When it comes to gambling, there are 2 sides in which Asian families generally stand. One side holds the stance that gambling is bad, the other side fully embracing it as part of the Chinese culture. My parents were the latter, and how my parents met was because of a good old game of cards. My father and uncle (mom’s older brother) were old school poker players, and they met in a gambling hall, and that is how my dad met my mom…and as fate would have it, they got married and well, then they had a baby and their first born was me.
My earliest and fondest memories with my father and uncle were them taking me to smokey backroom majong & underground poker rooms and horse racing tracks as a child. (This was called good parenting in the 80’s when you don’t leave your child home by themselves).
So with this said, I thought I’d share a few interesting facts about the various Asian Gambling Markets.
China (1.4BN population)
“Currently, China’s Tencent will have an estimated 13 percent of the global $99 billion game business in 2016 with lots of room for major growth in the future of the industry. ”
Hong Kong (7.5 Million population)
“I think HK is a good market for soft launch of apps or games that want to go international. It is a small market in terms of population and therefore it gives you quick feedback. Smartphone and mobile internet penetration is also very high. Most people are also bilingual so you can get away with just having the English version for certain apps and games, and can then decide to localize it fully after you get satisfactory metrics.”
Singapore (5.4M population)
Macau (649,100 population)
Taiwan (23.5M population)
Philippines (98.4 million population)
For companies looking to set up a gambling company in Asia, the Philippines is a very valuable gaming license to hold.
Japan (127M population)
Vietnam (89.7M population)
South Korea (50M population)
Thailand (67M population)
Malaysia (29.7M population)
India (1.25BN population)
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