News analysis

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    5 November 2014

    Many of the offshore operators that have obtained continuation licences on 1 November will need to comply with a number of key reporting requirements and conditions. Bahar Alaeddini of Harris Hagan provides a summary of what they will need to provide under the UK regime.

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    The Royal Courts of Justice's rejection of the GBGA's legal challenge to PoC means the UK's new igaming regime will definitely come into force on 1 November. For Gibraltar, its confrontational approach did not win it any friends and undermined its igaming status. Scott Longley reports 

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    The 2014 Global Gaming Expo that took place in Las Vegas last week was to a large extent overshadowed by Steve Wynn’s and Sheldon Adelson’s negative comments and downright antipathy towards igaming in the US. While it is true that regulated online gaming in the US has been disappointing and revenues are way below expectations, a look beyond the headlines and through the conference sessions shows that igaming is alive and well in the US.

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    23 September 2014

    As the 1 October deadline for the UK's new regulatory regime approaches, Peter Wilson looks at the potential legal consequences for operators who decide not to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission and continue to taking British customers after that date.

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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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    30 July 2014

    The report "Betting on Digital" published in June focuses on gambling advertising and highlights the real opportunity for operators to follow Ladbrokes’ lead and address public concerns through their creative, argues Tom Grant, partner at the law firm Harris Hagan.

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    The sparring between lobbyists and representatives of the various poker stakeholders in California will rumble on into 2015 with the issue of “tainted assets” bound to raise its head again, write Jake Pollard and Graham Wood. 

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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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    16 July 2014

    The emerging iGaming markets of the ex-Soviet Union CIS countries offer great potential and, in some of the markets, an un-savvy player base. But this also comes with high risks, as Sergei Efimenko, Chief Operating Officer of leading local operator Favbet, explains in his guide to the region. 

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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.  

  • article
    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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    As France prepare for their World Cup quarter final against Germany tonight, their biggest match since the 2006 World Cup final, French media talk about record stakes and an enthusiasm for online betting that is surpassing all expectations. iGaming Business spoke with Unibet, Betclic, PMU and France Pari to get an idea of how the event in Brazil had affected them and whether betting had finally made it into the mainstream.

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    2 July 2014

    In conjunction with Ash Averill of DLA Piper London, iGaming Business provides a regulatory snapshot of the European online gaming and betting markets, which includes all regulated gambling products and legalised operator types within each country and impending market updates (where applicable).

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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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    The European Commission's Asser Study finally tells the truth in relation to sports organisers' rights and the French betting right, writes Brian Wright of the Remote Gambling Association.

  • article
    30 June 2014

    The European Court of Justice's recent decision in the Digibet case has only served to create more legal uncertainty around the German licensing process, writes leading gaming lawyer Martin Arendts.

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    Operators that make up the membership of the European Gaming and Betting Association could be heard breathing a sigh of relief at the end of last week as news came through that, effectively, they could continue operating in the German market thanks to their Schleswig-Holstein licences. But what of EU igaming regulation? In many respects it manifests itself as more curse than blessing. iGaming Business spoke with Martin Haijer of EGBA to get the views of the European industry.

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    16 June 2014

    Spain’s forthcoming opening for online slots and exchange betting is much anticipated by Europe’s igaming operators, particularly those already in the market. Consultant Eduardo Morales Hermo updates iGaming Business on the process and likely timetable, based on information provided direct from regulator DGOJ.

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