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    Online betting and gaming technology provider GAN has said that stronger-than-expected demand for its sports betting services in the US helped to drive gross operator revenue up 202.7% year-on-year during the third quarter.

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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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    A player for the esports team owned by National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise Miami Heat has been disqualified from the NBA 2K League for violating its gambling rules.

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    Multimedia content provider PA Media has agreed a strategic partnership with esports statistics and odds specialist PandaScore, in a move the two parties say will allow operators to offer customers a wider range of betting options on esports competitions.

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    A Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DMCS) committee has called on the UK Government to regulate video game loot boxes under the 2005 Gambling Act in order to help protect children from potential gambling-related harm.

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    Gaming technology provider Inspired Entertainment has entered an exclusive, global virtual sports licensing agreement with NFL Alumni (NFLA), the official organisation for former players and coaches of the NFL American football league.

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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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    Bayes Esports Solutions today announced that it has acquired the exclusive worldwide data distribution rights of League of Legends esports competitions operated by Riot Games. Under the deal, game data from League of Legends esports competitions will be delivered to media customers and data consumers.

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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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    A senior figure at games developer Electronic Arts (EA) has defended loot boxes in a committee grilling by MPs, likening them to Kinder Egg surprises.

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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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    Free-to-play sports prediction games developer SportCaller has agreed a deal to roll out its content with gambling operator Kindred Group. Games based on football, tennis, basketball and racing will all feature in the offering.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new initiative aimed at improving public knowledge of gambling linked to video games, namely skin betting and so-called loot boxes.

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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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