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.
Asian casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) saw revenue for the six months to 30 June drop 76.3% with the operator expecting further headwinds from the ongoing impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on its Macau venues.
In their first month back after closures due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Nevada casino revenue reached $566.8m, down 45.6% year-on-year, with sportsbooks in the state reporting their first monthly loss in almost seven years.
The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has published its final report on igaming harms, concluding that a range of strict new controls should be introduced, including a total prohibition on advertising and banning online in-play betting.
Gaming technology supplier AGS has said that enforced closures as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic were to blame for it posting a loss of $22.6m (£18.4m/€20.9m) in the first quarter.
Casinos in Nevada must limit the number of players in their facilities and at gaming tables in order to prevent transmission of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) when they reopen following a statewide lockdown.
MGM Resorts’ revenue fell 29.1% to $2.25bn for the first quarter of 2019 due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), but the operator’s profits skyrocketed due to sales of two of its properties.
The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has issued a decree significantly reducing monthly and weekly loss limits for online casino offered by Veikkaus, while the monopoly operator has also announced that raffle draws will be suspended until further notice.
A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.
Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has reported a 10.5% year-on-year increase in gross gambling revenue for 2019, due in part to significant growth within the igaming sector.