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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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    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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    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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    26 July 2019

    Exclusive to iGB, leading sector recruiter Pentasia has released the results of its second annual survey into the career ambitions of more than 1,000 professionals working in igaming and tech

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    Wiggin's Sarah MacDonald examines the conclusions that can be drawn from GambleAware's interim report into the effect of gambling marketing on children, and what action should be taken by operators.

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    Esports has a massive fanbase, and there is a growing realisation that the company that cracks the code of developing an offering that brings betting to this highly engaged audience will profit handsomely. Having built a platform from the ground up, led by a team of experienced igaming and esports professionals, Luckbox is well-placed to succeed.

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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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    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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    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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    Brazil has a huge and growing esports fan base. But it hasn’t been monetised as well as other regions. Joanne Christie talks to ESL Brazil’s Leo De Biase about how things are changing.

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    NetEnt's struggles in live casino have been well-documented, but the operator refuses to give up on the vertical. Andres Rengifo has been brought in to lead a push that the supplier believes will finally allow it to carve out significant market share.

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    Bettor Faster and Bet Blocks founders Jonny Robb and Nilesh Mistry have established GamblingStartup.Ventures, in a bid to connect early-stage gambling businesses around the world. Here, we meet some of the teams looking to revolutionise the way punters play.

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    In the second part of his feature on how affiliates can best tap into the exploding esports market, Nick Pateman looks at market developments, generating value from engagements, data, content, hiiring and where to start

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    With viewer numbers, prize pools and now betting revenues continuing to rocket, esports’ meteoric rise continues apace, writes Nick Pateman. Here he offers his insights on how best to tap into this exploding market

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    If founding a startup is fraught with risk, how much higher are the stakes for one trying to make it in the gaming industry? The brains behind an innovative new betting app gives iGamingBusiness.com his inside view

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    The Department of Justice’s decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act could have a major impact on the nascent US iGaming industry. Or, as some suggest, its impact could be felt in gaming verticals that are well-established and generating money for operators and states alike. A selection of speakers from ICE Sports Betting USA discuss the DoJ’s about-turn.

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    Fears about integrity in esports are based on a lack of understanding of how the games work, writes Hai Ng

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    Michael Pollock argues that the future of esports in a gaming context will belong to those prepared to defy conventional boundaries and target multiple demographics

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    As esports completes its move from subculture to the mainstream, there are big rewards in store for those who grasp both its past and its potential. Ready, player one?

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    Esports platform Luckbox has been told not to ‘let the past taint the future’, according to chief executive officer Lars Lien

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