News analysis

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    12 March 2012

    On December, 23, 2011, the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice wrote to the New York State Division of the Lottery in terms which were as far-reaching as they were unexpected. Their letter was in reply to a letter dating back to December 2009 relating to concerns arising out of the transmission of state lottery transaction data across state lines by wire and the Internet, so it was hardly a hasty or ill-considered response. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) stated that it had analysed the scope of the federal Wire Act 1961 and concluded that it was limited only to sports betting. At the time of writing, the implications of this stunning reversal of the DoJ’s long held interpretation of the Wire Act (that it is not limited to sports betting and can be applied to other forms of interstate gambling) are still being assessed, but the early indications are that it will act as a further catalyst for the legalisation and regulation of online gaming on a state-by-state basis and undermine the case for federal legislation, at least in the short to medium-term. 

  • article
    2 March 2012

    Will ISP blocking survive recent legal challenges to become an effective weapon against the black market? Stephen Ketteley and Ruth Hoy, partners at DLA Piper, consider the latest legal developments. 

  • article
    2 March 2012

    Joseph Kelly and Frank Catania explain why a patchwork of regulation is better than no Internet gambling regulation at all

  • article
    17 February 2012

    The growth in mobile internet presents a golden opportunity for gaming companies to launch new mobile-focused services and engage connected users with offers and promotions while they’re on the move. Partnering with trusted technology experts means the gaming industry can use SMS in innovative ways to promote services, gain users and grow revenue, says Oisin Lunny, Senior market development manager at OpenMarket.

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    15 February 2012

    There has been a noticeable and dramatic increase of in-play betting content in recent years. It is now expected that there will be over 100 in-play markets offered for any major football match. For operators competing in this dynamic market, the questions being asked to the technology directors and chief operating officers is: what comes next, how much, and what do we need to do to maintain momentum and market share? Will Slater, founder of sportsbook software specialist Geneity, reports.

     

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    3 February 2012

    With the London Olympics looming large on the horizon this Summer, Nicky Senyard, chief executive of affiliate management specialist Income Access, explains how operators and affiliates can make the most of the biggest sports event in the world. 

  • article
    2 February 2012

    Contrasting the recent regulatory hearings held by the Nevada gaming regulators and the first Internet gambling conference held in Washington DC in 1998 is pretty simple.

  • article
    10 January 2012

    Social media is no longer experimental, it’s fundamental, says igaming consultant Aideen Shortt.

  • article
    12 October 2011

    Lorien Pilling, Research director at Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, previews GBGC's Global Gambling Report 2011 and says the increasing regulatory efforts of many markets are pushing online gaming operators to alter their business models and operations. 

  • article
    12 October 2011

    While the leading European-based online gaming companies make strategic partnerships and jostle for position to enter a future regulated US market, there has been a quiet movement East in 2011. Prompted by the slow pace of change in the US and lower returns from tightly regulated European country markets, a number of companies have set up operations in Asia in the past year.

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    11 October 2011

    Global Gaming Outlook, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) latest study, assesses the current and future trends and revenue growth in the land-based casino and online gambling markets over the short-term period to 2015. Here, PwC kindly provides iGaming Business with an excerpt addressing the eastern and digital migration of a new global gaming landscape that will become dominated by Asia. 

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    12 July 2011

    As innovation and consumer expectations develop the mobile market, operators cannot afford to relax their efforts in 2012, says Per Lillie of mobile betting specialist Mobenga

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    12 July 2011

    iGaming Business continues its series of articles that seek to better understand the roles of the industry’s chief executives. Regular columnist Simon Burridge assesses his own role as CEO of Virgin Games 

     

  • article
    12 May 2011

    Ewan Silver, chief technology officer of Sporting Solutions, the B2B sports betting software and data service division of the Sporting Index Group, explains how his company has fully embraced the power of the cloud to deliver its entire product offering

  • article
    12 March 2011

    Neil Fairweather of Latitude Digital Marketing provides an insight into the role of direct marketing in an increasingly mobile gaming industry

  • article
    12 March 2011

    As mobile usage, channels and interfaces explode, it becomes ever more likely that hand-held devices will become the key to future transactions. But Nick Mothershaw, Director of Identity and Fraud at Experian, says the online gaming sector’s success also hinges on ensuring fast and secure access to personal data to keep customers engaged. 

  • article
    12 January 2011

    As all things social gather increasing momentum across online gaming, Michael Katz of Sociarati Media assesses the strategies for operators looking to execute a social media plan in 2012.

     

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