Konami will join in Japan gaming industry if regulations are strict

Apr 3, 2017 10:13 AM

Konami Holdings Corp., the slot machines provider to numerous casinos worldwide, says it will participate in Japan’s gaming industry if the regulations are as strict as those in Las Vegas, according to Bloomberg.

Satoshi Sakamoto, a senior executive director at Konami told Bloomberg last week, “In Las Vegas, if you have a license they’ll take it away if you start getting involved in strange things, and that would be a big problem,” He added, “If Japan is too loose, then we’d have to remove ourselves.”

Tokyo-based Konami has more than 400 licenses in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. At the end of 2016, Konami had licenses in 45 U.S. states.

Subsidiary, Konami Gaming, which operates a major facility in Southern Nevada, recently received three honors in Casino Journal’s Annual Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Awards for its Beat Square skill-based game.

Casino gambling was legalized in Japan late last year but awaits establishment of laws to regulate it.