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Québec Lottery goes online-only as retail sales suspended

Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec is shutting down its physical sales network across Quebec in response to tightening restrictions on movement due to COVID-19.

The shutdown follows the introduction of new measures by Quebec Prime Minister François Legault to protect residents and further limit the spread of the virus.

This has [...]

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Australia latest to shut down gaming venues with restrictions lasting up to six months

Casinos in Australia could be closed for up to six months under new restrictions brought into force to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the shutdown of non-essential activities across the country.

In a National Cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders agreed to implement new [...]

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France’s FDJ warns of lottery and sports betting revenue decline

Paris-listed lottery and gaming operator FDJ has undertaken a number of measures to limit the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on its profitability while warning that lottery revenue could be reduced by as much as €72m per month.

In response to the public health crisis, FDJ activated its business continuity plan from [...]

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Boudewijn Poelmann steps down as Novamedia CEO

Postcode Lottery operator Novamedia has confirmed that its founder Boudewijn Poelmann has stepped down from his role as chief executive and chairman.

Poelmann has been succeeded by Sigrid van Aken, who has served as Novamedia chief operating officer for the past seven years, and as chief financial officer of the board. [...]

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How to keep responsible gaming entertaining

Scientific Games chief product officer Tim Bucher has been working with regulators throughout the world to trial technology that makes gaming products safe for everyone.

The rollout of the Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS) in the UK’s betting shops has the potential to be game-changing for an industry that has been hit hard by the [...]

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UK Gambling Commission suspends Lotteries.com licence

The UK Gambling Commission has suspended the operating licence of International Multi-Media Entertainments, an Isle of Man-based lottery betting provider.

The UK regulator said Tuesday that it has suspended the licence of the company, which operates as Lotteries.com, due to suspicions about its anti-money laundering practices and ongoing social responsibility concerns.

The Gambling Commission gave no [...]

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Kindred Group handed SEK100m penalty by Swedish gambling regulator

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has imposed a SEK100m (€8.9m) penalty on Kindred Group subsidiary Spooniker for offering unauthorised bonuses on its website in Sweden in early 2019.

The penalty relates to the first six months of Sweden’s regulated online gambling market, which opened in January 2019 and limited bonuses to one per customer.

A review of [...]

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Switzerland steps up site blocking after closing land-based casinos

Switzerland has joined the list of nations closing its casinos as part of wider efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, although licensed operators may continue to offer games online.

Following the decision to close public venues until 19 April, the Swiss government has also expanded its blacklist of unlicensed online gambling operators.

Under Swiss law, [...]

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OPAP closes retail point of sales and gaming halls in Greece

Greek lottery and gaming operator OPAP has suspended the operation of all points of sales and gaming halls in Greece for two weeks as the country looks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closures come after the Greek government imposed a temporary ban on the operation of a wide range of retail stores, indoor [...]

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Spain

Spain temporarily suspends all lottery sales

Spanish national lottery operator Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (LAE) has suspended the sale of all lottery games in the country after Spain’s Prime Minister imposed drastic measures to combat the coronavirus.

Spain declared a state of emergency over the weekend, with the country's 47m citizens ordered to stay indoors except for necessary [...]

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Swedish Competition Authority dismisses complaint against Svenska Spel

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) has dismissed a complaint from operator association BOS, which had claimed that Svenska Spel had abused its dominant position in the re-regulated iGaming market.

The authority's investigation mainly focused on issues related to Svenska Spel Sport & Casino’s use of its main brand in the competitive market for commercial online [...]

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Next Generation Lotteries secures extension with Norsk Tipping

Austrian-based lottery supplier Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has secured a one-year extension to its online instant win games supply deal with Norwegian state-owned operator Norsk Tipping.

NGL, which acquired Novomatic Lottery Solutions last year, has been supplying Norsk Tipping’s instant win brand Flax with eInstant games since winning a competitive tender [...]

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