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    David Schjelde has agreed to re-join software development company EveryMatrix as its chief financial officer.

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    Blockchain gaming investment business Global Gaming Technologies has appointed Nolan Bushnell, the founder of video game developer Atari Inc, as its new chief executive and chairman, while the company has also agreed a deal to acquire Videre eSports Corp and expand into the esports sector.

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    The Irish Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has rejected claims that lottery betting could harm the country’s national lottery, saying there is no evidence of any negative impact.

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    The American Gaming Association (AGA) is urging more states across the US to update their gambling regulations to ensure the rules are fit for purpose in what it sees as an evolving marketplace.

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    The Stars Group has reported a 54.6% increase in revenue for 2018, with the strong organic growth of the PokerStars operator complemented by contributions from the newly acquired Sky Betting & Gaming and BetEasy businesses. However the company posted a loss for the year, due to soaring administrative costs, increased investment in sales and marketing and finance-related expenses.

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    Indian casino operator Delta Corp has acquired a 15.52% stake in Halaplay Technologies, the parent company of fantasy sports brand Halaplay.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has finalised its acquisition of certain ownership interests of Midwest Gaming Holdings, the parent company of Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois.

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    Bookmaker William Hill will begin operating the sportsbook at M Resort Spa Casino in Nevada after expanding its existing partnership with casino and racetrack operator Penn National Gaming,

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    Paddy Power Betfair has seen its 2018 revenue grow as a result of the acquisition of FanDuel and an improved performance by the Paddy Power brand in the UK market, though the US investment has also hit full-year profits.

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    PlayAGS has reported a 34.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, while the gaming technology supplier was also able to cut its full-year loss by half.

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    The Administrative Court of Linköping has ruled that Swedish gamblers cannot end periods of self-exclusion before the agreed period.

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    Irish sports betting operator BetBright has shut down its customer-facing site following its acquisition by 888 Holdings.

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    Sports betting solutions provider Betinvest has rolled out what it says is the first customisable sportsbook iFrame technology, designed specifically for the esports market.

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    Sweden’s Spelinspektionen has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) to enhance cooperation between the two regulators.

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    Australian A-League football club Melbourne Victory has been forced to drop a new sponsor from its shirt in the AFC Champions League after it was revealed that the company in question may have links to a betting operator.

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    Online affiliate and content marketing business Raketech has repaid its entire corporate debt of €7.7m (£6.6m/$8.7m), cutting its quarterly financial expenses in the process.

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenneth Alexander has credited excellent operational execution, effective marketing and a good World Cup for helping drive growth in the operator’s 2018 results.

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    Lottery betting operator Lottoland has reiterated its commitment to its current home in Gibraltar despite securing two licences by the Malta Gaming Authority.

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    Scientific Games has set out details of the contract that will see its Şans Girişim joint venture with Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group assume exclusive control of the country’s sports betting monopoly Iddaa.

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    US sports television network ESPN has announced plans for a new daily sports betting show, Daily Wager, to be broadcast weekly from next week.

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