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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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2302 stories by Erik Gibbs

The sun sets behind Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

‘Largest Poker Event in South America’ Coming to Brazil

The poker ecosystem in Latin America will raise the bar on live tournament events if everything goes according to plan. In January of next year, the Kings Series of Poker (KSOP) GGPoker South America will take place in Brazil, and is being...

Erik Gibbs August 10, 2023
A view of Hellinikon, Greece from the air

Hard Rock’s Planned Casino in Greece Reportedly in Financial Trouble

Hard Rock International's plans to bring a massive integrated resort (IR) to Athens, Greece, may be faltering. The original plan had the government providing financial assistance. But it is now requesting that Hard Rock and its partner, Gek Terna, contribute more to...

Erik Gibbs August 10, 2023
The Sportsbet sign at Pakenham Racecourse in Australia

Australia’s Sportsbet Sees Profits Slip Amid Higher Taxes and Marketing Spend

Flutter Entertainment has presented a financial health report for Sportsbet, its Australian sports betting arm. It reported a slight drop in revenue for the first half of the year that resulted in new taxes. But it could also be because the company...

Erik Gibbs August 10, 2023
The UK flag flies in front of Big Ben

UK Gambling Commission “Out of Touch,” Again Under Fire from Political Figures

The affordability checks the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) wants to impose are going to have "crippling and absolutely devastating" consequences. This is the position of Member of Parliament Philip Davies, who has sent a warning to the horse racing industry about "the...

Erik Gibbs August 9, 2023
Xi Jinping, China’s president, participates in a session on the opening day of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia in 2018

China’s Ministry of State Security Allegedly Hacking Online Gambling Platforms

Someone may be prying on your gaming activity when you visit an online casino. A recent study revealed that government, telecommunications companies, and even online gambling operators across at least 17 countries have fallen victim to cyberattacks. These were allegedly carried out...

Erik Gibbs August 9, 2023
Chelsea FC players pose for a photo with no sponsor on the front of their jerseys

Sports Tech Data Company Infinite Athlete to Sponsor EPL’s Chelsea after Loss

Premier League (EPL) soccer team Chelsea has had some trouble finding a front-of-shirt sponsor. First came losing Paramount to league objections, then a cryptocurrency company that folded, and then online gambling platform, following fan backlash. Chelsea may have finally found a...

Erik Gibbs August 9, 2023
Catalonia, Spain's Minister of Health, Manel Balcells, in an interview

ICE Gaming Summit, New Hard Rock Casino in Barcelona, Spain, Become Political Weapons

Before the year is over, Hard Rock International and the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) gaming summit may become political weapons in Catalonia, Spain. Recent comments by the autonomous community's Minister of Health, Manel Balcells, appear to hint that not everyone is excited...

Erik Gibbs August 8, 2023
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian participating in a Senate hearing.

Philippine Senator Questioned Over Alleged Family Ties to China and Gambling Project

The Philippines' gaming industry has come under fire recently, mainly over controversies surrounding Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs). Leading the fight to eradicate them, as well as possibly all online gaming, has been Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. He now faces a controversy of...

Erik Gibbs August 8, 2023
A view of Adelaide, South Australia, from the air

South Australia’s Gaming Regulator Backs Ban on Liquor Shots at Clubs

The central business district (CBD) in Adelaide, Australia, may soon become a little more boring for some people. While clubs and pubs see a forced decrease in their slot machines, they're also dealing with new limits on when their patrons are allowed...

Erik Gibbs August 8, 2023
Fans of the Italian soccer team Napoli celebrate its championship in May

Love of Soccer Leads to Arrest of Mobster Linked to Italy’s Camorra Mafia

The success of Italian Serie A soccer club Napoli has led to the capture of one of the country's most wanted fugitives. Vincenzo La Porta, a high-ranking figure of the Camorra mob, had been hiding out from the law for 11 years...

Erik Gibbs August 7, 2023