Interactive Gambling - 2005 and Beyond

13 January 2006

Top Stories of 2005

  1. I-Gaming takes the London Stock Exchange by storm.
  2. European gaming interests battle over the preservation of state monopolies
  3. Consolidation in the I-gaming space has finally arrived.
  4. Slowly, the United Kingdom modernizes its gambling laws.
  5. Tasmania legalizes betting exchanges
  6. The World Trade Organization upholds its ruling that U.S. I-gaming policy is not compliant with WTO trade arrangements.
  7. I-gaming advertising slowly seeps back into the U.S. mainstream media.
  8. The industry struggles to deal with cheating.
  9. Authorities in several international jurisdictions crackdown on Internet gambling.
  10. The mood shifts ever so slightly toward regulation in the United States.

It's time again for a look at the year in review and a preview of the year to come. Without a doubt, the industry in 2005 built on its great successes of 2004, and the outlook for interactive gambling coming into 2006 is better than ever. Poker mania has yet to fall back into being a passing fad, the investment community appears to be bullish on I-gaming and consumers all over the world are accepting remote forms of gambling as a legitimate form of entertainment. Even some of the major problems faced by the industry (transaction processing issues, advertising restrictions, etc.) seem to be under control.

Check out the following articles for a closer look at 2005 and a look at what to expect in 2006:

A Look Back at 2005
Top Stories of 2005
The Best and Worst of 2005
A Glance at 2006

See also:

Interactive Gambling: 2004 and Beyond
Interactive Gambling: 2003 and Beyond
Interactive Gambling: 2002 and Beyond
Interactive Gambling: 2001 and Beyond
Interactive Gambling: 2000 and Beyond
Interactive Gambling: 1999 and Beyond

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.