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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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    International Game Technology (IGT) has announced that Alberto Fornaro is to step down as its chief financial officer, with Timothy Rishton set to take on the role on an interim basis.

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    Australian lotteries and betting operator Tabcorp has revealed that Mandy Ross is to step down as its chief information officer in order to take up the role of chief digital officer with Griffith University in Brisbane.

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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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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has appointed Regina Sippel as its new chief financial officer and announced an organisational restructuring that sees a number of executives take on additional duties.

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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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    Greek operator OPAP has appointed Pavel Mucha as its new chief financial officer, effective 1 October. Mucha currently serves in the same role at Sazka Group.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has confirmed that Michal Houst is to step down as chief financial officer and deputy chief executive by the end of September.

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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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    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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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has appointed a new board of directors for its US-facing Intralot Inc subsidiary.

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    Lottery technology provider Camelot Lottery Solutions has named David Kelly as its new chair, while sister business Camelot UK Lotteries has appointed Gill Whitehead as a non-executive director.

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    German online provider of state-run lotteries Lotto24 has confirmed Magnus von Zitzewitz will leave his role as chief financial officer, and his position on the Lotto24 executive board, by the end of the month.

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    Scientific Games has appointed Jamie Odell, formerly CEO of Aristocrat Leisure, as special advisor to both its chairman and CEO.

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    Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has established a new whistleblower scheme allowing employees of gambling operators to report evidence or suspicions of wrongdoing in relation to money laundering laws.

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    Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reorganised its operations, technology, digital and commercial divisions as part of a wider restructuring of the business.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week we do the sums on where good causes money is going in Ireland, ponder an odd image and say farewell to the man who threw the industry into disarray with his reinterpretation of the Wire Act.

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