International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 2.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for 2018, though a reduction in operating costs and foreign exchange gains helped the supplier cut its full-year loss to $21m (£16.0m/€18.7m).
Paddy Power Betfair has seen its 2018 revenue grow as a result of the acquisition of FanDuel and an improved performance by the Paddy Power brand in the UK market, though the US investment has also hit full-year profits.
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
The iGamingBusiness.com Nordic dashboard, in partnership with H2 Gambling Capital, suggests that the region will grow to a €4.46bn market by 2023, boosted by the introduction of igaming regulation in Sweden.
The Gambling Commission, responsible for regulating gambling in England, Scotland and Wales, has reported a slight decline in the prevalence of problem gambling in 2018, though there were clear signs that public perception of the industry is worsening.
William Hill has posted a £721.9m (€840.3m/$955.8m) pre-tax loss for 2018, as a result of an £882.8m write-down of the value of its retail business ahead of maximum B2 machine stakes being cut to £2 from April. Despite this, the operator hailed good underlying progress achieved over the year, with 2018 revenue up 2% year-on-year to £1.6bn.
US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.
The Labour Party is to demand mandatory limits on player spending, staking and speed of play for online gaming as part of a root-and-branch overhaul of igaming regulation in England, Scotland and Wales.
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.
The Senet Group, the UK-facing responsible gambling organisation, has published its official response to the Gambling Commission’s consultation on a new national strategy, calling for greater clarification on key strategic themes.
The Swedish gambling market saw revenue grow 1.5% in 2018, driven by growth in regulated and offshore igaming. Total revenue increased to SEK23.4bn (£1.9bn/€2.2bn/$2.5bn), with a 2.3% year-on-year decline in regulated market revenue to SEK16.7bn.
The State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, covers the latest regulatory developments across the US. This week pressure has been ramped up on the Department of Justice in the wake of its revised Wire Act opinion, South Dakota and Minnesota are considering sports betting bills and Arkansas is thrashing out sports betting regulations, while Illinois' new Democrat Governor has factored sports betting into his 2020 budget.
Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.
Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.