Interactive Gambling: 2002 and Beyond

31 December 2002

Top Stories of 2002

  1. The payment processing crisis is a bigger burden than ever.
  2. P2P is the real deal.
  3. More jurisdictions adopt prohibition.
  4. Regulators and policymakers grapple with border control.
  5. "Tier 2" jurisdictions have their day.
  6. California embraces interactive race wagering.
  7. New York's attorney general is on a mission.
  8. The DCMS all but seals the deal for I-gaming in the United Kingdom.
  9. World Cup betting invigorates a slumping industry.
  10. The Pick 6 scandal rocks the betting world.


And so another year of Interactive gaming news is in the books. For those who are relatively new to IGN, or simply forgetful, every year on or around New Years we reflect on the past 365 days of news affecting the I-gaming industry and take a look at what's in store for the next 365.

Without a doubt, 2002 was the toughest year yet for the interactive gambling; the industry continues to search for solutions to the most of the challenges it faced at the end of 2001, but resilience and a consumer demand for online gambling that won't be denied have kept the ship afloat. Through it all, I-gaming remains one of the few Internet industries with a lot of promise.

Among other things, 2002 was the year MGM Mirage officially entered the business, interactive TV betting took the United Kingdom by storm, P2P betting made its presence known and Hong Kong banned offshore betting.

And now for a glimpse at what was and what will be. . .

A Look Back at 2002
A Glance at 2003

Mark Balestra

Mark Balestra is the Managing Director at BolaVerde Media Group. He previously worked at Clarion Gaming and the River City Group where he was the publisher of iGamingNews. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.