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.

In the wake of retail closures and sports cancellations, total gambling is down in New Zealand, Denmark and Great Britain. But with slots bets up 25% year-on-year and virtuals up 40% against a 31% drop in sports according to the GC’s survey, there is evidence of a switch to faster-cycle, potentially higher-risk products.

This vindicates the voluntary measures taken by Betting and Gaming Council members in March. However, it will provide scant comfort to operators left scrambling to process large volumes of extra daily transactions – £200k in one case – after the GC ordered the removal of reverse withdrawal options in the wake of the survey’s findings. Daniel O’Boyle digs deeper into the reality vs. perceptions of this ‘online casino boom’ in the features section.

We lead this issue, though, with Jo Christie’s expansive look at how the lockdown is impacting the digital trajectory of European lotteries, fast distancing them from their caricature as digital Luddites by certain sections of the igaming sector.

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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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    17 September 2019

    While much recent analysis of igaming in African markets has focused on the barriers of poor payments and internet penetration, the main story has been of explosive sports betting-led growth and relatively open access.

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    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 dominate and show no sign of abating as the industry battles increasingly hostile public and political perceptions across Europe.