Regulation Analysis

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    Secondary lotteries have been hit by a number of setbacks recently, but with opportunities opening up in the German market, talk of decline is somewhat wide of the mark. Joanne Christie reports.

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, looks at new developments in Tennessee, Ohio and Montana, as well as reporting on the performances of the regulated New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets.

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    Zeal Network is preparing for major changes in its core German market, with its acquisition of Lotto24 to prompt a pivot away from lottery betting in the country. Chief executive Helmut Becker explains how the shift will position the business for future growth - and why lottery betting is far from dead.

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    Representative Brandt Iden was just a signature away from legalising online gaming in Michigan last year. Having shrugged off his bills’ eventual veto by former Governor Rick Snyder, a new legislative effort is now underway. He tells iGamingBusiness.com why the climate is right for the new bills to pass into law - and why the DoJ’s new Wire Act interpretation does not worry him in the slightest.

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    The sports betting industry has not seen any major disruptive innovation since the establishment of Betfair almost 20 years ago, but beconnect believes its new exchange-based product can shake up the sector. Co-founder Mark Weaver explains how it works.

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    NetEnt's struggles in live casino have been well-documented, but the operator refuses to give up on the vertical. Andres Rengifo has been brought in to lead a push that the supplier believes will finally allow it to carve out significant market share.

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    In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com's interview with Lindwall he discusses the future of NetPlay TV, stricter regulations across Europe, and growth prospects in newly regulated markets such as Sweden and the Netherlands.

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    In this week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, we find Rhode Island poised to legalise online wagering and West Virginia set to legalise online gaming, with bills in both states awaiting approval from their respective Governors. Elsewhere, Michigan Representative Brandt Iden has resumed efforts to legalise online betting and gaming in the state, new bills have been filed in Connecticut and Kansas, and the AGA is urging states to innovate when they regulate.

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    When Pontus Lindwall stepped back into the Betsson CEO role in 2017, the company was struggling, with growth slowing and costs rising. Fast forward to 2019 and it has just reported record revenue for the final quarter of 2018, and looks to be in better health than ever. Here he explains how he successfully got the business back on track. 

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    Bettor Faster and Bet Blocks founders Jonny Robb and Nilesh Mistry have established GamblingStartup.Ventures, in a bid to connect early-stage gambling businesses around the world. Here, we meet some of the teams looking to revolutionise the way punters play.

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    Having reported a 33% increase in revenue for 2018, KamaGames chief executive Andrey Kuznetsov outlines what he believes will be the key drivers of growth in the social casino market in 2019. 

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    In the second part of his masterclass on running white label operations, Denis Lukovkin of iGaming content and software provider Innovaventis outlines how a newly launched brand can gain traction, and customers, in a crowded industry

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    This week's State of the Union focuses on the DoJ’s decision to extend its deadline for gaming companies to comply with its revised stance on the Wire Act. Also included this week are legislative developments in New York, Minnesota, Georgia and more.

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    Tom Grant runs the rule over new ASA guidelines aimed at curbing what it sees as the irresponsible use of anmated characters, celebrities and influencers in gambling marketing

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    Paddy Power Betfair has set out a four-pillar strategy through which it aims to grow the business in 2019 and beyond, though analysts have questioned whether this leaves the operator over-reliant on regulatory progress in the US

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    While men still make up the majority of igaming players, Optimove research reveals that women are actually the more valuable customers. Ahead of International Women’s Day, which falls this Friday (March 8), Optimove vice president of revenue Asaf Cohen digs into the data to show that women are winning the Battle of the Sexes in online gaming.

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    US debates over the use of data and mandated integrity fees are threatening to destabilise the landscape over in Europe, writes Scott Longley

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across the EU. Estonia, the Netherlands and Slovakia are among those updated for this edition

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, looks at the latest legal challenge launched against the DoJ's revised Wire Act opinion, plus developments in Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana and more.

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    Swedish gaming regulator Spelinspektionen's proactive approach to regulation means that any business with a high degree of exposure to the country's newly regulated igaming market faces a tricky first quarter, writes Scott Longley.

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