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Reporter: Erik Gibbs

Erik Gibbs covers global gaming news for His scope includes Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Erik has covered gaming markets in Europe and Asia for the past six years. Erik joined in November 2021.

Erik has written for numerous gambling- and a handful of industry publications has quoted casino-related media outlets over the years and. He is always excited to bring a new perspective on what's happening in the gaming space.

Erik enjoys following the global gaming industry, paying particular attention to innovation and regulation.

Originally from the US, Erik has spent extensive time living in various countries across the globe. He enjoys anything that has to do with the outdoors and exploration, although he readily admits that he would have no trouble spending all day fishing on a boat. He currently resides in Spain.

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2303 stories by Erik Gibbs

A photo of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Japan, where the proposed Nagasaki IR was to be located

Japan Rejects Integrated Resort Plan for Nagasaki

The Japanese national government's expert panel on integrated resorts (IRs) has rejected Nagasaki Prefecture's plan to develop a casino resort in Sasebo. It was the expected outcome, given the extensive delays in considering and approving the project following the approval of Osaka's...

Erik Gibbs December 27, 2023
Horses and jockeys participating in a horse race

‘Massively Intrusive’ Gambling Affordability Checks Not Welcome in Ireland

In a move that diverges from the UK's approach, the Irish government has ruled out implementing affordability checks for gambling customers who lose more than £100 (US$127) per month. This decision comes amidst growing concerns over the potential impact of such checks...

Erik Gibbs December 27, 2023
The border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia

Cambodia Denies Human Trafficking Claims Tied to Fake Gambling Business

Cambodian authorities have arrested a group of Thai nationals on allegations of criminal mischief and arson. They reject the assertion of the nine people that they were victims of human trafficking tied to false promises of high-paying casino jobs. Cambodian authorities issued...

Erik Gibbs December 26, 2023
The entrance to the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia

Crown Casinos Sued by Same-Sex Couple Over Alleged Retaliation for Sexual Orientation

A lesbian couple is suing Crown Resorts, G4S security, and Australia's Victoria state government. That's after they were arrested and allegedly assaulted by security guards at Crown Casino in Melbourne. The couple claim they were singled out solely because of their sexual...

Erik Gibbs December 26, 2023
The Brazilian flag flying against a backdrop of the sun

Brazil’s Sports Betting Market Closer to Launch Following Latest Approval

In a decisive move for the country and Latin American gaming, Brazil's Chamber of Deputies has finally approved the bill that regulates fixed-odd sports betting. The bill, which had been languishing in the legislative process for months because of opposition from the...

Erik Gibbs December 22, 2023

Dutch Gamblers Face Possibility of Mandatory Affordability Checks

In June of last year, the Netherlands' Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind, stated that the country wasn't likely to entertain overly strict online gambling measures. He's since changed his point of view, with restrictive affordability checks now on the table. The...

Erik Gibbs December 22, 2023
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Gambling Ads Land Google, TikTok and Facebook in Trouble in Brazil

Only days after streaming platforms faced problems in Italy because of gambling ads, Facebook, Google, and TikTok are now in trouble elsewhere. Brazil has targeted the social media and tech giants for the same issues. The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has issued...

Erik Gibbs December 22, 2023
The boardwalk in Willemstad, Curaçao

Curaçao Moves Closer to iGaming Overhaul as Reforms Head to Parliament

Curaçao is at a critical juncture with its National Ordinance for Games of Chance (LOK, for its Dutch acronym). The comprehensive gambling reform bill has reached Parliament for its approval, and promises to transform the island's gaming industry, which has historically been...

Erik Gibbs December 21, 2023
The Italian flag in front of the Victor Emmanuel II National Monument in Rome

Italy’s Planned iGaming Reforms May Violate EU Laws, Association Claims

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has issued a strongly worded statement expressing its deep concerns regarding Italy's proposed online gambling reforms. The message comes shortly after Italian trade groups voiced their concerns over the measures, as well. The decree, which...

Erik Gibbs December 21, 2023
The Albion Charles Hotel in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia’s Top Electronic Gaming Machines Operator Fined in Victoria

The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has fined the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) for not playing by the rules. The Endeavour Group subsidiary reportedly operated electronic gaming machines (EGM) outside of permitted hours at several of its properties....

Erik Gibbs December 21, 2023