Japan’s Pixel Companyz to join race for Nagasaki IR license

Tokyo-based fintech and renewable energy firm Pixel Companyz has named Nagasaki as the location for its bid to develop an integrated resort in Japan.

Three months after announcing French casino operator Groupe Partouche as its new Japanese IR consortium partner, the duo will now become Nagasaki’s fourth IR candidate alongside Oshidori International Holdings, Casinos Austria and a consortium comprising Get Nice Holdings and Current Corp.

“As of right now, the official public offering period hasn’t been announced,” said Pixel Companyz CEO Hiroaki Yoshida on Monday, confirming plans to participate in Nagasaki’s Request for Proposal once it launches. “Until it is, we will continue discussions and preparations and hope it will lead to acquiring an IR operation license.”

Pixel has been carefully preparing its IR bid in recent months, having started in June development of a resort hotel in Miyakojima city, Okinawa, in order to gain valuable experience for future IR development.

In August the company teamed up with market analysis firm TTL Resorts, as well as announcing its collaboration with Groupe Partouche – operator of 42 casinos in Europe – and global casino design giant Steelman Partners.

“We plan to expand through various alliances with leading overseas companies in the industry, Japanese regional companies in related fields and domestic and overseas investment companies,” Yoshida said.

Pixel Companyz is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is engaged in a variety of businesses including gaming, eSports, fintech, solar power facilities and resort development.

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