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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    London-listed online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has credited efforts to diversify its geographic footprint with helping the business report record revenue and earnings in 2018. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up 10% year-on-year at £319.6m (€373.5m/$424.0m), the highest full-year figure since the business was formed in 2014.

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    Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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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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    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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    PokerStars has opted to relaunch its ‘PokerStars Play’ social gaming service in select markets around the world.

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    GAN has appointed existing director Seamus McGill as non-executive chairman of the board, following the departure of David O’Reilly.

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    Ukrainian games developer Lucky Labs has secured a partnership with software company Playson.

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    Realistic Games has agreed a deal to provide its full portfolio of gaming content to Betfred.

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    Caesars Acquisition Company (CACQ) has cited the sale of its Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) subsidiary as one of the key reasons behind profit growth during the three months to September 30.

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    The SG Interactive division of Scientific Games has announced the launch of its SG Universe Play4Fun Network social gaming platform with Eldorado Resorts.

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    Mobile social casino players are more likely to pay for gaming services and features than those accessing games via the web, according to new research from marketing and customer retention software service firm Optimove.

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    Crown Resorts looks set to become the latest land-based operator to expand into the social gaming sector after the Australian entertainment group revealed it has struck a deal to acquire a 60% stake in DGN Games.

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    Aristocrat Technologies has joined forces with International Games System (IGS) to launch a new mobile slots application tailored for the Asia-Pacific social casino market.

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    Social casino games provider GSN Games has launched a new free-to-play online casino for mobile and tablet.

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    Cross-platform entertainment provider GSN Games has struck a deal to acquire social casino gaming company Idle Gaming.

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    OpenWager, a business-to-business partner in delivering custom brand social casino entertainment, has joined forces with Austrian online casino operator win2day to launch a free-to-play mobile social casino application.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has reported that following two consecutive months of growth, the US state suffered a fall in online gaming revenue during September.

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    Parx Casino, the largest casino operation in Pennsylvania, US has joined forces with mobile technology company JOINGO to launch a new social casino.

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