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    The new Diamond Casino Resort in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online offers gamers a taste of the virtual high life. J Moses, director of Rockstar owner Take-Two Interactive, speaks to Jake Pollard about the release and explains his vision of betting, esports and video games interacting in a future US igaming ecosystem.

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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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    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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    Predictions games are emerging as a useful way for sports betting operators to acquire customers in regulated or soon-to-regulate markets across the US. SportCaller is at the forefront of this movement, and digital performance director Paddy McDermott believes free-to-play sports games may finally be rising to prominence.

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    KamaGames embarked on something of an industry first by launching a token sale in late 2018, an experimental process to test the viability of cryptocurrency in the social casino market. However, as chief executive Andrey Kuznetsov explains, the process taught the Dublin-based studio some harsh lessons

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' deep dive into the revised Wire Act opinion, ICE Sports Betting USA speakers stress the need for clarity from the Department of Justice as they look to work out the best way to interpret the ruling.

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    NetEnt chief executive Therese Hillman gives an unvarnished account of the supplier’s struggles in 2018 and explains how she plans to turn the business around in 2019.

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    Erik Gullstrand is at the forefront of a changing of the guard for Quickspin, with two of its founders departing the business. The Playtech-owned slot studio’s new product chief discusses the current state of slots and how social can help future-proof suppliers’ operations.

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    The days when the igaming sector would be revolutionised by social betting on Facebook are long gone, but features that grew out of social are making waves, writes Jake Pollard

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    A recent US ruling that social casino games played at Big Fish Casino constitute illegal gambling should be monitored closely, says legal firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

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    New shop networks are playing a key role in enabling omnichannel, explains Dario Fruk of SBTech

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    Adam Krejcik at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming unpacks an unseasonably slow Q4 for many social casino publishers

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    Huuuge Games' Berlin chief Chris O'Kelly discusses the balance between securing growth and maintaining the right culture

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    SciGames, PlayStudios and Product Madness finished 2016 strongly, the latter overtaking DoubleDown as fourth largest publisher. 

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    As KamaGames and Tango get ready to extend their partnership with a third title, 3D Blackjack for Tango, iGaming Business talks to KamaGames' business development manager about the evolving partnership.

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    18 August 2016

    The acquisition of Playtika by the Shanghai Giant Network Technology for US$4.4bn shows that the social gaming sector is a serious, cash generative business. But the deal also has repercussions for the sector as a whole, writes Joanne Chrisite.

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    Top 15 social publishers enjoyed mixed performances during Q2 2015, writes Adam Krejcik, managing director of digital & interactive gaming at Eilers Research.

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    The convergence of traditional and social casino has been mentioned for as long as the social vertical has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in online gaming. For Samer Ragheb, marketing director at development studio Plumbee, there are some synergies between the two but they remain distinct, which is why a hybrid approach works so well for his company.    

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    Igaming investor and entrepreneur Maximiliano De Muro explains how social gaming is developing in Latam and what operators need to do to be successful there.

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    As the new year gets underway, it is a good time to reflect on how the industry will look in 2014, a year that will shape even further winners and losers in this exciting arena. For Vicenç Martí, chief executive of Akamon Entertainment, the social casino space will continue to drive strong growth but should also look beyond the English-speaking markets.

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