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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 established itself as a thriving location for outsourcing, the gambling industry is increasingly looking to Ukraine when it needs a low-cost base for technology teams. iGaming Business talks to some of the companies established in the country.

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    Bettor Faster and Bet Blocks founders Jonny Robb and Nilesh Mistry have established GamblingStartup.Ventures, in a bid to connect early-stage gambling businesses around the world. Here, we meet some of the teams looking to revolutionise the way punters play.

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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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    As 2019 begins, we talk to the sector’s leading founders, experts and opinion formers about the opportunities and challenges set to define igaming this year. In part two we hear from analysts and experts on technology and innovation and people

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    As 2019 begins, we talk to the sector’s leading founders, experts and opinion formers about the opportunities and challenges set to define igaming this year. In part one we hear from operators and suppliers, regulatory experts and marketers

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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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    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 November 2016

    GAN's journey has taken some dramatic turns since it started 14 years ago, but chief executive Dermot Smurfit believes it will ultimately reap success in the “wide open goal” that is the US market.

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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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    1 August 2014

    With the current landscape presenting interim challenges to short-term liquidity, iGaming operators should consider diversifying into the fantasy sports vertical, writes Alana Levine of Income Access.

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

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    19 May 2014

    After a frustrating few years, the momentum is there to take a leap forward towards a cohesive European policy for the online gambling sector, something that will benefit the industry and its consumers, argues Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association.

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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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