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    The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially taken over responsibility for the regulation of gambling, after lawmakers voted to abolish the country’s dedicated authority, the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

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    Alibaba Group-owned lottery equipment supplier AGTech’s revenue for the first six months of 2020 came to HKD$43.9m (£4.3m/€4.8m/USD$5.7m), down 8.0% year-on-year, though the business reduced its losses for the period by 12.1%.

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    Alot Solutions, the B2B division of lottery betting giant Lottoland, has appointed Geaspar Byrne as its new chief financial officer.

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    Lottotech, the operator of Mauritius’ national lottery, was able to remain in profit during the first half of 2020, despite the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic forcing it to suspend operations from 20 March.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m.

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    The Pennsylvania Lottery generated profits of $1.14bn for programmes that benefit the state’s senior citizens in its 2019-20 fiscal year, the ninth consecutive year in which its contribution has surpassed $1bn.

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    The B2B division of lottery betting giant Lottoland, Alot Solutions, has made what it calls a significant equity investment in G Games, the igaming content developer formerly known as Gamevy.

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    The Kentucky Lottery Corporation took in record revenue of $1.20bn in its 2020 fiscal year ended 30 June 2020, a 6.2% year-on-year rise.

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    New Zealand Lottery Commission (Lotto NZ) has released its statement of performance expectations for the financial year ending 30 June 2021, showing an expected decline of 8.4% from forecasted revenues for 2019-2020.

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    The British Gambling Commission has published the results of a consultation about data collection, implementing new measures to reduce and standardise the data it collects from 31 October.

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    La Française des Jeux (FDJ) said a strong performance after France emerged from its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown has reduced a decline in revenue for the first half of the operator’s financial year.

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    The recently launched Emirates Loto has paused its operations to undergo upgrades to its platform, just three months after its first official draw in April this year.

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    The Massachusetts legislature has amended sports wagering bill put forward last week, adding provisions to legalize online lotteries, but doubling the tax rate for online betting.

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    Chinese lottery sales fell 41.7% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, after the market suffered significant disruption from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Scientific Games' losses increased in Q2 as revenue fell 37.2% to $539m (£423m/€465m), but the business said its results were "better than expected" given the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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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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    The Massachusetts State Lottery has reported a year-on-year decline in revenue and net profit for the 2020 fiscal year, primarily due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    A total of 43.3% of Czechs aged 15 or older gambled in the past year, up from 39.8% the year before but below levels in 2017, according to the Czech Ministry of Finance's latest annual gambling report.

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    The World Lottery Association (WLA) has accredited Camelot Lottery Solutions, the B2B arm of the UK National Lottery operator, as a certified responsible gaming supplier.

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    Zeal Networks has increased its financial projections for 2020 after a strong first half of the year saw a significant increase in billings, and the business exceed its full-year target for new customer sign-ups in Germany.

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