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Irish Stance on Loot Boxes 'Not Gambling'

Loot boxes in video games are the true definition of the expression, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." After all, to video game makers, loot boxes represent an opportunity to boost revenue while giving players a chance to boost their fortunes in the game. To gambling regulators, however, loot boxes look more like…

Gaelic Athletic Association Axes Betting Sponsorships

In a surprise move the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's largest amateur sporting organization, recently voted to ban all its members from accepting sponsorships from betting operators. The move was not just surprising, it was also very popular, 93 percent of delegates in attendance supported the measure. According to a report in the Irish Times,…

Citing Potential Job Losses, Ireland Puts Brakes on Gambling Tax

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is putting the brakes on a plan to double his country's current tax on gambling. Donohoe, and other government officials are worried that such a massive increase would create job losses and push punters towards illegal gambling operations. Donohoe's plan to double the current tax on gambling operators from one…

DraftKings Sets Sights on Irish Expansion

DraftKings, the once ubiquitous US daily fantasy sports site, is looking to expand its international operations to Ireland. It's the first major expansion announcement from the company since US regulators put the brakes on its proposed merger with its biggest rival, FanDuel. News of the proposed expansion was first reported by business news site Fora.com…

Ireland Considering Major Gambling Tax Reforms

The Irish Department of Finance is taking a hard look at how it taxes the gambling industry. In particular, the Department is reviewing how the gambling tax reforms it introduced in 2015 are holding up. Reports indicate that the review is part of the normal workflow at the Department, but the results of such a…

Hackers Hit Irish National Lottery Site

Hackers hit the Irish National Lottery with a major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week that disabled the lottery's website, as well as free-standing ticket kiosks. Though the attack was short lived, only about two hours total, its scope should be enough to leave lottery officials plenty shaken. After all, most DDoS attacks…