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    With the share prices of some of the major online players currently proving more resilient than expected following a period of vastly divergent performances across the sector, David McLeish analyses the immediate opportunities and likely drivers of consolidation plays over the next 12-18 months

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    Newgioco has plans to dominate the industry in the coming years, but expansion efforts in markets such as the US and its native Italy have been slowed by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, as chief executive Michele Ciavarella tells Robin Harrison, rather than deterring the business, it has instead prompted a temporary shift in approach.

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    The second day of ICE North America Digital focused on sports betting, looking both at the regulatory prospects in the wake of Covid-19’s disruption, as well as examining the new products growing in popularity during the shutdown.

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    Searches for unlicensed casino are already up in Sweden, and channelisation rates are falling. But should new restrictions for online casino be pushed through by the country's government, the situation stands to significantly worsen, writes BonusFinder's Fintan Costello.

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    The launch of legal igaming in Sweden has been a reality check for an industry grappling with stricter approaches to regulation and proved more fraught than it would have liked. But Camilla Rosenberg, director general of the country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen, argues it has strong and constructive dialogue with the sector. And, she adds, it’s only the first stage in a process that faces yet more twists and turns ahead. By Robin Harrison

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    For gambling companies, the Covid-19 crisis has further intensified political and regulatory scrutiny of their activities and increased the possibility of interactions with the GB regulator. Adam Epstein, Philip Evans and Kyan Pucks explore how best to engage with the Gambling Commission throughout any part of the process to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Spain and Sweden are among those updated for this edition, with a number of these related to the Covid-19 pandemic

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    Sweden is at a crossroads in its regulatory journey, but risks undermining its legal market with increasingly punitive controls. But rather than engage in a war of words to add to an already febrile atmosphere, all stakeholders need to work together to find common ground, writes International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) chief executive Khalid Ali.

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    With single event betting once again on the agenda, and momentum towards regulation building in Ontario, Canada’s igaming market looks set to be opening up. However, don’t expect similar progress in other provinces, writes Jake Pollard.

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    Operators and suppliers face a massive challenge in preparing for the opening of Germany’s regulated betting and gaming market from July 2021. However those that invest wisely in this preparation stand to gain the most from the long-awaited opening, writes Greentube chief executive Thomas Graf.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has seen operators, regulators and governments in multiple countries take action to ensure players are protected from gambling harms during nationwide lockdowns. Ampersand, Clarion Gaming’s open source discussion forum, held its inaugural online edition to discuss what these efforts mean for the sector. By Ewa Bakun and Robin Harrison

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    A process that stretches back almost a decade will come to an end should the Netherlands' regulated igaming market open for business in 2021. Rene Jansen, chair of the country’s regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), talks Robin Harrison through the final stages in its preparations

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. Germany, Greece and Portugal are among those updated for this edition

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    Last year solicitor Henrietta Dunkley negotiated a settlement worth £120,000 for a gambler from a bookmaker for failing to adhere to the Social Responsibility Code. She explains the implications for the wider industry.

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    Germany recently approved regulations to expand its online gambling market, but by setting out such restrictive operating conditions, it risks making the same mistakes as Sweden, writes BonusFinder.com managing director Fintan Costello.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council has faced a baptism of fire, having to contend with a number of negative headlines even before permanent chief executive Michael Dugher started his role. Jake Pollard reports on the trade body’s turbulent first few months

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    The ban on the use of credit cards to fund online gambling is due to come into force from April 14. Jake Pollard examines what sort of impact it is likely to have on the industry – and on problem gambling rates

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    Tom Watson was one of the first MPs to call for significant changes to the British gambling sector and played a key role in shaping politicians’ thinking on the industry. But at a time when the industry is taking a very public bashing and its political opponents are in the ascendancy, does he feel things can be salvaged?

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    Carolyn Harris MP has emerged as one of the industry’s fiercest critics, and a leading advocate of a more responsible, sustainable sector – though her approach and proposed stringent controls for operators make her a controversial figure. She tells Robin Harrison why the sector’s past public affairs failings have handed the initiative to those looking to reshape the industry

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    The GC's latest regulatory settlement with Mr Green followed hard on the heels of licence suspensions for MoPlay, Matchbook and Stakers and revealed that the William Hill-owned brand was allowed to operate in a non-compliant manner for four months. A more efficient review process would be beneficial to all stakeholders, argues Melanie Ellis

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