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Ep 104: SBC Summit Barcelona - Noticias
#105
Yesterday at 2:00 PM

iGaming Daily's coverage of SBC Summit Barcelona concludes with a Noticias talk as Lucía Mouriño returns, alongside Isadora Marcante and Fernando Noodt, to provide detail on there LatAm meet-up.

Host: James Ross
Guests: Lucía Mouriño, Isadora Marcante & Fernando Noodt
Producer: James Ross & Anaya McDonald
Editor: James Ross

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From 31 October to 2 November, industry expert throughout Latin America will be descending on the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Miam...


Ep 103: SBC Summit Barcelona - Day Two
#104
Last Thursday at 4:49 PM

All the reaction and fallout from day one and the first part of day two from our iGaming Daily team live at SBC Summit Barcelona. 

Join host James Ross with Martyn Elliott, Danny Lee of CasinoBeats and Ted Menmuir of SBC News as they chat and discuss the highlights of the show so far. 

Host: James Ross
Guests: Martyn Elliott, Danny Lee, Ted Menmuir
Producer: James Ross
Editor: Anaya McDonald


Ep 102: SBC Summit Barcelona - Day One
#103
Last Wednesday at 3:09 PM

The iGaming Daily team descends on beautiful Barcelona for the biggest SBC Summit ever! Reporting live from the hustle and bustle of the exhibition floor on Day One of SBC Summit Barcelona 2023 is your regular host James Ross, joined by CasinoBeats Editor Craig Davies, Payment Expert Editor Joe Streeter, and SBC Noticias Editor Lucía Mouriño.

The guys discuss the fallout, fun and fantastic insight from the first day of the show, as well as look forward to tomorrow's Day Two, where we'll see another full day of content across 7 stages in the Fira Montjuic. 

H...


Ep 101: Slots, Streaming and the Government with Chipmonkz Slots
#102
Last Tuesday at 3:06 PM

Host James Ross, formerly of SlotBeats, returns to his in this episode as he has a chat with award-winning YouTuber, and slots streamer - Chipmonkz. 

James and Chipmonkz have an absolutely fascinating discussion about twitch, slots streaming, responsible gaming as a streamer, the government white paper in the UK, and much more. 

Chipmonkz has some fascinating and wildly entertaining views on the whitepaper, the UK government's views on slots and streaming, the future of slots, the current state of streaming and a whole lot more. You don't want to miss this one!

Host: Ja...


Ep 100: iGaming Trivia Quiz Extravaganza
#101
Last Monday at 4:09 PM

To celebrate our milestone 100th episode of the iGaming Podcast, this week we have the iGaming Daily trivia quiz extravaganza, where our regular co-hosts James Ross and Jessica Welman quiz each other on industry topics covered over the previous 99 episodes.  Listen in as James and Jess take you on a guided tour of the last 99 episodes, and test each others knowledge on 99 episodes worth of topical news, as well as some bonus questions and fun chat.

Do you think you can keep up with our hosts? Play along and let us know how you scored!

T...


Ep 099: Online casino approval marks surprise milestone in Brazil
#100
09/15/2023

Brazil has been one of the main topics in 2023, from approving a sports betting regulation to starting an investigation into match fixing and all things in between. However, it was missing something key for the industry to develop: online casinos.


While the desire to have an online gambling industry clashed with the reality of Brazil only approving fixed odds sports betting, a recent amendment changed the whole scenario and opened the doors to the regulated online casino world.


This week, the Chamber of Deputies approved that amendment and the...


Ep 098: Barcelona Build-Up: The Payments Paella
#99
09/14/2023

On today’s episode of iGaming Daily, we continue our build-up to the biggest SBC event ever, this time we’ll discuss some of what we hope to hear covered on the and what we could expect on the Payments Innovation track at SBC Summit Barcelona.

Joining James Ross to go over this panel is Payment Expert, Editor Joe Streeter. Joe will take us through some of the hot topics surrounding the payments industry at the moment, where and how they'll be discussed at the event, and what you don't want to miss if you're interested in the p...


Ep 097: Barca Build-up: Can phase two of US iGaming unlock further growth?
#98
09/13/2023

After five years of moving full speed ahead, you could argue that the US online gambling industry is idling. Or, at the very least, on cruise control. Next week at SBC Summit Barcelona, our very own Sue Schneider will lead a panel discussing what to expect from what many are calling phase two of North American online gaming.

On today’s episode of iGaming Daily, we’ll discuss some of what we hope to hear covered in the panel and debate how big a role iGaming will play in the next 18 months.

How much longer can...


Ep 096: Barca Build-up: Finding a balance with player needs and innovation
#97
09/12/2023

RTP, features, mechanics, volatility, reels - these are the components of what make a basic slot title.

However, the challenges that studios have faced in recent times are ways in keeping slots varied and dynamic while also innovating and pushing the boundaries forward.

This will be a discussion at next week’s SBC Summit Barcelona on the Casino & iGaming Innovation track on a panel session titled - Keeping slots dynamic - are crash games and loot boxes influencing slot innovation?

Joining James Ross to go over this panel is the CasinoBeats team with Cr...


Ep 095: Barca Build-up: Into the future - where does sports betting go next?
#96
09/11/2023

As we get closer and closer to the biggest SBC Event of all time, SBC Summit Barcelona taking place next week from the 19th-21st of September, here on iGaming Daily we want to put some of the most interesting conference panels under the spotlight. With a focus on Sports Betting, Stage 2 on Wednesday the 20th will host 'The Future of Sports Betting', and we take a look at the track in general and a specific session we've got our eyes on.

Taking you into the future, is host James Ross, who is joined by SBC News...


Ep 094: UK gambling under the spotlight at Select Committee
#95
09/08/2023

This week witnessed senior figures in the British gambling space, such as Andrew Rhodes, CEO at the UK Gambling Commission and Gambling Minister, Stewart Andrews, address the Select Committee on the recent white paper and gambling regulations. 

Being asked searching questions by MPs from various parties, gambling was under the spotlight with focuses on Health Surveys, research, compliance, and advertising, to name but a few topics, on the agenda. 

This Committee meeting will be the focus of today's discussion on iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, as James Ross is joined by Ted Orme-Claye, wh...


Ep 093: The saturation of aggregation, with Irīna Sazonova
#94
09/07/2023

With SBC Summit Barcelona fast approaching, iGaming Daily continues to look deeper into the conference's agenda.

Today James Ross will be turning his attention to the Future of Casino & iGaming, with a focus set on the world of aggregators.

Working with aggregators can give users access to thousands of titles which otherwise would require individual integration. However, in recent times, the market has witnessed an influx in aggregators and the question circulating the sector is - have we now reached overload?

Joining me to take a deeper look into the panel session...


092: Lasso's betting advertising prohibition sparks LigaPro opposition
#93
09/06/2023

Recent opposition to President Guillermo Lasso's Organic Law on Communications mandate has raised tension in Ecuador.

Following the signing of the draft by Lasso on Monday, which mandates "the prohibition of advertising sports betting houses in Ecuador", LigaPro criticised the President’s decisions, arguing they jeopardise its title sponsorship with bookmaker Bet593 and its affiliation with the National Lottery.

This will be the discussion on today's episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Latinoamerica, where James Ross is joined by Lucía Mouriño and Fernando Noodt to look into the impacts of the mand...


Ep 091: A Slot Masters breakthrough for a new multiplayer era?
#92
09/05/2023

Over the years, online casino suppliers have been trying to tackle the multiplayer space in an environment that’s strongly rooted in social play. However, while some try to innovate, others refuse to take a risk. 


Until just over 12 months ago when HungryBear Gaming found a breakthrough with Slot Masters. Since launching its product in July 2022, the studio has inked Slot Master deals with the likes of Entain, Light & Wonder, Blueprint and most recently, Ladbrokes. 


So has Slot Masters awoken a new era for multiplayer slot games and just what...


Ep 090: Malta’s Bill 55 tests European patience and harmony
#91
09/04/2023

A conflict brews across European gambling’s regulatory landscape as the Maltese government stands by its decision to sanction the ‘Gaming Amendment Bill’  - commonly referred to as Bill 55.

 

This controversial Bill has amended Malta’s Gambling Act to allow Maltese courts the power to reject the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, liabilities or enforcements relating to the online gambling sector. The Bill, and the response to it from Germany, the Netherlands, and the MGA in Malta are the main topics of discussion on today's iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona.

Host Jessi...


Ep 89: Paquetá & Brazil - Spot fixing in the spotlight
#90
09/04/2023

The footballing world has once again found itself engulfed in a betting scandal, this time revolving around West Ham and Brazil's Lucas Paquetá.

On the heels of Ivan Toney's suspension for over 232 betting breaches, the FA has now been made aware of irregular betting patterns in his native Brazil on bookings received by Paquetá, who according to the Daily Mail has been under investigation from the FA for 5 months. 

While the world discusses how this decision may impact Paquetá's footballing career, iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit LatinoAmerica, will turn our attention to what impa...


Ep 088: Are the new AGCO marketing rules the strictest in the world?
#89
08/31/2023

Canadian operators have been waiting for months to see the outcome of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's new advertising regulations, and now they have their answer. In a similar move to the one taken by the UK, but perhaps going even further, AGCO have ruled for no more athletes, celebrities or influencers that would likely appeal to minors.

What does that mean for operators in Ontario? And whose endorsement contracts may be done? We discuss this from multiple angles on the iGaming Daily podcast today, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, with host Jessica Welman joined...


Ep 087: The power of affiliation and customer loyalty, with Anna Arakelyan
#88
08/30/2023

With SBC Summit Barcelona a mere few weeks away, iGaming Daily continues to look into the event and what is set to be on show between September 19 to the 21 September. 


And today James Ross will be looking at something new for this year’s event, which sees a set of roundtable discussions across the event, where attendees will be talking about a range of topics from global markets, payments and compliance to the future of iGaming Bingo. 


Joining James Ross on the latest episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC...


Ep 086: UK ‘old boy’ Rank eyes its transformation and comeback
#87
08/29/2023

Publishing its full-year 2022/2023 Financial Results recently, Rank Group, the old-boy of UK Gambling scene, told of a ‘Very British Affair’ -  In which its Grosvenor and Mecca venues navigated a year of raising inflation, higher energy costs and the cost of living crisis impacting leisure and hospitality spend.

 

Yet despite booking £109 million in statutory losses, leadership of Rank is positive that it has overcome home impacts and that it will return to growth and profits in the new financial year for 2023/2024.

 

Speaking to SBC, written by Ted Orme-Claye, Rank’s CEO John O’Rei...


Ep 085: Marketing opportunities post Women's World Cup, with Jonas Linné
#86
08/18/2023

With the Women’s World Cup coming to a close this Sunday, there has been a lot of attention on the commercial potential of the league, from betting to broadcasting to sponsorships and more.


But as the global event draws to a close, there are discussions around how sports stakeholders such as betting operators can maintain momentum and carry on leveraging the marketing possibilities of women’s football into the domestic season


Jessie Sale, Senior Journalist at SBC, takes hosting duties and on this episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by S...


Ep 084: Affiliate Leaders believes the affiliation voice is on the rise
#85
08/17/2023

On iGaming Daily, our main aim is to deliver you the biggest stories of the day and dissect them where we can.

However, it’s also a platform to raise attention and awareness to other happenings circulating the iGaming sector and today the show will be dipping its toe into the affiliate space on iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, as Host James Ross welcomes Natalie Lees, SBC’s Senior Conference Producer and an iGD debut with Julian Pitts, SBC’s Senior Affiliate Relationship Manager.

For more information regarding Affiliate Leaders, click on the follow...


Ep 083: ‘The best of both worlds’ on betting and media evolution, with Sam Sadi
#84
08/16/2023

Ahead of SBC Summit Barcelona, here at iGaming Daily we thought that it would be good to look closer into the topics that will be on display between September 19-21.

With that in mind, today's discussion will centre around convergence of gaming and sport-media and its role in the future of sports betting.

Joining stand-in host, SBC News' Senior Journalist Ted Orme-Claye, is Sam Sadi, CEO at Livescore who will be moderating a panel entitled - Game On: Unleashing the convergence of gaming and sport-media for the future of sports betting.

Sadi will...


Ep 082: Has PayPal shone a light on gambling's crypto future via stablecoin?
#83
08/15/2023

Last week, PayPal embraced digital currencies with plans for a stablecoin being unveiled. What does this mean for the growth of digital currencies and how has it been received amongst key political figures. 


On potential plans, Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal, stated on the coin: “The shift toward digital currencies requires a stable instrument that is both digitally native and easily connected to fiat currency like the US dollar.


Joining me, your host James Ross, on the latest episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, is...


Ep 081: Shaking up Serie A - The tender for Italian football data distribution
#82
08/14/2023

Domestic football is now back on our TV screens, and as always this has been accompanied by commercial potential and developments that have likely flown under the radar for some.


However, this of course is of massive interest to us at SBC - and the recent news that the Serie A betting data rights to the 2024/25 season will be going to tender particularly caught our attention.


It is not yet clear who will be bidding for the rights, but we can assume current holder Stats Perform will be keen...


Ep 080: Bragg hits new quarterly revenue record as casino content grows
#81
08/11/2023

The second quarter financial season is well and truly underway with results coming across the SBC Media news desk thick and fast.


On of those financials came from Bragg Gaming, which witnessed records tumbling for back-to-back quarters as the company reported a new revenue high in the second quarter of 2023.

And in today’s episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, James Ross is joined by Bragg Gaming Group’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Yaniv Spielberg, to go through the firm’s latest Q2 results. 


To read mo...


Ep 079: ESPN a better bet than Barstool for Penn?
#80
08/10/2023

This week Penn Entertainment shocked the sports betting setor as the firm ditched Barstool Media altogether and rebranding its existing sportsbook ESPN Bet as part of a multi-billion partnership.

This fall, the existing Barstool Sportsbooks in the 20 states where Penn operates sports betting will be rebranded as ESPN BET.

Joining Jessica Welman on the latest episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, is Charlie Horner and Insider Sport's Editor, Joe Streeter, as the trio digest this blockbuster news.

For me information on the topics discussed in the podcast, click on the...


Ep 078: High GGR in Brazil sports market could open doors to illegal markets
#79
08/09/2023

The sports betting industry has been revolutionized by Lula signing the provisional measure that paves the way for regulated sports betting in Brazil. While still facing a lengthy process, the industry is sharing the pros and cons of the recently unveiled rules.

The biggest talking point so far has been the increase in operator taxes, which rose from 16% to 18% of the GGR, making it one of the highest in the continent and potentially opening the doors to a parallel and illegal market.

Joining stand-in host Isadora Marcante, on iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Latinoamerica...


Ep 077: Building more allies for women in gaming
#78
08/08/2023

Luck be a lady today on iGaming Daily, brought to you by SBC Summit Barcelona, as Jessica Welman takes a break from the news to discuss a topic of equal importance - how to get more women involved in gaming industry, particularly at the conference level.

Joining Welman on the latest episode of the podcast is her fellow collegue Sue Schneider, VP of Growth and Stratefy for Americas at SBC, as the duo delve into the representation of women in senior positions throughout the gaming sector, calling for allies throughout the sector and the importance of education. <...


Ep 076: Lottery giants Allwyn and Groupe FDJ making noise
#77
08/07/2023

The lottery sector faces inbound changes that will reshape the make-up of global gambling’s most stable and ever-present business segment.

 

2024 will see Allwyn International take over the stewardship of the UK’s National Lottery, tasked with revamping its product, brand and retail offering to improve funds for good causes.

 

Groupe FDJ begins its international expansion by acquiring the Irish Lotto, and changes appear on the horizon in Italy as Lottomatica returns to the Milan Borsa.

 

Beyond Europe, the winds of change sound for North and South America...


Ep 075: It’s not just a game as UX immersion takes developer priority
#76
08/04/2023

With greater choice in product, developers are tasked to provide more immersive experiences to keep the player engaged. 


At the recent CasinoBeats Summit in Malta, SBC’s Managing Director Andrew McCarron took to the stage to moderate a panel discussion titled - It’s not just a game - delivering immersive experiences.


The session explored how user experience, alongside game design, can be utilised to provide better interactivity and sensory engagement. 


Joining Andy on stage was Chris McGowan, Head of Gaming at Scatters, Matthias Ciappa...


Ep 074: Is Betr Picks the best bet?
#75
08/03/2023

To bet or not to bet? That is the legal question surrounding Daily Fantasy Sport sites in the US offering prop-style options. While many, including FanDuel and DraftKings, insist they are just sports betting in a different outfit, others insist they fall well within the realm of fantasy sports.

One such proponent is Betr, who is finally taking its platform to a nationwide scale not through sportsbooks but through Betr Picks, a new DFS site available in 24 states including Texas and California.

On today’s episode of iGaming Daily, Jessica Welman, along with Charlie Horner, wi...


Ep 073: Attempted changes for Brazilian betting & Chile moving backwards
#74
08/02/2023

Last week, iGaming Daily discussed the recent news that Lula signed the provisional measure that paves the way for regulated sports betting in Brazil.


Since then, multiple parties have tried to introduce some changes, leading to even more questions around this huge market.


This will be the topic for the first half of today’s episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit LatinoAmerica, where James Ross will be joined by Lucia Mourino and Isadora Marcante. 


Fernando Noodt also joins later in the podcast to...


Ep 072: Oppenheimer to Open Banking in iGaming
#73
08/01/2023

Reported today on Payment Expert, Klarna Kosma, the Open Banking platform from the Buy Now, Pay Later firm has been shut down after less than 18 months. 

This won’t be the topic discussed further in today’s episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, but it did open a thriving debate in the SBC office regarding Open Banking and its potential evolution within iGaming.

Joining Martyn Elliott to go over all things today Open Banking is SBC's payment guru Joe Streeter.

To read more on the topics discussed in today's podcast, click...


Ep 071: Flutter & Fox collaboration graded F and BetMGM on 'path to profitability'
#72
07/31/2023

Flutter Entertainment and the Fox Corporation announced the phased closure of the pair’s joint sports betting business, almost four years after the entity first came to market.

This latest development on Fox Bet comes a mere four-years after the CEO called the company a game changer once launched.

So why has the closure of Fox Bet happened? This will be the topic of discussion on the latest iGaming Daily podcast, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, as well as looking into BetMGM’s latest financial updates. And joining James Ross to discuss all of this is C...


Ep 070: Messi, the NFL, Disney and ESPN - a new era for US sports broadcasting
#71
07/28/2023

The House of Mouse knows no bounds as it sets it eyes on the US sporting landscape.

Recent reports stated that Disney, along with its subsidiary company ESPN, are manoeuvring itself in the middle of major US sports leagues, as the former's Chief Executive Bob Iger, reportedly held talks with the NFL, NBA and MLB about becoming minority investors in the latter.

These talks, according to reports from CNBC, stated talks with the three major sports league ranged from stake ownerships, investment structures and a multitude of partnership opportunities.

And the face of...


Ep 069: Who's betting on a new poker boom with David Woodley
#70
07/27/2023

When the World Series of Poker Main Event actually did manage to exceed 10,000 players, the poker world lit up with excitement. Many were quick to proclaim a new poker boom.

However, with online poker in the United States stagnant, is there a chance this boom might be a bust? This will be the point of today's discussion on iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, where Jessica Welman is joined by David Woodley, President/Chief Revnue Officer at Playmaker.

Host: Jessica Welman
Guest: David Woodley
Producer MC Killick-Cavler
Editor: James Ross

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Ep 067: Brazil on regulated sports betting home stretch via Lula signature
#69
07/26/2023

Earlier this week, Brazil’s President Lula da Silva signed the provisional measure that is set to regulate the sports betting industry in the country.

While the Congress now has 120 days to analyse the projects and finalise the details, this is now seen as the final step that the Brazilian market needed to become a regulated entity.

In general, the provisional measure doesn’t change much from what we previously mentioned in past episodes of the podcast when delving further into the current state of the Brazilian market, but on today’s episode of iGaming Daily...


Ep 067: Around the world with Kindred Q2 results
#68
07/25/2023

It’s that time of the year again where financial results are coming thick and fast and today is no exception. 


On the latest episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, guests will be taking a deep dive into Kindred’s second quarter results and looking at both its B2B and B2C operations across the globe.


Joining James Ross to discuss all things Kindred are Conor Porter, Senior Journalist at CasinoBeats and Danny Lee, Business Journalist at CasinoBeats and SlotBeats.

To read more on the topic...


Ep 066: Italy calls for a grand reorganisation
#67
07/24/2023

To the surprise of industry observers, Italy’s government has sanctioned a decree to reorganise the laws of the gambling sector.
 
Positive prospects appear on the horizon for Italian gambling, once considered the basket case of European market jurisdictions.
 
How will approach the government’s ‘special delegation’ approach fixing Italian gambling’s decade long conflicts impacting licensing, regulatory governance and the market’s consumer transition from retail to online?

Those are the questions that will be touched on the latest episode of iGaming Daily, sponsored by SBC Summit Barcelona, with Martyn Elliott being joined by Edwa...


Ep 065: iGaming betting on sustainability
#66
07/21/2023

Here at iGaming Daily we thought it would be great to start looking a little closer into the topics that will be gracing the conference floor from 19th to 21st of September at SBC Summit Barcelona. 


And the panel session that we’ll be looking at today on iGaming Daily will take place on 21st September, 3pm local time, is titled - Betting on sustainability: the rise of ESG in iGaming. 


Joining James Ross to look deeper into the session and the topic at hand is Shelley White, CEO at the Resp...