News analysis

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    2 April 2012

    Cristina Romero de Alba, Partner at Spanish Law Firm, LOYRA Abogados, reports on a Spanish market that is still awaiting its first federally issued igaming licence

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    1 April 2012

    At KPMG’s second Online Gaming Summit on Isle of Man in November 2011, there were several sessions that addressed the direction in which the online gaming sector is currently headed, with some analysis on what this is likely to mean for both operators and regulators. Items that provoked the most discussion were: the long heralded day of mobile and how this is being delivered, the impact of the cloud and how gaming is likely to be taxed in the future. Some eye-watering statistics on the impact of austerity measures in the eurozone were also delivered, and this is something that operators will need to take account of in their business planning for approximately the next three years.

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    12 March 2012

    On December, 23, 2011, the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice wrote to the New York State Division of the Lottery in terms which were as far-reaching as they were unexpected. Their letter was in reply to a letter dating back to December 2009 relating to concerns arising out of the transmission of state lottery transaction data across state lines by wire and the Internet, so it was hardly a hasty or ill-considered response. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) stated that it had analysed the scope of the federal Wire Act 1961 and concluded that it was limited only to sports betting. At the time of writing, the implications of this stunning reversal of the DoJ’s long held interpretation of the Wire Act (that it is not limited to sports betting and can be applied to other forms of interstate gambling) are still being assessed, but the early indications are that it will act as a further catalyst for the legalisation and regulation of online gaming on a state-by-state basis and undermine the case for federal legislation, at least in the short to medium-term. 

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    2 March 2012

    Joseph Kelly and Frank Catania explain why a patchwork of regulation is better than no Internet gambling regulation at all

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    2 February 2012

    Contrasting the recent regulatory hearings held by the Nevada gaming regulators and the first Internet gambling conference held in Washington DC in 1998 is pretty simple.

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    12 October 2011

    While the leading European-based online gaming companies make strategic partnerships and jostle for position to enter a future regulated US market, there has been a quiet movement East in 2011. Prompted by the slow pace of change in the US and lower returns from tightly regulated European country markets, a number of companies have set up operations in Asia in the past year.

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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. 

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    12 July 2011

    iGaming Business continues its series of articles that seek to better understand the roles of the industry’s chief executives. Regular columnist Simon Burridge assesses his own role as CEO of Virgin Games 

     

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    12 January 2011

    As all things social gather increasing momentum across online gaming, Michael Katz of Sociarati Media assesses the strategies for operators looking to execute a social media plan in 2012.

     

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