Melco named Socially Responsible Operator of the Year at 12th International Gaming Awards

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MACAU, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited is proud to be named Socially Responsible Operator of the Year (Land Based) at the 12th International Gaming Awards (IGA). Melco was shortlisted and named the category’s winner among global integrated resorts and gaming operators, by an esteemed judging panel of worldwide gaming industry experts. The award recognizes Melco’s proactive and innovative corporate social responsibility initiatives, in particular to promote and enhance processes and safeguards towards responsible gaming. Ms. Akiko Takahashi, Executive Vice President, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, received the award on behalf of Melco at the award ceremony held in London, United Kingdom.

Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, “Responsible gaming has been and continues to be a top priority for Melco. We are thrilled to receive this award from IGA as a testament to the efforts we dedicate to this highly significant focus area as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers and our employees who made this achievement possible.”

Melco’s three-pronged system utilizes a comprehensive framework to implement initiatives developed for responsible gaming; including process and technology, community engagement and employee education. With use of the most advanced technology, Melco is the first gaming and integrated resort operator in Asia to deploy facial recognition systems at all gaming area entrances to assist self-exclusion and consented third-party exclusion. Melco continues to promote and raise awareness of responsible gaming both internally and externally through its best-in-class and pre-emptive strategies to benefit a healthier, and more sustainable society.

Most recently, the company sponsored, produced and aired a responsible gaming public service video on primetime television in Macau promoting the importance of family support to help one stay in control, and hosts regular responsible gaming workshops for women in the community free of charge. Internally, Melco hosts a wide range of activities and training courses for employees to better understand and further promote the message of responsible gaming. Recognition for Melco’s CSR programs and system dedicated to responsible gaming include being the first and only integrated resort operator to attain CSR Gold Award twice at Business Awards of Macau (2013 and 2017).

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About Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited

The Company, with its American depositary shares listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: MLCO), is a developer, owner and operator of casino gaming and entertainment casino resort facilities in Asia. The Company currently operates Altira Macau (, a casino hotel located at Taipa, Macau and City of Dreams (, an integrated urban casino resort located in Cotai, Macau. Its business also includes the Mocha Clubs (, which comprise the largest non-casino based operations of electronic gaming machines in Macau. The Company also majority owns and operates Studio City (, a cinematically-themed integrated entertainment, retail and gaming resort in Cotai, Macau. In the Philippines, a Philippine subsidiary of the Company currently operates and manages City of Dreams Manila (, a casino, hotel, retail and entertainment integrated resort in the Entertainment City complex in Manila. For more information about the Company, please visit

The Company is strongly supported by its single largest shareholder, Melco International Development Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and is substantially owned and led by Mr. Lawrence Ho, who is the Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. 

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Chimmy Leung
Executive Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: +852 3151 3765

Ms. Akiko Takahashi