Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has been cleared by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to finalise its acquisition of land-based gaming operator Talarius, after agreeing to sell off a number of venues following the deal's completion.

Novomatic struck a deal to acquire Talarius from Australia's Tatts Group for AUD$210m (€150m) in June last year. This would have seen it take over 169 adult gaming centres operating under the Quiksilver brand.

While the CMA's investigation into the deal found no evidence of a potential reduction in competition on a national level, it identified five local areas in which competition would be lessened by the acquisition.

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