News analysis

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    888 is once again in takeover talks with a major UK bookie over a potential £750m deal. Shares in 888 jumped 18% yesterday following news of the talks while William Hill's fell 3%. Scott Longley looks into the issues that may or may not lead to 888 tying the knot this time around.

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    The Swiss National Bank's recent decision to unpeg the Swiss franc to the euro provoked major tremors in the forex space and pushed broker and ex-West Ham sponsor Alpari into administration. As the authorities take a closer look at the sector, Scott Longley looks at how EU regulation affects it, the different types of financial trading companies and the risk levels they are willing to operate under. 

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    19 January 2015

    In 2010 KPMG produced a report called 'Online Gaming: A Gamble or a Sure Bet', which talked about what was then one of the fastest growing industries, online gaming, and gave an analysis of its likely future. Archie Watt, Head of eBusiness at KPMG, discusses how the industry has progressed since the report and whether the findings were accurate for what egaming has developed into today.

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    9 January 2015

    Recent transactions by Canadian-listed companies have brought the financial spotlight on Toronto and its stock exchange. Canada has been a hotbed of igaming innovation since the sector’s earliest days, but what do the latest financial movements by Amaya, Intertain or NYX mean for the sector? Scott Longley reports

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    22 December 2014

    Perform's delisting from the London Stock Exchange following the takeover by Access Industries means the sports content provider will be able to carry out its business without having to worry about investors, analysts or journalists prying into its activities. But with the cost of sports rights increasing constantly, this won't stop observers from speculating about Perform's relationship with online betting operators. Scott Longley looks into the key issues surrounding Perform's business.  

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    11 December 2014

    There is no doubt the first year of regulated igaming in New Jersey has not produced the returns the industry hoped for and while newly-regulated markets have a tendency to increase expectations over-optimistically, the key is whether the Garden State is on the right tracks long term. Scott Longley speaks to the stakeholders there.     

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    While the UK’s big hitters have had to make some tough calls ahead of the new PoC regime, grey markets may be the only survival route for others, whether in parallel with a UK licence or not, argues gaming industry consultant Christina Thakor-Rankin.

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    26 November 2014

    The wallet sits at the heart of the stack in your gaming platform, but most gaming companies wallet technology is so bad it’s stifling innovation, argues Alex Butcher, chief technology officer at Bede Gaming.

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    26 November 2014

    From 2015, new rules will shift the VAT burden on EU cross-border e-service transactions from location of supplier to place of consumption. Graziella Demanuele Bianco and Russell Mifsud of KPMG in Malta analyse the implications for the sector.

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    On the surface very little has changed for the Isle of Man with the UK’s PoC regime only days from becoming reality. But under the surface, it is clear that the island has seen some important changes in the make-up of its licensees, if not the overall number in the last 12 months, Scott Longley reports.

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    1 October 2014

    The subject of wages of the top executives at listed igaming companies often generates heated discussions, arguments and, at times, highly critical comments. But whether those receiving huge pay packets are worth it (or not) is not for industry observers to say, however, a comparison of chief executive pay deals highlights key differences.

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    France's online betting sector is producing strong headline figures but was loss making in 2013. The horse racing pari mutuel and poker verticals for their part are stuck in a negative spiral which needs urgent attention. Will ARJEL and a government grappling with major issues of its own react to help a struggling regulated sector while illegal sites make hay? Jake Pollard reports  

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    15 September 2014

    The Amaya-PokerStars deal is big in every sense of the word: big numbers, big poker players, big debt. But with such scale also comes big risk: regulatory, financial and from the poker sector itself. Can the world's leading poker site become truly 'transformational' for Amaya Gaming and make it a long term major player in the igaming industry? Scott Longley investigates.  

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    2 September 2014

    The regulatory wave of igaming is only likely to continue spreading across the EU, but interpretation of regulations vary drastically from country to country. As the dust settles after a summer of World Cup fever, Graham Wood looks at how some of the main European markets have fared and the legislative factors influencing igaming operators in those countries. 

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    With casino and poker requiring urgent attention, wait and see not an option as bwin party emphasises proactive stance.

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    Online gambling licensing and regulation will be pass in the Netherlands in 2015, although debate and discussion will carry on long into the night over the 20% gross profits tax to be applied to igaming operators.

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    OPAP's plan to put 75% of its workforce onto a voluntary redundancy scheme shows how badly the Greek monopoly has been caught out by events on the ground, with the uncertainty set to continue, writes Graham Wood.  

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    7 July 2014

    The UK Gambling Commission's latest industry statistics show that offline gambling continues to generate the bulk of the £6.7bn gross gambling yield in the period between October 2012 and September 2013.

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    2 July 2014

    An industry-leading growth rate in recent years has transformed SkyBet into a force to be reckoned with in the UK. iGaming Business caught up with managing director Richard Flint ahead of the World Cup to find out about his plans to continue pushing the business to new heights in the year ahead.

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    Arguments in favour of including a bad actor clause in California's iPoker legislation are clearly driven by interests vested in keeping PokerStars out and based on an arbitrary 2006 cutoff date, writes online gaming consultant Matt Kaufman, but he still doesn’t see it ending well for poker’s global giant.

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