped up their account, they can gamble on their phone.

“The authorities decided to lock the houses. If owners do not follow the administration’s instructions, we will implement strict administrative measures and district police will detain and refer the case to court.”


Ultimate Battle launches Battlegrounds Mobile India on its platform

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Ultimate Battle (UB), India’s first-ever one-stop online esports platform, is geared up to host exciting tournaments for the recently-launched game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on their platform. With an aim to boost the esports and gaming ecosystem in the country, Ultimate Battle has launched this exclusive Indian game on its platform. While the whole focus of esports is shifted to online with the absence of local area network (LAN) events due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the tournaments will help the esports athletes and their roster to start their grind and prepare for national and international events.

The country’s most popular esports platform UB, which has been a destination for playing many action-packed games with high-end graphics and has successfully integrated more than 10 esports title games to the platform, with BGMI, this exclusively designed game will fuel the growth of mobile gaming in India and the game will leverage the power of the mobile-first gaming ecosystem of the country. With the participation of both professionals and casual gamers, it also has the ranking system in place as part of the automated leader board based on the performances of the players and the winners will be awarded exciting prize money.

Exciting Features for BGMI players:

Tournaments: BR events will be hosted every hour so players can enjoy competitive gameplay at any time.

Leaderboards: Play daily and rake up your Ranking to get rewards.

Redeem Shop: Players will be able to get in-game items and more by collecting UB Coins by playing games on UB.

“At Ultimate Battle we are very excited to launch BGMI on our platform which is an exclusive Indian game as we strive to provide the esports community with the gaming events, content, and more through our online esports platform which caters to more than 3,00,000 registered gamers. The pre-registration phase has already marked a great success with 40 million Indian gamers which will continue to grow. We will host multiple online tournaments as it’s the favourite game among the Indian gamers which is making a much-awaited coming back. We’ll also be looking into adding BGMI to our flagship tournament All India Esports league (AIEL), which will be launched this month,” said Mr. Tarun Gupta, Founder, Ultimate Battle.

Currently, the platform has garnered a player base of more than 3,00,000 and has been growing every day. With over 54,000 monthly active users, gamers get an active community to interact with and compete against each other. The platform is now available on Google PlayStore for Android users and till now it has seen over 63,000 downloads already. The freshly launched app of the platform will facilitate easier connectivity and accessibility for its users and leverage the power of the mobile-first ecosystem of the country.


Macau GGR Up 813% Year-on-year in June

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Macau has recorded a gross gaming revenue (GGR) of MOP$6.54bn ($817.3m) for June 2021, an 813% rise from the MOP$716m recorded in June 2020.

June’s figure is, however, a 37% month-on-month decline from May 2021, where GGR was MOP$10.45bn. The figures were released by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.

While June 2020 was the lowest point since the pandemic began, May 2021 was the highest point, with the figures coinciding with a five-day holiday period in mainland China at the beginning of the month.

The sequential decline has been linked to an outbreak of Covid-19 in Guangdong Province at the end of May, with border restrictions becoming more strict between Macau and mainland China, while mandatory quarantine measures were introduced on passengers arriving from parts of Foshan, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.


Macau Casino Labour Activist Cloee Chao Sao Fong Runs for Legislator Seat

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Macau gaming labour group activist Cloee Chao Sao Fong will lead an election ticket for the upcoming Legislative Assembly Election. Her ticket features several other casino workers respectively seeking a directly-elected legislator seat.

The election will be on September 12, according to the city’s Electoral Affairs Commission. Typically, a candidate topping a ticket has the best chance of winning a seat, if the ticket can itself garner a sufficient portion of the votes available. She stood unsuccessfully in the 2017 election.

Ms Chao, known to the public for heading the New Macau Gaming Staff Rights Association, submitted on Monday to the Electoral Affairs Commission the candidate list for her ticket, and its electoral platform. Eight candidates – including her – will run on a ticket to “advocate casino workers’ rights and benefits”, she remarked to local media at the time her group handed over its list to the authorities.

“We hope that we could win at least one [directly-elected] seat in the assembly,” Ms Chao said.

Ms Chao told local media that her election ticket would stand on a platform of: defending local workers’ employment prospects; advocating better benefits for casino shift workers; and pushing for a trade union law in the city. The platform is similar to what a ticket with her as a candidate offered at the 2017 election.

Ms Chao has been prominent in recent years in lobbying the city’s government on labour disputes occurring between casino employees and the city’s casino operators.


RMG and SIS launch first daily betting service in India via NorthAlley contract

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Indian audiences will be seeing more of Frankie Dettori and other British and Irish stars

Racecourse Media Group (RMG) and Sports Information Services (SIS) are delighted to launch the first daily betting service in India via an agreement with Pari-Mutuel and Fixed Odds Wagering Company NorthAlley.

The deal enables British and Irish racing content to be shown live for Pari-Mutuel (tote) betting into local pools via the Hyderabad Race Club’s digital platforms.

RMG has the broadcast rights to 34 British racecourse shareholders, including the likes of Epsom, Newmarket, York and Goodwood, while SIS holds the rights to all 26 Irish racecourses, including the Curragh and Leopardstown, plus Chelmsford City in the UK.

Ian Houghton, Director of International at RMG, said, “We’re delighted to see our racing broadcast in India thanks to this ground-breaking joint venture with SIS and NorthAlley. The service has now fully launched and initial turnover levels on British and Irish races have been encouraging. All being well, we very much hope to roll out the service to other regions in India in future and introduce fixed odds betting.”

Joe Andrews, Digital Sales Manager of SIS, said: “It is very exciting to be launching in India for the first time and we’re thrilled that Indian racing fans will now have such a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality racing from which to choose. British and Irish racing is among the very best in the world and the betting opportunities it presents to NorthAlley and its customers are very wide-ranging.”

Suresh Paladugu, CEO of NorthAlley, said: “We are excited to bring international races to Indian punters in the most convenient way for the first time in India. We highly appreciate the initiative and support from Hyderabad Race Club management in making this happen. We will continue to work with RMG and SIS to enhance experience and bring quality content for Indian players.”



Singapore Police Arrest 36 in Connection with Illegal Gambling and Unlicensed Moneylending

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Singapore Police has arrested 36 people as part of an islandwide operation against illegal gambling and unlicensed moneylending.

They are suspected of providing unlawful remote gambling services, operating and gaming in a common gaming house and operating an unlicensed moneylending syndicate, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department, and Special Operations Command participated in simultaneous raids at multiple locations islandwide on Tuesday, SPF said.

These locations included Potong Pasir, Serangoon, Toa Payoh, Tampines, Bishan, Hougang, Pasir Ris, Punggol, Woodlands, Telok Blangah, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Batok.

Cash amounting to more than S$770,000, gambling-related documents and electronic devices, including computers, mobile phones and pre-paid cards were seized, police said.

The police also froze the suspects’ bank accounts.

“The police will continue to take tough enforcement action and clamp down on criminal activities, including remote gambling and loansharking,” police said.

“Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.”


Sociedade de Jogos de Macau Changes Name to SJM Resorts

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SJM Holdings has changed the name of its subsidiary Sociedade de Jogos de Macau as SJM Resorts to better reflect its position in the market.

“The new name better reflects our prominent position in the tourism and leisure business and our dedication to the development and operation of integrated resorts in Macau, further underscoring our continued support to Macau’s role as a world centre of tourism and leisure,” Chair Daisy Ho said.