News analysis

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    27 April 2015

    The Mobile World Congress that takes place every year in Barcelona is usually a harbinger of tech innovations within the igaming space. This year's edition however was all about the big players preserving their bottom line rather than coming up with groundbreaking products and directions, reports Aideen Shortt.

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    24 April 2015

    The rise of daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting seems inexorable at the moment but to a large extent the book has yet to be written, in Europe and the US, about a vertical that is only just starting out, Jake Pollard reports

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    This morning's Playtech-TradeFX buyout sees another of Teddy Sagi's companies bought up by the igaming giant. Nonetheless, previous similar deals have been beneficial to the group and its shareholders while financial trading is a regulated and growing.   

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    27 March 2015

    With 888 publishing another excellent set of results earlier this week and William Hill announcing its own 'online schematic' shortly before, the in-house vs. outsourcing tech debate continues to hold sway in the igaming sector.      

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    Spain’s licensed betting operators expect to have recorded some €20m in stakes during last Sunday’s Barcelona-Real Madrid clasico, but for former Juego Online chief executive Dina Niron, operators are still waiting for the roll out of online slots later this year.

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    bwin party’s results announcement yesterday were not overly positive but at least the group can fall back on its sportsbook platform to turn things round. However, all the hard work that is going on indoors needs to translate into performance.

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    11 March 2015

    Sweden remains a key market for Nordic operators such as Unibet, Betsson and Mr Green and in many ways offers an optimal environment: minimal regulation and taxation and a population keen on gambling. However, those companies appear reluctant to divulge much detail about their activities there, but with regulation at least 18 months off, will some investors be tempted to take a punt early on one of those operators?

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    3 March 2015

    Gaimerz launched in August of last year as a platform that matches up video gamers to play against one another for money or free-play. The peer-to-peer betting model has been tried before but with the profile of esports on the rise and the potential of huge liquidity numbers, iGaming Business spoke with Gaimerz co-founder Martyn Denney about why he believes his company combines flexibility and transparency and has the right model at the right time.

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    Playtech has the cash reserves to carry out serious M&A but the speed at which markets are regulating is still slow. Asia meanwhile remains a risk for the group, Scott Longley reports.

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    Richard Glynn’s final set of full year results as Ladbrokes chief executive illustrate one of the key flaws of his tenure at the helm: it has taken too long for the group to reach anywhere near this stage, writes Jake Pollard.

  • article
    25 February 2015

    Henrik Tjarnstrom took up the chief executive job at Unibet in the wake of the group's exit from the French market in 2010. Since then he has masterminded Unibet’s re-entry into regulated markets across Europe - and in Australia - without sacrificing growth or destroying shareholder value. iGaming Business spoke to Tjarnstrom about how he has achieved this balance, why not giving up on poker was the right decision and why potential Swedish regulation is about so much more than tax and duty.

  • article
    24 February 2015

    As Jenny Williams prepares to leave her position as chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission, she spoke with John Hagan of Harris Hagan about the state of the UK's gambling industry, the introduction of the point of consumption (PoC) regime, the fight against illegal operators and how involved she is in the process of finding her replacement.   

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    20 February 2015

    The Gamesys-Intertain deal is great for all parties involved and clarifies the lines between B2B and B2C for Gamesys while providing Intertain with an excellent supplier platform. The deal has the potential for major B2B movements and provides regulated scale and volume, but there will be issues ahead for Gamesys, notably the fact that all its profits will now be going to Intertain, reports Scott Longley

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    The wording of 888's statement to the LSE over the termination of talks with William Hill lef no one in doubt that 888's founders wanted more for the company while Hills will likely continue to look for targets, Scott Longley reports .

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    Nicola Tani of Agipronews explains how previously unlicensed operators such as SKS365, Goldbet and Betaland came to be granted more than 2000 licences by the Italian authorities but will have to battle hard in this highly competitive market; and why licensed operators are hoping changes to the country’s official betting list are approved by the Government.

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    The Guardian’s decision to close its betting site GoWager is an illustration of a major media organisation’s unthinking bias towards gambling.

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    888 is once again in takeover talks with a major UK bookie over a potential £750m deal. Shares in 888 jumped 18% yesterday following news of the talks while William Hill's fell 3%. Scott Longley looks into the issues that may or may not lead to 888 tying the knot this time around.

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    9 February 2015

    Despite betting being the only online vertical that is licensed in South Africa, the country is a major market for online casino, poker and other gambling operators. As the government refuses to consider igaming regulation, Julian Rogers speaks to gambling professionals to assess the igaming situation there. 

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    The Swiss National Bank's recent decision to unpeg the Swiss franc to the euro provoked major tremors in the forex space and pushed broker and ex-West Ham sponsor Alpari into administration. As the authorities take a closer look at the sector, Scott Longley looks at how EU regulation affects it, the different types of financial trading companies and the risk levels they are willing to operate under. 

  • article
    23 January 2015

    The Paddy Power-financed Ginola bid for the Fifa presidency is great exposure for the bookmaker but is near impossible to take seriously. It also trivialises the very serious issues that lay at the heart of how Fifa is run, says Jake Pollard.

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