European Regulation

The U.K. Gambling Act Review introduced a plethora of impactful changes that will affect the entire industry. U.K. gambling regulatory lawyer Melanie Ellis provides an overview of the key changes.

It has been a year since the divisive Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling was unveiled in Germany and the question for affiliates, operators and players remains: Is ISTG 2021 doing more harm than good?

With an atmosphere of uncertainty hovering over the U.K. iGaming industry, Chris Strutt provides his 2018 prognosis.

With the effective date of the EU General Data Protection Regulation coming in May, online gaming and technology law expert Giulio Coraggio explains what affiliates need to know and how it will change the landscape of the industry.

APCW Wall of Shame: U.K. Parliament
Remember when, back in the day, you lived in fear of your mother discovering your internet browsing history?

While mergers and acquisitions may increase total revenue numbers, they don't fundamentally alter the challenges iGaming businesses face.

As operators band together to strengthen their positions in the competitive online gambling industry, affiliates are left wondering what their role will be going forward.

Cybergaming Consultants CEO Tony Axisa discusses the evolution of Malta's place in the online gambling world, as well as current issues and the future of online gambling on the island.

As online gambling markets progress, industry stakeholders should develop new strategies.

If offshore regulators want to survive and prosper through the implementation of the U.K. Point of Consumption tax, they must follow a simple five-point plan.

Recent changes in the U.K.'s regulatory scheme will impact affiliates market the World Cup.

When gray markets turn white: Payment processing in a regulated environment
Joel Leonoff, CEO of Optimal Payments, discusses the challenges of keeping up-to-date on regulatory changes and working with banks.

Online bingo parlors in the U.K. rely heavily on daytime ads to reach their customers, but conservative members of Parliament are concerned about the effects of these ads on children.

The U.K. is considering significant revisions to its tax and regulatory schemes, some of which may impact affiliates.

The EU's "Green Paper" did not live up to its initial promise of providing a roadmap for a consistent regulatory framework for online gambling in Europe.

Governments are beginning to develop different regulatory schemes for online gambling. Some may hit affiliates and operators harder than others.

Full Tilt Poker's and Absolute Poker/UB's inability to pay their players in the wake of DOJ indictments raises questions about what regulation is for and what constitutes a useful, effective regulatory scheme.

Online gaming operators in France are seeing declining revenue and having a tough time making a profit, due largely to a high tax rate that impedes their ability to offer decent returns to players.

Webmaster News: Germany to regulate online sports betting
Germany will open applications for seven online sports betting licenses and has set a tax rate for online bookmaking.

Last believes the next five years will see the opening up of the EU's online gambling market to a degree, but it will in all likelihood not go far enough.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission's Murray Marshall says mobile gaming will soon become a huge driver of the online gambling industry, and that the ever-changing regulatory landscape will be something everyone in the industry will have to consider.

The legal landscape for online gambling in Europe is changing quickly, and nowhere are the changes more dramatic than in two of Europe's largest markets -- France and the U.K.

In the online gambling industry, a decade is practically a lifetime. As the calendar turns from the aughts to the teens, we look back at the previous decade and see an era marked by rapid growth, market- and industry-altering earthquakes, arrests, trials, recession, and new and emerging growth areas.

As the European online gambling market matures and moves away from a "one market" philosophy to a nation-by-nation jurisdictional approach, it's becoming clear that not all regulation is good regulation. An organization called Right2bet has been created to try to effect good regulation.

Webmaster News: Russian gambling market takes a hit
All gambling activity in Russia is now confined to four remote areas, and poker is no longer classified as a sport, resulting in the closure of all of the poker clubs in the country.

The European Union is against online gambling, and that spells trouble for the future of the industry in Europe.

Webmaster News: Church of England, British MPs urge Google to stop online gambling ads
While the Church has criticized Google's timing in the wake of the economic downturn, the search engine giant insists that it is following all industry best practices and that the ads can be filtered out with safe search.

APCW Wall of Shame: Christel Schaldemose, Church of England
The Danish member of the European Parliament and the Anglican Church have both come out against online gaming for reasons that seem to have more to do with protecting their own ability to profit off the land-based kind than anything else.

Webmaster News: Norway passes its own version of the UIGEA
The Norwegian legislation bans financial service providers from processing online gambling transactions.

While there were plenty of setbacks and some significant triumphs in 2007, there were five people who stood out from the crowd, led by European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, the GPWA's Newsmaker of the Year.

Britain introduced sweeping new laws last month that will overhaul the country's gaming industry for the 21st century, regulating everything from online gambling sites to television advertising.

In two short years, Malta has quickly transformed itself into the world's online gaming capital.

The latest news out of Europe includes a landmark ruling against Italy by the European Court of Justice, a request for open competition in four countries by the European Commission, a proposed remote gaming tax of 15 percent in the U.K., and a crackdown on online gaming in Turkey.