The first half of 2014 represented a mixed bag for publicly-listed companies involved in online gaming, with the companies present on the Gaming Intelligence stock list seeing their combined share value drop by 3 per cent during the period, while Amaya’s acquisition of PokerStar’s parent Rational Group sent it to the top of the chart.

Compared to the combined growth of 28 per cent in 2013, the first half of 2014 was a tough period for many listed stocks.

In Q1 the combined average share price of the companies on the GI list fell marginally by 0.01 per cent, but the decline worsened during the second quarter, with overall results for the first half showing a 3 per cent decline.

Of the 60 publicly listed companies that make up the GI list, more than half (31) saw their share value increase between January 1st and June 30th, with 19 achieving double-digit growth.

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