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    A cultural shift in the industry has seen operators look to ramp up their responsible gaming controls, with many bringing in external help to do so, writes Daniel O’Boyle. But can external consultants really play a role in changing company culture?

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    Regulators’ lack of understanding of the scale of affiliate marketing or even how it works is already hitting the sector hard, and the situation is only going to get worse before it gets better, according to Responsible Affiliates in Gambling chair Clive Hawkswood.

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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 UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is becoming increasingly strict in how it enforces a ban on sportspeople under 25 years of age being featured in gambling advertising. This should make operators think twice about how they advertise, especially around football, says Tom Edmonds of Northridge Law.

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    Phil Blackwell asks whether high membership fees and a structure that appears to benefit only the biggest in the sector will effectively undermine new trade body Responsible Affiliates in iGaming's (RAIG) efforts to become the voice of the industry.

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    Just months after ending his 14-year tenure with the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), Clive Hawkswood is back, now chairing Responsible Affiliates in Gambling, a new body established to promote social responsibility in the affiliate sector.

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    Spain’s consumer rights ombudsman has called for a ban on gambling advertising and the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) has pledged new restrictions on the industry. One of Spain’s leading gambling lawyers offers some insights into what the country’s licensees are facing in the year ahead.

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    Tom Grant runs the rule over new ASA guidelines aimed at curbing what it sees as the irresponsible use of anmated characters, celebrities and influencers in gambling marketing

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    Swedish gaming regulator Spelinspektionen's proactive approach to regulation means that any business with a high degree of exposure to the country's newly regulated igaming market faces a tricky first quarter, writes Scott Longley.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' analysis of gambling advertising restrictions, we look at the unintended consequences of bans, possible alternatives to blanket prohibitions - and ask whether tackling advertising really gets to the root cause of the issue.

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    New restrictions on gambling advertising are being proposed or brought into force as more European regulators attempt to address growing public concerns regarding its prevalence. But will they have the desired impact on addiction figures?

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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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    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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    During the rush to build new US-legalised sportsbooks, many believed illegal sports wagering would begin to die down — but they were wrong. Larry Gibbs explores why

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    Paula Pusey looks at the growing scrutiny on gambling marketing and why it may be an opportunity rather than a threat

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    After a strong start in Australia, the latest venture from ex-Ladbrokes Australia CEO Dean Shannon is looking next to the UK, writes Joanne Christie

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    Online poker's 20-year history, improved product and emerging tech offer plenty of reasons for optimism regarding its future, writes MuchBetter’s Jens Bader

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    Red Tiger Gaming’s managing director Gavin Hamilton talks to iGaming Business about how the young company has got the jump on many of its more established rivals

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