n the exclusive Q&A available on the official website of the Global iGaming Summit & Congress, www.gigse.com, CTBA’s Executive Director Alison Harvey admits that “Internet gambling could be a new source of economic development for tribes, if the interests of tribal governments and existing tribal gaming operations are taken into account in the formulation of the authorizing legislation.”
American Gaming Association’s shift in position from neutral to open to discussing internet gaming marks another significant event on the US iGaming lobbying. AGA represents Las Vegas casinos whose buy-in is critical for pushing the iGaming efforts forward, as indicated by the free excerpt from the from GamblingCompliance’s newly published independent study: Market Barriers: US Internet Gaming that explains US land-based casino industry’s objectives, concerns and interests.
As the political landscape in the USA is changing dynamically and key stakeholders warm up to the idea of legalising internet gaming in the USA, both land-based and online gaming companies from both sides of the Atlantic are positioning themselves now to have their market share secured for when the market opens up. As GIGSE’s speaker and former Harrah’s executive, Kevin Flood, CEO of Gameinlane.com, commented in an article, which he has made available on the GIGSE website: “When and if an online gambling bill is passed the companies that have established US online gaming brands, operations, and a pre-existing player base will be the winners.”
In order to help the industry formulate their US iGaming strategy, the official website of the Global iGaming Summit & Expo offers free educational materials, including the afore-mentioned report excerpts, articles and interviews. These extra articles provide excellent background knowledge, facts and statistics, to be subject to further and thorough discussion at GIGSE on May 11-13 in Montreal, Canada.