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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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    10 July 2019

    bV1sion and iGaming Business are pleased to bring you the Q2 2019 Social Gaming Dashboard, tracking the development of the free-to-play gaming sector.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' rundown of the year to date's most popular news stories, we see that viewers were particularly interested in US developments, while regulatory progress in Germany also attracted a lot of hits. 

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    With a proprietary peer-to-peer platform, Wager aims to crack the conundrum of making sports betting truly social. Co-founder Leo Barnes shares the story behind its creation.

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    Having reported a 33% increase in revenue for 2018, KamaGames chief executive Andrey Kuznetsov outlines what he believes will be the key drivers of growth in the social casino market in 2019. 

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    NetEnt chief executive Therese Hillman gives an unvarnished account of the supplier’s struggles in 2018 and explains how she plans to turn the business around in 2019.

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    The days when the igaming sector would be revolutionised by social betting on Facebook are long gone, but features that grew out of social are making waves, writes Jake Pollard

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    Adam Krejcik at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming unpacks an unseasonably slow Q4 for many social casino publishers

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    Huuuge Games' Berlin chief Chris O'Kelly discusses the balance between securing growth and maintaining the right culture

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    After a sluggish third quarter, the social casino market returned to growth in the final quarter of 2016, with strong performances from SciGames, Product Madness and PlayStudios.

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    26 January 2017

    Rocket Games was acquired by Penn National in August 2016 for US$170m and was the leading social publisher by end of 2016. iGaming Business spoke to Rocket's Bill Gelpi and Penn's Chris Sheffield to find out more.

     

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    The past quarter was one of mixed fortunes as impressive performances from Playtika or Sci Games contrasted with those from DoubleDown or Zynga.

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    18 August 2016

    The acquisition of Playtika by the Shanghai Giant Network Technology for US$4.4bn shows that the social gaming sector is a serious, cash generative business. But the deal also has repercussions for the sector as a whole, writes Joanne Chrisite.

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    29 July 2014

    Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research provides an overview of the social casino gaming market, tracking market size, revenue estimates and market share for all the major publishers.

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    11 July 2014

    The International Social Games Association (ISGA) decided last October to fill the research gap on social gaming. ISGA chief executive Luc Delany provides an overview of its findings and conclusions.

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    The convergence of traditional and social casino has been mentioned for as long as the social vertical has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in online gaming. For Samer Ragheb, marketing director at development studio Plumbee, there are some synergies between the two but they remain distinct, which is why a hybrid approach works so well for his company.    

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    Igaming investor and entrepreneur Maximiliano De Muro explains how social gaming is developing in Latam and what operators need to do to be successful there.

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    As the new year gets underway, it is a good time to reflect on how the industry will look in 2014, a year that will shape even further winners and losers in this exciting arena. For Vicenç Martí, chief executive of Akamon Entertainment, the social casino space will continue to drive strong growth but should also look beyond the English-speaking markets.

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    Real-money igaming operators have been jumping into the social gaming vertical while social companies are equally interested in the real money equivalent.

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    8 May 2013

    Big data is... big news for the online gaming industry and more specifically for the social gaming sector. Daniel Fiske, co-founder and chief technology officer of Clickfun Casino, explains why igaming companies should make more use of their metrics in order to offer an even better product to their players