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    Wondr Gaming, an esports acquisition fund founded by media executives Mike Cotton and Jon Dwyer, has acquired esports artificial intelligence integration specialist Rival.ai.

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    The Swedish authorities may consider new restrictions on loot boxes, after the government submitted a report that warned of the video game feature's potential risks for children and the vulnerable to the country's Gaming Market Commission (Spelmarknadsutredningen).

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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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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has joined forces with digital family life specialist Parent Zone on a new initiative designed to educate families about potential risks faced by children when playing online video games.

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    Inspired Entertainment saw revenue fall $10.2m (£8.4m/€9.1m) in the second quarter of its financial year, with the decline blamed on the UK government’s decision to reduce maximum B2 machine stakes to £2. The supplier posted a net loss of $10.7m for the period.

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    Inspired Entertainment has agreed a deal to provide on-demand virtual sports and online casino content to Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec.

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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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    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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    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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    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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