News analysis

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    Speaking about pan-European poker liquidity with ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte recently put into focus one of the key issues EU-licensed poker operators are facing: big enough player pools that can enable them to run viable businesses. If taxes are never far from operators’ minds (understandably), the fact that they are restricted to national player liquidities acts as the major obstacle to operating a sustainable business, a situation which is bound to be replicated in US states. 

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    The debate over whether PokerStars will be allowed to operate in New Jersey is raging as the Garden State approaches launch date (26 November) for its regulated igaming sector. 

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    3 October 2013

    The online gaming and betting sector seldom mentions the lottery vertical, but for Matteo Monteverdi, GTech senior vice-president of igaming, lotteries are likely to play a key role in the growth and development of igaming, especially in the US.  

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    3 October 2013

    The debate on what's best, mobile native app or HTML5, could go on forever and (understandably maybe) doesn't get everyone's juices going. But there are key criteria that must be considered when choosing between the two platforms and the reason is simple: users spend more time on their smartphones or tablets surfing the web, as Dr Chris Chrisostomidis of Intralot Interactive explains.

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    3 October 2013

    Sports betting remains the key growth driver in mobile gambling currently, but many factors are falling into place, one of most notable ones being forthcoming regulation in the US, which will make mobile casino the leading vertical in the sector according to Juniper Research, and enable global stakes to go from US$19.5bn 2011 to more than US$100bn in 2017.

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    1 October 2013

    Multi-channelling is no longer the reality of a few tech-savvy enthusiasts, but the reality for millions, writes Anant Swarup, founder and director of MediaRunSearch, and igaming operators must respond to users' needs and habits.

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    1 October 2013

    Fondly remembered as “The Father of Advertising”, David Ogilvy has been quoted as saying the following: “I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information.” But really, what could an advertising executive, whose career highpoints took place in the 1950s and 60s, teach us about the SEO-based, hyper-interactive world we live in today? Shelby Landeck of Income Access investigates

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    30 September 2013

    Matthew Wilson, press officer at the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, says that while the igaming industry by and large upholds the principles of responsible advertising, it should remain alive to the fact that more gambling ads are receiving complaints and the possibility of further monitoring by the EU is also a possibility.

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    20 September 2013

    iGaming Business reported on the possibility of social gaming being regulated in France earlier this Summer, Deborah Modiano of Ulys law firm provides some context to the ongoing debate and advises stakeholders to get involved so that they don’t end up on the receiving end of some disproportionate regulation.

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    20 September 2013

    Advertising is a vital tool for recruiting customers and raising brand awareness bit when the issue of adverts appealing to children crops up, the factors that must be taken into account vary hugely according to the message, medium and product being promoted, as Tom Grant of the law firm Harris Hagan explains.

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    19 September 2013

    Jerry Bowskill, chief architect at Scientific Games, explains why the convergence of land-based and internet gaming sectors should provide fertile ground for enriching customer experience while hailing end of the anonymous gamer.

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    12 September 2013

    Holland is in the news at the moment as it takes action against the likes of Sheriff Gaming and Global Stars, but the country is also preparing its igaming regulations, with licences due to be issued in 2015. Alan Littler of Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, Amsterdam and Esteban van Goor, PriceWaterhouseCooper, also in Amsterdam, look at the legal implications of the server requirement as set out in preliminary texts.

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    A combination of segregated player pools across EU markets and PokerStars' overwhelming dominance mean the sector needs to rethink its focus, Sam Miranda writes.

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    The Microsoft-Nokia deal might not mean much for the igaming sector at the moment, but for mgaming expert Aideen Shortt, the industry should look at the numbers and be prepared. 

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    John Kyriakides of Athens-based KG Law Firm explains why future licensing of the Greek market remains unclear while penalties and sanctions on illegal operators could be severe if enacted.

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    Andreas Glarner and Luka Müller-Studer of the Swiss law firm MME Partners explore whether Switzerland could be on its way to becoming a new online gambling hotspot.

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    Real-money igaming operators have been jumping into the social gaming vertical while social companies are equally interested in the real money equivalent.

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    Following the release of the company’s Q2 earnings report, iGaming Business spoke to IGT’s Chief Financial Officer, John Vandemore, about how the latest results reflect on corporate strategy, and the performance of the company’s interactive and social businesses.

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    Effortless navigation is a key attribute of a user-friendly mobile site, regardless of platform.

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    The online gaming sector has seen an increased amount of M&A activity in the last 12 months. There is no doubt that significant industry consolidation is taking place, and there is nothing to suggest that the pace of acquisitions will slow down. In fact, it could well speed up.

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