The investment funds which drive industry growth are showing increasing willingness to fund grey market activity, as regulated jurisdictions shed their reputation for stability, according to analysts.
Over the past 18 months the belief that regulated markets offer a safer environment for investment has been challenged on multiple fronts.
Increased enforcement activity on issues such as social responsibility, particularly in the UK, has resulted in many operators accepting hefty settlements and fines, and as the Gambling Commission widens its attentions from land-based gambling and fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to online gambling, the rate of enforcement only looks set to increase.
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