News analysis

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    9 January 2015

    Recent transactions by Canadian-listed companies have brought the financial spotlight on Toronto and its stock exchange. Canada has been a hotbed of igaming innovation since the sector’s earliest days, but what do the latest financial movements by Amaya, Intertain or NYX mean for the sector? Scott Longley reports

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    6 January 2015

    With a population of 10 million Portugal is not a big European market but its players have taken to online betting and poker enthusiastically. The country's legislature is currently working on drafting an igaming regulatory framework but as ever, the tax levels proposed for certain verticals will prove a huge barrier to international operators.  

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    1 January 2015

      Having come under pressure from the European Commission to reform its gambling laws, Romania is now only a few steps away from providing an attra

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    1 January 2015

       The Swedish government may be facing legal action from the European Commission for consistently failing to bring its gaming legislation into com

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    1 January 2015

    A planned launch date of 1 January 2015 became increasing untenable during the course of 2014, and many steps still remain for the parliamentary process around building the regulatory regime for iGaming in the Netherlands, as Dr Alan Littler of Kalff Katz & Franssen explains.

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    1 January 2015

    Having achieved supplier dominance across the other major products, Playtech is now focused on doing the same in sports betting. CEO Mor Weizer recently discussed this and other stand-outs from Playtech’s first-half results with iGaming Business.

     

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    1 January 2015

    From issuing new in-game currencies to gamifying cloud mining, the potential of cryptocurrencies extends way beyond their use as alternative payment solutions, according to Mia Molnar of Genesis Mining.

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    1 January 2015

    With the appetite for new games growing by the day, Ivan Montik of SoftSwiss details the main challenges of creating bitcoin-adapted content for iGaming Business.

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    1 January 2015

     Introducing the first Cryptocurrency Focus, Paul Tate of Prypto spoke to iGaming Business about what the growing traction of cryptocurrencies could mean for the sector.

    “Had Julian Assange accepted bitcoin in his bid to cover legal bills in his current predicament, that would have been enough for the US authorities to have taken a very aggressive stance towards bitcoin and to have effectively have killed off the product.”

    “Banks are no different than other institutions, in that they’re scared of change. Remember Bill Gates calling then dinosaurs in the mid-1990s? That encouraged them to adopt online banking, which we all now take for granted.”

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    23 December 2014

    Holland is working on its regulatory framework to legalise online gambling and under draft legislation initially approved in July, legislation should be passed in 2015, as long as key topics such as taxation levels, retroactive taxes and the Dutch version of the bad actor clause can be agreed upon, writes Alan Campbell.

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    22 December 2014

    Perform's delisting from the London Stock Exchange following the takeover by Access Industries means the sports content provider will be able to carry out its business without having to worry about investors, analysts or journalists prying into its activities. But with the cost of sports rights increasing constantly, this won't stop observers from speculating about Perform's relationship with online betting operators. Scott Longley looks into the key issues surrounding Perform's business.  

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    19 December 2014

    Denmark has bucked the trend of other recently-regulated markets in Europe in that it has offered licensed operators a viable regulatory model in which to work. As in other markets, many of the first wave licensees have closed their Danish offerings and those with a 'historical' footprint now dominate. Stephen Carter assesses those factors and the marketing trends in Denmark.   

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    Aideen Shortt says Twitter's new 'Bet now' and 'Play now' buttons will be marketing game-changers for UK operators competing hard for the live betting punter.  

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    Bitcoin is shaking up the igaming payments space as it becomes a real alternative to the US dollar and other fiat currencies. Tim Kinghan of affiliate site BitcoinSportsbooks explains why.

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    11 December 2014

    There is no doubt the first year of regulated igaming in New Jersey has not produced the returns the industry hoped for and while newly-regulated markets have a tendency to increase expectations over-optimistically, the key is whether the Garden State is on the right tracks long term. Scott Longley speaks to the stakeholders there.     

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    James Isherwood, editor-in-chief of UK casino affialite Slotsquad.co.uk, explains why he is pushing forward in a post-POCT igaming era.

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    9 December 2014

    Morgan Stanley recently revised its estimates for the US online gaming market. Here we highlight their main conclusions and assess the potential impact of PokerStars’ entry into the US iGaming space.

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    8 December 2014

    Turkey's population of 75 million citizens means it is a major market for igaming companies to target. However the regulatory risk is substantial, with the country's authorities actively pursuing igaming staff, affiliates and marketing agencies and applying anti-online gambling legislation harshly, reports Stephen Carter.

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    Rational Group’s decision to build an in-house trading team for next year’s sportsbook launch is brave for many reasons but the challenge of differentiation will be the key, writes Richard Thorp, business development director with FSB.

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    5 December 2014

    NetEnt has transformed itself from niche developer to major supplier, claiming 31% of the €2.4bn European online casino market in 2013. iGaming Business spoke to chief executive Per Eriksson about the company’s innovation culture and plans for increasing its foothold in Europe and beyond.

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