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    The national government of Colombia has legally ratified Decree 808, which was introduced in June this year to help shore up the country's gambling industry and protect funding for its heathcare system in the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has reported a 22.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after a strong start to the period was halted by the impact of novel coronavirus on B2B and B2C operations.

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    Rank Group has reported a year-on-year decline in net gaming revenue (NGR) and net profit for its 2020 financial year, mainly due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on its land-based operations.

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    The Colombian city of Cartago, in the department of Valle del Cauca, is to be the first municipality in the jurisdiction to authorise a pilot plan to reopen land-based gaming venues following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after online growth failed to offset declines in UK and European retail resulting from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    Colombia’s Ministry of Health has approved a plan to allow casinos and bingo halls in the jurisdiction to begin reopening in line with strict health and safety measures.

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    The enlarged Gamesys Group has seen reported gaming revenue double year-on-year in the six months to 30 June, aided by record revenue from Asia.

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    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set a provisional date of 24 August for the country’s casinos and bingo halls to reopen.

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    Colombia’s Ministry of Health has published a decree allowing local districts and municipalities to authorise the reopening of casino and bingo establishments as part of a ‘pilot programme’, provided they act in line with safety protocols issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.

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    H2 Gambling Capital downgraded its annual expectations for the global gambling sector by a further $780m to $356.9bn this week.

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    H2 Gambling Capital upgraded online gambling’s share of expected 2020 global gross win to 17.4% this week, with this expected to edge past 18% in the not-too-distant future.

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    Spanish gambling revenue grew 12.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to growth across all verticals including sports betting, despite the suspension of major sporting events from mid-March due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Japanese Racing Association's Q2 results coming in ahead of pre-Covid expectations saw a stabilisation in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast this week.

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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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    An end-of-quarter exchange rate adjustment offset a further downgrade in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast for the pandemic-hit global gambling sector this week.

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    Rank Group believes its profit for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2020 will come in at the lower end of its £48m to £58m guidance following the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    A report from the UK’s House of Lords has set out a wide-ranging series of proposals to strengthen the gambling regulatory framework in Great Britain, including stake limits and a ban on gambling sports sponsorship.

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    GVC Holdings has declared its support for a number of recommendations made by the House of Lords in regards to the gambling regulatory framework in Great Britain, including a call to accelerate the review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

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    Colombian gaming association Fecoljuegos has expressed support for a petition calling for the reopening of casinos and bingo premises in the nation.

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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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