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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

Flags of EU countries fly in the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

Influencers Peddling Gambling, Other Activity Face Possible EU-Wide Regulations

Across the European Union (EU), several countries, including France, are taking action against influencers who promote gambling, cryptocurrency, and financial products. This piecemeal approach from country to country doesn’t impress the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which is pushing for regionwide...

Erik Gibbs July 24, 2023
An example of a hamster race from a Hamstersgg stream on Twitch

Betting on Hamster Races is Real, and It’s Live on Twitch

Streaming platform Twitch might be shying away from many forms of gambling content, but it’s adding a new one. Gambling on hamster races is real, and bettors can follow all the action on the Amazon-owned platform. is a website that bills...

Erik Gibbs July 24, 2023
Municipal Councilor of Mazara del Vallo, Italy, Giorgio Randazzo in a PR photo

Italian Anti-Mafia Lawmaker Arrested Over Attempted Sale of Top-Secret Mob Documents

The last mafia capo in Italy, alleged Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro, continues to make headlines. This time, it's not about the man responsible for illegal gambling, murder, and drug trafficking. Instead, it's about a local politician and a police officer...

Erik Gibbs July 21, 2023

UK Government Rejects Idea of Regulating Cryptocurrency Like Gambling

In the midst of political and economic upheaval in the UK, lawmakers have taken time out to discuss cryptocurrency. A plan that would have regulated crypto-like gambling, and even possibly given control to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has fallen flat. The...

Erik Gibbs July 21, 2023
PAGCOR officials and Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos attend the unveiling of PAGCOR's new logo

Philippines’ PAGCOR Adds Virtual Reality Casino to Online Gaming Plans

Despite calls for a ban on online gaming in the Philippines, the country's gaming regulator sees a lot of opportunity. It has already said that it wants to enter the online casino space, and a new announcement about the development of a...

Erik Gibbs July 21, 2023
The Italian Senate holds a legislative session

Major Gambling Reforms on the Table in Italy as New Laws Come Into Force

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies greenlighted major legislative reforms last week when it approved the country’s new Tax Delegation Law framework. Now residing in the Senate, the legislation includes an entire section on gambling, a follow-up to previous reforms that will pave the...

Erik Gibbs July 20, 2023
A Lottoland display stand at the ICE Totally Gaming Show

Lottoland Sues Google in South Africa for Not Allowing it to Advertise

Lottoland, which has banked its success on giving bettors the chance to wager on lottery results, is taking on Google. The company's South African arm accuses the tech giant of preventing it from advertising because of its business model, with both sides...

Erik Gibbs July 20, 2023
The Reichstag building in Berlin, home to the country's Parliament

German Gaming Operators Out of Luck in Fights With States

Administrative courts in Germany are demonstrating that European Union (EU) laws don’t trump local ones. Two courts, one in Berlin and another in Düsseldorf, have rejected claims by gambling operators that tried to argue that local legislation violates established EU protocols. In...

Erik Gibbs July 20, 2023
Chinese police officers conducting an exercise

Chinese Police Bust Illegal Gambling Ring, Seize $160M in Cryptocurrency

Authorities in China have dismantled another colossal gambling network that operates internationally following an investigation that reportedly lasted two years. At the same time, they seized $160 million worth of cryptocurrency. However, there may be much more to the story. Chinese media...

Erik Gibbs July 19, 2023
A loot box in the Overwatch video game

UK Takes a Swipe at Video Game Loot Boxes Through New Guidelines

The UK will soon see more stringent guidelines on the sale of video games, particularly when it comes to in-game purchases from loot boxes that offer random in-game items. With concerns over the potential gambling aspects of the items, gaming industry not-for-profit...

Erik Gibbs July 19, 2023