11 July 2019

This issue we take stock of the biggest news featured in iGB during the first half of the year. Regulatory restrictions and advertising crackdowns predictably dominate and show no sign of abating as the industry battles increasingly hostile public and political perceptions across Europe.

Collective efforts to head off further damaging clampdowns, such as the UK big five operators’ pledge to increase their voluntary RG levy to 1% over five years, could conceivably extend to a blanket ad ban. GVC Holdings has already called for a halt to all TV ads. The appeal of potentially preserving market share by effectively blocking challenger brands from buying their way in (while at the same time saving many millions of advertising spend along the way) is clear.

How these responsibility-driven restrictions are reshaping the sector’s marketing and the CMO role are also a focus of our exclusive interview with Kindred's Elen Barber (p72).

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Related Harm APPG was the first to plant its flag in the sand ahead of the GB legislative review, it was quickly superseded by reports from bodies closer to the legislative levers of government.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