News analysis

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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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    App Annie’s report into the UK mobile casino market is good but for Aideen Shortt it has one serious flaw: it correlates social gaming with real money gambling.

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    19 January 2015

    In 2010 KPMG produced a report called 'Online Gaming: A Gamble or a Sure Bet', which talked about what was then one of the fastest growing industries, online gaming, and gave an analysis of its likely future. Archie Watt, Head of eBusiness at KPMG, discusses how the industry has progressed since the report and whether the findings were accurate for what egaming has developed into today.

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    13 January 2015

    OpenBet is back in the media spotlight so iGaming Business met up with chief executive Jeremy Thompson-Hill to talk about the group’s client list, Playtech, the evolution of the sector and if we can expect an exit from private equity owners Vitruvian in 2015, Jake Pollard reports.

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    9 January 2015

    Recent transactions by Canadian-listed companies have brought the financial spotlight on Toronto and its stock exchange. Canada has been a hotbed of igaming innovation since the sector’s earliest days, but what do the latest financial movements by Amaya, Intertain or NYX mean for the sector? Scott Longley reports

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    23 December 2014

    Holland is working on its regulatory framework to legalise online gambling and under draft legislation initially approved in July, legislation should be passed in 2015, as long as key topics such as taxation levels, retroactive taxes and the Dutch version of the bad actor clause can be agreed upon, writes Alan Campbell.

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    22 December 2014

    Perform's delisting from the London Stock Exchange following the takeover by Access Industries means the sports content provider will be able to carry out its business without having to worry about investors, analysts or journalists prying into its activities. But with the cost of sports rights increasing constantly, this won't stop observers from speculating about Perform's relationship with online betting operators. Scott Longley looks into the key issues surrounding Perform's business.  

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    Aideen Shortt says Twitter's new 'Bet now' and 'Play now' buttons will be marketing game-changers for UK operators competing hard for the live betting punter.  

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    11 December 2014

    There is no doubt the first year of regulated igaming in New Jersey has not produced the returns the industry hoped for and while newly-regulated markets have a tendency to increase expectations over-optimistically, the key is whether the Garden State is on the right tracks long term. Scott Longley speaks to the stakeholders there.     

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    Rational Group’s decision to build an in-house trading team for next year’s sportsbook launch is brave for many reasons but the challenge of differentiation will be the key, writes Richard Thorp, business development director with FSB.

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    5 December 2014

    NetEnt has transformed itself from niche developer to major supplier, claiming 31% of the €2.4bn European online casino market in 2013. iGaming Business spoke to chief executive Per Eriksson about the company’s innovation culture and plans for increasing its foothold in Europe and beyond.

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