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    NetEnt has launched its games for a new client in Pennsylvania, with its slots live on tribal operator Wind Creek Casino’s igaming offering.

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    The Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia’s capital and largest city, has authorised the reopening of the city’s land-based gaming sector, meaning 515 casinos and 17 bingo halls can now reopen.

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    Casinos and slot halls in the Dutch regions of Amsterdam-Amstelland, Haaglanden, Hollands Midden, Rijnmond and Utrecht must be fully closed by 1am under new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

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    Online gambling revenue in Great Britain declined across all verticals in July at a time when retail showed signs of recovery, according to the latest figures from the Gambling Commission’s ongoing tracking of customer activity during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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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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    The Minister of the Interior for the German capital Berlin has approved the federal regulatory framework for gambling, approving the city’s governing mayor Michael Müller to sign the legislation.

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    Prague City Council has voted to approve a decree banning all technical gambling games - slot machines - in the Czech Republic's capital city from 2024.

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    Intralot has signed an extension to its gaming monitoring partnership with the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).

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    Swedish gambling revenue for the second quarter of 2020 fell 4.1% to SEK5.94bn (£530.6m/€572.4m/$687.9m) as a 3.6% increase in online gambling revenue was not enough to offset the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the land-based sector.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic Group saw revenue fall and posted a €108.1m loss for the first half of the year, after the business’ predominantly land-based operations were hit hard by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Revenue for Sazka Group-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP fell 34.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year due to the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, the operator said it saw performance rapidly recover once lockdown restrictions in Greece were eased and sporting events resumed.

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    Liseberg, an amusement park in the Swedish capital Gothenburg, has been hit with an SEK20,000 (£1,762/€1,932/$2,282) fine by the country’s Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) after it allowed minors to play claw machines on the premises.

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    Southern European and Latin American operator Codere was hit hard by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020, with the pandemic shuttering its land-based venues and the resulting lack of sports weighing down its online business.

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    Lawmakers in the Czech capital Prague have voted in favour of a new decree that would implement a ban on all technical gambling games in the city, with the draft legislation set to go in front of the City Council later this week.

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    Novomatic has struck a deal for Ainsworth Game Technology, in which the Austrian gaming giant holds a 52% stake, to distribute its products in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    Igaming content developer and distributor Gaming Realms has reported a 65.9% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first half of 2020, which in turn helped the business report positive earnings for the period.Ig

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    Tobias Palmborg has left his role as NetEnt’s chief technology officer, with director of game platform and managing director of NetEnt India Aditya Bhushan taking over the role as of Friday (4 September).

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    German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has reported a 6.7% year-on-year rise in revenue for its 2019 financial year, despite its business being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The European Commission has launched an investigation into the Belgian Gaming Commission’s decision to allow GVC Holdings’ Ladbrokes brand to offer virtual sports in the country, while refusing similar requests from other licensees.

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    New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Group saw revenue grow 36.8% to NZ$1.13bn as favourable win rates and insurance payouts from a 2019 fire offset a decline in normalised revenue due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The year also saw its online business make its first contribution to group revenue, bringing in $10.2m.

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