Interactive Gambling - 2006 and Beyond

30 January 2007

Top Stories of 2006

  1. U.S. prohibitionists get the job done.
  2. The industry feels the impact of prohibition.
  3. The European Commission questions member states' gambling policies.
  4. I-gaming executives are jailed for their companies' actions.
  5. Gambling is left out of the EU Services Directive.
  6. The Italian government tells ISPs to ban hundreds of I-gaming sites.
  7. Gambling operators in France and Germany fight to retain their monopoly statuses.
  8. I-gaming sports sponsorships draw money and wrath.
  9. Betting on World Cup games shatters wagering records.
  10. Antigua stays aggressive on its WTO stance.

What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, we were looking back on the most prosperous years the I-gaming business has seen to date. But in the fourth quarter of 2006, the process severing the U.S. I-gaming market began, and now the industry faces the upward battle of supplanting the U.S. players with growth in other international markets.

It has been a rollercoaster ride since the advent of I-gaming in 1995, and anyone who thought there were no more difficult times ahead was not being very realistic. So let us take a deep breath as we enter the next weightless plummet, and remember that in this industry, as strange as it sounds, what goes down must come up.

Check out the following articles for a closer look at 2006 and a look at what to expect in 2007:

A Look Back at 2006
Top Stories of 2006
The Best and Worst of 2006
A Glance at 2007

See also:

Interactive Gambling: 2005 and Beyond
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.