Industry 2021 predictions

After the unprecedented disruption in 2020, iGB brings together a host of leading industry figures to find out what they believe will shape the sector in the coming year.


This year's predictions series is the broadest and most comprehensive put together by the iGB team.

It features established industry names, such as Betsson, La Française des Jeux and Novomatic, alongside up-and-comers including Bally's Corporation and Eyas Gaming.

Part one - igaming operators and suppliers

Anthony Evans, VP of product strategy, Playtech Ciara Nic Liam, commercial director – gaming, Betsson Stéphane Pallez, chairwoman and CEO, FDJ Group Joe Saumarez Smith, chairman, Eyas Gaming

Part two - land-based operators and suppliers

Brendan Bussmann, partner, Global Market Advisors Johannes Gratzl and Ryszard Presch, members of the executive management board, Novomatic Frank Kennedy, senior VP of casino operations, Four Winds Casino George Papanier, president and CEO, Bally’s Corporation

Part three - finance

Julian Buhagiar, co-founder, RB Capital Simon Holliday, founder, H2 Gambling Capital Christian Tirabassi, senior partner, Ficom Leisure

Part four - marketing

Michael Daly, vice president North America, Catena Media Clive Hawkswood, industry consultant and former CEO, Remote Gambling Association Anika Howard, vice president brand marketing and digital, Foxwoods Resort Casino Harry Lang, marketing director, Buzz Bingo

Part five - people

Camilla Bille, vice president people and culture, Better Collective Andrew Bulloss, partner and head of the gaming practice, Odgers Berndtson Marwa Mitchell, vice president recruitment North America, Pentasia

Part six - technology and innovation

Mohit Kansal, partner, Clairvest Nikos Konstakis, VP sportsbook, SG Digital Cristina Turbatu, head of innovation lab and marketplace, Playtech Mattias Wedar, chief product and technology officer, LeoVegas

Part seven - regulation

Mark Balestra, partner, Segev LLP Melanie Ellis, partner, Northridge Law Gustaf Hoffstedt, chief executive, Branscheforenigen för Onlinespel (BOS) David McLeish, partner, Wiggin

Part eight - social responsibility

Maris Catania, head of responsible gaming and research, Kindred Grainne Hurst, group corporate affairs director, Entain Daniela Johansson, deputy CEO and chief responsibility officer, PAF Matt Zarb-Cousin, founder, Clean Up Gambling