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The key differences between the US and European gambling industries   

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All over the world the gambling market is experiencing rapid growth. This is true in both the European and the US gambling industries.

A significant factor in this growth is the influence of online markets and increased online activity.

Indeed, the global online gambling market is expected to reach USD 97.69 billion by 2025.

While there are certain similarities between the gambling industries in Europe and the US, there are also significant differences.

Whereas most of the legalities involved in gambling in many European nations is relatively straightforward, in the USA it has been a much more complex picture.

Most European countries benefit from a relaxed approach to gambling. In the US, this is not always the case. Due to the makeup of the nation, individual states decide on the legal approach for how the gambling industry is controlled.

Historically, it used to be that only certain states, most famously Nevada and New Jersey, allowed gambling. That picture is now rapidly changing, as more states begin to pass motions to allow gambling in some form.

 

The Rules of Online Gambling

A major difference between the two markets has been the strong influence of online gambling companies in Europe, rather than in the US.

European countries, largely headed by the UK, were making much of the significant running in the internet-based revolution in online betting. Ireland is also a major player in the share of the world’s online market.

There has also recently been an upswing in online gambling activity from countries such as Norway, Finland and Italy.

But while the USA has been slower to catch on to the potential of online gambling, there has been recent evidence of new ambition in the American online gaming market.

 

Changes in online gambling in the US

A great example of a US online casino currently changing the way online gambling is viewed in the country, is DraftKings

The company offers a wide variety of games that are not available in Europe, either because of availability or viability. For example, the site presents gamers with the chance to play innovative new ideas based around sports popular in the US.

One of these titles is Baseball Blackjack, a competitive game where players pit their skills against the chance of the draw. The compelling gameplay is highlighted with a strong visual aspect of the draw taking place on the baseball pitch.

This title shows how strong the appeal of sports is in the US, and how companies often look for new ways to present them.

 

Betting on Sport in Europe and the US

Sports betting also varies considerably in both Europe and the US.

In the US, a bet, known as a sportsbook, is usually placed at the venue where the sport is being played. In most countries in Europe, a bet on a sports game can be made online or in-person at a ground.

The picture is not as clear-cut in the US. In California for example, sports betting is legal, but accepting wagers on sports is illegal. In order to bet on horseracing in California, only pari-mutuel betting is allowed. This is a form of betting where the total bets placed on a runner is put into a pool. All players who win the bet will then receive a percentage of the pool.

 

Image of gambling

The image of gambling also varies distinctly between Europe and the United States. In general, gambling has more of a negative connotation in the US.

The attitude in Europe is that a bet can add to the fun and excitement of watching a sports match or playing a game. In the US, this kind of activity was viewed with more suspicion. This is reflected in the history of the various laws and restrictions imposed on the industry in the US.

There are signs that this image is changing. This is largely down to a modification in the governance of state laws controlling gambling. There is also a growing awareness of how much the gambling industry can be of benefit to individual states.

 

The future of gambling in Europe and the US

Gambling of one kind or another is sure to remain popular in both Europe and the US. Games of skill and chance are bound to retain a fascination for players on both sides of the world. The key factor in how they develop really depends on how well companies can incorporate new ideas to keep games and formats fresh and appealing.

The core audience and targets of the gambling industry in both regions is a young one. In order to appeal to a younger technologically adept kind of player, the gambling companies need to be aware of what this type of player expects.

A growing combination of different forms of entertainment and new technology is also part of the picture that companies need to assess. Traditional sports such as American Football in the US and soccer in Europe are becoming increasingly infused with the latest inventions. The use of live feeds, new camera angles and online interactive options bring out the game in more detail.

Betting options and gambling features that fuse the various elements together is sure to be a part of this ongoing process. In order to be at the top of their game, betting operators need to be precisely aware of what their target audience wants and expects.

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Tailored slots to your needs

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RubyPlay’s Art Director, Douglas Hand, discusses the importance of bespoke content to help operators stand out in the crowd and offer unique experiences

Imagine walking into a store, searching for the perfect suit for an upcoming event. You can go the conventional route and pick something off-the-rack in a colour that you like. It’s readily available, functional, affordable and gets the job done. But when you turn up to the event, hundreds of others are wearing a similar suit while your rival stands there silently confident, in a custom-tailored Tom Ford suit that screams “I own this room and everyone in it”.

There’s something about a custom-tailored suit, crafted to your unique measurements and style preferences, that sets you apart in a crowd. There’s a confidence that comes from knowing how to present yourself well.

In the gaming industry this is no different. Typically, we see thousands of new slot games released worldwide each month – that results in a heavily saturated market!

Opting for generic slot games is akin to choosing an off-the-rack suit. It might get the job done, but it often results in a bland experience that blends into the vast sea of similar products. These generic games lack the personal touch; the individuality that makes them memorable. They are chasing the gap, while others are widening it.

As Don Draper said in the hit TV show Mad Men, “Success is related to standing out, not fitting in. One wants to be the needle in the haystack, not the haystack”. In the dynamic world of slot games, being the needle means going beyond the off-the-rack options, embracing creativity, and tailoring each game to leave a lasting impression.

As an experienced Art Director in a fiercely competitive industry, I understand the importance of standing out and making a statement about who you are.

At RubyPlay, we approach slot game development with the same mindset as a tailor crafting a bespoke suit. Rather than settling for a one-size-fits-all approach, our creative team invests time in learning about our clients and their unique brand. This personalised approach allows us to create games that not only meet industry standards but also resonate with the individuality of each client.

We have built robust processes honed through decades of industry experience. This not only accelerates production but also gives our creative team the freedom to explore and experiment with different styles and techniques. This balance is essential in achieving results that not only showcase our skills but also highlight the best aspects of our client’s brand.

Just as a custom, tailored suit speaks volumes about an individual, well-made slot games crafted with attention to detail and personalised touches can make a lasting impact in the gaming industry. At RubyPlay, we believe in the power of tailored experiences that go beyond the generic, and we invite operators for a custom fitting at their earliest convenience.

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Solverde.pt Partners with MGA Games and Endorphina

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Solverde.pt, the Portuguese bookmaker and online casino, has announced partnerships with two new game creation studios: MGA Games, a Spanish company acknowledged for the creation and distribution of casino games, and Endorphina, recognised for the recent incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in slot machines.

The new partnerships mark a milestone: Solverde.pt is the first online casino in Portugal with 2500 games on a single platform.

Solverde.pt’s partnership with MGA Games, considered the Best Technology Provider at the Asocación JDigital Awards and Gaming, marks the Spanish company’s expansion into the Portuguese market. Among the games released, MGA Games has dedicated itself to integrating Portuguese entertainment personalities in its creations, like the Portuguese football player Paulo Futre, among others.

At the same time, the first batch of 25 Endorphina games is launched that will be available on the Portuguese platform, exclusively, for a month. The Game Developer established in more than 25 countries, with ten years of experience, it was the first casino game producer to create a Slot Machine entirely using AI algorithms. Among the games available, “Glory of Egypt”, “Book of Vlad”, “Dynamite Miner” and “Fisher King” stand out.

These two new partnerships, and consequent game launches, reaffirm Solverde.pt as the online casino with the largest offer of games in Portugal.

“The 2500 games on a single platform are a fundamental step for the company, which reinforces its leadership position in the sector. The collaboration with studios such as MGA Games and Endorphina allows us to lead in Portugal with an offer of innovation and excellence. Notably, MGA Games has a portfolio of 100 titles, created with HTML5 technology, that stand out for their graphical quality, and Edorphina made history by being the first company to develop a game entirely powered by AI, demonstrating its dedication to pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology,” Sérgio Pascoal, Director of R&D at Solverde.pt, said.

“The studio is confident that our slots will impress Solverde.pt players, as well as make them feel the true thrill of the game. We share a passion for entertainment and reflect that by delivering top-notch, high-value content to operators,” Javier Lanfranchi, Sales Director at MGA Games, said.

“By offering the state-of-the-art games of Endorphina, exclusively for Solverde.pt, we aim to provide a unique and exciting gaming experience that reflects both companies’ unwavering pursuit of innovation,” Jonathan Martini, Senior Sales Manager at Endorphina, said.

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Ensuring Integrity: The Role of Assurance in the Gambling Industry

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By Salvador Garcia-Noblejas, Senior Regulatory Assurance Services at ComplianceOne Group

The gambling industry has its origins in the ancient period, and different types of games are found in almost every culture and civilization.

Over the last few years, we have witnessed an immense transformation, clearly boosted by technological developments. Among these changes, online gambling has grown rapidly, and with this new non-face-to-face reality, regulation and regulators have also embraced new ways to protect players, businesses, and the overall economy. Regulators have the responsibility to set the framework of common rules that define what is right and wrong, the means to protect all parties, and the tools that must be used when anyone does not behave as expected.

Assurance in a world of global risks

It would be inaccurate to assume that regulatory assurance’s only goal is to ensure that operators operate in a fair and transparent manner and meet their legal obligations. On the contrary, assurance also includes helping businesses understand the risks involved in the industry where they operate, analysing their strengths and weaknesses, and setting measures to mitigate those risks.

Assurance’s starting point consists of an interview phase where tailor-made questionnaires serve better understanding the reality to each operator and its actual circumstances. Once the assurance assessment is complete, a detailed action plan assists the operator in fixing any identified gaps, improving policies and procedures, and obtaining the maximum financial gain from refining their processes, products, and operations.

As part of the fast transformation of the gambling industry, with competitive new products, platforms, advertisements, and market expansion, we must not forget that bad actors and illegal practices also develop. This is the moment to ask ourselves if we are ready to face whatever can harm our operations. The most efficient way to know is carrying out a thorough audit of policies, procedures, and processes. This approach will certainly save operators from potential harm to their clients, products, brands, and finances.

Audit readiness

Regulators focus on legislation, supervision, and enforcement. All stakeholders must comply with gambling regulations if they want to offer products and services or provide a safe environment to their clients. An important part of the gambling legal system is the fact that the industry is continuously overseen to ensure that all actors adhere to the established rules. At this point, operators need to ask themselves how ready they are to show sufficient evidence that their operations adhere to the law.

Smart operators will choose to comply with as many rules and regulations as their business is capable of, and they will ensure that records are properly kept. Company leadership is essential in ensuring compliance as it contributes to collaboration between departments and having policies and procedures that make the business run within the parameters of the legislation.

Lessons learned

In recent years, some highly publicized enforcement actions, including fines and penalties, license suspension, and revocation, have alerted the whole gambling industry. From such cases, there have been increasing efforts in reviewing processes, improving systems, and growing compliance departments.

Experience in the gambling industry has taught us that it is crucial to have a detailed understanding of the regulations that govern the relationship between operators and players. Where knowledge has been insufficient, inaccurate, or out of date, some business decisions have led to unwanted consequences, sometimes catastrophic ones.

Knowledge, a solid compliance culture, strong procedures, and willingness are the formula to be ready for a regulatory audit.

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