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    Swedish casino games developer NetEnt has reported a 8.9% year-on-year increase in 2018 revenue, though increased costs saw profit decline in the fourth quarter of the year. Chief executive Therese Hillman has challenged the business to ramp up organic earnings growth in the year ahead.

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    Gaming technology supplier PlayAGS has completed its $49m (£38.1m/€43.4m) acquisition of slot route operator Integrity Gaming.

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    NetEnt has bolstered its presence in Pennsylvania ahead of the introduction of regulated iGaming in the US state by striking a deal with Parx Casino.

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    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and his Pennsylvania counterpart Josh Shapiro have attacked the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act and suggested that the department was influenced by anti-iGaming lobbyists.

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    SB 1126, a bill that would legalise sports betting and allow land-based casinos to open in Virginia, has been passed by the state’s Senate.

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    Asia-focused distributor QTech Games has launched a $3m funding round for a new gaming studio network that will seek to exploit the shift towards consolidation in the industry.

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    Gambling software provider iSoftBet has agreed a deal to support Czech state lottery operator Sazka with the launch of its next-generation online casino product.

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    The founders of UX design studio Bettor Faster have launched GamblingStartup.Ventures, a new mentoring programme for those looking to launch a new business in the industry.

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    Sports betting solutions provider Metric Gaming has agreed a joint venture with Swedish igaming operator Bethard Group that will see the partners provide a B2B solution for the US betting and gaming market.

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    US casino operator Eldorado Resorts has completed its deal to secure a $50m equity stake in William Hill, and 20% stake in its William Hill US subsidiary, as part of the companies’ 25-year US-focused sports betting partnership.

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    GentingBet, the sportsbook division of Genting Group, has applied for a licence in Spain as part of its plans to expand into a range of new European markets.

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    Betway is facing sanctions over issues related its ownership structure and the source of its funds, following an investigation into the business launched by the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC).

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    Igaming platform and software provider GAN has said that it expects revenue for 2018 to come in ahead of market expectations after the business was boosted by a strong performance in the second half of the year.

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    Nevada’s regulators have ratified William Hill’s launch of seven new sportsbooks and amended sports betting regulations to allow for the possibility of taking wagers from other US states in the future.

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    DraftKings has widened its igaming offering in New Jersey after agreeing a deal with Evolution Gaming to launch a live dealer gaming offering.

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    A bill that would clear the way for the first land-based casinos to be opened in Virginia, as well as legalising sports betting, has been passed by the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology.

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    Playtech-owned slot studio Quickspin has promoted Erik Gullstrand to the role of chief product officer, replacing the company's co-founder Joachim Timmermans in the position.

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    Hard Rock International has set out plans to open an integrated entertainment complex on the Japanese island of Hokkaido as part of its bid to secure a casino gambling licence in the country.

     

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    West Virginia may follow up last year’s legalisation of sports betting with the regulation of online poker and casino, should a new bill filed by Representatives Shawn Fluharty and Joe Canestraro pass into law.

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    Nevada’s new Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak has appointed Sandra Douglass Morgan as the chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB). Las Vegas native Morgan currently serves as director of external affairs for US telecommunications giant AT&T in the southern Nevada region.

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