Tag: Lorien Pilling

GBGC: Drone racing gets betting boost

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Having long foretold the peculiar but pragmatic potential of betting on drones, Lorien Pilling of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, notes that one major US operator is beginning to take bets on it across at least five states.

Sport and retail gaming emerges from lockdown

Sport retail gaming emerges from lockdown
Sixteen weeks on from when the pandemic first began disheveling revenues in Macau, retail gambling businesses are tentatively reopening their doors - albeit to a very different world.

UK taxman’s VAT appeal on FOBTs dismissed

Lorien Pilling GBGC HMRC VAT tribunal comment
The Upper Tribunal has dismissed HMRC’s appeal relating to the VAT treatment of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) - write GBGC’s Lorien Pilling - which could lead to VAT refunds for the UK’s bookmakers.

GBGC: High street betting shops at an all-time low

UK Betting Shops all time low
The number of UK betting shops is at its lowest level since they were legalised in 1961, according to Global betting and Gaming Consultants

EU to create new anti-money laundering authority

EU anti-money laundering authority
After various incidents of dirty money moving through big European banks, EU ministers are cooking up new pan- European laws on money-laundering and a new..

Betting shop closures: reality bites

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Ministers must have thought the bookmakers were bluffing in their warning of how many shops would close, writes GBGC’s Lorein Pilling. Unfortunately that..

GBGC maps variation in FOBT fallout

GBGC maps variation in FOBT fallout
Two months on since the £2 FOBT stake was implemented, GBGC's Lorien Pilling looks at the early impact on bookmakers across the country.

Grey matters

ICR - iGaming Lorien Pilling Grey Matters
Gaming in Asia’s largely unregulated markets can be volatile, but for Isle of Man-based gaming consultant, Lorien Pilling, the rewards of operating in this vast and voracious region can be more than compensatory. The Asian continent is still many shades of grey for international gaming providers, yet revenue from the region is fast becoming a vital component on many a...

Consolidation of industry: Too big to differ?

Betting Business - Consolidation of industry ICE VOX
The gambling industry is divided on the question of whether consolidation will be positive for consumers and product innovation according to a poll at ICE VOX. Should we expect a consolidating gambling industry to become more or less innovative? Most people err on the side of the latter, but it’s a question that divides the industry. The economist Joseph Schumpeter predicted...

A new power: Online now dominant force in UK gaming

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Its debut appearance on the regulator’s books and online gaming is already claiming the lion’s share of the UK market. With this rapidly rising sector now controlling a 33 percent stake - and expanding the overall industry by one fifth - is the British model setting the course?   Online gambling has broken the mould in 2016 by becoming the largest...

Brexit: what now for UK gambling?

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As the dust begins to settle after a stormy month in British politics, Lorien Pilling, director of Global Gaming and Betting Consultants (GBGC), assesses the potential consequences of the ‘Brexit’ vote for the UK’s booming gaming industry.   The referendum is over but the political and economic fallout is only just beginning. So what has happened in the weeks after the...

Global Betting and Gaming Consultants – Betting: the global state of play

As another summer of sports starts, with both the Euro 2016 football championships and Olympic Games to look forward to, Lorien Pilling, director of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC), gives an update on the state of play within the global betting sector based on insights from its annual Global Gaming Report.   “Based on research for the new, 11th edition...

The long journey toward regulation in the Netherlands

Several operators - including many of the major players - have been eagerly awaiting the issuance of iGaming licences in the Netherlands for years, but it finally looks like the arduous journey could be coming to an end, writes Global Betting & Gaming Consultants (GBGC) director Lorien Pilling.   “The process of regulating internet gambling in the Netherlands makes the saga...