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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.