News analysis

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    28 October 2014

    Mark James of ESET UK looks at the circumstances surrounding Paddy Power’s recent disclosure of a security breach that occurred back in 2010, and what lessons can be learned from this.

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    The EC's decision to refer Sweden to the CJEU for its lack of development on igaming regulation is a game changer in that the Commission, rather than the operators, instigated the action. This means the development of a Swedish igaming regulatory framework is more a question of 'when' than 'if', writes Graham Wood. 

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    27 October 2014

    The largest casino operator in the state, the support of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has always been seen as instrumental to iGaming moving forward in California. In an exclusive interview, Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro emphasizes that despite the recent failure of legislative efforts, their appetite for limited, strictly regulated iPoker remains undiminished, and that the progress tribes made coming together to agree on a unified bill should not be underestimated.

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    22 October 2014

    The binary options space is becoming increasingly saturated, which is why brokers need to refocus their acquisition efforts across multiple digital marketing channels, writes Geoff Smorong of Income Access.

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    The regulation of live bets should see increased competition among licensed operators and a better offering for Italian punters. The next few months should be promising, explains Giulio Coraggio, head of the gambling practice at DLA Piper Italy.

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    17 October 2014

    Online gambling’s evolution over the past decade and a half from raw concept to multi-billion-dollar industry has been marked with many wild turns and unusual developments. But as the industry grows and increasingly gets regulated by major markets around the world, regulators' and investors' attentions will be drawn to the often unclear ownership structures. This means transparency in ownership is one of the latest elements of the industry to receive attention, and it’s a necessary step, writes Patrick Reilly.

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    13 October 2014

    Mobile continued to drive growth in the social casino gaming market in the second quarter of 2014, for the first time surpassing web/Facebook revenues, notes Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research in his quarterly overview for iGaming Business.

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    The Royal Courts of Justice's rejection of the GBGA's legal challenge to PoC means the UK's new igaming regime will definitely come into force on 1 November. For Gibraltar, its confrontational approach did not win it any friends and undermined its igaming status. Scott Longley reports 

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    9 October 2014

    GTECH’s acquisition of IGT is a bold and costly move to expand its global footprint but it does also complete GTECH's range of digital products, writes gaming analyst Roberta Ciaccia of Exane BNP Paribas.

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    8 October 2014

    Thanks to Google’s algorithm updates, operators can no longer get away with using content-poor blogs to rank for competitive keywords. Boylesports head of search Tom Baker shares some insights for adapting blogs to the social media world.

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    The 2014 Global Gaming Expo that took place in Las Vegas last week was to a large extent overshadowed by Steve Wynn’s and Sheldon Adelson’s negative comments and downright antipathy towards igaming in the US. While it is true that regulated online gaming in the US has been disappointing and revenues are way below expectations, a look beyond the headlines and through the conference sessions shows that igaming is alive and well in the US.

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    A perfect storm of innovations has made possible the near-instantaneous delivery of hundreds of new in-game betting propositions. Martin de Knijff, founder of Metric Gaming, speaks to iGaming Business about the company’s strategy to provide operators with the tech to unlock the revenue potential of these brand new markets. 

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    3 October 2014

    Regulators need to follow the lead of governments and be proportionate and measured in their response to cryptocurrencies, argues Robin Le Prevost,

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    1 October 2014

    The subject of wages of the top executives at listed igaming companies often generates heated discussions, arguments and, at times, highly critical comments. But whether those receiving huge pay packets are worth it (or not) is not for industry observers to say, however, a comparison of chief executive pay deals highlights key differences.

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    1 October 2014

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shocked the industry on 8 September when he directed local law enforcement not to prosecute casinos and racetracks for offering sports betting. We spoke to Senator Raymond Lesniak, the author of the Sports Wagering Act that the state was banned by a federal judge from implementing last year, on the ramifications of this for New Jersey.

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    1 October 2014

    The Gaming Standards Association’s Online Gaming Committee has made significant progress towards developing communication standards for online gaming, reveals GSA Protocol Director Ethan Tower.

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    1 October 2014

    Payment processing issues have undoubtedly hampered New Jersey iGaming, but two reported developments could help shake off the troubled legacy of the 7995 merchant code, as TJ Sharkey of Vantiv Gaming Solutions explains.

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    1 October 2014

    IBM’s new brain-simulating chip has the potential to open up possibilities and applications we may not be able to imagine now, but the industry needs to rethink its approach to innovation if it is to realize this rather than being on the receiving end, argues Hai Ng, co-founder of Neomancer.

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    1 October 2014

    While mobile development has slowed in the iGaming space due to slower than- expected regulation, horse racing and iLotteries have seen continued momentum towards greater mobile usage, writes Rachel Hirsch of Ifrah Law.

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    1 October 2014

    Following a frustrating year which saw legislative efforts stall across several states, Jeff Ifrah and Sarah Koch of Ifrah Law look at the prospects for progress in 2014-15.

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