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    The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has dropped six percentage points in the past year.

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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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    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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    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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    European regulatory authority Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) has appointed Jorn Starck, executive director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, as its new chairman.

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    The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance has appointed Alexander Georgiev as the new chairman of the country’s State Commission on Gambling,

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    A new code of conduct for gaming operators active in the Danish market has been published, with the aim of strengthening consumer protection and lowering the risk of gambling addiction in the country.

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    Bernadette van Buchem will take on the role of vice-chairman

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    The US state of New Jersey has taken a series of steps as in an effort to boost its ailing gambling industry.

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    This week the Diary reports on the bwin-SpringOwl fall out, Jon Stewart gives Adelson the Daily Show treatment, Gala Bingo's all a-flutter and Henry Birch starts his spell at Rank. 

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    Yesterday it was announced that Dominik Kofert had left etruvian – the former group behind PokerStrategy.com – after selling his shares to co-founder Enrique Guzman in a blind-bid auction. A C-level management cull ensued.

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    William Hill subsidiary is to remove half of the units it operates in the western state.