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    A storm of regulatory change and economic uncertainty is brewing for the GB gambling industry, and operators should prepare for a punishing second half of the year, writes RB Capital's Julian Buhagiar.

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    Following yesterday's piece explaining why affiliates in Great Britain should not be subject to a licensing regime, BonusFinder's Fintan Costello sets out why a regulatory framework would benefit the sector.

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    Thomas Jones, founder of BingoSites.co.uk, says that licensing affiliates would likely only benefit the largest publishers and force small but great sites out of the market.

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    It is not just gambling operators grappling with the implications of affordability tests. Consumers are sure to ask why betting and gaming operators need to know the level of personal information that such checks entail. As the industry is pushed ever further on the issue of how much they truly know about their customers, how can technology both enable and ease the way to better systems and practices in this area? By Scott Longley

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    YGAM’s Kev Clelland says there is mounting evidence to support a ban on the sale of in-app gaming purchases with an element of chance to under 18s due to their similarity with gambling.

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. France, the Netherlands and Spain are among those updated for this edition

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    Scott Longley sees recent enforcement activity as highlighting a lack of transparency in the British regulator's decision-making processes, and warns that efforts to develop more efficient processes may reduce oversight further.

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    And can they control it by setting limits in place, asks Jason Shiers of UK Addiction Treatment Centres (UKAT).

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. Italy, Norway and Sweden are among those updated for this month's edition

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    With the share prices of some of the major online players currently proving more resilient than expected following a period of vastly divergent performances across the sector, David McLeish analyses the immediate opportunities and likely drivers of consolidation plays over the next 12-18 months

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    Newgioco has plans to dominate the industry in the coming years, but expansion efforts in markets such as the US and its native Italy have been slowed by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, as chief executive Michele Ciavarella tells Robin Harrison, rather than deterring the business, it has instead prompted a temporary shift in approach.

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    The second day of ICE North America Digital focused on sports betting, looking both at the regulatory prospects in the wake of Covid-19’s disruption, as well as examining the new products growing in popularity during the shutdown.

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    Searches for unlicensed casino are already up in Sweden, and channelisation rates are falling. But should new restrictions for online casino be pushed through by the country's government, the situation stands to significantly worsen, writes BonusFinder's Fintan Costello.

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    The launch of legal igaming in Sweden has been a reality check for an industry grappling with stricter approaches to regulation and proved more fraught than it would have liked. But Camilla Rosenberg, director general of the country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen, argues it has strong and constructive dialogue with the sector. And, she adds, it’s only the first stage in a process that faces yet more twists and turns ahead. By Robin Harrison

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    For gambling companies, the Covid-19 crisis has further intensified political and regulatory scrutiny of their activities and increased the possibility of interactions with the GB regulator. Adam Epstein, Philip Evans and Kyan Pucks explore how best to engage with the Gambling Commission throughout any part of the process to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Spain and Sweden are among those updated for this edition, with a number of these related to the Covid-19 pandemic

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    Sweden is at a crossroads in its regulatory journey, but risks undermining its legal market with increasingly punitive controls. But rather than engage in a war of words to add to an already febrile atmosphere, all stakeholders need to work together to find common ground, writes International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) chief executive Khalid Ali.

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    With single event betting once again on the agenda, and momentum towards regulation building in Ontario, Canada’s igaming market looks set to be opening up. However, don’t expect similar progress in other provinces, writes Jake Pollard.

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    Operators and suppliers face a massive challenge in preparing for the opening of Germany’s regulated betting and gaming market from July 2021. However those that invest wisely in this preparation stand to gain the most from the long-awaited opening, writes Greentube chief executive Thomas Graf.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has seen operators, regulators and governments in multiple countries take action to ensure players are protected from gambling harms during nationwide lockdowns. Ampersand, Clarion Gaming’s open source discussion forum, held its inaugural online edition to discuss what these efforts mean for the sector. By Ewa Bakun and Robin Harrison

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