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The first day of a conference is usually focused on opportunities in new markets but this year's World Gaming Executive Summit event in Barcelona was dominated by talk of social responsibility.

William Hill’s mooted reverse takeover of Amaya would create an industry leading gaming business which could achieve cost savings of around £100m according to analysts, but beyond that there is little to get excited about.

Strong performances by leading Nordic-listed iGaming operators and suppliers continued in 2016 as aggregate revenue rose by 39 per cent to approximately SEK17.6bn (€1.8bn).

The failure of the German State Treaty on Gambling is clear for all to see, even if this understanding is yet to translate into meaningful action. But the latest move by the state of Hesse may finally bring about change.

The UK government confirmed this week that it will review the law on allowing daytime TV advertising for sports betting and bingo, sparking concern within the industry. Broadcasters are also rightly concerned, having paid out significant sums of money to secure sports broadcasting rights on the assumption that they can recoup their investment through bookmaker advertising.