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    A cultural shift in the industry has seen operators look to ramp up their responsible gaming controls, with many bringing in external help to do so, writes Daniel O’Boyle. But can external consultants really play a role in changing company culture?

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    Joanne Christie talks to a former compulsive gambler and now addiction therapist about proactive steps the gambling industry could take to reduce gambling-related harm.

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    In the second part of his interview with Robin Harrison, Bo Bernhard explains how the perception of gambling, both as an illness and and an issue within the industry, has changed in recent times.

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    University of Nevada’s International Gaming Institute's Bo Bernhard has been on the front line of efforts to understand problem gambling for 25 years. He tells Robin Harrison how a small, underfunded area of research has evolved into an issue debated across the industry

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    The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling’s Responsible Gambling Week has grown rapidly since its 2017 launch. Chair John Hagan explains its aims to Daniel O'Boyle and says the sector needs to prove its year-round commitment to safer gambling

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    Regulators’ lack of understanding of the scale of affiliate marketing or even how it works is already hitting the sector hard, and the situation is only going to get worse before it gets better, according to Responsible Affiliates in Gambling chair Clive Hawkswood.

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    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport's investigation into loot boxes concluded that the popular video game mechanic should be classed as a form of gambling. While Tom Grant of Grant Law argues that this may be overly drastic, he says the video gaming industry will need to take action if it is to avoid a regulatory crackdown.

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    WrB’s free monthly webinar series kicked off with IGT, GVC and other stakeholders dissecting the state of play in responsible gambling solutions. Clarion Gaming's Gabriela Martins da Silva rounds up proceedings for iGamingBusiness.com.

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    Leading Brazilian gaming lawyer Neil Montgomery of Montgomery & Associados analyses the draft Decree regulating fixed-odds sports betting.

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    Law Allianz founder Yahaya Maikori looks at the established and emerging regulatory frameworks in a number of key African markets

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    Gambling on lotteries has long been viewed differently to other forms of gambling. But as the lines between the different types of operators, games and verticals become increasingly blurred, is it time for a rethink? Joanne Christie reports

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    While thus far igaming payments in Africa have largely been funnelled through mobile providers, the Kenyan clampdown has accentuated a growing awareness that other options are needed, says Joanne Christie.

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    Growing concerns about the rise of gambling addiction in some African nations has led to calls for more stringent regulation across the continent. Jake Pollard assesses the severity of the situation and asks two leading industry figures how they would go about tackling the problem

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    Anambra State Gaming Company chief executive Benjamin Yarnap explains how the state regulator is working to encourage gaming companies to invest in the state, while ramping up player protection efforts.

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    The strange case of a texting Hull City fan being confronted by security guards on the hunt for unlicensed data collectors has nothing to do with sporting integrity or illegal betting. Instead, writes Scott Longley, it should spark a debate on whether a monopoly on live football data is permissible, and sustainable.

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    Looking at the current state of Sweden’s newly regulated igaming market, RB Capital’s Julian Buhagiar says savvy investors will be steering clear, and those with an interest looking for an exit.

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    The dispute between the country’s authorities and some of its biggest bookies is taking a toll on one of Africa’s most established markets but also providing some opportunities, says Joanne Christie.

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    In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com's interview with Vermantia chief executive Filippos Antonopoulos, he discusses the importance of a diversified geographic footprint, and explains why he sees the supplier's majority shareholder Arena Racing Company as one of the most exciting businesses in the industry.

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    In the wake of last week's damning BBC report on the industry's treatment of those addicted to gambling, operators are keen to show they've made massive changes. However those campaigning for stricter regulations on operators say they are still hearing similar stories to those featured on the programme.

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    Filippos Antonopoulos built Vermantia from a startup challenging the leading land-based and online gaming suppliers to part of the industry establishment, after Arena Racing Company (ARC) bought into the business. With a new venture in the payment sector now underway, he discusses how being a latecomer to a mature market is no barrier to growth.

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