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    British gambling trade organisation the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit out at the Scottish government for imposing strict restrictions on betting shops in the country, with chief executive Michael Dugher calling the measures “draconian”.

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    German gaming giant Gauselmann Group and Austria’s Novomatic Group reacted with dismay after authorities in Berlin implemented new restrictions on gaming halls, that will force the majority of the city’s 496 arcades to shut.

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    New figures from Germany’s state lottery association the Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) reveal that lottery sales in the first half of 2020 rose 4.2% to €3.75bn.

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    German gambling revenue is set to reach €3.3bn by 2024, according to new market projections from consulting and research provider Goldmedia.

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    Sports betting and interactive gaming company Newgioco Group has reported an increased comprehensive loss in 2019, despite experiencing a year-on-year rise in revenue for the year.

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    Kenyan Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani has claimed the government will look to reintroduce the controversial 20% excise tax on betting stakes within six months, after it was removed from the country’s 2020 budget.

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    The English Football League (EFL) has criticised proposals to introduce a ban on betting sponsorship in British sport, saying that the sector contributes more than £40m (€44.4m/$49.8m) each season to the organisation and its clubs.

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    Social games developer Zynga has completed its acquisition of Peak, the mobile gaming business behind the Toon Blast and Toy Blast game franchises, for a total purchase price of $1.85bn (£1.48bn/€1.65bn).

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    Sports data and technology supplier, Stats Perform, announced it has secured the long-term official betting data rights for the United Soccer League (USL) competitions.

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    Swiss gambling regulator Eidgenössischen Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) has reported a 5.5% year-on-year rise in casino revenue for 2019, while the country’s online gaming licensees generated CHF23.5m following the launch of igaming from July that year.

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    Affiliate marketing business Net Gaming Europe has revealed that it has already begun preparations for the regulation of online gambling in the Netherlands, with a view to entering the market as early as possible.

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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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    GVC Holdings’ latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report reveals the operator has seen the number of self-exclusion requests fall significantly, which it claims is the result of enhanced limit setting tools and earlier customer interactions.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has revealed that both revenue and net profit were below budget expectations in the first half of its fiscal year, while it made a higher-than-expected loss for the period.

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    Rank Group believes its profit for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2020 will come in at the lower end of its £48m to £58m guidance following the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    PointsBet has achieved a pair of industry firsts through its exclusive partnership with the Detroit Tigers, becoming the first sportsbook to partner a Major League Baseball (MLB) team and the first to partner a Michigan-based sports franchise.

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    Around 0.8% of players in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa in the Greater Tokyo region may be classified as problem gamblers, according to the results of a new survey.

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    The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) has told two more unlicensed operators to cease targeting players in Sweden.

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    League One football team Ipswich Town FC today unveiled its new home kit for the 2020-21 season, prominently featuring the logo of Carers Trust, a long-standing charity partner of team sponsor The Rank Group.

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    Five casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, are set to reopen today (July 2) after being closed for more than three months due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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