From 1980s teenagers pumping all of their 25-cent pieces into Pac Man and Donkey Kong, to the dubious roots of online gambling in Central America serving the US market in the early 21st century, the profitable market of the rush of gratification from digital entertainment cannot be denied.

All the while, this industry (in well-regulated jurisdictions, anyway) doesn’t operate in a bubble. Compliance is king, and combating money laundering and other financial crimes is of paramount importance. Find out how blockchain (and the other “next big things”) will play a role in this high-growth tech-driven sector.

So what is next in the convergence of the digital world and our ever-decreasing dedicated leisure time? And how have the companies driving the technological capabilities also tapped into human nature to alter the landscape of human behaviour?

From remote gaming to the rise of fantasy sports, VR-enhanced digital gaming, and the massive demand for skills gaming such as esports, investing directly in a betting company is not the only way to profit from the hottest trends. (Even if it is the most obvious way to participate.)

The demand for creative gaming (whether for-, or not-for financial stakes) with ultra-realistic graphics and immersive interfaces has spawned a whole ecosystem (in Malta and beyond) where game developers, marketing affiliates, payment service providers, platform providers, and more are working together to provide faster, stickier, and more profitable digital entertainment solutions.