Suncity not under investigation – DICJ head

Macau (MNA) – The Director of the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan, stated that junket group Suncity Group is not being investigated by gaming authorities, TDM TV reported.

The group has been in the spotlight following a report from Chinese state-owned media alleging that the group engaged in online gaming and proxy betting operations, with Suncity’s CEO, Alvin Chau, personally denying all the accusations.

According to the DICJ head the CEO of Suncity has guaranteed that the company follows local regulations, even outside of the city.

Gaming authorities were said to have inspected 25 VIP rooms on July 10 – one the day after the report was first revealed – but with no illegal activities found.

About 300 illegal online gaming websites were also said to have been shut down since 2016 by the gaming regulator.

Mr. Chan also added that two to three local undisclosed gaming operators are testing facial recognition technology in their properties but that they would have to strictly comply with data protection regulations.

A previous report by news agency Bloomberg had indicated that gaming operators in the city were testing facial recognition technology to track and study players’ behaviors, but with local authorities stating afterward that such technology could only be used for security purposes.

[Corrected to indicate that the DICJ Director, Paulo Martins Chan, had stated that two to three gaming operators are currently testing facial recognition systems]