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London-listed spread betting and CFD provider Plus500 said Wednesday that its financial performance has been impacted by the recent suspension of UK trading accounts due to changes to money laundering rules, although revenue for the year-to-date are already in excess of those achieved in the comparable period last year.

London-listed online gaming marketing firm XLMedia said Tuesday that the company had made an “excellent start” to 2015 with trading in line with expectations, while also confirming the acquisition of everal UK focused mobile targeted websites.

France’s online gaming regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) has awarded iGaming licence extensions to a number of operators, with high-profile companies such as bwin.party, Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) and La Française des Jeux (FDJ) among those approved.

Toronto-listed gaming software supplier Contagious Gaming has entered into an agreement to acquire sports betting supplier Digitote for €5m (CAD$6.8m), while also confirming the termination of its previously announced acquisition of online bingo operator Chelbis Company.

Lottery solutions provider China Netcom Technology Holdings has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Texas-based gaming and marketing business Shoutz to launch new online and mobile solutions in the Chinese lottery market.

Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has significantly expanded its headcount by hiring 40 sports games developers recently laid off in Zynga’s most recent restructuring.

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