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    The Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority (Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet) has stepped up enforcement action against offshore operators. 
The regulator’s deputy director general for gambling and lotteries Henrik Nordal explains how effective these efforts have been.

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    RB Capital's Julian Buhagiar warns executives negotiating a sale of the importance of doing due diligence on prospective acquirers, as failure to do so can lead to serious issues post-acquisition.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' rundown of the year to date's most popular news stories, we see that viewers were particularly interested in US developments, while regulatory progress in Germany also attracted a lot of hits. 

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    Half the year has now passed, with the year dominated by advertising crackdowns, new regulatory restrictions and signs that long-awaited market openings may finally be moving into view. iGaming Business looks at the biggest stories from the first six months of 2019, and examines their impact on the igaming industry.

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    The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is becoming increasingly strict in how it enforces a ban on sportspeople under 25 years of age being featured in gambling advertising. This should make operators think twice about how they advertise, especially around football, says Tom Edmonds of Northridge Law.

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    Phil Blackwell asks whether high membership fees and a structure that appears to benefit only the biggest in the sector will effectively undermine new trade body Responsible Affiliates in iGaming's (RAIG) efforts to become the voice of the industry.

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across the EU. Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden are among those markets updated this month

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    7 June 2019

    Spain's online gambling market enjoyed a strong first quarter, with February in particular a standout, driven by the strong performance of the sports betting vertical. 

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    Just months after ending his 14-year tenure with the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), Clive Hawkswood is back, now chairing Responsible Affiliates in Gambling, a new body established to promote social responsibility in the affiliate sector.

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    Spain’s consumer rights ombudsman has called for a ban on gambling advertising and the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) has pledged new restrictions on the industry. One of Spain’s leading gambling lawyers offers some insights into what the country’s licensees are facing in the year ahead.

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    Bet Entertainment chief operating officer Alberto Alfieri sets out what he believes will ensure a thriving regulated market in Brazil, and offers a surprising defence of turnover taxes, ahead of next month’s Brazilian Gaming Congress.

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    Having explored the need for an overhaul of the look and feel of the UK’s licensed betting offices, the second part of the feature looks at the technology that could help shape the sector’s sports-led future.

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    In an exclusive extract from iGB’s Brazil e-zine, Scott Longley runs the rule over the various gaming bills now in play and how they are likely to translate into the market

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    Igaming regulation in Colombia highlighted the poor access of the gaming industry to banking and appropriate payment solutions across the region. So what can other countries learn from the Colombian experience when designing their regulatory frameworks? Joanne Christie investigates

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    While lottery betting may have been banned in Australia this year, messenger services backed by the purchase of the matching ticket abroad are still active and entirely legal, according to experts. Joanne Christie considers if we can expect to see more players enter the market.

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    This week’s State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, sees a bill to legalise sports betting in Indiana head to Governor Eric Holcomb for ratification, while a Colorado bill is racing through the state legislature. Elsewhere, Nevada and Mississippi’s legal sports betting markets enjoyed strong months, driven by activity around basketball, and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has suggested he will allow a bill to pass into law without his signature.

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across the EU. Cyprus, Germany and Slovakia are among those updated

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, sees Pennsylvania set a launch date for igaming, while Delaware North has taken legal action in the wake of its sports betting struggles in West Virginia. Elsewhere, Iowa is one step away from legal igaming and a bid to regulate sports betting is underway in Colorado.

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    25 April 2019

    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to bring you the LatAm iGaming Dashboard, featuring growth projections for the Latin American region. With markets such as Brazil and Argentina moving towards introducing regulation, and the Colombian market already open for business, gross win for the region is expected to almost double from 2019 to 2024. 

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, looks at the performance of the regulated Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets, as well as the progress of bills in Indiana and North Carolina.

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