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    Flutter Entertainment's mega-merger with The Stars Group is likely to be the first deal in the latest wave of industry consolidation, with investment bankers eager to spearhead more M&A activity. While this may disrupt the growth trajectories of some of the sector's leading lights, it's unlikely to stop any time soon, writes Scott Longley. 

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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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    6 September 2019

    The lack of a major sporting event may have led to a drop in player activity in August 2019, but as the latest data from Optimove's iGaming Pulse shows, players acquired during the month may actually have greater longer-term value than those acquired around events such as the World Cup

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    The new Diamond Casino Resort in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online offers gamers a taste of the virtual high life. J Moses, director of Rockstar owner Take-Two Interactive, speaks to Jake Pollard about the release and explains his vision of betting, esports and video games interacting in a future US igaming ecosystem.

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    Looking at the current state of Sweden’s newly regulated igaming market, RB Capital’s Julian Buhagiar says savvy investors will be steering clear, and those with an interest looking for an exit.

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    In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com's interview with Vermantia chief executive Filippos Antonopoulos, he discusses the importance of a diversified geographic footprint, and explains why he sees the supplier's majority shareholder Arena Racing Company as one of the most exciting businesses in the industry.

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    20 August 2019

    Leading tipster site Betting Expert compares bookmakers’ Premier League offerings, comparing their odds, markets, commission levels and features to determine the best in the UK

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    Filippos Antonopoulos built Vermantia from a startup challenging the leading land-based and online gaming suppliers to part of the industry establishment, after Arena Racing Company (ARC) bought into the business. With a new venture in the payment sector now underway, he discusses how being a latecomer to a mature market is no barrier to growth.

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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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    Wiggin's Sarah MacDonald examines the conclusions that can be drawn from GambleAware's interim report into the effect of gambling marketing on children, and what action should be taken by operators.

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    The second day of debate at iGB Live! saw panel discussions focus on how affiliates can make an impact in new markets.

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    The standard career progression in affiliate marketing is not for everyone, but learning and development can help ensure a higher level of job satisfaction, writes Tom Galanis

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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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    Esports has a massive fanbase, and there is a growing realisation that the company that cracks the code of developing an offering that brings betting to this highly engaged audience will profit handsomely. Having built a platform from the ground up, led by a team of experienced igaming and esports professionals, Luckbox is well-placed to succeed.

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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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    3 July 2019

    June's exclusive look at Optimove iGaming Pulse data shows that while sports betting dropped off after the Champions League final, casino showed a steadier trend during the month

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    Much has been said of the potential returns for the bookmaker that brings esports betting into the mainstream. However despite numerous attempts, no company appears to be close to doing so. Those looking to crack the market discuss the challenges they face.

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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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