Sports broadcaster ESPN takes a look at the future of sports betting (there will be robots!):

  • Some of the world’s largest tech companies are expected to emerge as bookmaking giants that will compete against established U.S. and international sportsbook operators, state lotteries, Native American gaming interests and fantasy sports sites for a share of the market.
  • Stock market-like sports betting exchanges will be created to cater to the more sophisticated bettor, while also presenting the sports leagues with a potential opportunity to profit directly off of legal sports gambling.
  • Robots — fueled by dynamic algorithms, motion-tracking cameras and microchips capable of ingesting troves of real-time data from athletes’ bodies — will increasingly dominate high-stakes sports betting.”

German online operator Mybet has warned investors that its original forecast for FY 2016 revenue of €59-62 is “no longer realistic;” and that it has reduced its predicted revenues to €43-46.

The UK Gambling Commission has published proposed amendments to its Remote gambling and software technical standards (RTS).

UK-based gaming consultant Steve Donoughue comments on the country’s recent government-initiated review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures: “The cynic in me thinks that by asking for vast amounts of data and research in just six weeks they are setting up the industry […] with a reduction in stakes and prizes and an advertising ban on the basis that they would not be able to provide the evidence in time and thus a precautionary principle would be invoked.”

“Tennis continues to dominate suspicious betting alerts,” sports integrity monitor ESSA reports.

Combining two hot trends, Costa Rica-based CGBets is offering skill-based games and Bitcoin wagering.

Casino gambling has a big future in Japan, one analyst predicts.