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    UK racecourse operator the Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced that the Belle Vue Stadium greyhound racing venue will permanently close, saying there is “no longer a business case” to keep the site operating.

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    Online football stock market Football Index has entered into a partnership with responsible gambling platform beBettor to use affordabilty checks to improve its player protection safeguards.

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    The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) will this weekend complete its transition to TAB New Zealand, in line with the country’s new 2020 Racing Industry Act.

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    Esports betting operator Luckbox expects to receive final approval for its listing on Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) by October, and has set out an expansion roadmap that will see it grow its management team and launch a B2B arm.

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    Esports betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has appointed Jeff Cohen as its new vice president strategic planning and investor relations.

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    GVC Holdings had appointed Sandeep Tiku, formerly its chief technology officer, as its new chief operating officer, and also announced a number of other changes to its senior leadership team.

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    Digital Isle of Man, an executive agency created by the island’s government to support development in the digital sector, has appointed Chris Kissack to the newly created role as head of esports.

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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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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, though outgoing chief executive Kenneth Alexander hailed the strong performance of the operator’s online business during the period.

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    Sportradar has appointed former Paddy Power Betfair executive Alex Gersh as its new chief financial officer.

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    Shareholders of Roar Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, have committed to a second round of investment in the business, bringing its total funding to $450m.

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    Online gambling platform developer i3 Interactive has appointed Andrew Lee and Ian Marmion to its management team to support the launch of its new Blitzbet sportsbook brand.

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    Esports betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has announced that it will close its purchase of online betting and gaming operator Argyll Entertainment on or before 31 July, after finalising a definitive agreement for the acquisition.

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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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    Betting services supplier Sports Information Services (SIS) has expanded into the number games market with the acquisition of the full shareholding of draw-based and virtual sports developer 49’s from GVC Holdings and William Hill.

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    The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has appointed Charlie Parker, the new president of the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA), to its board.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech says efforst to reduce operational costs in the first half of its fiscal year helped to partially offset a “severe” decline in revenue, caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has announced the appointment of Philip Chen as its new chairman and also named Michael Lee as deputy chairman.

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    France's new gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially launched today (22 June) after board members staged their first formal meeting.

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    A new survey by the UK government reveals that gambling businesses are split over whether they can withstand the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though a significant number of respondents reported revenue being wiped out by lockdown.

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