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    An improved performance from online and land-based slots, coupled with growth in lottery and betting revenue, saw the Czech Republic’s regulated gambling market grow 16.0% year-on-year in 2019.

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    H2 Gambling Capital saw the first gain in its 2020 gross gambling win forecasts this week since it started tracking the impact of the pandemic on the sector five months ago.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has reminded operators that its ban on the use of credit cards for gambling extends to payments made through ewallets and other money service businesses (MSB). 

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the Welsh government to extend the Business Rates Retail Discount to include betting shops, bingo halls and casinos in order to help protect industry jobs in the country.

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    H2 Gambling Capital has further downgraded its revenue forecast for the global gambling market as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to disrupt the sector.

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    Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that gambling companies will qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the UK Chancellor to provide emergency help to save thousands of jobs across the gambling industry, after fresh concerns were raised over the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on the sector.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has revealed that GVC Holdings pledged to donate the most money in the nine months to 31 December 2019, despite not adding to the amount it committed to in the first half of the year.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced that it will introduce a ban on the use of credit cards for all forms of online and land-based gambling from 14 April.

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    The Czech Republic Ministry of Finance has defended its decision to introduce higher taxes on certain gambling activities, after a national newspaper claimed the increases would harm the country's land-based market.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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    The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Finance has confirmed that it will increase the tax rate on certain gambling activities in the country from January 2020. Taxes will be split into three levels, according to how harmful the government perceives the activity to be.

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    Sweden’s newly regulated igaming market has generated total turnover of SEK3.29bn (£271.3m/€313.8m/$352.8m) in the first quarter of the year, with former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) dominating the channel. Svenska Spel Sport & Casino and ATG accounted for 50% of online market turnover over the three month period.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    Daub Alderney breached money laundering and protection rules

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    The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed it issued more than £18m (€20.1m/$23.6m) in fines to gambling companies during the past financial year

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    The shadow of regulation is looming large over the UK’s remote gambling sector, according to the latest iGB Market Monitor, and the resulting uncertainty has the sector on edge.

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    The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has said in a new report that although gross gambling yield from remote betting, bingo and casino sources remains steady, it noted a decline in the number of land-based facilities in the national market.

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    UK Chancellor George Osborne has announced that operators licensed in the UK will be required to pay tax on ‘free bet’ offers for online casino and bingo games.

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