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    iGaming content developer and aggregation platform provider Relax Gaming has named former Kindred Group executive Tommi Maijala as its new chief executive, with his predecessor Daniel Eskola shifting to a new role as chief commercial officer.

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    Veikkaus has announced that it will speed up the implementation of its social responsibility strategy, by introducing new marketing controls and bringing forward the introduction of compulsory identification on slot machines by a year.

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has appointed Mark Blandford, the founder of Sportingbet, to its board as a non-executive director. Blandford will take on the new role with immediate effect.

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    Simon Collins, the co-founder of Gaming Realms, is to step down from his role as a non-executive director on the mobile games developer’s board with immediate effect.

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    GVC Holdings has today (30 September) launched the GVC Foundation, a new body that will execute its global corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, as well as announcing a host of new CSR projects.

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    NetEnt chief operating officer Björn Krantz has left the slot specialist after more than ten years, iGamingBusiness.com has learned. Following his departure, the company is to restructure its commercial teams into a single unit. 

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    A new study into the potential risks and rewards that would arise from Norway’s current gambling monopoly being replaced by a regime allowing offshore operators into the market has concluded that such a move could see problem gambling rise. This could also result in funds generated by Norsk Tipping for Norwegian society fall by as much as NOK1.3bn.

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    Clarion Gaming, the parent company of iGaming Business, has partnered SiGMA Group for a new Asian gaming event under the ICE banner. The event will take place from 7 to 9 June next year, at the SMX Manila in the Philippines. 

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    The New South Wales (NSW) Government has set out plans to conduct a study into the effectiveness of existing responsible gambling measures in the Australian state and consider ways to better protect consumers from gambling-related harm.

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    Stockholm-listed gambling operator LeoVegas has named Dersim Sylwan, previously of the Kindred Group, as its new chief marketing officer.

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    Pentasia’s 2019 edition of its Ambitions survey reveals that new technology and markets are key motivations for candidates seeking pastures new in the igaming industry, while learning beats earning for a majority of respondents.

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    Clarion Gaming, parent company of iGaming Business, has been approved as an associate member of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

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    New research into gambling marketing and advertising has suggested that operators could be doing more to ensure promotional material is socially responsible and does not appeal to minors, especially on social media.

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    Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat and understand gambling addiction.

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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    Betting technology provider Sportech has named its interim executive chairman Richard McGuire as its new chief executive officer.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its final duty of care guidelines, following a public consultation on the player protection measures.

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    William Hill has named Jane Hanson as an independent non-executive director, with effect from July 1.

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has appointed entrepreneur and experienced industry executive Chris Ash to its board as a non-executive director. Ash will take on his new role with immediate effect.

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    GVC Holdings has fended off a shareholder revolt over executive pay, with a small majority of shareholders backing the company’s 2018 remuneration report.

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