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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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2263 stories by Erik Gibbs

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UK’s Gambling Affordability Checks Face Elimination Following Public Outcry

Opponents of the UK government's proposal to implement mandatory affordability checks for gamblers and bettors have achieved a significant milestone. An official petition against the intrusive measure has garnered more than 102,424 signatures, which will lead to mandatory parliamentary intervention. The petition,...

Erik Gibbs December 1, 2023
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Social Media Use Linked to Gambling Addiction, New Study Shows

A recent study published by a team of researchers writing in The BMJ (the British Medical Journal) warns that social media use may have a link to health-risk behaviors in young people, such as increased participation in gambling. The research, "Social media...

Erik Gibbs December 1, 2023
Martín Insaurralde and his ex-wife, Jesica Cirio, in a public photo

Argentine Authorities Widen Casino Victoria Bribery Investigation

Earlier this month, Argentine authorities disclosed an investigation into Casino Victoria in Victoria, suspecting its involvement in a bribery scheme linked to former politician Martín Insaurralde. A search warrant was executed at the casino, resulting in the removal of records that investigators...

Erik Gibbs November 30, 2023
The Brazil Senate chamber sits empty

Brazil Senate Puts Sports Betting and iGaming Discussion on Hold

The Brazilian Senate has done it once again. It figured out a new way to delay a vote on a sports betting and iGaming bill, pushing back even further the legislative process that has stalled the project. Brazil's Senate plenary was to...

Erik Gibbs November 30, 2023
Vehicles enter and exit the Harwich International Port in the UK

Casino Trip Leads to Prison for Man Accused of Smuggling People Into UK

A Brit involved in smuggling migrants into the UK using a camper van has been sentenced to jail after his alibi was exposed as a fabrication, thanks to a casino receipt. Oozy Hughes, or Mark Newton, as he is also known, could...

Erik Gibbs November 30, 2023
Members of Brazil's Goiânia Esporte Clube soccer team huddle on the field

‘Maximum Penalty’ Match-Fixing Investigation in Brazil Enters New Phase

Brazil's Public Ministry of Goiás (MP-GO) has initiated the third phase of Operation Maximum Penalty to combat match-fixing in soccer. On Tuesday, search and seizure warrants were executed in eight cities across five states as part of an investigation into seven matches....

Erik Gibbs November 29, 2023
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United Arab Emirates Adds Ex-Missouri Lawman to Gaming Regulatory Team

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) may not yet be ready to officially announce the introduction of casinos. But it definitely appears to be headed in that direction. The new General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA) continues to expand, recently adding a retired...

Erik Gibbs November 29, 2023
The Mexican flag flies over the Zocalo, or Constitution Square, in Mexico City

Mexico’s Gaming Industry to Fight Government Over Recent Slot Ban

Two weeks after Mexico's president announced a ban on slot machines in casinos and gaming halls, representatives from the gaming industry are ready to fight back. They're gearing up to mount legal challenges in defense of their operations in what will likely...

Erik Gibbs November 29, 2023
Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army members pose on a tank they captured from the country's ruling military government

Gambling Targeted During Growing Myanmar Civil War

In Myanmar, the struggle against the military junta that seized power three years ago has evolved into a multifaceted resistance, with various militias and forces joining hands. Beyond the overarching goal of ending military oppression, a unique aspect has emerged – the...

Erik Gibbs November 28, 2023
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in Dortmund, Germany

Germany Lottery Winner’s Property Heavily Damaged in Alleged Arson Attack

A little more than a year ago, Kürsat "Chico" Yildirim won €9.9 million (US$10.83 million) in a lottery draw in Germany. Last week, part of those winnings went up in smoke when a residential building he owned in Dortmund caught fire. The...

Erik Gibbs November 28, 2023