Raising the level of their game

As smartphones and tablets add capacity, designers are bolder, because the play's the thing.

"It's a gaming system in your pocket" - or at least, that's what we imagine game developers are starting to say.

Sunday, 7 July, 2013, 1:18pm

Microsoft unveils Xbox One as a home entertainment hub

The new generation Xbox One console is unveiled. Photo: NYT

After four years of development, Microsoft has staked a claim to the internet age living room with an eagerly awaited new generation Xbox One console touted as a home entertainment hub that goes far beyond games.

23 May 2013 - 4:59am

Macau hosts Asia’s largest gaming expo

Exhibitors talk at the Global Gaming Expo Asia, a three-day fair of gambling innovations at the glitzy Venetian hotel in Macau, on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Casino industry leaders met in Macau on Tuesday for the Global Gaming Expo Asia, a three-day fair of gambling innovations at the glitzy Venetian Macau hotel.

The largest gaming event in Asia, showcasing the industry’s latest products, services and technologies, is taking place amid a decline in growth rates in Macau’s gaming industry as China’s economic boom slows.

21 May 2013 - 4:38pm

Galaxy shines from high-stakes play

Galaxy Entertainment's flagship casino resort, Galaxy Macau hotel. The firm is spending HK$16 billion on its next phase of growth. Photo: AFP

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation for the quarter to March rose to HK$2.77 billion from HK$2.15 billion a year ago, Galaxy said in a statement. The median estimate of six analysts was HK$2.79 billion.

16 May 2013 - 3:53am

Sands denies Beijing gave help on Macau casino license application

Sheldon Adelson

A lawyer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation said the Chinese government had no part in the awarding of gaming licences in Macau for the casino operator controlled by billionaire Sheldon Adelson more than 10 years ago.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am

Chinese tourist jumps from casino ship after tough night of gambling

His escape plan was short-lived as he was quickly pulled out of the water by a boat passing by.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:05pm

Gaming growth in Macau set to slow down says casino firm

Macau saw an increase of 11.5 per cent in gaming revenue last month.

Gaming revenue in Macau reported year-on-year growth of 11.5 per cent to 27.1 billion patacas last month, supported by a big number of mainland tourists visiting during the Lunar New Year holiday.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

Holiday gamblers boost Macau casinos

Macau’s casinos raked in gross gaming revenue of 304.1 billion patacas last year, an increase of 13.5 per cent from 2011. Photo: Reuters

Macau casinos took in 27.08 billion patacas in gross gaming revenue last month, up 11.5 per cent year on year as the week-long Lunar New Year holiday on the mainland saw the arrival of large numbers of Chinese gamblers.

2 Mar 2013 - 7:03am

MGM China builds presence in Cotai strip with new resort

MGM executives and government officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the casino operator's new resort. Photo: Edward Wong

The joint venture between Pansy Ho Chiu-king and MGM Resorts International now runs one casino on the Macau peninsula. It lacks a presence on the busy Cotai strip, which hosts a cluster of casinos operated by rivals including Sands China and Galaxy Entertainment.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:24am

Macau casinos' shares fall on lower Lunar New Year revenue

Galaxy Macau Hotel in Macau. Photo: Sam Tsang

Macau casino shares dropped steeply on Tuesday in response to a report from HSBC Global Research that gaming revenues failed to reach its projections for the first 17 days of this month. Shares in SJM led the retreat, falling 5.3 per cent to close at HK$19.32, followed by Galaxy Entertainment, which ended the day down 4.9 per cent at HK$33.15.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Macau gaming stocks plunge on VIP junket operator crackdown report

Macau gaming stocks plunged after a media report warned of an impending crackdown on VIP junket operators.

Beijing plans to launch late this month a clean-up of "triad-linked junket operators" who make a profit by bringing in mainland high-rollers to casinos in Macau and lending them money, a British newspaper reported, quoting unnamed law enforcement sources as saying.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:54am

Regional countries eye share of booming gaming industry

Booming gaming industry attracts nations

Investment group Lippo announced last week plans to build a hotel complex in South Korea with casino floors, reflecting the desire of countries in the region to grab a share of Asia's fast-growing gaming industry.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Sands eyes bigger share of Macau gaming market after 52pc net rise

Visitors arrive at the Venetian Macao hotel and casino in Macau. Casino operator Las Vegas Sands says weak results in Las Vegas have dampened a strong performance in Macau and Singapore.

"In Macau, we delivered record financial results with outstanding growth and strong operating momentum reflected in every segment of our business," said Adelson, the chairman and chief executive of the parent firm, Las Vegas Sands.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:37am

Italy's gambling addiction set to worsen

Italy's per capita spending on gaming is among the highest in the world and the economic downturn has led to more interest in gambling. Photo: Corbis

Italy is to press on with plans to open 1,000 new gambling arcades despite mounting national anguish over the spread of pathological gambling in what until recently was a nation of frugal savers. Silvio Berlusconi's last government authorised the new video-poker saloons in 2011. A contest to decide who should get the licences will be held by February.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Macau casinos' revenue climbs to HK$290b in 2012

For the full year of 2012, Macau's casino industry recorded gross gaming revenue of 304.1 billion patacas. Photo: Bloomberg

Macau's casino industry put in a stronger-than-expected performance in December, ending the year with record gross gaming revenue both in annual and monthly terms.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:36am