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    The Children’s Commissioner for England has called on the UK Government to introduce tighter laws to help protect children when gaming online after a new report found some youngsters are spending hundreds of pounds on in-game purchases via so-called loot boxes.

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    The Japanese government has revealed plans to formally establish a regulatory body to oversee the country’s land-based casino industry by January next year, around six months after it was originally set to be formed.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced changes to the regulations surrounding gaming license fees to narrow the definition of a start-up, potentially ramping up costs for smaller gaming businesses.

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    A long-awaited bill allowing for gambling at hotels has been filed in the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

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    The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has appointed Paul Newson, trustee of Australia’s New South Wales Responsible Gambling Fund, as its new president.

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    The number of people gambling in Macau dipped to a record low in 2019, according to a survey commissioned by the Social Welfare Bureau, with the number of people identifying as problem gamblers also falling sharply.

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    The Washington DC Superior Court has denied a request for an injunction to block the DC Lottery’s no-bid contract with Intralot, meaning the Lottery can resume work towards launching the district’s mobile sports betting platform.

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    Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, has revealed the details — including the aim, objective, methods and team members involved — of the first ever review of evidence on gambling related harm in England.

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    The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has highlighted a number of key issues that must be addressed as lawmakers prepare to begin discussions over the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured approval from the country’s stock market regulator to proceed with its initial public offering (IPO), in a move that marks the first step towards the privatisation of the business.

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    Wally Downes has stepped down as manager of AFC Wimbledon after he was handed a 28-day ban from all football and football-related activity by the English Football Association (FA) for breaching its betting rules.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for pubs across England and Wales to take further action to stop under-18s from playing Category C gaming machines after a review found that 84% failed to prevent such underage gambling.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has cleared four operators of any wrongdoing over allegations that they offered betting on sporting events where the majority of participants were under the age of 18.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has claimed victory in an Administrative Court case over its decision to award a limited licence to a number of online gaming brands owned and run by Cherry AB.

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    Svenska Spel’s chief executive, Patrik Hofbauer, has given his backing to plans to introduce a ban on select betting markets in Sweden in order to help clamp down on match fixing in sport.

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    Malaysia’s Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng, has announced that punishments for both gamblers and gambling operators will increase as part of the country’s 2020 budget.

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    The Greek government has passed a series of reforms to gambling in the country, including continuing the permission of Random Number Generator (RNG) games and the lowering of the country’s licence fee from €5m (£4.4m/$5.5m) to €3m.

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    Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has expressed his support for the introduction of gambling at licenced five-star hotels.

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    Sweden’s Administrative Court has moved to reduce Casino Cosmopol’s penalty fee for breaching licence conditions related to money laundering and terrorist financing to SEK3m (£242,508/€276,959/$305,316), but the national gambling regulator could appeal against the ruling.

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    British-based operators will have to ensure they are “established in the European Economic Area” if they wish to hold a Maltese license after Brexit, the Malta Gaming Authority has reminded stakeholders.

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