Tuesday, 23 December 2008
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Report of Gambit on CRM, what is key for the gaming gambling sector to reach, acquire AND retain their customers, November 08
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Friday, 21 November 2008
I really admire all these people that holds down a full time job, has hobbies and can publish a blog.. I am an entrepreneur; organiser/networker and I don't have time to go through all my daily emails. let alone blog.
Good thing is that I did not managed to speak at G2E this week in Vegas, although it was an honour for me to be invited to speak on Frank Fahrenkopf's panel focusing on future of on-line gaming. However, due to work commitments and meetings in London, I could not go.. we all can only expect some movements in US's remote regulations probably mid-end of 2009.. so, like the market, I am taking short term tactical decision to stay put in London, but then also manage to help chair couple of key panels at the 5th Annual mobile gambling summit of bullet business.
I feel I owe it to my Mobile Gambling Report readers ( iTV and mobile gaming gambling report back in 2006) to give them an update.
Good news is that mobile operators are more progressive now and are finally looking at ways (& take concrete steps in) to monetising or bring value added services to their users. For example, O2 had a gaming portal few years back, then Orange launched that a year ago and 3 six months before and Vodafone just launched this week with the dedicated gaming & betting portal.
However, something that has not change, which is that, as I explained in my mobile gambling report back in 2004, mobile operators are in the “defensive game”, due to the potential reputational risk of getting too engaged with 3rd party casino gaming/gambling products. (who can blame them when they have invested typically billions into infrastructure/licenses and brand)
This is in no reflection of quality (high standards) of remote gaming operators out there, in fact, there are many well respected, well run and socially responsible gaming gambling firms out there. Their products and services are already available via the MNO's portal and or via their mobile internet service.
Due to the potential reputational risk, MNOs would prefer to keep their distance and promote mobile internet usage than promote specifically any type of content (especially Casino gaming & gambling). [I can understand though, as all we need is just one small bad apple, and likes of Mail get hold of it.. recipe to even move/influence governments, let alone fate of one mobile network operator.]
Therefore, the basis of competition between MNOs is still based on typical voice (now adding more than likely all-inclusive data).. therefore, seems to me they are still stuck in their own rung of the value chain, namely to provide mostly a 'pipe' offering.
Yes, some are more keen on mobile search (via yahoo/google) or advertising model, indeed thats the easiest way to 'monetise' MNO's mobile portal. They are however seeing big growth of data adoptions between the generation Y, due to the adoption of facebook and Flirtomatic applications, seems social networking rules.
This is a one stop shop model, like in a shopping mall, where users can come and shop as they like and with whom they like (within reasons).
We also explored the various business models from partnership to purely advertising ‘pay per click’ model via the mobile. Seems like it is rather fluid and depends on the preferences of a specific mobile operator. None has a seamless and economically viable payment system, of course none would use subscribers’ credit to fund any gaming gambling.
Fact of the matter is that, none are as progressive as in Austria, where Mobilkom Austria part own PayBox which has apparently seamless integration to enable payment via users’ mobile telephone credit for payments of all products including gaming gambling. However, they manage the potential reputational risks by ONLY working with the national monopoly Lotterien (Win2day) and Bwin (previously betandwin). So, its managed but better integrated.
I trust the real opportunity is in fact in the middle. How, who and when that can be achieved, that would be the question. I may have an answer, but let’s chat more in person to see if we can convert that to a big and sustainable solution going forward.
Monday, 3 November 2008
SCMP.com - the online edition of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's premier English-language newspaper
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Friday, 26 September 2008
True Web2.0 services, not just talking about it, lets do it! Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com, Inaugural Betting & Gaming Technology Workshop Nov08
This is what is key, I think, I see too many people just talk about what can be done, but doing it at scale but enabling the future is key.
To be honest, there is a lot of wasted resources in the IT field, and one good example is the now burgeoning remote gaming gambling market, where by multi-millions of uk pounds, US$ are spent on developing proprietary platforms, servers and technologies, common APIs are not generally adopted.
Hence, together with Betfair, we are co-founding an invitation only workshop for senior CTOs/IT strategic directors to discuss behind closed door this November about key things that needs to be done for the sector worldwide.
I should have contacted you already, if not, please do get in touch with me.
Friday, 23 May 2008
Single Euro Payments Area [SEPA] & Payment services directive [PSD], Gambit on payment was a great success
SEPA and PSDs were investigated in depth (yes, some part did go over my head!) but as ever, the conversations were really in depth, frank, and direct.
I personally learnt a lot, and for those that were present, the audience all also enjoyed the
sometimes "heated discussion".
It seems a few actions were created as part of the gathering for the bank, acquirer and the gaming firms to share and be more transparent in the future. Great result!
Please go to official Gambit website to see the full event report in the next week or so.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
gosh, time flies,
didn't realise information age was purchased by Vitesse media, the acquisitive media group, great job Sara Williams.. challenge is how to make the business model works of the media/publishing sector, as barrier to entry is low comparatively.. and it would take years to become likes of forbes/economist.. I do like the bunch of people at Vitesse though, very friendly .. and so, I am supportive!
this piece of journalism on social networking and its adoption/applicability for enterprise is very interesting read.
very interesting report (not that I got time to read it all...) but key is that this will become a viable but trusted (from consumer's point of view, if their friends recommend certain products/services via these platforms)...
yet, it is also outside of company's control of how they portray the products/services.
saying that, success of i-mode is in fact the consumers that decided that they like it (as it was originally designed for business people!)...
so, power to the people.. amen. ;)
no wonder HK/singapore/taiwan are used as hubs going to acess China..
surprising that we don't see the 'tax heaven' juristitions/countries being listed or compared...
good report and worth checking out that is for sure!
Thursday, 27 March 2008
This is indeed sad if this was the case, I was looking forward to meeting with Tony this week in Hong Kong.
Without referring to this specific case, but I am happy to share some of the key points I raised at a separate meeting with another firm here (with positive cash flow and profitable business) regarding raising capital. I discussed the pros & cons of listing for a gaming market focused firm.
Key points are:
1.) Listing on the public market makes more sense for transparent and well understood sector (in terms of revenue/profit/KPI, and industry life cycle and multiples, plus ideally several cycles of boom and busts)
2.) If access to capital is key (for exit of share holders or for acquisition purpose), one can easily access Equity/VCs for a well proven business no matter what sector it is in (although VCs/PEs that specialise in remote gaming are comparative few)
3.) Non-relevant news and short-term jitters may adversely affect share price & stock holder confidence of a gaming firm (esp. remote focused) may not be ideal for firms that 'needed' a calm foundation to focus on growth. mostly due to the fact of sheer lack of well known/proven KPIs and industry life cycle data, especially for the remote gaming gambling sector (in some ways KPIs for offline casinos are different for different markets like Macau vs Las Vegas)
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
this is interesting read... yes, the methodology is plausible, but we need much bigger sample.
Surely, one can use the vast number of players information available across many poker rooms, one just need a bit of independent information of background/history of each player..
we can then draw some useful insight by 'datamining' player information of the market.
this insight can then be used as representative data to support/refute the poker as skillgame argument..
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Is the moral of the story is either
1.) don't get famous/successful to avoid addiction to the super-dopamine high?
2.) as one is planning or as one becoming successful, plan for some form of dopamine management process/course??
seems to me this could be a business opportunity or university research project subject that can be explored.. or maybe even books to write about how to manage success! ;0)
Monday, 10 March 2008
pretty good resources for fellow enterpreneur
However, there should be a rating for the enterpreneurs that put up comments themselves.. reason being that there are some people that are just not cut out to do it.. and sadly some of those might use this forum to 'avenge'...
but if managed this should be a pretty good resource! I need to look at it in more details to be able to fuly judge!
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
gosh, maybe yet another over leveraged business going out of business!?
really hope they can save PCMag, one of the most trusted PC magazine that run independent testing...