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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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    By branching out into publishing, Yggdrasil has effectively licensed out of every aspect of its business. Chief executive Fredrik Elmqvist and head of publishing Björn Krantz explain why the supplier feels this will pioneer a new approach to online casino partnerships

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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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    Following last week's news that the simmering dispute around data rights for English and Scottish football is now headed to the UK competition court, Scott Longley runs the rule over the main arguments set to be aired during proceedings

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    Gamstop CEO Fiona Palmer talks to Joanne Christie about the self-exclusion system’s priorities now it has finally arrived at the point where it is compulsory for GB operators

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    Having watched the backlash against the industry develop in other jurisdictions throughout the world, India’s rummy industry is taking proactive steps to self-regulate, discovers Joanne Christie

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    GVC distinguished itself in 2019 by putting its head above the parapet and speaking out in favour of wholesale industry changes to better protect players from gambling harms. As director of regulatory affairs, Martin Lycka has taken a leading role in this push

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    The industry’s reputation is in the doldrums and while stakeholders recognise the need to act decisively to reverse this trend, industry infighting and prevarication is not helping. By Jake Pollard

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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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    While many companies in igaming have traditionally favoured recruiting from within the industry, they could be missing a trick, says Joanne Christie

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    Andrew Cook introduces our breakdown of salary trends by department and role with some advice for both clients and candidates on how to use the data and findings to their advantage. Today we cover analytics & data, customer services and compliance, legal & fraud

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    Changes to how British football data is collected, distributed and priced have caused disquiet among bookmakers. Scott Longley asks if the extra margin FDC is receiving is worth the furore and what a potential lack of competition and innovation could mean for the betting product

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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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    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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    While UK loyalists caught in the regulatory and political storm in the UK may be tempted to point to Sweden and say they’ve got it much worse, they’re simply clutching at straws, argues Julian Buhagiar. They could be waiting up to three years for new rules that reflect post-EU business realities

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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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