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.
Cryptopay’s Eric Benz argues that Japan’s adoption of bitcoin as legal tender has shown the way to other countries, but Regulus Partners’ Michael Ellen is betting against it reaching 'mainstream adoption' within two years.
Simon French of Cenkos Securities argued six years ago that listed operators should continue “making hay while the sun shines on unregulated markets”, nothing material has happened since to persuade him otherwise.
Questions linked to 'onboarding techniques' have prevented the Playtech-Plus500 buyout and could affect the group's 2016 forecast, while issues related to regulatory arbitrage are likely to keep cropping up.
iGaming Business is pleased to publish the report ‘Sports betting: commercial and integrity issues’, written by consultant Jason Foley-Train. The report takes a close look at the betting sector and its relationship with sporting bodies, how operators have become close commercial partners for sports clubs and federations and the key factors behind match-fixing: how it occurs and why professional athletes take part in it.
Following up on H2 Gambling Capital's first set of data-led articles that looked at the US igaming market and the global gambling sector, the sector's leading data specialists look at the potential value of the Japanese land-based casino market. Japan is already the third largest gambling market in the world with an estimated gross win of US$31.4bn for 2013 and with permissive upcoming casino legislation a real possibility, H2 founder and director Simon Holliday provides a detailed breakdown of the country's gambling landscape.
The global gambling sector grew 4.9% in 2013 and generated €317.6bn in gross win, a figure that is set to rise to €332.4bn in 2014 and then on to €395bn by 2018, iGaming Business’s exclusive data partner H2 Gambling Capital has revealed in the second of the four data-led articles it is publishing this week.
Simon Holliday, founder and director of H2 Gambling Capital, looks at the overall growth for the gambling sector in 2014 in the second of the four data-led articles H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are publishing this week to coincide with the ICE trade show in London.
Match-fixing and corrupt betting are high on the agenda across Europe's igaming markets and the European Commission and the Council of Europe are understandably looking at ways to minimise the associated risks. For James Scicluna and Robert Zammit, partners at WH Partners law firm in Malta, new measures to prevent these damaging practices must be introduced on objective parameters while sports organisations must also shoulder play an active role in preventing and investigating wrong-doing.
Read the latest forecasts and financing issues for the gambling industry throughout the Asian continent thanks to this presentation that took place at the Latham & Watkins Asia Gaming Seminar - "A Winning Bet Gaming Finance in Asia" in Hong Kong on 4 December.