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Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados | Macau | 3 Jun 2021

Gaming industry – public policy for a fresh era

In recent weeks, the discussion on the future of Macau's economic engine – the gaming industry – has intensified. One question is whether there is sufficient time to complete the steps necessary to amend the Gaming Law and award new concession contracts ahead of their planned expiry in June 2022. However, an even more important question is what approach the government will take in terms of......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 28 May 2021

Research shows that gaming is most successful entertainment sector of 21st century

According to new research by the Entertainment Researcher's Association (ERA), the rise of mobile and digital gaming increased the retail value of the UK games sector to €4.43 billion in 2020, which is four-and-a-half times higher than its value in 2000. While in 2000 gaming was the smallest of the three sectors that ERA represents (the other two being video and music), it is now by far the......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 14 May 2021

Gambling advertising: never work with animals or children

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently issued two reminders to the gambling industry around various key principles in connection with social responsibility and the use of animals in advertising. The ASA also intends to provide an update in mid-2021 on the outcome of its 2020 public consultation on proposals to introduce new strengthened rules and guidance to better protect......
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Pinsent Masons | Global | 19 Mar 2021

COVID-19 and sponsorship rights: rise in e-sports

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a fundamental impact on the market for sponsorship rights in traditional sports. However, one industry which has by its nature been primed for this moment is e-sports, which is set to grow to be worth more than $1.5 billion by 2023. As such, where unpredictable cancellations and postponements of sporting events have led to sponsors feeling frustrated, e-sports......
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Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados | Macau | 28 Jan 2021

Role of digital yuan in gaming industry

Although the Macau regulator has reported that the potential use of a digital yuan in Macau's casinos is 'fake news', this new form of currency could jeopardise the gaming promotion activity that has underpinned the entire industry since the 1980s. A centralised, trackable and seizable digital currency would provide never-before-seen visibility over clash flows to the city cages. This could......
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Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados | Macau | 15 Oct 2020

Proposed new law on h­­otel establishments' activities

Macau's tourism and entertainment industry has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, the Second Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly initiated discussions on the draft law on hotel establishments' activities, which the government submitted to the Plenary in February 2019. This law is welcome, as it will update the 1996 law and modernise the legal......
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Venable LLP | USA | 24 Aug 2020

Supreme Court lets Booking.com reserve its brand: generic.com terms can now be registered as trademarks

The Supreme Court recently affirmed the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit's ruling in the closely watched Booking.com case, holding that the hotel reservation site's BOOKING.COM name was not generic and could therefore obtain federal trademark registration. This ruling makes registration possible for parties in any industry to register similar names as trademarks.
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Schoenherr | Hungary | 2 Jul 2020

HCA imposes record fine on Booking.com for unfair commercial practices

The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently imposed a record fine on Booking.com BV for undertaking unfair commercial practices by misleadingly advertising certain hotel rooms with "free cancellation" and engaging in pressure selling. Although a surprise for many industry players, this decision aligns with the HCA's tendency to impose significantly higher fines in unfair commercial......
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Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados | Macau | 9 Apr 2020

Government adopts measures to fight COVID-19

In view of the speed with which COVID-19 spread throughout China, Macau implemented various preventive measures under the Law on the Prevention, Control and Treatment of Infectious Diseases. After more than 30 days without any new cases, some measures were revoked. However, in March 2020 – given the spread of the virus across the globe – Macau was forced to reinforce measures in order to......
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Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados | Macau | 16 Jan 2020

Gaming and economic diversification: is Macau merely a gaming tourist region?

Economic diversification cannot be achieved overnight; nonetheless, the government regularly promotes it in public announcements. However, can Macau really have a diversified economy, given its existing dependence on gaming? Arguably, in order to diversify its economy, Macau must establish clear rules and enforced compliance in this sector.
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