There’s some big news on the way for Dubai
Dubai’s International Airport is one of the biggest transit hubs in the world and now it will soon reopen its Terminal 1, after closing it 15 months ago.
The airport is hoping for a “flood” of travelers as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly eases. Dubai International [or DXB as it’s also referred to] is projecting passenger traffic to grow 8% as demand resumes.
Terminal 1 is reopening this Thursday after a 15-month closure. Operations were consolidated through Terminals 2 and 3 last year as the pandemic took hold.
Terminal 1 has an annual passenger capacity of 18 million, while the entire airport can handle up to 100 million.
Thus this terminal alone, contributes millions of dollars to Dubai’s economy.
According to the airport’s CEO, the transit hub could see over 40 million passengers this year if it was “really, really lucky,” though it was likely to be somewhere between 24.7 million and 34.3 million.
Griffiths estimated the terminal’s reopening would result in 3,500 additional jobs at the airport, including those working in retail, hospitality, security and immigration.
The Dubai Airshow Given Green Light
The Dubai Airshow, this year’s biggest aerospace trade show and a point for aviation business deals worth billions of dollars, will be held under capacity restrictions in November.
Even though fewer deals are expected as the industry seeks to preserve cash, the show is seen as a psychological boost for airlines and planemakers to reset an industry battered by the health crisis.
The Dubai Airshow is a magnet for tens of thousands of visitors including planemakers, their suppliers, airlines, arms firms and military officials from around the world.
Over the years its became a key industry summit as state carriers like host Emirates reshaped international travel through their Gulf hubs.
And though covid 19 will make the event a little differnent tens of thousands will be tuning in live for the event,
Exhibition stands are to be spread further apart from each other this year than in previous shows to maintain distancing between attendees.
The wearing of masks is expected to be compulsory at the airshow.
Snapchat is growing faster than it has in years
Snapchat’s parent company has continued to see record growth – and profit – of the platform
Just a couple of years ago, there were concerns that Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, wouldn’t survive as a standalone company, but the social media platform is growing faster than it has since 2017.
The camera-based messaging app stated it added 13 million daily users during the second quarter of this year – a 23 percent increase from the same time a year ago.
That means 293 million people use Snapchat every day around the world, up from 173 million this time four years ago.
Snapchat’s revenue has also soared 116 percent to $982 million – making it a faster growing business than Twitter or Facebook
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has said he expects the app’s user base to actually grow faster as pandemic lockdowns end, since Snapchat is designed to be used out and about with friends.
Battle of the Crown: Star Entertainment ditches bid
Australia’s Star Entertainment Group has ditched a bid to merge with Crown Resorts
In the latest showdown in the battle for the Aussie Casinos – Star proposed a merger bid back in May worth $12 billion.
Star Entertainment operates casinos in Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane while Crown operates venues in Melbourne and Perth, while a built casino in Sydney hasn’t been granted permission to open.
The Star merger with Crown would have created an Australian gaming and hospitality giant with a total market value of $12 billion AUD.
Crown shares dive following Star’s announcement
Shares fell as much as 4.2% in early trading today, cleaving its market value to $6.7 billion.
Star, which is best known for its casino in Sydney, said it “remains open to exploring potential value-enhancing opportunities with Crown,” though engagement with Crown on the merger plan had been “limited.” It said it will closely monitor the outcome of the Melbourne investigation, as well as a concurrent probe into Crown’s Perth casino.
In a separate statement, Crown said it remains “willing to engage” with Star in relation to a potential merger. “The board is committed to maximizing value for all Crown shareholders and will carefully consider any proposal that is consistent with this objective,” it said.
Why businesses should be tapping into the world of eSports
Gaming has run a parallel race with tech businesses for years now with many industries embracing the competitive advantages.
It’s no secret that eSports is an area that many gamers imagined thriving since the early days of couch multiplayer – Businesses are now witnessing the momentum first-hand with companies such as ONE eSports acting as a vanguard to this new era.
CEO of ONE eSports, Carlos Alimurung was able to shine some light on the industry looking to explain the benefits for players, sponsors, and streamers.
Mobile gaming, whilst often considered “beneath” many traditional gamers have seen exponential growth with the power of smartphones and mobile devices increasing significantly, and eSports teams have noticed the potential of the games on offer and the convenience with which the platforms contain.
Celebrating the narrative of content creators and players within the industry is another area boasted by ONE eSports as they encourage and promote the players, seeing them as no different to athletes seen on a field, court, or even the Olympics. Though as Carlos explains “eSports doesn’t need the Olympics” – A wonderful expression of confidence for a passionate group of gamers desiring to be taken seriously.
Balancing a traditionally male-dominated industry can be a challenging task for a lot of big businesses which look to make a difference.
Articles outlining the struggles of female employees within game development are rife and deeply troubling, with major developers coming under fire for their response to the traumatic experiences inflicted upon women in the gaming industry.
INCLUSION IS PART OF THEIR INDUSTRY MISSION
They seek to enable and uplift players, streamers, and content creators of all genders to succeed – a breath of fresh air in an otherwise tainted space.
The numbers of female players look to increase with nearly 47% of gamers already being female there is plenty of room to see growth within eSports. (It doesn’t matter what gender you are when you’re on the business end of a no-scope trick shot in the arena!)
With brands like Netflix looking to get involved in the gaming industry, it is no longer a question of how but when other major companies will look to plug in and play.
Brands will also need to get smart about how their marketing will be presented to a younger more active audience (without hitting players over the head with it) Games like the basketball simulator: NBA 2K21 integrated unskippible advertising during loading screens which saw fans upset with being force-fed content onto their screens.
And whilst some could argue this made the game more authentic as advertising of course coats the sporting space, there are definitely more clever ways to do this… the spectacle of an esports arena for instance and the opportunities available have untapped potential, again the key is to be clever with the integration of marketing to Gen Z.
eSport will continue to expand its traditional reach from North America and Southeast Asia through onto Australian shores the question again, is not how but when this will occur as many Aussie gamers go without representation and limited faculty on home soil.
With the pandemic and vaccine rollout yet to play out in full there is a great opportunity to expand the digital market and competitive gaming space worldwide.
For the full chat with Carlos and more gaming goodness check out the rest of Ticker Gaming
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