News analysis

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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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    Massachusetts and Rhode Island headline this week’s update as the industry weighs the fall-out from the DoJ's revising its opinion on the Wire Act

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    Dennis Lukovkin of iGaming content and software provider Innovaventis looks at common mistakes and misconceptions that prevent businesses from running successful white label operations, starting with the pre-launch phase.

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    iGaming Tracker managing director Ken Muir explores how industry M&A has affected the content mix on a range of high-profile operators' sites. 

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    Gavin Isaacs is back in action after two years on Scientific Games’ board of directors, with a new role as chairman of SBTech. Having played a key role in reshaping the casino supplier market, the experienced industry executive is now looking to make an impression on the sports betting sector.

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    In the second part of our feature on Kambi's rapid growth, CEO Kristian Nylén and CCO Max Meltzer discuss DraftKings, retail and the future, including its expansion plans for Pennsylvania.

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