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    Affiliate giant Catena Media has appointed Fortuna Entertainment CEO Per Widerström to its board, with Göran Blomberg, chief financial officer at Swedish trade union group ICA Handlarnas Förbund, also joining. The pair will replace Henrik Persson Ekdahl and Andre Lavold.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week, we marvel at the Daily Mail's latest expose of the sector, admire the barefaced cheek of one Aussie chancer down under and ask why the delay guys?

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has agreed to sell its B2C subsidiary Bear Group to River iGaming for a total consideration of £11.5m.

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    MGM Resorts International’s initiative to streamline the business and ramp up technology investment has prompted a number of changes to its executive team, with chief financial officer Dan D’Arrigo’s departure initiating a management reshuffle.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    England’s Ascot Racecourse has agreed new international media rights deals with specialist racing broadcaster At The Races and multi-channel content supplier Sports Information Services.

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    Irish trade union Mandate has said Paddy Power could be forced to pay out up to €80,000 in compensation to staff who were not given proper breaks at work.

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    888 Holdings has agreed a deal to acquire JPJ Group's Mandalay operating business, including the Costa Bingo brand, for a cash consideration of £18m (€20.6m/$23.3m). The deal will strengthen 888's UK presence, its CEO claims, while JPJ says the sale will allow it to pursue a single-brand strategy focused around Jackpotjoy. 

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    LeoVegas has combined its chief technology officer and chief product officer roles, with former MRG executive Mattias Wedar taking up the new position.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week we have a look at the Gambling Commission's ICE boycott, a bit of ghetto marketing, and some over-zealous investigative journalism. 

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    International Game Technology has strengthened its senior leadership team by promoting Bob Vincent, Wendy Montgomery and Scott Gunn to new roles in lottery, marketing and public affairs respectively.

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    London-listed 888 Holdings has promoted Andrew Anthony, a 15-year veteran of the operator's finance department, to lead player protection efforts as its new responsible gaming director.

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    The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group has launched a new inquiry into the harms caused by igaming, with a focus on identifying the best remedies and recommendations to address such issues.

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    Gaming technology supplier PlayAGS has completed its $49m (£38.1m/€43.4m) acquisition of slot route operator Integrity Gaming.

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    Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, saying it was reaping the benefits of the £16m invested in technology and product development over the year.

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    Stride Gaming has launched a strategic review of its operations that may culminate in the sale of the business, though is yet to receive any offers and may instead pursue its own M&A opportunities. 

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    A number of major bookmakers have come out in support of the British Racing Authority’s decision to suspend all horse racing meetings until next week due to an outbreak of equine influenza.

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    BtoBet has linked up with Wildar Gaming to support the launch of its White Label Partnership Program in Latin America.

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    Gauselmann Group is set to strengthen its position in the UK market after its Blueprint Gaming arm acquired games developer Project.

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    Shareholders at Integrity Gaming have voted to approve the slot route operator’s pending acquisition by gaming technology supplier PlayAGS.

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