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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    Revenue for Sazka Group-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP fell 34.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year due to the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, the operator said it saw performance rapidly recover once lockdown restrictions in Greece were eased and sporting events resumed.

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    Australian lottery reseller Jumbo Interactive has appointed veteran Australian executive Susan Forrester as chair of its board of directors, effective immediately. 

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    Greek gaming and lotteries operator and supplier Intralot reported a 55.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after its B2B and B2C operations suffered from ongoing struggles in Turkey and Bulgaria.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m.

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    Svenska Spel chief executive Patrik Hofbauer said the operator is showing signs of recovery following the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), which led to a 9.6% year-on-year revenue decline in the first half of the year.

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    Nikolas Lynhe-Knudsen will take on the role of chief executive at Denmark’s state-controlled gaming operator, Danske Spil, from 1 October 2020.

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    Gaming solutions giant International Game Technology (IGT) has announced a new organisational structure that focuses the business on two key segments.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has revealed that the shut-down of its retail gaming network and significantly reduced sports betting options, both due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has cut revenue by around 40.6%.

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    French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 5.4% year-on-year decline in stakes, and 0.9% decline in revenue, for the first quarter of 2020.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has begun the process of identifying a successor to chief executive Damian Cope, who is to step down from the role when his four-year contract comes to an end.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has reported a 4.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2019, though the shut-down of its retail network in the country looks set to have a significant impact on revenue and earnings in 2020.

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    The executive leadership of Scientific Games has voluntarily reduced its salaries by 50%, with chief executive Barry Cottle going without pay, as part of the solutions giant’s efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has acquired what it describes as a “significant majority stake” in igaming platform provider Bede Gaming.

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    A number of high-profile gaming businesses look set to compete in the tender process, which could see the contract to operate the UK National Lottery wrestled away from long-term incumbent Camelot for the first time.

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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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    Lottery solutions provider Pollard Banknote has struck a deal to acquire London-based mobile app developer Mkodo for an initial purchase price of £7.8m.

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    Lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has once again reported a year-on-year decline in quarterly revenue, with the total for the three months to 30 September falling 5.4%.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has hailed the success of the initial public offering of gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ), which could generate proceeds of €1.89bn for the state.

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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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