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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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    Looming regulations and marketing, mobile and machine advances, read Part 4 of our industry experts' predictions for the year ahead.

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    VR, data, UX, increased regulatory pressures and unreasonable regulations, read Part 3 of our industry experts' predictions for 2017.

     

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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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    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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    The 'stand off' between Valve and the WSGC continues, major investments continue and fantasy esports start up AlphaDraft calls it a day.

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    11 October 2016

    Sports streaming is vital content and the interaction between rights holders, broadcasters, content and rights specialists and user consumption is constantly evolving and will take on new forms, which could have positive outcomes for igaming if channelled properly. 

     

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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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    Questions linked to 'onboarding techniques' have prevented the Playtech-Plus500 buyout and could affect the group's 2016 forecast, while issues related to regulatory arbitrage are likely to keep cropping up. 

     

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's investigation into Plus500 doesn't prevent the financial trading operator from recruiting UK customers, but through its Cyprus licence thanks to the regulatory passporting it benefits from under the EU's MiFID rules. As a result further regulatory interest into the workings of the financial trading and betting sector is almost certain, writes Scott Longley.

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    11 May 2015

    Playtech has been talking up the opportunities offered by forex and binary trading since its acquisition of financial trading platform TradeFX as it looks to roll out trading and financial betting products to its licensees. But what does the sector think of a vertical that can be as volatile as it can be profitable?  

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the April 2014 iGaming Dashboard.

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    19 May 2014

    iGaming Business publishes the second instalment of iXP Consulting's audit of poker operators' customer service and support teams. The first part looked at the overall state of the sector and how client support fitted into its wider context.The second part looks at operators' email response times and product knowledge.

     

     

     

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    9 May 2014

    The third and concluding part of iXP Consulting's audit of the quality online casinos' customer support teams looks at their personalisation and friendliness levels, going the extra mile and iXP's closing remarks.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the February 2014 iGaming Dashboard.

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    Following up on H2 Gambling Capital's first set of data-led articles that looked at the US igaming market and the global gambling sector, the sector's leading data specialists look at the potential value of the Japanese land-based casino market. Japan is already the third largest gambling market in the world with an estimated gross win of US$31.4bn for 2013 and with permissive upcoming casino legislation a real possibility, H2 founder and director Simon Holliday provides a detailed breakdown of the country's gambling landscape.

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    Simon Holliday, founder and director of H2 Gambling Capital, looks at the overall growth for the gambling sector in 2014 in the second of the four data-led articles H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are publishing this week to coincide with the ICE trade show in London.

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    Match-fixing and corrupt betting are high on the agenda across Europe's igaming markets and the European Commission and the Council of Europe are understandably looking at ways to minimise the associated risks. For James Scicluna and Robert Zammit, partners at WH Partners law firm in Malta, new measures to prevent these damaging practices must be introduced on objective parameters while sports organisations must also shoulder play an active role in preventing and investigating wrong-doing.

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    Check out the second instalment of the H2-iGaming Dashboard for your monthly overview of the igaming sector in numbers. As part of the iGaming Business Intelligence and Analysis Centre, H2 and iGB are working on new projects to provide you further datasets and market overviews in 2014. 

     
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    3 October 2013

    Sports betting remains the key growth driver in mobile gambling currently, but many factors are falling into place, one of most notable ones being forthcoming regulation in the US, which will make mobile casino the leading vertical in the sector according to Juniper Research, and enable global stakes to go from US$19.5bn 2011 to more than US$100bn in 2017.

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