Six things you need to know in gaming today – Thursday, February 12

Six things you need to know in gaming today – Thursday, February 12

Thursday, February 12, 2015 Totally Gaming

Last week at ICE Totally Gaming, Jenny Williams, the chief executive of the UK’s Gambling Commission, revealed that 90 per cent of the applications received for the new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 were submitted incomplete. Well now it appears that the same headache could be heading Down Under after the South Australian state government published a discussion paper that suggested the introduction of a “place of supply” tax for online gaming operators. The paper also proposed a new land tax on gaming machines. Nothing is decided yet, but operators are likely to be keeping an eye on developments with a mixture of intrigue and trepidation...

Scandinavian online casino operator Mr Green named Mikael Pawlo’s replacement as CEO today (Thursday), with former Boxer, SES-Sirius and MTG executive Per Norman set to take the role after the company’s annual general meeting on April 23. Norman led Mr Green’s IPO in Sweden and has been an adviser to the company since 2012 as well as a board member since 2014. It was announced in December that Pawlo would be stepping down in 2015, but he is likely to be appointed to a position on the board...

In other appointment news, PokerStars has recruited Shaz Mirza, a former executive at GTECH and Ladbrokes, as the company’s new director of mobile services...

Meanwhile there has been encouraging news for online gaming content developer Net Entertainment, which posted record revenue of SEK815.7m (€89.7m/$101.9m) in 2014, up 35 per cent on the previous year. As a result, operating profit jumped by 45.6 per cent to SEK261.7m while profit after tax increased from SEK167.1m in 2013 to SEK243.2m in 2014...

Kambi Group has also posted an impressive set of figures for 2014, with full-year revenue up by 70 per cent year-on-year to €36m. Profit after tax amounted to €1m while operating profit also hiked to €2.2m. Earnings per share for the year at the sports betting services supplier came in at €0.037, up from a negative of 0.937 in the previous year...

And finally, Evolution Gaming has opened a second live casino environment in the Latvian city of Riga for UK bookmaker William Hill. The new facility will initially feature one live roulette table and one live blackjack table, both of which will be open 24 hours a day and accessible via a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

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