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    Lucy Buckley has moved on from Inspired Entertainment, where she rose from doing the supplier’s PR to running its interactive division. As Nektan’s new chief executive explains why she believes the supplier is set for a stellar year

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    The first day’s panels at ICE VOX 2019 saw speakers talk up the need for cooperation between operators and regulators if the industry is to survive in the face of increasing regulatory pressure and worsening public opinion. Speakers also highlighted the importance of clarity on issues such as the Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act and what is expected of operators when it comes to player protection.

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    The prevalence of gambling advertising around football has seen the industry become a lightning rod for criticism. But is the sector really at fault, asks Scott Longley?

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    Phil Blackwell says it is on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where many of the National Lottery’s most fundamental breaches of gambling regulations occur

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    While regulators have been clamping down on igaming operators left, right and centre for advertising infractions, it seems everyone is turning a blind eye when it comes to the National Lottery. Phil Blackwell reports

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    31 January 2019

    With regulated US betting and gaming in its infancy, players searching for odds and information have helped affiliates and media sites lead the way in online search rankings, with the likes of CBS Sports and ESPN among the most-returned sites. 

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, leads with developments in Virginia, NY, South Dakota, Connecticut, Arizona.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' deep dive into the revised Wire Act opinion, ICE Sports Betting USA speakers stress the need for clarity from the Department of Justice as they look to work out the best way to interpret the ruling.

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    The Department of Justice’s decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act could have a major impact on the nascent US iGaming industry. Or, as some suggest, its impact could be felt in gaming verticals that are well-established and generating money for operators and states alike. A selection of speakers from ICE Sports Betting USA discuss the DoJ’s about-turn.

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    NetEnt chief executive Therese Hillman gives an unvarnished account of the supplier’s struggles in 2018 and explains how she plans to turn the business around in 2019.

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    28 January 2019

    Paddy Power is the go-to betting and gaming brand for UK punters, according to a new report into gambling-related search terms by Pi Datametrics, with horse racing still the most popular sport despite declining search activity

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    Two years on from the launch of KPMG’s #WeAllWantToPlay diversity initiative, Micky Swindale asks what more can be done to encourage a greater female presence in all ranks of the gaming industry.

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, looks at developments in Connecticut, Kansas, New York, North Dakota and Virginia. Meanwhile, additional efforts to regulate sports betting are underway in Massachusetts, while Washington DC's mayor has signed sports betting legislation into law and Maryland is looking to the past to move forward.

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    Spelinspektionen director general Camilla Rosenberg has already shown that under her leadership, the regulator will move quickly to crack down on non-compliant licensees. She talks to iGamingBusiness.com about her early impressions of the licensing process, the need for regulation, and the market’s early performance indicators

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    The Gambling Commission’s penchant for levying ever more punitive fines means any operator stepping out of line will need deep pockets, writes Joanne Christie. But are the penalties warranted – and are they having the desired effect?

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    The DoJ’s Wire Act opinion will do little more than add more noise in the short term and significant deals are still in the offing stateside, writes Julian Buhagiar

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    22 January 2019

    Index performance was flat and volatility reduced in the period to January despite the news flow from Italy, Romania, the UK and Sweden. By Paul Leyland

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    H2 Gambling Capital raises predictions of market size on the back of new markets opening up and sports betting strength.

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    Erik Gullstrand is at the forefront of a changing of the guard for Quickspin, with two of its founders departing the business. The Playtech-owned slot studio’s new product chief discusses the current state of slots and how social can help future-proof suppliers’ operations.

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    17 January 2019

    iGaming Business and Ficom Leisure are pleased to present the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard, providing revenue and product metrics on the state’s regulated market. The data is updated monthly following the official release of figures from New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).

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