News analysis

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    2 July 2014

    In conjunction with Ash Averill of DLA Piper London, iGaming Business provides a regulatory snapshot of the European online gaming and betting markets, which includes all regulated gambling products and legalised operator types within each country and impending market updates (where applicable).

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    Arguments in favour of including a bad actor clause in California's iPoker legislation are clearly driven by interests vested in keeping PokerStars out and based on an arbitrary 2006 cutoff date, writes online gaming consultant Matt Kaufman, but he still doesn’t see it ending well for poker’s global giant.

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    The European Commission's Asser Study finally tells the truth in relation to sports organisers' rights and the French betting right, writes Brian Wright of the Remote Gambling Association.

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    30 June 2014

    The European Court of Justice's recent decision in the Digibet case has only served to create more legal uncertainty around the German licensing process, writes leading gaming lawyer Martin Arendts.

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    Operators that make up the membership of the European Gaming and Betting Association could be heard breathing a sigh of relief at the end of last week as news came through that, effectively, they could continue operating in the German market thanks to their Schleswig-Holstein licences. But what of EU igaming regulation? In many respects it manifests itself as more curse than blessing. iGaming Business spoke with Martin Haijer of EGBA to get the views of the European industry.

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    16 June 2014

    Spain’s forthcoming opening for online slots and exchange betting is much anticipated by Europe’s igaming operators, particularly those already in the market. Consultant Eduardo Morales Hermo updates iGaming Business on the process and likely timetable, based on information provided direct from regulator DGOJ.

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    iGaming Business will be writing a monthly column for sister publication Sport Business International​. Our first article for the June 2014 edition of SBI looks at the relationship between betting companies and the sporting world and it can benefit all stakeholders if approached responsibly. 

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    9 June 2014

    After a frustrating few years, the momentum is there to take a leap forward towards a cohesive European policy for the online gambling sector, argues Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association

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    9 June 2014

    The regulatory framework for Dutch igaming is becoming clearer, although the first licences are unlikely to be issued before 2016. But as Younes Moussaoui and Justin Franssen of Kalff Katz & Franssen write, a tax rate of 20% gross gaming revenues or lower will depend on how much of the illegal market is driven out once regulation comes in.

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    Federbet's report into match-fixing has grabbed the media's attention this week. iGaming Business spoke to general secretary Francesco Baranca to find out more about a trade body that claims to have over 400 members and has some choice words about how trade bodies EGBA and ESSA are "more interested in protecting the reputations of their members" than fighting match-fixing. 

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    3 June 2014

    Recent football match-fixing scandals have once again raised questions over the integrity of the game and the role of the betting industry. On the eve of the game’s global showcase in Brazil this June, three figures at the forefront of the drive to monitor suspicious activity and protect betting integrity, Jacek Wojdyla of FIFA’s Early Warning System, Khalid Ali of the European Sports Security Association, and Steve Brennan of the Isle of Man Gaming Supervision Commission, assess the threats and explain how safeguards have been strengthened.

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    OPAP investor Emma Delta is ensuring the Greek operator has the lion's share of the country's igaming market as World Cup kick off gets closer. European operators will likely have to launch further legal challenges if they want to get their share.

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    19 May 2014

    Continuation licences and HMRC registration should now be a priority for UK-facing operators ahead of the UK’s move to a point-of-consumption regulatory and tax regime for igaming from August, writes David Schollenberger of Healy’s.

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    19 May 2014

    After a frustrating few years, the momentum is there to take a leap forward towards a cohesive European policy for the online gambling sector, something that will benefit the industry and its consumers, argues Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association.

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    Could 2014 finally be the year when Sweden decides to regulate igaming? A number of factors would suggest so, not least the fact that online operators have been highly active in the market for many years already, writes Graham Wood.

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    1 May 2014

    Customer experience and regulated markets have made an operator’s choice of gaming platform more important than ever before, as Aleš Gornjec of ComTrade Gaming explains.

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    1 May 2014

    Local archiving of operating data should be considered as a catalyst helping dot.com operators run an international business across multiple jurisdictions, writes Gabriel Dubois of Dictao.

  • article
    1 May 2014

    With responsible gaming top of national regulators’ wish lists, Michael Auer of Neccton shares insights from the research which has driven development of a new approach to player protection based on player-tracking and personalised communication.

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    1 May 2014

    The second instalment of iXP Consulting's audit of online casinos' customer support services looks at email response times, product knowledge and presentation levels among operators. 

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    The UK Gambling Bill currently going through Parliament will affect operators’ tax regimes, consumer products and just as importantly their advertising activities, explains Mark Gibson.

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