We are calling this issue “The British Issue”, to reflect the changes in UK iGaming policy during this magazine’s November-December cover dates.The most tangible of these changes can be felt in the new licensing requirements and in the PoC Tax.
As ever, the legal and regulatory environment for gambling across Europe and elsewhere is developing apace and there is much to discuss. A modern regime for the regulation of remote gambling is a step closer in the Netherlands as legislation is now under consideration by the House of Representatives.
This issue we print in the wake of GTECH buying IGT, Scientific Games buying Bally, and Amaya buying Poker Stars. In a world where debt is cheap and gaming compliance is costly, the recent M&A activity is hardly a surprise.
The biggest news of the day is of course the Amaya-Poker Stars deal; and we have covered it from every angle this issue. NJ Senator Lesniak is pushing to get NJ gamblers betting on sports despite recent legal setbacks. While many see his plight as
Amaya and PokerStars, the biggest deal we have seen to date in the iGaming space. But this deal isn’t just interesting because of its scale, this is the most talked about and most speculated upon deal since the listing of PartyPoker.
In this issue the focus is principally on European markets, and as ever there is much to report. We have country specific contributions from leading advisors in the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark. But the global nature of the gambling industry is reflected in articles on Brazil and India.
Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey are pioneering the way forward with their individual intra-state programmes, and their conjoined multi-state liquidity compacts, and it would seem only a matter of time before America’s nationwide spectrum of iGaming regulation becomes more colourful.
As you know, the NBA and NHL have allowed PartyPoker to sponsor the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Prudential Center. In my mind, this is more than just a savvy commercial deal for all paries involved.
The floodgates have opened in New Jersey and with over 50,000 accounts registered at the time od this magazine going to print, the launch of iGaming in the Garden State seems to have been an overwhelming success.
As 2014 comes to a close, the iGaming community looks back on a year of change. The EU, and especially the UK, has in many ways regressed, forming iGaming policy based on tax generation rather than on principles of a unified European market.
In this issue of iGaming Business North America, not only do we welcome Geoff Freeman, the new President and CEO of the AGA, and Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Interactive, but we enter a new age of American gaming. With New Jersey’s November online
In this edition there are a number of contributions updating readers on important developments in various jurisdictions including the Republic of Ireland, France and the United Kingdom as well as a comprehensive review of the position in Norway.