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Danske Spil's move into online gaming via its deal with PartyGaming shows that state-owned lottery providers can be a profitable partner rather than a formidable competitor, setting the scene for battle amongst the industry giants for a slice of this lucrative pie.

888's independent B2B division, Dragonfish, has signed an agreement with Lex Online Entertainment Limited, a subsidiary of Greece's Centric Multimedia S.A, which will see Dragonfish provide its online casino and poker software for the re-launch of Lex-branded gaming sites aimed at the Southern and Eastern European market.

Playtech Limited has signed a strategic commercial partnership with New York-based Scientific Games Corporation to jointly develop and market next-generation internet and land-based gaming products and services to regulated gaming operators in the U.S and other countries.

Signing its first licensee of 2010, online games developer CryptoLogic Limited said Monday that it has agreed to license at least ten of its branded and non-branded online slot games to Bet24, the online gaming business owned by Sweden's Modern Times Group.

During 2009 Italian horseracing continued its inexorable decline, according to figures revealed by the authorities on 19th January, but the publication of the data also coincided with a presentation by gaming body AAMS, now due to take a more active role in managing the crisis-hit product, with the Head of Betting announcing major changes over the next year.

Betex Group, the UK based Asian facing lottery business, has announced that its Chinese operation has signed an exclusive 5-year contract with Nanjing Welfare Lottery Management Centre to launch and operate a new retail lottery concept across Nanjing, the capital of China's Jiangsu Province.

Online scratch cards provider NeoGames has signed a white label agreement with Online Domain Services Limited, owner of the popular Crown Bingo and BetUK.com gaming brands, to provide fully managed services to the company's latest UK venture, Scratch.co.uk.

Following a string of new contracts and contract extensions last year in regulated lottery jurisdictions around the world, GTECH Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lottomatica Group, has this week signed its first deals of 2010 with an agreement to operate a central lottery system for the Maryland State Lottery Commission, as well as a contract amendment to provide Washington Lottery with a new self-service vending system.

As online gaming operators look to reap the rewards from increased business to business opportunities in the industry, Sweden's Betsson has become the latest operator to launch a B2B division with Jonas Konstantinov appointed as Managing Director of the newly created Betsson Business Solutions.

Telefonica subsidiary Manx Telecom has announced a wholesale cut in bandwidth costs to make the Isle of Man a more attractive location for online gaming companies.

Last week's £4m deal between the UK's leading football gaming business Sportech and India's most successful online gaming company Playwin was the opening shot in what will be a momentous year for the gambling business on the subcontinent.