News analysis

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    1 March 2014

    When is a penalty not a penalty? By Tom Grant of Harris Hagan.

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    William Hill hasn't had the best of years but remains far ahead of Ladbrokes when it comes to performance, growth and strategy, says Graham Wood.

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    Whether AAMS is successful in fighting illegal operators will have a major impact on Italian igaming in 2014, while observers will watch closely to see how exchange betting competes with traditional sports betting, writes Giulio Coraggio of DLA Piper. 

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    20 January 2014

    Much has been written and discussed about the effectiveness of the regulations that govern iGaming in individual markets, however, by examining the components of today’s regulated markets and drawing out the best qualities from each, are we able to piece together a blueprint for the perfect igaming regime? Stephen Ketteley and Ash Averill of DLA Piper assess the current European frameworks to see what the perfect, or most suited, regime might look like.

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    8 January 2014

    Ivor Jones, Director of Leisure and Research at Numis Securities, looks at the year ahead for the iGaming sector. Although wary that the UK point of consumption tax will be introduced at 15% of gross profits, the fact that operators are sitting on piles of cash reserves doesn't mean they are more likely to carry out acquisitions in 2014. Share buybacks and dividends being likelier outcomes.  

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    Check out the second instalment of the H2-iGaming Dashboard for your monthly overview of the igaming sector in numbers. As part of the iGaming Business Intelligence and Analysis Centre, H2 and iGB are working on new projects to provide you further datasets and market overviews in 2014. 

     
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    4 December 2013

    bwin party made the news in September when it announced the major re-launch of its PartyPoker.com to make if social media-friendly and hit all the right buttons when it comes to targeting the free-to-play demographic. John Wright, SEO and design consultant, goes through the new website and assesses whether Party is doing 'social' right.

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    The European Commission launching infringement proceedings against a number of EU Member States this week is welcome but a recurrent feeling of ‘too little too late’ keeps rearing its head. As the lobbying battle is being drawn out by the EU's incumbent operators, Jake Pollard says those actions are short sighted and wonders if the igaming sector will be making the same complaints in 12 months time when Barnier steps down from his job. 

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    21 November 2013

    The European Commission recently said it would instigate a series of possible infringement proceedings against a number of Member States if they did not comply with European trade principles on freedom of movement and establishment. Bahar Alaeddini, solicitor at Harris Hagan, reports on the European Parliament’s ‘Resolution on Online Gambling in the Internal Market’ published in September and what the Commission has been up to since it announcing in October 2012 that it would use its powers to ensure the EU Treaty was adhered by European countries.

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    The bwin party boss came out fighting during Wednesday morning’s third quarter call, but only a turnaround of the company’s performance, with financials to match, will turn the sceptics’ opinion of the former industry leader, writes Stephen Carter

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    Speaking about pan-European poker liquidity with ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte recently put into focus one of the key issues EU-licensed poker operators are facing: big enough player pools that can enable them to run viable businesses. If taxes are never far from operators’ minds (understandably), the fact that they are restricted to national player liquidities acts as the major obstacle to operating a sustainable business, a situation which is bound to be replicated in US states. 

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    19 September 2013

    Jerry Bowskill, chief architect at Scientific Games, explains why the convergence of land-based and internet gaming sectors should provide fertile ground for enriching customer experience while hailing end of the anonymous gamer.

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    A combination of segregated player pools across EU markets and PokerStars' overwhelming dominance mean the sector needs to rethink its focus, Sam Miranda writes.

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    After an exciting start to 2013, the iGaming Index cooled off this period ending in a slight decline of -1.4%. 

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    8 May 2013

    Responsive web design (RWD) is constantly gaining traction in the igaming industry as well as in other sectors.

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    1 April 2012

    At KPMG’s second Online Gaming Summit on Isle of Man in November 2011, there were several sessions that addressed the direction in which the online gaming sector is currently headed, with some analysis on what this is likely to mean for both operators and regulators. Items that provoked the most discussion were: the long heralded day of mobile and how this is being delivered, the impact of the cloud and how gaming is likely to be taxed in the future. Some eye-watering statistics on the impact of austerity measures in the eurozone were also delivered, and this is something that operators will need to take account of in their business planning for approximately the next three years.

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    11 October 2011

    Global Gaming Outlook, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) latest study, assesses the current and future trends and revenue growth in the land-based casino and online gambling markets over the short-term period to 2015. Here, PwC kindly provides iGaming Business with an excerpt addressing the eastern and digital migration of a new global gaming landscape that will become dominated by Asia. 

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    12 July 2011

    iGaming Business continues its series of articles that seek to better understand the roles of the industry’s chief executives. Regular columnist Simon Burridge assesses his own role as CEO of Virgin Games 

     

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    12 January 2011

    As all things social gather increasing momentum across online gaming, Michael Katz of Sociarati Media assesses the strategies for operators looking to execute a social media plan in 2012.

     

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