Russian gambling zones in 2022 took about 1.3 million guests and increased the share of non-gambling revenues to 15%, the volume of investment in the gaming industry has increased by 1.5 times, and one of the residents of Primorye was on the verge of bankruptcy. Why Darina Denisova leaves the position of the head of industry self-regulating organization, how Russian lotto managed to become Brand № 1 again, when Russia will start its own crypto exchange, and Russian students will be able to study cyber-sports in universities – these and other news – Login Casino digest 24-30 December.
The management of Russian gaming and tourist zones at a press conference summarized the results of work in 2022. During the year the clusters were visited by about 1.3 million tourists. Almost 55% of the guests came from Sochi gambling zone, but traffic increase is generally observed in all four clusters. Representatives of the industry also note a tendency towards the growth of non-gaming revenues, the share of which is currently 15%. This indicates the successful development of zones as complex entertainment clusters, and not only as centers for gambling leisure.
At the same time, gambling zones continue to implement investment programs, including investing money in updating the software and gaming equipment. Experts estimate that the complete replacement of foreign software and equipment by domestic will cost the clusters about 500 million rubles.
Read more about the results of the year, which summarized the heads of gaming zones, read here.
Dmitry Anfinogenov, chairman of the industry association AIRIS said. According to him, in 2021, investment injections into the gambling industry amounted to 600 million rubles, and by the end of 2022, the figure will exceed 1 billion rubles. In 2023, the expert expects a twofold increase in investment – up to 2 billion rubles.
Such growth is explained by active investments of the Russian business, which previously was aimed at investing in foreign projects. The lack of Western investors also compensates for the capital that comes from a number of friendly countries. Investments were mainly directed to the purchase of land plots, purchase of new equipment, and creation of the corresponding infrastructure.
One of the residents of the Far Eastern gambling cluster is threatened with bankruptcy. This resident is the company Diamond Fortune, which is registered in Primorsky Krai. Initiated the declaration of bankruptcy of the investor organization Perspektiva, which is engaged in complex design and is the resident’s bankruptcy creditor. Back in 2017, both parties entered into an agreement, after which Perspektiva prepared a project agreement to build a hotel with a casino Imperial. The first phase of the casino with the hotel was supposed to be erected back in the fall of 2020, but the establishment in the gaming zone never appeared. Moreover, Diamond Fortune has not paid for the services of Perspective in the amount of 15 million rubles. In this connection, Perspektiva initiated an attempt to declare the debtor bankrupt.
The idea of making a gambling business The chairman of the Tourism Committee of the State Duma Sangadzhi Tarbaev expressed his opinion about the direction of event tourism. Parliamentarian is sure: such approach will allow to develop and promote more actively gambling direction, which in its essence in Russia can not exist outside of the tourist vector.
Darina Denisova has been the head of the association since the beginning of 2016. However, it became known that the head of the industry organization is leaving her post. According to Darina Denisova herself, at the moment there are not many licensed operators in the country, and representatives of companies have already established relationships with each other. At the same time, created as a result of the state reforms the Unified Regulator and UCUIPIS cope with the control of the industry and show professional work. That’s why the ex-head of the association doesn’t see any need in the work of self-regulating organizations.
All-Russian state lottery Russian lottery which is distributed by Stoloto operator, for the second year already takes annual national award of consumers trust. In 2021, consumers made Russkoye Loto the winner of the title of Brand No. 1 in Russia by their vote. And in 2022 the Russians have confirmed again: this lottery is loved and known in all corners of the country. Voting among consumers takes place in social networks and electronic media.
Anatoly Aksakov said that already in January or February 2023 parliamentarians may pass a bill that will allow cross-border transactions in cryptocurrency. If this happens, already in the second quarter, the law will begin to work. In this case, the turnover of digital currencies will be provided by the domestic infrastructure. This will require a Russian cryptocurrency exchange, which may start working already by June 2023. Both individuals and companies will have access to the exchange, so businesses will be able to implement international settlements in crypto without facing Western sanctions.
The government approved the roadmap for the launch of cybersports disciplines in Russian universities. St. Petersburg University of Telecommunications and Rostelecom were instructed to study similar programs in foreign educational institutions. Those responsible should present the first cybersports courses that will be introduced in the programs of interested educational institutions by 2024. It is noteworthy that experts are sure that gaming companies will not be interested in cooperation with the graduates of such programs.