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    The Minister for the Interior in the German state of Hesse has claimed no operator has filed an application for a federal sports betting licence, warning that companies will face immediate action if they continue to operate without certification.

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    Online gaming revenue generated by operators across the European Union (EU) in 2018 amounted to €22.2bn (£18.7bn/$24.6bn), with the market expected to grow to almost €30bn by 2022.

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    GVC Holdings has appointed Jette Nygaard-Andersen, an experienced media, digital and entertainment executive, as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

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    Michigan’s Senate is expected to pass bills to legalise sports wagering and online gaming later today (11 December), after the Regulatory Reform Committee gave its approval to a number of amendments to each piece of legislation.

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    New Jersey’s online gambling industry created 1,851 jobs in the state and brought in $52.3m in taxes in 2018, according to a new report from iDEA Growth, the iDevelopment and Economic Association.

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    Betsson has confirmed that it has acquired a 75% stake in the Brazilian sportsbook operator Suaposta, ahead of the country’s government passing sports betting regulations.

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    Indiana’s regulated sports betting market saw strong growth in customer stakes in November, though revenue declined month-on-month, according to the latest figures from the Indiana Gaming Commission.

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    Sports data and content provider Sportradar has agreed a strategic partnership with engagement specialist PrizeLogic, whereby the two parties will supply brands with a turnkey solution to better activate sport sponsorships and engage consumers.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has announced a series of updates to its online casino certification, with deposit limits set to become mandatory from 1 January, 2020.

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has revealed that despite issuing sanctioning licensees on 21 occasions in 2019, Åland Islands-based Paf is the only operator to have paid the sum owed.

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    Natural Intelligence, a technology business that operates comparison websites, has acquired sports betting tips platform Tipstrr for an undisclosed sum.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has confirmed that the initial public offering of share in lottery and gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has raised €1.89bn for state coffers.

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    The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech Republic government in a long-running legal battle with land-based casino operator Casino Kartáč over online roulette. This had seen the operator look to recoup CZK6.9bn in estimated lost revenue, after a 2006 request to launch online games was rejected.

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    White label and gaming platform provider FSB Technology has announced the appointment of Andrew Bowen, formerly of Ladbrokes and Scientific Games, as its new chief financial officer.

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    The Philippines city of Makati has declared an indefinite moratorium on the issuance of new business licences and permits to service providers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

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    Stockholm-listed casino games developer NetEnt has announced the launch of a new aggregation platform in the form of NetEnt Connect, featuring content from recently acquired slots specialist Red Tiger Gaming.

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    EveryMatrix has announced that it is to close its four white label websites in Denmark, but committed to continuing to provide a fully certified platform and software solutions to licensed operators in the country.

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    An appeal against the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) decision to limit Videoslots’ operating licence to a two-year term has concluded with the operator having its licence extended to 31 December, 2023. The Linnköping Administrative Court ruled a regulatory settlement with the GB Gambling Commission was insufficient grounds for curbing the licence duration.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the newly formed trade association for the UK gambling industry, has appointed former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher as its new chief executive.

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    Gambling operator Caravel Entertainment has secured licences to offer online sports betting and games of chances in the Portuguese market. Caravel now plans to launch real-money igaming under the Moosh brand.

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