News analysis

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    Law Allianz founder Yahaya Maikori looks at the established and emerging regulatory frameworks in a number of key African markets

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    In GambingStartup.Ventures’ latest dispatch from the start-up frontline, Jonny Robb discusses how start-up founders quickly become used to operating at extremes. What may appear to be a precarious moment in a business’ development can quickly seem just another obstacle to be conquered.

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    The spread of betting and gaming across Africa is in danger of being halted by politicians and authorities taking a tougher stance towards operators, says Clarion Gaming’s Dan Tyler.

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    11 July 2019

    This month’s edition of the RP iGaming Index sees Regulus Partners’ Paul Leyland cautiously optimistic about an upswing in the performance of igaming stocks. Market consolidation, meanwhile, has boosted a number of constituent companies.

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    While Ireland proved a positive test case for the lottery betting sector’s collective approach to lobbying, its highest profile exponent has found the going far from easy in other territories following product bans in the UK and Australia. But this is no reason for Lottoland to deviate from its core markets strategy, chief executive Nigel Birrell tells Joanne Christie.

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    La Française des Jeux’s (FDJ) acquisition of Sporting Solutions will see the French group use Solutions’ trading expertise to develop its B2C offering in its home market and its lottery-focused B2B activities internationally. But a clear vision of how to integrate the UK group into FDJ’s mega-structure will also be just as important if the deal is to be successful, writes Jake Pollard.

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    The Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority (Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet) has stepped up enforcement action against offshore operators. 
The regulator’s deputy director general for gambling and lotteries Henrik Nordal explains how effective these efforts have been.

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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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    Half the year has now passed, with the year dominated by advertising crackdowns, new regulatory restrictions and signs that long-awaited market openings may finally be moving into view. iGaming Business looks at the biggest stories from the first six months of 2019, and examines their impact on the igaming industry.

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    Bet Entertainment chief operating officer Alberto Alfieri sets out what he believes will ensure a thriving regulated market in Brazil, and offers a surprising defence of turnover taxes, ahead of next month’s Brazilian Gaming Congress.

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    4 March 2019

    The iGamingBusiness.com Nordic dashboard, in partnership with H2 Gambling Capital, suggests that the region will grow to a €4.46bn market by 2023, boosted by the introduction of igaming regulation in Sweden.

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    Key developments in 2018 come to fruition this year, with point of consumption tax and consumer protection issues set to ring big changes in the Australian gambling industry, according to Addisons senior Associate Karina Chong and partner Jamie Nettleton.

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    The threat of further advertising restrictions is weighing heavily on the industry, according to speakers on the second day of ICE VOX 2019. Joanne Christie reports

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    The first day’s panels at ICE VOX 2019 saw speakers talk up the need for cooperation between operators and regulators if the industry is to survive in the face of increasing regulatory pressure and worsening public opinion. Speakers also highlighted the importance of clarity on issues such as the Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act and what is expected of operators when it comes to player protection.

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    To some, blockchain is synonymous with revolution and progress. To others, hidden identity, hacking and the drugs trade. Which camp are you in, asks Layla Ali?

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    The phenomenal growth of the UK igaming market in recent years has led some to question whether the strong growth trends have now run their course.

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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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    9 June 2014

    The regulatory framework for Dutch igaming is becoming clearer, although the first licences are unlikely to be issued before 2016. But as Younes Moussaoui and Justin Franssen of Kalff Katz & Franssen write, a tax rate of 20% gross gaming revenues or lower will depend on how much of the illegal market is driven out once regulation comes in.

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    13 February 2014

    Grant Humphrey, assistant director of transaction support at Ernst & Young, asks whether there is a correlation between UK betting and gaming revenue and the performance of the UK economy and how listed companies' shares are affected by the ups and downs of economic cycles. 

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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.