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    The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially taken over responsibility for the regulation of gambling, after lawmakers voted to abolish the country’s dedicated authority, the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

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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 British Gambling Commission has published the results of a consultation about data collection, implementing new measures to reduce and standardise the data it collects from 31 October.

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    Scientific Games' losses increased in Q2 as revenue fell 37.2% to $539m (£423m/€465m), but the business said its results were "better than expected" given the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    H2 Gambling Capital downgraded its annual expectations for the global gambling sector by a further $780m to $356.9bn this week.

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    A total of 43.3% of Czechs aged 15 or older gambled in the past year, up from 39.8% the year before but below levels in 2017, according to the Czech Ministry of Finance's latest annual gambling report.

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    The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate’s (Spelinspektionen) latest report on gambling amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic warns that the impact of the crisis on problem gambling figures will not be apparent until later in 2020 at the earliest.

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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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    H2 Gambling Capital upgraded online gambling’s share of expected 2020 global gross win to 17.4% this week, with this expected to edge past 18% in the not-too-distant future.

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    The Japanese Racing Association's Q2 results coming in ahead of pre-Covid expectations saw a stabilisation in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast this week.

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    Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has criticised the government's decision not to introduce a short-term self-exclusion period in its online gambling regulations, in a new report on potential risks and problems it faces in overseeing the market.

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    An improved performance from online and land-based slots, coupled with growth in lottery and betting revenue, saw the Czech Republic’s regulated gambling market grow 16.0% year-on-year in 2019.

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    An end-of-quarter exchange rate adjustment offset a further downgrade in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast for the pandemic-hit global gambling sector this week.

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    Today the House of Lords has published a wide-ranging report on changes it believes are necessary to ensure British gamblers are better protected. Here iGB outlines the recommendations in full.

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    A report from the UK’s House of Lords has set out a wide-ranging series of proposals to strengthen the gambling regulatory framework in Great Britain, including stake limits and a ban on gambling sports sponsorship.

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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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    New figures released by the Polish Ministry of Finance reveal that while the country has seen gambling revenue decline for the year to date, newly regulated products helped mitigate falls in online betting and land-based gaming.

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    The province of Alberta will launch online gambling after entering selecting platform provider NeoPollard Interactive to power its offering through a tender process.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group has reported an 11.5% year-on-year decline in gross gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2020, after the business’s retail gaming operations were disrupted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) from mid-March.

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    News of significant reopenings and sporting restarts in June saw a slight rebound in H2 Gambling Capital’s expectations for the European and Asian markets in 2020.

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