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    Indiana sportsbooks took in revenue of $9.8m in June, up 47.6% from July, as stakes hit $1.20bn and revenue exceeded $100m for the first 12 months of legal sports betting in the state.

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    Mobile gaming platform Skillz Inc will go public on the New York Stock Exchange through a merger with special purpose acquisition company Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp.

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    Free-to-play games provider SportCaller announced it will integrate its full portfolio of free-to-play games into Scientific Games’ OpenMarket content aggregation platform, with a view to expanding its reach globally. 

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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has called for online in-play betting in Australia, claiming the lack of legal live wagering contributes to "stubbornly high" levels of offshore activity.

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    B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming announced it will launch a follow-on from last year’s Premier League season-long fantasy contest, The Quarter Million, by offering a guaranteed prize pool of €1m for the 2020-21 season.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has announced that its temporary leniency for online bingo announced on 1 May will come to an end this week, on 1 July.

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    California-based parent Rebecca Taylor has filed a class action complaint against tech giant Apple, alleging that by providing games containing loot box mechanisms through its App Store, Apple is complicit in or guilty of promoting gambling products to children.

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    R. Franco Digital, the digital division of R. Franco Group, has signed an ongoing strategic partnership deal with gaming technology and service provider, Betconstruct.

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    Andrew Wilkie, the Independent Australian Member of Parliament for Clark, Tasmania, has launched a push to have social casino games outlawed across Australia, in an effort to reduce gambling-related harm in the nation.

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    Social games developer Zynga has agreed a deal to acquire Peak, the mobile gaming business behind the Toon Blast and Toy Blast game franchises, for $1.8bn (£1.45bn/€1.62bn).

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    Social casino operator KamaGames has expanded its standalone video poker app with the addition of a number of new games and updates

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    The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called on the video games industry to commit to removing gambling-style elements such as loot boxes from games targeted at under-18s.

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    Fantasy sports software provider Scout Gaming Group has named Terje Bolstad as group chief operating officer as it prepares for a period of significant expansion.

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    DraftKings has launched its mobile sportsbook in the West Virginia market, while the operator has also added NetEnt content to its igaming offering in New Jersey.

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    Social betting startup Wager has launched its peer-to-peer betting platform for players in the UK market.

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    Scout Gaming Group has launched player odds sportsbook, a new product that combines elements of daily fantasy sports contests with fixed odds betting elements, alongside a new promotional tool, Betflex.

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    Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary has begun its overhaul of the recently-acquired Polish betting and gaming business Totolotek, with a number of enhancements made across retail and digital channels.

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    The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned William Hill and Flutter Entertainment to refine how their advertising targeting strategies, after promotions for each operator appeared in an app seen as being of particular appeal to minors.

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    JPJ Group has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the majority of its technology partner Gamesys’ assets for a total consideration of £490m (€549.8m/$620.9m).

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    Fantasy sports provider Scout Gaming Group has reported increased losses in the first quarter of the year, despite revenue more than doubling to SEK3.5m.

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