n an exclusive interview with Yogonet during Peru Gaming Show, Tomás Mieles, General Manager of Merkur Gaming Peru and Sales Director Latin America, spoke about the upcoming installation of Rapid Thunder in several different markets and shared his views on the regulation of online gambling in Peru.
"Rapid Thunder was first introduced at NIGA in San Diego, then at Juegos Miami 2019, and installations, of course, take some time, depending on the legislation of each country. In Peru’s case, as well as in other markets, the game needs to obtain the approval of the relevant laboratories and tests. I believe that with GLI’s certification, together with the relevant trials and tests, it will be ready in Q4 2019," Miles assured. He added: "Rapid Thunder might very well be available in Mexico earlier than in Argentina, Colombia and the rest of the markets."
Since January, Peruvian operators have been faced with a new tax: the ‘Selective Consumption Tax’. "This tax has caused operators to reduce expenses, shifting their focus away from new investments or products. This affects us manufacturers and has an impact on monthly numbers," Mieles said. He also highlighted the need to invest in technology and products which are able to produce more and better revenues to compensate for the loss generated by this tax.
The regulation of online gaming in Peru was one of the most prominent topics among Peru Gaming Show attendees. "Online gambling and sports betting are going to experience a major growth in the upcoming years and having suitable regulations is of the utmost importance. In order to implement this modality properly, it will be useful to draw on the experience of those countries that have already been through this situation. Edict, a firm which is also part of Gauselmann Group, has attended the last 6 editions of Peru Gaming Show; showcasing its products and waiting for the regulation of this market to be able to fully exploit its potential in the country.”