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    The founders of the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) have argued in favour of a more diverse range of players being involved in experts by experiences initiatives, going beyond those that have suffered gambling related harm.

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    MGM Resorts International has named Bill Hornbuckle, its current acting chief executive and president, to those roles on a permanent basis, as well as to its board of directors.

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    Esports betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has appointed Jeff Cohen as its new vice president strategic planning and investor relations.

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    Spanish online gaming association JDigital has appointed Andrea Vota as its first chief executive after a change in the organisation’s structure that also sees Bet365, Betway and Codere join its board of directors.

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    B2B marketing platform provider BlueRibbon Software has appointed Rafi Ashkenazi, former chief executive of The Stars Group, as a strategic advisor to the business.

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    GVC Holdings had appointed Sandeep Tiku, formerly its chief technology officer, as its new chief operating officer, and also announced a number of other changes to its senior leadership team.

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    Australian gambling operator Tabcorp has announced that David Attenborough will retire from his roles as chief executive and managing director in the first half of 2021.

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    Digital Isle of Man, an executive agency created by the island’s government to support development in the digital sector, has appointed Chris Kissack to the newly created role as head of esports.

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    The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has partnered research teams from Newcastle and Loughborough Universities to launch Parent Hub, a new portal through which it aims to educate parents and carers about the risks of loot boxes.

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    Operator association Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA) claims that consumer credit data does not give an accurate picture of public spending on gambling, amid what it called “alarmist” reports of a surge in activity across the country.

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    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the men’s 2020 Twenty20 World Cup, due to take place in Australia later this year, has been pushed back to 2021 as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    888 Holdings has named Limor Ganot as an independent non-executive director, effective 1 August.

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    The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate’s (Spelinspektionen) latest report on gambling amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic warns that the impact of the crisis on problem gambling figures will not be apparent until later in 2020 at the earliest.

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    New South Wales’ Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has ordered a military veteran’s club to pay AUD$200,000 in fines and costs after its conduct was ruled to have contributed to a patron’s suicide.

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    Genting UK, a subsidiary of Malaysian entertainment and gambling conglomerate Genting Malaysia Berhad, has announced that 1,642 jobs across its properties are at risk of redundancy as a result of disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The focus of the second day of iGB Live! Online shifted to B2B, with speakers including H2 Gambling Capital’s Ed Birkin, SKS365 chief Alexander Martin and Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard.

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    New research on women and gambling in Great Britain shows that female gamblers from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background are over-represented among those classed as ‘high risk’.

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    Casino operator Boyd Gaming has taken the “extremely difficult decision” to lay off staff members still on furlough, having warned in May that disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) could force it to significantly cut headcount.

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    The Belgian Ministry of Security and the Interior has issued a decree making the wearing of masks in the country’s gambling venues compulsory.

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    Sky Betting & Gaming’s former head of enterprise IT, Matt Richmond, has been jailed after pleading guilty to defrauding the company of more than £200,000.

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