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    Aspire Global has struck a deal to acquire sportsbook technology provider BtoBet for €20m (£18.3m/$23.6m), allowing the supplier to extend its business into the sports betting vertical.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has reported a 22.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after a strong start to the period was halted by the impact of novel coronavirus on B2B and B2C operations.

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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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    Swedish gambling revenue for the second quarter of 2020 fell 4.1% to SEK5.94bn (£530.6m/€572.4m/$687.9m) as a 3.6% increase in online gambling revenue was not enough to offset the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the land-based sector.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    Revenue for Sazka Group-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP fell 34.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year due to the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, the operator said it saw performance rapidly recover once lockdown restrictions in Greece were eased and sporting events resumed.

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    Igaming content developer and distributor Gaming Realms has reported a 65.9% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first half of 2020, which in turn helped the business report positive earnings for the period.Ig

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    888 Holdings has appointed Yariv Dafna as its new chief financial officer, replacing Aviad Kobrine, who announced his departure in January.

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    Greek gaming and lotteries operator and supplier Intralot reported a 55.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after its B2B and B2C operations suffered from ongoing struggles in Turkey and Bulgaria.

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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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    The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has reported declines in revenue and turnover for its 2019-20 fiscal year, though management hailed the business’ resilience after it managed to avoid race cancellations over the period.

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    Social casino games developer and publisher Huuuge Inc. has announced plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in Poland.

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    France’s online gambling market reported a 5.6% year-on-year decline in revenue for the second quarter after the sports betting vertical saw stakes and revenue plummet as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Toronto-listed gaming content supplier Bragg Gaming Group saw revenue grow 74.2% year-on-year  in the first half of its fiscal year, aided by its second quarter contribution doubling as demand for online casino rose under lockdown.

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    The significant expansion and diversification of Flutter Entertainment’s operations through its acquisition of The Stars Group helped the operator mitigate the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of the year.

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    The Vietnam Lottery Company (Vietlott) will launch a pilot programme for SMS-based sales of its products in the second half of 2020, after seeing sales in the first half of the year grow to VND2.3tn (£78.9m/€83.6m/$98.9m).

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    Online gambling revenues drastically increased in Portugal during lockdown, with operators bringing in revenue of €138.9m, up 44.2%, in the first half of 2020, new figures from the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) have revealed.

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    Denmark’s regulated gambling revenue fell 19.2% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, after novel coronavirus (Covid-19) slashed land-based gaming and sports betting’s contribution in the second quarter.

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    Sweden’s AB Trav och Galopp says that the suspension of sporting events as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020 benefitted its performance, as customer attention shifted to its core horse race betting product.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly operator Veikkaus expects its 2020 profits to fall by as much as €300m, after reporting a 28.1% year-on-year decline in gross revenue and 33.6% drop in profit for the first half of the year.

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