The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has forced us to adapt many aspects of our daily lives. Prolonged indoor stays are accelerating the evolution of eCommerce, have made home office the current standard working model for many, and have brought the classrooms of our school children into our homes. But what will remain of this adaptive behavior once the lockdown has been lifted?
As reported in the WLA blog back mid-last year, Apple announced numerous changes to their App Store Review Guidelines on Monday, June 3 2019, including new requirements for real-money gaming apps. The changes to the guidelines, which were announced rather abruptly and with little warning, were intended to ensure Apple could have the final say on which lottery and betting apps, if any, were qualified for the App Store.
- COVID-19 cases top 1.25 million as one-third of the world goes on lockdown
- Lottomatica, SELAE, and ONCE suspend all sales as China Sports and China Welfare resume operations on a rolling basis
- North American lotteries suspend VLT operations and close prize redemption claim centers
- Sports betting hit by adjournment of major events and competitions including the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Euro 2020, and the 2020 Summer Olympics
- All casinos in Las Vegas close as Macau casinos cautiously reopen
- Major turf events including the Kentucky Derby and the Grand National postponed as horse racing is cancelled or moved behind closed doors
- US congress approves USD 2.2 trillion relief package as 10 million Americans file for unemployment
- H2 Global Gaming's 2020 total gambling forecast now downgraded 12.1% on pre-outbreak estimates.
During the first quarter of 2019, global lottery sales rose 4% in aggregate over the equivalent period in 2018, with growth in Africa and Latin America pushing ahead of Asia Pacific for the first time in a year.
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