This week's State of the Union covers developments across the US, with bills progressing in a number of states, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Attorneys General taking on the Wire Act, and Rhode Island edging closer to approving mobile wagering.
Zeal Network has taken a step towards completing its acquisition of Lotto24 after the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior approved a request to launch lottery brokerage services via its Tipp24 domains.
The first day’s panels at ICE VOX 2019 saw speakers talk up the need for cooperation between operators and regulators if the industry is to survive in the face of increasing regulatory pressure and worsening public opinion. Speakers also highlighted the importance of clarity on issues such as the Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act and what is expected of operators when it comes to player protection.
While regulators have been clamping down on igaming operators left, right and centre for advertising infractions, it seems everyone is turning a blind eye when it comes to the National Lottery. Phil Blackwell reports
In the second part of iGaming Business' deep dive into the revised Wire Act opinion, ICE Sports Betting USA speakers stress the need for clarity from the Department of Justice as they look to work out the best way to interpret the ruling.
Zeal Network has increased its profit guidance for the 2018 financial year, with the lottery brokerage now expecting to post between €37m and €39m in earnings before interest and tax following a strong performance in the final two months of 2018.
The Department of Justice’s decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act could have a major impact on the nascent US iGaming industry. Or, as some suggest, its impact could be felt in gaming verticals that are well-established and generating money for operators and states alike. A selection of speakers from ICE Sports Betting USA discuss the DoJ’s about-turn.
Lottoland has expressed its disappointment at the decision of Zeal Network shareholders to approve the company’s pending acquisition of former subsidiary Lotto24, claiming that the operator has failed to secure a mandate to proceed with the deal.
French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 4.4% year-on-year increase in amounts wagered by players in 2018, with the operator bolstered by increased online sales and sports betting activity.