|Playtech shares dropped nearly 9%. Up to 36% of Playtech’s total revenues come from Asian countries. Company representatives said that out of the EUR212.4 million made in the first half of this year, regulated markets accounted for just 35%, while unregulated ones generated 65%. Malaysia’s new attitude towards online gambling has drawn the industry’s attention to Asia last week. British betting giant William Hill’s operations in the Philippines are also being investigated. Some have speculated that the two events, while unrelated, could be the beginning of a broader crackdown on online casinos and sportsbooks in Asia.|
|“In a solid quarter, we were able to make up for the significant product sales of 2013 and for lower jackpot activity this year, and deliver stable revenues and higher profitability, thanks to the diversity of our revenue base,” said Marco Sala, CEO of GTECH S.p.A. “Our planned acquisition of IGT is progressing on schedule.”|
|Commenting on 9M14 results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, noted: “In the first 9-months of 2014 major existing projects in the US, Australia and Asia were extended and new ones are being successfully implemented. While the gaming industry undergoes consolidation, INTRALOT keeps focusing strongly on the lottery sector, its technological superiority and organic growth as we have done over the past years. The Group is making great technological leaps in order to offer innovative products and services to its customers, both on a B2B and a B2C basis. Moreover, we are in the process of taking actions in certain projects around the world in order to improve the Group’s financial performance in the near future. From a financial stand point, the Group continued to grow its sales, maintained its EBITDA profit before any foreign exchange impact and stabilized its net debt position.”|
|Italian retail and online sports betting operator Sindacato Nazionale Agenzie Ippiche (SNAI) has cited an increase in its video lottery terminal business and the introduction of virtual sports betting as drivers of a year-on-year 11.8% increase in revenue during the nine months through to September 30|
|Malta Secretary of Economic Growth Dr José Herrera said that changes to European legislation were inevitable and would provide a set of new challenges to Malta’s licensed igaming operators.|
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The tipping point has arrived. Regulatory changes, universal consumer adoption of digital communication technologies, and the adoption of multi-channel retailing by lottery operators are transforming the face of the industry. The convergence of social media, internet promotional strategies, and traditional advertising channels is opening up entirely new vistas for Lottery to connect with its customers.
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Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014