News analysis

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    24 November 2014

    There were high hopes for the launch of real-money gambling on Facebook by Gamesys, 888 and Paddy Power, but all have been withdrawn in the past year. Consultant and social gaming expert Aideen Shortt analyses the factors underlying their failure, not all of which were within their control.

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    20 November 2014

    As Spain initiates a new round of licensing that will see online slots and exchange betting regulated in 2015, Alan Campbell and Jake Pollard look back on how the market has fared since regulation came in just over two years ago.

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    On the surface very little has changed for the Isle of Man with the UK’s PoC regime only days from becoming reality. But under the surface, it is clear that the island has seen some important changes in the make-up of its licensees, if not the overall number in the last 12 months, Scott Longley reports.

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    13 November 2014

    While operators will need to strike a balance between implementing new player protection measures for slots and providing a satisfactory player journey, the next wave of regulation in Spain should transform it into a leading online gambling market, writes Albert Agustinoy of DLA Piper Spain.

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    13 November 2014

    A highly competitive gaming landscape means an ever-increasing number of operators and players going from one brand to another. Therefore it is more essential than ever to capture players' attention; one of the best tactics for deepening player loyalty and engagement is a concept called gamification, explains Pini Yakuel, chief executive and founder of Optimove.

     

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    Mexico’s new gaming bill was drafted with cross-party consensus to maximise its chances of passing. It should drag the country’s antiquated gaming legislation into the 21st century, writes Alfredo Lazcano.

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    10 November 2014

    The European Court of Justice (CJEU) recently confirmed the differentiated tax rate for online gambling in Denmark. Tax experts Richard Woolich and Charlotte Jones of DLA Piper explore the basis of the judgment and its consequences for the igaming sector.

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    The Senet Group is a new self-regulatory set up to promote responsible gambling. Chief executive Ron Finlay explains the work it plans to undertake on behalf of the industry.

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    5 November 2014

    Many of the offshore operators that have obtained continuation licences on 1 November will need to comply with a number of key reporting requirements and conditions. Bahar Alaeddini of Harris Hagan provides a summary of what they will need to provide under the UK regime.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the October 2014 iGaming Dashboard. The iGaming Dashboard is your monthly overview of the igaming sector in numbers and enables you to follow the evolution of the igaming sector since 2003 with projections up to 2018.

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    France’s latest quarterly and nine monthly igaming figures are as expected: online sports betting continues its upward trajectory while horse racing pari mutuel and poker continue to struggle. However, a comparison between France and a similar-sized market such as Italy shows that the former needs to reform if the whole of its igaming sector is to progress, by Graham Wood and Jake Pollard.

     

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    30 October 2014

    Investor appetite, or lack thereof, is a key component of listed companies' strategic assessments. With said appetite on the up recently, Scott Longley looks into how the investment community views regulated and unregulated markets and asks whether it should look at the sector as a whole or as to how individual companies implement their strategies. 

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    28 October 2014

    Mark James of ESET UK looks at the circumstances surrounding Paddy Power’s recent disclosure of a security breach that occurred back in 2010, and what lessons can be learned from this.

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    The EC's decision to refer Sweden to the CJEU for its lack of development on igaming regulation is a game changer in that the Commission, rather than the operators, instigated the action. This means the development of a Swedish igaming regulatory framework is more a question of 'when' than 'if', writes Graham Wood. 

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    27 October 2014

    The largest casino operator in the state, the support of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has always been seen as instrumental to iGaming moving forward in California. In an exclusive interview, Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro emphasizes that despite the recent failure of legislative efforts, their appetite for limited, strictly regulated iPoker remains undiminished, and that the progress tribes made coming together to agree on a unified bill should not be underestimated.

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    22 October 2014

    The binary options space is becoming increasingly saturated, which is why brokers need to refocus their acquisition efforts across multiple digital marketing channels, writes Geoff Smorong of Income Access.

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    The regulation of live bets should see increased competition among licensed operators and a better offering for Italian punters. The next few months should be promising, explains Giulio Coraggio, head of the gambling practice at DLA Piper Italy.

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    17 October 2014

    Online gambling’s evolution over the past decade and a half from raw concept to multi-billion-dollar industry has been marked with many wild turns and unusual developments. But as the industry grows and increasingly gets regulated by major markets around the world, regulators' and investors' attentions will be drawn to the often unclear ownership structures. This means transparency in ownership is one of the latest elements of the industry to receive attention, and it’s a necessary step, writes Patrick Reilly.

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    13 October 2014

    Mobile continued to drive growth in the social casino gaming market in the second quarter of 2014, for the first time surpassing web/Facebook revenues, notes Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research in his quarterly overview for iGaming Business.

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    The Royal Courts of Justice's rejection of the GBGA's legal challenge to PoC means the UK's new igaming regime will definitely come into force on 1 November. For Gibraltar, its confrontational approach did not win it any friends and undermined its igaming status. Scott Longley reports 

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