20 May 2019

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months on from our last LatAm focus, the region’s most prized market of Brazil is well down the road to regulating sports betting after departing President Michel Temer initiated a two-year framing process in signing 13756/2018 into law last December.

How open the licence process is to international operators – the legislation merely states the resulting framework should give rise to a “competitive environment” – remains unknown. But the optimism of stakeholders we spoke to for our new Brazil e-zine seems well founded in light of the imminent tender of Caixa’s instant lottery concession and its mooted IPO. Local gambling law expert Luiz Felipe Maia describes developments as “very meaningful” because they signal an end to the long-term government gambling monopoly.

Elsewhere in the issue, Robin Harrison provides analysis of the future of UK retail bookmaking following the recently enforced changes to the sector arising from the FOBT max stake cut.

Enjoy the issue.

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    22 July 2020

    While the Gambling Related Harm APPG was the first to plant its flag in the sand ahead of the GB legislative review, it was quickly superseded by reports from bodies closer to the legislative levers of government.

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    15 June 2020

    Following the raft of regulator-introduced controls aimed at protecting gamblers under lockdown, we are seeing the first data emerge on how play patterns are actually being disrupted.

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    15 April 2020

    The forces driving the review of the 2005 Gambling Act mean the resulting changes will be far deeper than former shadow culture secretary Tom Watson’s description of the law as “analogue legislation not fit for the digital age” suggests.

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    4 February 2020

    There’s no sugar coating the fact: 2019 was an incredibly difficult year for the gambling industry. The sector has a long way to go if it is to restore the trust of lawmakers and the general public across a number of territories. However, this should be viewed as an opportunity. The current climate creates scope for significant structural changes, which can ensure a sustainable sector going forward. For this reason the overarching theme of the magazine is: where next?

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    29 November 2019

    End-of-year issues traditionally reflect the broader seasonal wind down, but iGB is rounding off 2019 with its strongest content line-up of the year. What started out as our people edition centred around the Salary Survey and Most Influential Women now also includes a series of articles driven by November’s Responsible Gambling Week.

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