Could the emergence of new technologies, and the metaverse in particular, blur the lines between real life and cyberspace through virtual and augmented reality? Or does it simply present a pathway to a fresh gambling scene?

That is one of the key questions posed in the latest edition of the SBC Leaders magazine, where Mark Robson, CEO at Eminence Holdings, Ben McDonagh, CEO and Co-Founder of Green Jade Games, Vladimir Malakchi, Evoplay’s CCO, Suren Khachatryan, Technamin’s Founder and CEO, Robin Reed, CEO at HappyHour, Dmitry Starostenkov, EvenBet CEO, and Alex Kornilov, Betegy’s CEO, were quizzed what implications the VR world could have on the gaming sector.

Also in this section of the latest issue, Paul Malt, Head of Games at Betsson, examines slot design, where ponders the question: when does a slot title go too far in terms of pushing the boundaries of social responsibility, good taste, and decent?

Elsewhere, following significant US-based development through 2022 thus far, Lindsay Slader, managing director of gaming at GeoComply, and Sarah Robertson, SVP of sales at Kambi, assess the main talking points, potential threats, and which North American regions, if any, pose a challenge to New York.

Our US section also asks whether first mover advantage is the be all and end all for success in the post-PASPA market, or if sportsbooks can afford to be ‘late to the party’.

Triple Ripple Group President and CEO Kym Sleezer asks how differentiation will shape success in Latin America during the coming year. 

He puts forward his case for why the traditional B2B technology partnership model must be restructured if operators want to achieve their expectations in the region.

Furthermore, the growing influence of the internet has changed the way in which the betting and gaming industry consumes information and positions itself as a form of entertainment forms a key focus for Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall.

In the lead interview, reflection is offered on the ups and downs of his career in the betting and gaming industry, and how he has established Betsson as one of the frontrunners in the sector.

Among the leaders featured in this edition of the magazine is AstroPay CEO Mikael Lijtenstein who sets his sights on further European expansion – a topic which he also discussed in a previous edition. 

The CEO dives into the reasons why an in-depth knowledge of individual markets is needed to navigate an ever-changing payment landscape across Europe., as well as touching upon the growing acceptance of contactless payment technologies and how this presented a new window of opportunity for AstroPay to expand its global footprint. 

Rounding off this edition of the magazine, Enrico Bradamante, Founder and Chair of the iGEN trade association, looks ahead to CasinoBeats Malta as he highlights why the island is the ‘place to be’ for gaming companies.

Read the full magazine HERE.