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    Virtual sports and casino game developer Leap Gaming has seen gross gaming revenue rise 123% for the opening five months of 2020, with the business now expecting to post a profit in the third quarter of the year.

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    Malta-based gaming group Enlabs has added esports betting to its flagship brand Optibet, through a new partnership with B2B supplier EveryMatrix.

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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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    Global mobile payment and mobile identity company, Boku, has conditionally agreed to the acquisition of Estonia-based Fortumo Holdings and its subsidiaries in a deal with a maximum value of $41 million.

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    California residents will have to wait further for an update on the status of legal sports betting in  the state, as the latest hearing on bill SCA 6 has been pushed back to June 23.

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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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    Pennsylvania’s online gaming revenue has once again grown strongly month-over-month, while sports betting revenue has significantly increased from April 2020. 

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    FanDuel Group announced a multi-year partnership with the Denver Broncos, becoming an official sports betting and daily fantasy partner of the National Football League (NFL) team.

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    A poll commissioned by Clean up Gambling, a new advocacy group for gambling regulatory reform founded by Matt Zarb-Cousin and Derek Webb, claims the public is strongly in favour of new restrictions for online gambling operators in Great Britain.

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    The British Gambling Commission has struck back at an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report which said it was “not fit for purpose”, dismissing the claims levelled at the regulator as “untrue”.

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    More gamblers in Sweden have decreased play than increased during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but more than a quarter of high risk customers are playing more according to a Lund University study.

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    Betting services supplier Sports Information Services (SIS) has expanded its horse racing portfolio through agreements with Czech racetrack operator LAB, and Kincsem Park, the home of Hungarian racing. The deals see SIS become the exclusive distributor of live pictures and data of horse racing in the two countries.

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    The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has published its final report on igaming harms, concluding that a range of strict new controls should be introduced, including a total prohibition on advertising and banning online in-play betting.

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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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    Brazil’s Investment Partnerships Programme (PPI) Council, the government body responsible for driving investment in the country, has included sports betting in its plan to raise BRL37.03bn to help the country recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced the creation of the Esports Education and Youth Leadership Commission.

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    The percentage of the British public who have gambled appears to be in decline as lockdown continues, but online casino play is on the rise, according to new data from the Gambling Commission.

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    Leading responsible gambling charities the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and GamCare are accelerating the digital transformation of their educational resources during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group has reported an 11.5% year-on-year decline in gross gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2020, after the business’s retail gaming operations were disrupted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) from mid-March.

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    The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) has issued cease and desist orders to ten operators targeting Swedish consumers without a licence.

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