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Major Upcoming Trends for the Online Gambling Industry In 2020

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Over the past two decades, online gambling has been ideally snowballing, mainly owing to the steady rise of both the internet as well as multiple technological advancements. Essentially, the internet is home to innumerable casinos boasting millions of players across the globe.

In 2020, the online gambling industry is expected to hit a massive $60 Billion in worth. And with the internet growing even more impactful, the competition among various casinos is set to grow fiercer with softwares also expected to more innovative than ever before.

Every year is rocked by various monumental technological innovations that inspire new projects and fresh ideas to the market, something expected to continue this year. So, what precisely is to be expected this year when it comes to online gambling, and how is technological progress set to impact the world of gambling this year?

Below is a list of some of the most exciting trends you can expect in 2020

1. Mobile and Social Gambling set to get even better.

Owing to the popularity of the distinct games now available on various social media websites, online casinos ideally went on to quickly include various social features within their games.

In consequence, players can now enjoy interactions with other players through participating in social slots, leader boards, challenges, among much more. Ideally, with new technology being adopted, social features will grow better, and many more casinos are set to use this concept.

Coupled with the significant social media surge, we witnessed the rise of mobile gadgets, and while mobile phones have been around for some time, mobile gambling has only gained popularity in the last few years.

Now, gamblers can effectively play on the go, and go on from where they left off while on their computers, as well as gain access to various casino games previously only accessible on their desktops.

Mobile gadgets are set to be a massive game-changer within the realms of gambling, attracting massive investments going forward. In 2020, over half of the globe’s population will own a smartphone!

Subsequently, numerous online casinos are already developing mobile apps, and we, therefore, should expect to see all other casinos going the mobile-friendly way. Moreover, game developers seem also to be aligning their productions with the same, with many of the new slots being produced being mobile-friendly.

2. More Payment Options

Currently, most of the significant online casinos allow a wide array of payment technologies and methods, and this number is continually growing every day. This is primarily because new techniques come up every year.

This year will not be any different, and we, therefore, expect to witness new payment solutions like Google Pay and Apple Pay also join the available payment options in most casinos.

Nowadays, the number of players opting for cash transactions when depositing grows lesser and lesser. Various methods like cryptocurrencies and e-wallets are increasing in popularity, and numerous online casinos are now accepting crypto-deposits. Multiple casinos are working distinctly with typical blockchain payments and don’t take any other methods.

This year, we expect to witness the growth in the number of typical crypto casinos.

3. New Gambling Rules and Regulations

Online Gambling is quite a profitable and significant industry as the $6 Billion projected figure outlines. However, as ComeOn and other major affiliate marketing brands-who promote various casino websites and brands across the world-outline, it can get even with better laws and regulations in place.

In 2020, we are set to the adoption of several new gambling regulations.

Problem gaming has in recent times, become an emerging concern, particularly in the European Space. Consequently, several countries have introduced various new regulations concerning online gambling, with more nations expected to do the same.

The Netherlands, for instance, is set to open its market to foreign operators after the adoption of new gambling laws at the start of 2020. Ideally, this means that the Netherland gambling market will effectively open in 2021.

Also, the distinct European Organization for Gaming Regulation is also set to adopt changes to its specific money-laundering laws. In essence, this will place online casinos under stringent control and may mandate casinos to get additional licenses.

With respect to players, it may lead to fewer welcome bonuses and promotions, not to mention more explicit conditions and terms that most of the players will gladly welcome.

In the USA, there are changes expected, especially with e-Sports betting and online gambling. In 2020, we should expect to see many more nations that permit online gambling within their borders.

Conclusion

Essentially, in 2020, the online gambling industry is expected to continue its remarkable growth, a year that is turning out to be quite an exciting one for the industry.

While you may notice that several of these trends, as mentioned above, have been around for a while now, they are, however, beginning to garner more attention and popularity within the industry.

Also, they are slowly evolving into entirely different concepts. With technology fast and continually changing, the online gambling industry is sure to have a thrilling year 2020!

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CN aims to re-open crucial rail line in flood-hit province this weekend

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Canadian National Railway Co said on Wednesday that it was aiming to re-open its track in the crucial Kamloops-to-Vancouver corridor in the flood-hit province of British Columbia this weekend.

The Pacific province, trying to rebuild after devastating floods in November, received more rain over the weekend and this week.

CN operates one of the two critical rail lines in British Columbia that were forced to shut due to flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains.

CN, which restarted limited service in the region last week, has now diverted some traffic from the corridor to the Port of Prince Rupert, while moving some of its trains on other available rail lines in the region, the company said in a statement.

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, the other main rail line operator, was also able to resume operations last week.

 

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru and Rod Nickel in Winnipeg; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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British armed forces to allow people with HIV to enlist

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Britain plans to allow people who have tested positive for HIV to join the armed forces if they no longer carry a detectable amount of the virus, its defence ministry said on Wednesday.

Military personnel who become infected with HIV after enlistment can already remain in the armed forces – though they are classed as not fully fit, a categorisation which the defence ministry said it planned to change too.

“Drug treatment has revolutionised the lives and outcomes of people diagnosed with HIV. As a modern and inclusive employer, it is only right that we recognise and act on the latest scientific evidence,” junior defence minister Leo Docherty said.

The United States also currently bans people with HIV from joining its armed forces, and has faced legal challenge over its policy not to allow enlisted personnel who are HIV positive to commission as officers.

With the right treatment, the amount of virus in the blood of people infected with HIV can be reduced to undetectable levels, which in turn effectively eliminates the chances of them passing the virus which causes AIDS on to others.

From early next year, serving British military personnel who have tested positive for HIV, but no longer carry a detectable viral load, will be classed as fully fit, meaning they can be deployed on military operations.

People taking drugs that reduce the risk of contracting HIV will also be able to join the armed forces. Historically anyone taking regular medication has been unable to join Britain’s armed forces, with limited exceptions such as contraceptives.

The planned changes were welcomed by Britain’s National AIDS Trust. “A career in the armed forces was the only career not open to people living with HIV in the UK, and with this much-needed change the military will be more able to meet its obligation to promote inclusivity within its ranks,” said Deborah Gold, the trust’s chief executive.

 

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Canadian regulator rejects Enbridge plan to sell oil pipeline space under contract

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The Canada Energy Regulator on Friday rejected Enbridge Inc’s plan to sell nearly all space on its Mainline oil pipeline under long-term contracts, rather than rationing it on a monthly basis.

The regulator (CER) said in a written ruling that the change would have dramatically changed how shippers gain access to the 70-year-old Mainline, benefiting some with contracts while hurting others who lack them.

“Overall, Western Canadian oil producers could suffer too many negative consequences,” the CER said.

A new proposed framework for setting tolls to move oil would also “excessively favor” those with contracts, the regulator said.

Enbridge planned to sell 90% of space under long-term contracts on the 3 million barrel per day Mainline, Canada’s longest oil pipeline system, which moves oil from Western Canada to refineries in Eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest.

Enbridge applied for the change in 2019 when demand for the Mainline greatly exceeded its capacity. That congestion has since eased.

Enbridge said it was reviewing the decision and would comment further after completing the review.

A party can appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal within 30 days, if it demonstrates that the CER erred, said CER spokesperson Ruth Anne Beck.

Fourteen shippers, representing 75% of the Mainline’s volume and primarily companies with refineries, expressed support for Enbridge, including Canadian producers Cenovus Energy and Imperial Oil. BP Plc, which has a U.S. refinery, was also an Enbridge supporter.

Canada’s biggest oil producer, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, was among the plan’s opponents, and said it was pleased with the decision.

Contracts would have allowed Enbridge to secure more of Western Canada’s long-term oil production even as rival Trans Mountain completes its mostly contracted pipeline expansion late next year. TC Energy Corp cancelled its Keystone XL project this year, freeing up more potential shipper demand for the Mainline.

The current toll system will remain in place on an interim basis.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Ismail Shakil in BengaluruEditing by Matthew Lewis and Christina Fincher)

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