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    Lithuanian gambling revenue in the first half of 2020 fell by 15.9% to €43.8m (£4.0m/$5.2m) as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic led to online revenue overtaking that of the land-based sector.

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    Golden Entertainment said results since reopening “have exceeded expectations”, despite a 69.4% drop in revenue to $76.0m in the three months to 30 June and losses increasing to $78.6m.

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    Century Casinos, Inc. announced on August 5 the sale of the casino operations of Century Casino Calgary, to the recently incorporated 2267166 Alberta Ltd.

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    Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corporation has reported 24.9% year-on-year rise in sales for the first half of the year, with a significant rise in pachinko and pachislot machine sales offsetting a decline from its Philiippines integrated resort.

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    Gaming technology and payment solutions provider Everi Holdings says its business is showing signs of recovery in the early weeks of the third quarter, after seeing revenue plummet and losses mount in the first half of the year.

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    UK industry body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit out against the suggestion of what it called an “arbitrary and random” monthly deposit cap, suggested in a report from think tank the Social Market Foundation.

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    Slot games in Great Britain should have mandatory stake limits of between £1 and £5, a £100 monthly “soft cap” should be set for deposits and the white label system should be abolished, according to a new report. It also calls for the Gambling Commission to be replaced with two distinct bodies; one to handle licensing and compliance issues, and another to handle customer protection.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m.

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    Austria’s Financial Police have continued efforts to stamp out illegal gambling in the city of Linz, with its latest raids resulting in 38 gaming machines being seized from six locations.

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    The British Gambling Commission has published the results of a consultation about data collection, implementing new measures to reduce and standardise the data it collects from 31 October.

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    Colombia’s Ministry of Health has published a decree allowing local districts and municipalities to authorise the reopening of casino and bingo establishments as part of a ‘pilot programme’, provided they act in line with safety protocols issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.

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    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.

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    Austria’s Financial Police have carried out a total of 278 inspections on suspected black market gambling venues since January, resulting in the confiscation of over 660 gaming machines. Over half of the seized machines were found in the nation’s capital, Vienna.

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    The Austrian Financial Police have shut down a number of illegal gambling operations in the state of Upper Austria, following a series of raids that saw 38 gaming machines and two poker tables confiscated.

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    H2 Gambling Capital downgraded its annual expectations for the global gambling sector by a further $780m to $356.9bn this week.

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    Slot games developer Play’n Go has announced it is to expand its offering into Switzerland, revealing it has already agreed content deals with a number of licensed operators in the country.

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    A total of 43.3% of Czechs aged 15 or older gambled in the past year, up from 39.8% the year before but below levels in 2017, according to the Czech Ministry of Finance's latest annual gambling report.

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    German betting and gaming operator Tipico is continuing preparations for its entry to the US market, selecting Scientific Games’ OpenGaming product suite for its New Jersey-facing igaming offering.

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    New South Wales’ Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has ordered a military veteran’s club to pay AUD$200,000 in fines and costs after its conduct was ruled to have contributed to a patron’s suicide.

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    Slot specialist NetEnt has credited a strong second quarter performance for helping the business return to organic growth and record a year-on-year increase for the first half of 2020.

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