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    Scientific Games' losses increased in Q2 as revenue fell 37.2% to $539m (£423m/€465m), but the business said its results were "better than expected" given the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    A total of 43.3% of Czechs aged 15 or older gambled in the past year, up from 39.8% the year before but below levels in 2017, according to the Czech Ministry of Finance's latest annual gambling report.

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    The province of Alberta will launch online gambling after entering selecting platform provider NeoPollard Interactive to power its offering through a tender process.

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    Colombian regulator Coljuegos has updated its gaming regulation to help the sector weather the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, allowing for the operation of scratchcards and video bingo games.

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    Lithuania’s land-based casino industry faces a “very high” risk from money laundering, while the remote gambling sector faces a high risk, according to a risk assessment carried out by the country’s government.

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    Sweden's liicensed gambling operators reported revenue of SEK5.90bn in the first quarter of 2020, down 1.4% from 2019, according to new figures from regulator Spelinspektionen and the Swedish Tax Agency.

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    International Game Technology (IGT)’s revenue declined 17.9% to $940.2m in the first quarter of 2020, while a $296m impairment charge related to the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) saw the supplier post a loss for the period.

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    More people in the UK have stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play, according to new data from the British Gambling Commission, though the regulator warned that evidence suggested session length for existing customers had risen.

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    Danish government-owned operator Danske Spil recorded a record-high profit in 2019 despite a dip in revenue, as the sale of game developer CEGO boosted its bottom line.

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    Loto Quebec’s revenue fell 11.1% to $685.6m as a lack of larger jackpots slashed lottery revenue, while revenue from other verticals also declined in the quarter ended 31 December, the third of the operator’s fiscal year.

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    Svenska Spel's revenue declined and new taxes slashed profits in what chief executive Patrik Hofbauer called “the most tumultuous year in the history of the group and the [Swedish] gaming industry.”

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    Schleswig-Holstein claims that Germany’s 16 federal states have made a breakthrough in negotiations over a new State Treaty on Gambling, describing the agreed model as a “really good result” for all jurisdictions.

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    Just under one in six Australians aged 16-17 gambled in the past year, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's (LSAC) annual statistical report.

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    The gambling industry in Spain produced €7.77bn in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in 2018 with the online sector rising 22.5% to bring in GGR of €812.0m, according to new figures published by the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), the country’s gambling regulator.

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    The gross gambling yield of the British gambling industry declined 0.3% year-on-year to £14.36bn in the year ending 31 March 2019, as remote gambling revenue fell 0.6% to £5.3bn despite higher stakes, according to new figures from the GB Gambling Commission.

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    The Malawi Gaming Board is preparing to launch a request for proposals (RFP) process to award additional sports betting, casino and wide area progressive licences in the country.

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    Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec has reported a 1.53% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of 2019, despite seeing a decline within its draw-based games business.

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    A trio of associations representing French land-based casino operators and their staff have called on the country’s government to confirm that La Française des Jeux (FDJ) will remain prohibited from offering casino games once privatised.

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.

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    The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has posted record revenue of CAD$2.59bn for the 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase of 3.5% from the prior year.

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