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.
Online casinos were among the first online gaming sites to appear on the internet when they launched in the mid-1990s thanks to the pioneering efforts of software companies such as Microgaming and CryptoLogic (see Case Studies, Chapter 11).
This ‘Technology Issue’ prints as New Jersey announces its iGaming software vendor partners – the companies that will be providing the technological infrastructure for iGaming in the Garden State. And while you will read this magazine from your offices in Europe and Asia, you may be thinking that there will be limited impact from US iGaming on your business.
It’s clear that social gaming is the buzz phrase for 2013, and this issue, we explore the different approaches governments are taking toward gambling-themed social games. More than just a passing fad, gambling-themed social games are some of the most popular and most profitable games online and on mobile.
While Nevada has reformed its gaming legislation so that its poker rooms no longer need to wait for federal regulation or DoJ approval to go online, New Jersey and Delaware have successfully passed legislation bringing their full suites of casino products online. But what impact will this have on operators in European markets? The expertise of existing iGaming operators will now be greatly sought after in the three aforementioned states.