The European Commission recently said it would instigate a series of possible infringement proceedings against a number of Member States if they did not comply with European trade principles on freedom of movement and establishment. Bahar Alaeddini, solicitor at Harris Hagan, reports on the European Parliament’s ‘Resolution on Online Gambling in the Internal Market’ published in September and what the Commission has been up to since it announcing in October 2012 that it would use its powers to ensure the EU Treaty was adhered by European countries.
The European Commission launching infringement proceedings against a number of EU Member States this week is welcome but a recurrent feeling of ‘too little too late’ keeps rearing its head. As the lobbying battle is being drawn out by the EU's incumbent operators, Jake Pollard says those actions are short sighted and wonders if the igaming sector will be making the same complaints in 12 months time when Barnier steps down from his job.
The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against a number of European Union member states, with Sweden firmly in the firing line and Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania also under increased scrutiny.
Betclic Everest has gone through major changes since 2010, when France, its key market, regulated its igaming market. Chief executive Isabelle Andres took up the job at the start of the year and talks to iGaming Business about how the company has consolidated its betting leadership, why online poker in France should not be dismissed and why regulating online casinos should be a no brainer for the French authorities.
The bwin party boss came out fighting during Wednesday morning’s third quarter call, but only a turnaround of the company’s performance, with financials to match, will turn the sceptics’ opinion of the former industry leader, writes Stephen Carter
Speaking about pan-European poker liquidity with ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte recently put into focus one of the key issues EU-licensed poker operators are facing: big enough player pools that can enable them to run viable businesses. If taxes are never far from operators’ minds (understandably), the fact that they are restricted to national player liquidities acts as the major obstacle to operating a sustainable business, a situation which is bound to be replicated in US states.
Poker on mobiles has gone through many ups and downs. From dropped connections to issues around player numbers and liquidity and a lack of product uniformity, the vertical has had its fair share of critics over the past few years. The rise of wi-fi, 3G and 4G networks however has been a boost for the sector along with the slow but happening regulation of the US market continues, even if that promise has yet to turn into real revenues.
France's Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) recorded a 0.2% rise to €1.87bn in gross gaming revenues for the nine month period to the end of September and strong progress in its international activities, although its land-based business in France continued
Bally Technologies’ acquisition of SHFL Entertainment this summer is the second billion dollar deal of the year after Scientific Games’ acquisition of WMS in January. iGaming Business spoke exclusively to Bally Technologies chief executive Ramesh Srinivasan about the rationale behind the deal, how the two entities will integrate and why all the efforts it has put into its interactive technologies in the past two years are laying the groundwork for the future.
Jerry Bowskill, chief architect at Scientific Games, explains why the convergence of land-based and internet gaming sectors should provide fertile ground for enriching customer experience while hailing end of the anonymous gamer.