(Dec 18): Grab Holdings and gaming company Razer will need to demonstrate how their millions of users can help them generate profits if the two technology firms are to win one of Singapore’s coveted virtual banking licenses.

That’s because the Monetary Authority of Singapore is putting more emphasis on profitability and strong capital requirements than some other regulators inviting fintech firms into banking. Both Grab and Razer have expressed interest in submitting separate bids for one of the five digital banking licenses on offer, part of a government strategy announced earlier this year to strengthen competition in financial services.

“The Singapore requirements on digital banks will mean that profitability will have to be a key consideration” for potential applicants, said Zennon Kapron, managing director of Singapore-based consulting firm Kapronasia. In order to succeed “they will need to achieve scale very quickly,” he added.

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