Gaming consultants woo local governments

Four major companies, all of them related to the auditing industry, have been competing to offer gaming-industry consultancy services to Japanese local governments as they take their first steps toward becoming hosts of integrated resorts. Deloitte Tohmatsu has picked up contracts in Yokohama, Osaka, Nagasaki, and Wakayama. PwC is the main advisor to the Osaka municipal governments. KPMG serves the government of Tomakomai in Hokkaido. Finally, EY has done some IR-related work for Yokohama. This list could very well change in the next round of bidding as local governments may choose a different partner at different stages of their IR development. The tasks that these consultancies have been hired to perform have related mainly to basic studies about overseas integrated resorts and the global gaming industry in general, and well as conducting the RFI processes on behalf of some of the local governments. PwC’s recent contract with Osaka, however, appears to go...

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