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    The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is looking to gather stakeholder feedback on potential restrictions on the use of credit cards to fund online gambling, and how banks can help better protect players. Interested parties will have until 4 March, 2020 to share their views on controls such as an outright ban, and how and when this could be implemented.

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    The Australian Parliament has approved legislation to establish the country’s National Self-Exclusion Register, with the Morrison Government hailing its passage as filling a “critical gap” in the country’s consumer protection safeguards.

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    UK young people will have developed regular patterns of play and gambling habits by the age of 20, with more than half of 17 year-olds gambling in some form, a University of Bristol study claims.

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    The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has dropped six percentage points in the past year.

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    The UK Conservative Party will conduct a review of the 2005 Gambling Act should voters elect it into government at the General Election scheduled for 12 December, the party’s manifesto has pledged.

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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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    The New South Wales (NSW) Office of Responsible Gambling has set out details of a new funding opportunity for PhD scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships and study grants to build capability and capacity in gambling research.

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    888 Holdings has moved to address shareholders’ concerns over Brian Mattingley’s re-election as the operator’s non-executive chairman, after a significant percentage voted against his continuing in the position.

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    British media giant News UK has appointed Gaming Realms co-founder Simon Collins as its new managing director for betting and gaming.

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    iGaming content developer and aggregation platform provider Relax Gaming has named former Kindred Group executive Tommi Maijala as its new chief executive, with his predecessor Daniel Eskola shifting to a new role as chief commercial officer.

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    Veikkaus has announced that it will speed up the implementation of its social responsibility strategy, by introducing new marketing controls and bringing forward the introduction of compulsory identification on slot machines by a year.

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    Swiss addiction charity Sucht Schweiz has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to ensure the country’s citizens are aware of the potential dangers of online gambling.

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    Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has appointed Mark Blandford, the founder of Sportingbet, to its board as a non-executive director. Blandford will take on the new role with immediate effect.

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    Svenska Spel has appointed former LeoVegas chief marketing officer Petra Blixt as head of sales and marketing for its igaming subsidiary Svenska Spel Sport & Casino.

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    Simon Collins, the co-founder of Gaming Realms, is to step down from his role as a non-executive director on the mobile games developer’s board with immediate effect.

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    Centrist political party the Liberal Democrats has waded into the ongoing debate on responsible gambling in the UK, calling for a complete overhaul of the gaming sector’s approach to tackling responsible gambling.

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    GVC Holdings has today (30 September) launched the GVC Foundation, a new body that will execute its global corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, as well as announcing a host of new CSR projects.

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    NetEnt chief operating officer Björn Krantz has left the slot specialist after more than ten years, iGamingBusiness.com has learned. Following his departure, the company is to restructure its commercial teams into a single unit. 

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    Norway’s state-owned totalisator betting business Norsk Rikstoto has proposed establishing a mandatory monthly spending limit for all customers, with the country’s gambling regulator speaking out in favour of the proposal.

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