News analysis

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    The UK tax on online casino and bingo bonuses comes into force in August and iGaming Business hears from Dragonfish, News UK and Play OJO on how the sector is addressing this key issue.  

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    The Gambling Commission’s decision to fine BGO £300,000 over its advertising is a warning that the regulator is serious about advertising and consumer protection, says Bahar Alaeddini of Harris Hagan.

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    PoC was predicted to have dire effects but UK igaming has enjoyed phenomenal growth since. However can it continue in 2017 or have we now entered bubble territory?

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    9 June 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, argues Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association

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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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    Could 2014 finally be the year when Sweden decides to regulate igaming? A number of factors would suggest so, not least the fact that online operators have been highly active in the market for many years already, writes Graham Wood.

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    9 May 2014

    The third and concluding part of iXP Consulting's audit of the quality online casinos' customer support teams looks at their personalisation and friendliness levels, going the extra mile and iXP's closing remarks.

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    Igaming investor and entrepreneur Maximiliano De Muro explains how social gaming is developing in Latam and what operators need to do to be successful there.

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    25 March 2014

    The introduction of the Point of Consumption tax in the UK is a major milestone for the igaming sector, but integrating land-based and remote gaming activities, catering to the mobile and tablet punters and being able to work off strong customer loyalty and brand awareness will be just as important, explain Simon Oaten, lead partner, and David Perry, senior manager, Betting and Gaming Team at Deloitte.

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    Poland's online gaming legislation was recently given the green light by the EC and the regulations should be clearer in the coming months, although betting operators will be hoping for a change in the turnover-based tax system.    

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    As Real Gaming launches in Nevada as the third regulated poker site in the state, Marco Valerio speaks to the company to get its perspective on online poker and to NGCB chairman AG Burnett to find out more about the state's plans to publish monthly revenue figures.  

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    Following up on H2 Gambling Capital's first set of data-led articles that looked at the US igaming market and the global gambling sector, the sector's leading data specialists look at the potential value of the Japanese land-based casino market. Japan is already the third largest gambling market in the world with an estimated gross win of US$31.4bn for 2013 and with permissive upcoming casino legislation a real possibility, H2 founder and director Simon Holliday provides a detailed breakdown of the country's gambling landscape.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business present the first of a series of four data-led articles to coincide with ICE, the world’s largest gambling industry event, taking place this week in London. Joel Keeble, head of special projects at H2, starts off with an in-depth look at the US igaming sector. Look out for further installments on Japan's land-based casino market and a detailed look at the key dynamics of the EU market.

     

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    8 January 2014

    Ivor Jones, Director of Leisure and Research at Numis Securities, looks at the year ahead for the iGaming sector. Although wary that the UK point of consumption tax will be introduced at 15% of gross profits, the fact that operators are sitting on piles of cash reserves doesn't mean they are more likely to carry out acquisitions in 2014. Share buybacks and dividends being likelier outcomes.  

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    As real money igaming becomes a reality in New Jersey, H2 Gambling Capital considers what the market potential for this first sizable onshore-regulated market will be and how this measures up in the context for the remainder of the United States, which has the potential to regain its position as the leading igaming market in the world should the anticipated rollout of further states take place. H2 goes through the NJ issues, what makes it distinct from regulated markets in Europe and looks into US igaming potential for the next five years. 

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    25 November 2013

    As Europe's largest economy, Germany is big business for igaming companies, reportedly generating €10.7bn in gross gaming revenues in 2012. The lack of progress and legal holdups that have affected the federal issuing of online betting licences is not ideal but as Joerg Hofmann, Matthias Spitz and Danny Engelhardt of law firm Melchers explain, this legal uncertainty enables operators to carry on working in the market.

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    The bwin party boss came out fighting during Wednesday morning’s third quarter call, but only a turnaround of the company’s performance, with financials to match, will turn the sceptics’ opinion of the former industry leader, writes Stephen Carter

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    3 October 2013

    Sports betting remains the key growth driver in mobile gambling currently, but many factors are falling into place, one of most notable ones being forthcoming regulation in the US, which will make mobile casino the leading vertical in the sector according to Juniper Research, and enable global stakes to go from US$19.5bn 2011 to more than US$100bn in 2017.

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    11 October 2011

    Global Gaming Outlook, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) latest study, assesses the current and future trends and revenue growth in the land-based casino and online gambling markets over the short-term period to 2015. Here, PwC kindly provides iGaming Business with an excerpt addressing the eastern and digital migration of a new global gaming landscape that will become dominated by Asia.