News analysis

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    The betting industry is renown for being a technologically advanced beast, but it faces an unprecedented challenge and an uncertain future. The impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on operators’ businesses is being revised daily, and whilst the ever-present financial threat of corruption remains, there are reasons to be optimistic, writes International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) chief executive Khalid Ali.

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    Ori Zilbershtein, chief business development officer at Hyperion Tech, highlights how a lack of talent and rising living costs in Malta is leading to more companies outsourcing departments

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    WrB’s free monthly webinar series continued into October with operators Rank Group, Kindred and other stakeholders analysing how to interact with at-risk players and VIPs. Gabriela Martins da Silva rounds up proceedings for iGB

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    December’s big news was the DraftKings-SBTech merger, and Regulus Partners’ Paul Leyland examines how this will impact the performance of the Index going forward.

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    The world may be in turmoil, and the gambling industry faces a tricky start to the new decade. Nevertheless, there is sufficient cause for optimisim, writes RB Capital’s Julian Buhagiar.

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    La Francaise des Jeux’s acquisition of Sporting Group added an interesting component to the French giant’s B2B business, and one that could be increasingly important in a largely homogenised industry.

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    Despite fierce competition, Relax Gaming chief product officer Simon Hammon believes there are still opportunities for smaller studios to disrupt the market leaders - but only with effective game distribution.

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    Red Tiger chief executive Gavin Hamilton argues that NetEnt’s £200m deal for the slot specialist wasn’t a result of market forces. However, he adds, those forces mean it might have come at a perfect time.

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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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    Flutter Entertainment's mega-merger with The Stars Group is likely to be the first deal in the latest wave of industry consolidation, with investment bankers eager to spearhead more M&A activity. While this may disrupt the growth trajectories of some of the sector's leading lights, it's unlikely to stop any time soon, writes Scott Longley. 

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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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    Applying the first principles concept to your marketing strategy, challenging all underlying assumptions and conventions before rebuilding, can help you make better decisions. Nick Garner runs through the basics.

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    NetEnt’s acquisition of Red Tiger Gaming was notable not only because it was the company’s first M&A activity in its existence, but also because it sees it take charge of one of the sector’s most exciting suppliers. Jake Pollard discusses the rationale behind the deal, and how the two businesses will work together going forward, with chief executive Therese Hillman.

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    It’s common sense that greater diversity increases the pool of ideas and drives innovation, yet just four of 228 applications for Clarion Gaming’s start-up competitions in the last four years have been led by female founders. Director of industry insight and engagement Ewa Bakun looks at why this is, and asks what the industry can do about it.

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    6 September 2019

    The lack of a major sporting event may have led to a drop in player activity in August 2019, but as the latest data from Optimove's iGaming Pulse shows, players acquired during the month may actually have greater longer-term value than those acquired around events such as the World Cup

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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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    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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    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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    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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    In GambingStartup.Ventures’ latest dispatch from the start-up frontline, Jonny Robb discusses how start-up founders quickly become used to operating at extremes. What may appear to be a precarious moment in a business’ development can quickly seem just another obstacle to be conquered.

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