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    La Française des Jeux’s (FDJ) acquisition of Sporting Solutions will see the French group use Solutions’ trading expertise to develop its B2C offering in its home market and its lottery-focused B2B activities internationally. But a clear vision of how to integrate the UK group into FDJ’s mega-structure will also be just as important if the deal is to be successful, writes Jake Pollard.

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    While casinos may not yet exist in Japan, what does the gaming market look like now? Natalie Meyer, founder and chief executive of cultural insight agency Tokyoesque, provides a breakdown on the current size and perception of the country's gambling industry.

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    BNP Paribas’ involvement as a shareholder in France Pari is great news for the group and its future prospects. That doesn't mean the group will lose focus on the tasks at hand, namely launches in Spain and potentially Buenos Aires, chief executive Hervé Schlosser tells iGamingBusiness.com.

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    Much has been said of the potential returns for the bookmaker that brings esports betting into the mainstream. However despite numerous attempts, no company appears to be close to doing so. Those looking to crack the market discuss the challenges they face.

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    With turnover rising to SEK1.07bn in the first quarter of 2019, AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has made a major splash in the newly regulated Swedish igaming market. Some of the key staff behind the launch of its new multi-vertical offering explain how a customer-focused development process allowed the operator to establish itself as the country’s early market leader.

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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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    14 June 2019

    Leading tipster site Betting Expert compares bookmakers’ mobile offerings, exploring how user-friendly their betting apps are across iOS and Android devices

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    13 June 2019

    Italy’s regulated gambling market has been hit by a weaker performance from the sports betting vertical in May, according to the latest figures supplied by Ficom Leisure.

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    With a proprietary peer-to-peer platform, Wager aims to crack the conundrum of making sports betting truly social. Co-founder Leo Barnes shares the story behind its creation.

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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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    Football DataCo's recent switch of data supplier may have gone largely under the radar, but how enforceable is the “exclusive" aspect of the deal and could it mark the point where official data starts becoming a cost too far for UK-focused operators?

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    4 June 2019

    May's exclusive look at Optimove's iGaming Pulse data sees research lab team lead Omer Liss examine a steady increase in customer activity across sports and casino 

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    The body formerly known as the European Sports Security Association has rebranded in order to reflect its increasingly international focus. Secretary General Khalid Ali talks to iGaming Business about the evolving battle against sports-related corruption

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    30 May 2019

    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to present your monthly overview of the global mobile igaming sector in numbers

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    21 May 2019

    Leading tipster site Betting Expert compares bookmakers’ customer service performance across the channels of email, telephone, live chat and social media services

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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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    The B2 maximum stake cut to £2 has led to a lot of gloom about retail betting in the UK. But the enforced changes to the sector could be offset if bookmakers invest in making shops more welcoming

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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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    Vista Equity Partners' decision to boost its existing sports data business Stats with the acquisition of Perform Content is unsurprising in a market where data is shaping up to be big business, reports Scott Longley

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