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    The increase in remote gaming duty (RGD) from April 2019 led to significant hike in tax paid by Great Britain’s gambling licensees paid for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2020, mitigating a decline in machine gaming duty (MGD).

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    Sazka Group has reported a 6.0% year-on-year rise in gross gaming revenue for 2019, with all subsidiaries growing during the year, while the sale of its Croatian subsidiary has more than doubled net profit for the period.

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    The closure of Nevada’s casinos from 17 March as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has resulted in gaming revenue falling 39.6% year-on-year, with the state’s sportsbooks hit especially hard.

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    Digital marketing specialist ICS-digital is rolling out a new service package designed to help emerging igaming brands grow their business across Latin America.

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    The Rhode Island Lottery has reported a 45.6% year-on-year decline in sports betting revenue for March, following the suspension of sporting action and closure of the state’s casinos during the month.

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    The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has issued a decree significantly reducing monthly and weekly loss limits for online casino offered by Veikkaus, while the monopoly operator has also announced that raffle draws will be suspended until further notice.

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    Mobile-focused games developer Gaming Realms has reported a comprehensive loss of £5.4m (€6.6m/$7.1m) for 2019, despite its licensing business driving a year-on-year increase in revenue.

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    NetEnt has entered into an agreement with Australian games developer ReelPlay, after each business apparently developed very similar variants of a new in-game mechanic.

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    Clive Hawkswood, former chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and current chair of Responsible Affiliates in iGaming (RAiG) has been appointed a non-executive director of responsible gambling solutions provider beBettor.

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    Online-only bingo games will now be permitted in Norway until 11 May, after the country’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) announced yet another extension to the window in which the in-person registration requirement will be suspended.

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    Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 10.7% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019 to SEK1.11bn (£89.0m/€102.1m/$110.7m).

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    Spelinspektionen has launched a consultation on updated anti-match fixing safeguards, with the Swedish gambling regulator now proposing a limiting betting to the top four divisions of football.

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    Kindred Group reported an 11.3% rise in first quarter revenue, and while net profit fell to £1.0m, the operator said a number of exceptional costs incurred during the period made it difficult to compare results on a year-over-year basis.

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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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    New York-based free-to-play and fantasy sports developer and technology provider Boom Sports its to move into B2C sports betting after striking a market access agreement with Penn National Gaming (PNG).

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    Betsson chief executive Pontus Lindwall described the operator’s first quarter performance as “strong in all areas” after it reported year-on-year revenue growth and achieved a hat-trick of key milestones in the period.

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    The Tennessee Education Lottery is now accepting applications for new mobile sports betting licences in the state, with all documentation now available on its website.

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    Gaming industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has committed to having its members make safer gambling messaging more prominent in advertising, following calls from the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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    The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has commenced a review of the UK’s Gambling Act 2005 to establish what changes may be needed to ensure the laws are relevant to the technical and social developments since its conception.

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    The UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has written to leading online gambling operators demanding regular updates on players' behaviour patterns during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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