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    The Belgian Ministry of Security and the Interior has issued a decree making the wearing of masks in the country’s gambling venues compulsory.

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    GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support.

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    Scientific Games has announced the appointment of Aristocrat’s Rich Schneider as its new chief product officer, effective from mid-2021.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has named Dorothy Costa as its new global head of people and transformation, while it has also appointed Mario Di Loreto as an executive vice president and senior advisor to group chief executive Marco Sala.

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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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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has decided to extend the shut-down of its arcades and slot machines hosted in retail outlets prompted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic indefinitely.

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    Standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has published a new ten-point action plan to ensure its members keep customers safe during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has appointed Massimiliano Chiara as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president with effect from 6 April.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the newly formed trade association for the UK gambling industry, has appointed former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher as its new chief executive.

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    The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the US organisation for people affected by problem gambling and addiction, has announced a new advisory board, featuring a number of executives and senior personnel from across the industry.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new campaign to promote its ‘StopSpillet’ gaming addiction programme and encourage people to seek help.

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    Consumers in the Netherlands are more likely to encounter issues with problem gambling when playing gaming machines than other forms of gambling, according to a new joint report from the country’s regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and self-help organisation AGOG.

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    iGaming content developer and aggregation platform provider Relax Gaming has named former Kindred Group executive Tommi Maijala as its new chief executive, with his predecessor Daniel Eskola shifting to a new role as chief commercial officer.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS.

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    GamCare, the UK-facing gambling support charity funded by GambleAware, has announced that its National Gambling Helpline is to extend its hours and operate 24 hours a day from October 1.

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    NetEnt chief operating officer Björn Krantz has left the slot specialist after more than ten years, iGamingBusiness.com has learned. Following his departure, the company is to restructure its commercial teams into a single unit. 

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has made a series of changes to its senior management team and also reorganised its supervisory and executive boards.

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    Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced details of a new initiative whereby consumers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.

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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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    The Office of Responsible Gambling for the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is to invest AU$1.3m in a number of projects designed to help protect consumers from gambling-related harm.

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