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IAG and WGG sign historic partnership

Written by Pai Yao

This article first appeared in the Jul/Aug 2015 issue of WGM.

WGM’s parent company World Gaming Group (WGG) and Asia’s leading B2B gaming industry publication Inside Asian Gaming (IAG) recently announced the signing of an agreement for WGG to acquire Must Read Publications – publisher of IAG.

This historic agreement means the region’s two leading gaming industry publications will now come under the rapidly expanding WGG banner. IAG was launched in 2005 and has become the must-read publication for industry professionals, investors, policymakers, analysts and players throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Mr Kareem Jalal, Founder and Editor of IAG, described the acquisition as the next logical step in IAG’s evolution.

“IAG has come a long way over the past 10 years, growing alongside the industry it has steadfastly covered,” he said. “Now, as Asia’s gaming industry stands on the verge of its next phase of transformational change – from Cotai and Manila Bay to Incheon and Russia’s Primorye gambling zone – it’s time to take things up a notch. With its energy, resources and commitment to the region, WGG offers the ideal support to make that happen.

“It’s a natural and complementary fit. Bringing our companies together creates several opportunities for taking not just IAG, but also WGG’s various other brands even further.”

IAG will join WGM under the group’s media arm World Media Network (WMN).

WGG Chief Executive Officer Andrew W Scott said, “Since we founded World Gaming Magazine – now rebranded WGM – back in 2009, we wanted to establish Macau’s leading gaming consumer magazine. We’ve long admired the way Kareem has built IAG into Asia’s leading gaming B2B magazine.

“It only seemed natural to bring the two together under the same parent company. This will benefit the industry and the players and demonstrates WGG’s long term commitment to the Asian gaming industry.”