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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has reported a 22.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after a strong start to the period was halted by the impact of novel coronavirus on B2B and B2C operations.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic Group saw revenue fall and posted a €108.1m loss for the first half of the year, after the business’ predominantly land-based operations were hit hard by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Novomatic has struck a deal for Ainsworth Game Technology, in which the Austrian gaming giant holds a 52% stake, to distribute its products in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has reported a 6.7% year-on-year rise in revenue for its 2019 financial year, despite its business being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The enlarged Gamesys Group has seen reported gaming revenue double year-on-year in the six months to 30 June, aided by record revenue from Asia.

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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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    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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    A new UK National Health Service (NHS) backed Primary Care Gambling Service (PCGS) that provides help for adults who have problems related to gambling has opened in London.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has revealed that its five largest members will spend £100m (€111.4m/$125.4m) on improving treatment services for problem gamblers in the UK.

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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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    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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    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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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that a temporary suspension on brick-and-mortar gambling in the state due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis will be extended to April 30.

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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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    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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    Stockholm-listed NetEnt has opted to fully integrate slot developer Red Tiger into its business, and is to accelerate the payment of the earn-out attached to the acquisition to facilitate this process.

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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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    Sweden-facing operator Svenska Spel has announced that it will make a further SEK5m (£412,970/€444,748/$481,213) in grants available this year to research projects focused on gambling addiction.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has announced a new joint venture with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, with the aim of working together in Rhode Island to improve and expand gambling services in the state.

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