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    Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that gambling companies will qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Carolyn Harris, chair of the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), has called on British operators to step up efforts to protect customers amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    German gaming giant the Gauselmann Group has shut down all production and sales activities across its business due to the global novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    New Zealand Racing and the TAB have taken the decision to close all retail sites and temporarily suspend racing after the national government announced that it would move the country to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system later today (25 March).

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    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the government of Japan have confirmed that the Tokyo Olympic Games, scheduled to start from 24 July, will be postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Novomatic subsidiary Greentube has made a donation to self-exclusion charity BetBlocker as part of its annual research, education and treatment (RET) contributions.

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    Stockholm-listed NetEnt has opted to fully integrate slot developer Red Tiger into its business, and is to accelerate the payment of the earn-out attached to the acquisition to facilitate this process.

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    Clarion Gaming managing director Kate Chambers has confirmed that ICE North America, originally due to take place in May this year, has been postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has appointed Massimiliano Chiara as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president with effect from 6 April.

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    Loto-Québec has switched its focus to online after it temporarily suspended retail sales in response to provincial government measures to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Casino operator MGM Resorts International has appointed Bill Hornbuckle as acting chief executive and also named Paul Salem as the new chairman of its board.

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    Live dealer software provider Evolution Gaming has said that it continues to experience strong demand for its products despite the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    H2 Gambling Capital now expects global gambling gross win to fall by at least 11% in 2020 due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The English Premier League and English Football League (EFL) have reached an agreement with the Football Association (FA) to complete their current seasons, but will not resume play until 30 April at the earliest.

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    Sweden-facing operator Svenska Spel has announced that it will make a further SEK5m (£412,970/€444,748/$481,213) in grants available this year to research projects focused on gambling addiction.

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    Totally Gaming Academy (TGA), Clarion Gaming’s training and professional development arm, has struck a partnership with Conexus Group’s iGaming Academy (IGA) to deliver remote learning courses to the gambling industry.

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    Derivatives trading specialist IG Group has reported a 29.4% year-on-year increase in third quarter revenue, marking the business’ strongest results since the implementation of product intervention measures by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in August 2018.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has published new guidance for its licensees in response to growing concerns about the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the British gambling market.

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    The Irish Bookmaker’s Association (IBA) has announced that the majority of its members have agreed to halt trading until at least 29 March to help reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Casino table game supplier Galaxy Gaming has suspended billing any casinos that have closed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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