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    Philip Easthill has stepped down as secretary general of the European Casino Association (ECA), while the organisation has also announced a new structure for it secretariat.

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    Casino operator MGM Resorts International has announced that its GameSense responsible gaming initiative has surpassed 1m customer interactions at its US properties.

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    Stockholm-listed casino games developer NetEnt has agreed the first acquisition in its history, with a deal to take control of slot specialist Red Tiger Gaming worth up to £220m.

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    Better Collective has completed the acquisition of online gambling information website MyBettingSites.co.uk in a deal worth up to £2.2m (€2.4m/$2.7m).

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has reported a 1.8% year-on-year fall in revenue for the first half of its financial year, with changes to gaming regulations in core markets such as Germany and Italy blamed for the decline. This led to significant increases in depreciation and amortisation, which drove down profit for the period.

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    PlanetWin365 operator SKS365 has been issued with a tax inspection report claiming that it owes €124m to the Italian authorities, having failed to declare significant revenue generated in the country's regulated gambling market.

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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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    GVC Holdings remains confident that the business will be able to withstand potential regulatory headwinds across a number of its key and emerging markets, and believes it will see little change to German operating conditions.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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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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    UK-based games studio Blueprint Gaming has appointed Nicola Wallbank to the newly created role of head of corporate accounts.

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    Online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has confirmed that it is to withdraw its Vera&John and InterCasino brands from the UK market. Both websites will cease operations on September 3.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to 30 June, 2019, which resulted in a drop in service revenue over the reporting period.

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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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    The GB Gambling Commission has given its endorsement to the UK Government’s new Economic Crime Plan, which sets out plans to combat industry-related issues, such as money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    Atemi, the online gaming affiliate previously known as Rise Project, has acquired UK gaming affiliate 5 Star Traffic ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO).

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the European Commission to work towards a standardised regulatory framework for gambling across the continent.

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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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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the platform through which state lottery operators track suspicious betting activity, has signed up as a silver member of US advocacy body, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

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    iGaming solutions giant Playtech has confirmed that Susan Ball is to step down from her role as a non-executive director. Ball only joined the board in August of last year, but will depart Playtech at the end of the month.

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