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    Gaming machine and casino management systems specialist Aristocrat Technologies has appointed Maureen Sweeny as its new chief commercial officer.

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    The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) has announced that its board of directors has approved the applications of five new companies, bringing the organisation’s total membership to 143.

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    Greek-owned gaming and lottery operator Intralot has agreed a deal with the Victorian State Government in Australia to implement a voluntary pre-commitment scheme for up to 30,000 electronic gaming machines (EGM) across the state.

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    Gaming machine and casino management systems specialist Aristocrat has entered into an agreement to purchase privately-owned US competitor Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) for just under $1.3 billion (€941.8 million).

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    The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) international trade body has approved the applications of nine new companies, bringing its total membership to an all-time high of 141.

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    Gaming solutions provider Scientific Games has appointed former Bally Technologies executive vice-president and chief operating officer Gavin Isaacs as its new chief executive officer.

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    International Game Technology's (IGT) share price surged almost 15% on Monday following reports that the gaming products designer and manufacturer has been put up for sale.

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    This week the iGB Diary marvels at Willie Brown's damascene conversion, wonders why Paddy was so soft on Giggsy, roots for gender equality and praises Ladbrokes (yes you read that right).  

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    iXP Consulting and iGaming Business to publish comprehensive audit of online poker and casino customer service and support quality.

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    Gaming products designer and manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) has announced it is to cut 7% of its global workforce as part of a cost-saving measure.

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    Interactive gaming software and services provider GTECH has unveiled a reorganised management team and new lottery management service structure for its GTECH Americas operation.

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    Trade associations in the five sectors of the British gambling industry have joined together to form the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG).

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    The Endemol UK division of multi-platform entertainment producer Endemol has announced that Owain Walbyoff has been promoted to the position of managing director of its Endemol Games business.

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    3D casino games platform Blue Gem Gaming has announced its entrance into the gaming sector.

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    International trade group the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has announced the election of its 2014 board officers.

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    The Diary takes you through the glass door this week, Playtech share down after Teddy offloads and Paddy Power are in the news (again).

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    Delaware and Nevada want to “push forward as quickly as we can” with the online poker liquidity sharing agreement but non-committal on Sen. Heller's federal initiative.    

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    In typical Playtech style, the igaming giant sets out its betting stall, Betfair links up with Snapchat, Spain should beware not regulating slots and some media not so eagle eyed. 

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    Online gaming software giant Playtech has announced it will pay shareholders a special dividend of £100m (€122m/US$167m) after registering a significant rise in full-year profits for 2013.

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    Japan presents many features of a growth market should regulation of land-based casinos go ahead in the near future, explains Simon Holliday of H2 Gambling Capital.

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