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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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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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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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    London-listed online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has credited efforts to diversify its geographic footprint with helping the business report record revenue and earnings in 2018. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up 10% year-on-year at £319.6m (€373.5m/$424.0m), the highest full-year figure since the business was formed in 2014.

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has agreed to sell its B2C subsidiary Bear Group to River iGaming for a total consideration of £11.5m.

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    Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    The founders of UX design studio Bettor Faster have launched GamblingStartup.Ventures, a new mentoring programme for those looking to launch a new business in the industry.

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    Igaming platform and software provider GAN has said that it expects revenue for 2018 to come in ahead of market expectations after the business was boosted by a strong performance in the second half of the year.

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    The parent company of New York-based multi-purpose venue Madison Square Garden could be set to move into the sports betting market after applying to trademark its MSG brand for sports wagering purposes across online, mobile and social media

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    Becomes official sports app partner for Spanish football body

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    Inspired Entertainment has appointed Brooks Pierce, formerly of Aristocrat Technology and Scientific Games, as senior vice-president, North America

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    KamaGames has reported a 63.5% year-on-year increase in revenue for the 12 month to December 31, 2017

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    Aristocrat Leisure has today (Wednesday) completed its previously announced acquisition of Big Fish Games from Churchill Downs Incorporated

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    The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published new research that suggests children are experiencing gambling in situations where the risks are not always explained

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    Aristocrat Leisure has today (Thursday) entered a binding agreement to acquire social gaming company Big Fish Games for $990m (€833.9m)

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    Zynga has announced that it achieved its best top-line performance in four years during the third quarter, while the company has also entered into an agreement to acquire Peak Games’ mobile card games studio

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    PokerStars has opted to relaunch its ‘PokerStars Play’ social gaming service in select markets around the world.

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    KamaGames Group has revealed plans to enhance its presence in China and the wider South East Asian market.

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    Zynga has revealed that it was able to break its mobile revenue record for the second consecutive quarter, while also confirming its best top-line quarterly performance in four years.

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