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    A senior figure at games developer Electronic Arts (EA) has defended loot boxes in a committee grilling by MPs, likening them to Kinder Egg surprises.

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    North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have joined forces with Highlight Games to develop the first virtual sports betting game based on the US league.

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    Online betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has agreed a partnership with Dignitas, the esports organisation owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE).

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    Free-to-play sports prediction games developer SportCaller has agreed a deal to roll out its content with gambling operator Kindred Group. Games based on football, tennis, basketball and racing will all feature in the offering.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new initiative aimed at improving public knowledge of gambling linked to video games, namely skin betting and so-called loot boxes.

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    Gambling operator Stanleybet Group has appointed Christian Maglia as chief commercial officer of its B2B subsidiary, Magellan Robotech. Maglia has previously worked for the likes of Sportradar and BetGamesTV.

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    Online gambling operator Esports Entertainment Group has applied to list its common shares on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Subject to relevant approvals, the operator will trade $11.5m worth of shares.

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    The Office of Responsible Gambling for the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has provided almost AU$400,000 in grants to fund research into reducing and preventing gambling-related harm.

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    Washington State-based tribal casino operator the Quinault Indian Nation has accused Valve Corporation of facilitating illegal gambling on its online video games distribution platform Steam in a new lawsuit.

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    The Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has successfully petitioned the country’s telecommunications providers to block access to 25 unlicensed gaming websites, including 15 skin betting domains.

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    The Governor of Puerto Rico Rosselló Nevares has announced plans to introduce legislation to regulate online and in-person sports betting in the US-controlled territory.

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    Social casino studio KamaGames has reported a 33% increase in revenue for 2018, with the Pokerist operator crediting its focus on personalised promotional campaigns and efforts to improve player retention as key drivers of growth.

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    A bill from New Jersey Assemblymember Ralph Caputo would formalise the penalties imposed on licensees that offer odds on sporting events for which betting is prohibited, with the guilty parties facing fines and automatic licence suspensions.

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    Sports betting solutions provider Betinvest has rolled out what it says is the first customisable sportsbook iFrame technology, designed specifically for the esports market.

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) is set to extend the window in which it will not enforce its revised interpretation of the Wire Act, according to sources close to the matter.

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    The Labour Party is to demand mandatory limits on player spending, staking and speed of play for online gaming as part of a root-and-branch overhaul of igaming regulation in England, Scotland and Wales.

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    LeoVegas has launched its Pixel Digital esports betting brand in the regulated Swedish market after securing a licence from regulator Spelinspektionen.

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    California-based National Basketball Association (NBA) side the Sacramento Kings is to launch a new in-stadium lounge where players can play a virtual currency predictive betting game, powered by betting and fantasy sports solutions provider Swish Analytics.

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    Inspired Entertainment has reported a year-on-year decline in revenue for the fourth quarter, with losses also widening to €4.7m in the transitional period.

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    EveryMatrix has enhanced its OddsMatrix sportsbook solution with the addition of esports betting services.

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