Holland Casino Groningen has narrowed its search for a new location down to two options.

Despite troublesome regulation, Western Europe, including the Netherlands, is a major earner for the Kindred Group, EGR Intel reports:

Belgium, France and the Netherlands are all major components of its revenue mix. All three have proved to be fiercely protectionist in the past and with a willingness to make sudden and dramatic changes to the regulatory environment. […]

But there is also some significant upside for Kindred in its dominant position in these regions as revenues continue to rise and its peer group continues to shy away from competing in the main. It’s arguable whether online regulation in the Netherlands is even a net positive for Kindred such is its strength in the region at the moment at a time when very few operators can even get a toehold in the country.

The Portuguese government has put forward a number of proposed changes to laws and regulations for the country’s online gambling market that would, among other things, allow liquidity sharing in both poker and sports betting.

The UK Gambling Commission has weighed in on loot boxes in video games:

A key factor in deciding if that line has been crossed is whether in-game items acquired ‘via a game of chance’ can be considered money or money’s worth. In practical terms this means that where in-game items obtained via loot boxes are confined for use within the game and cannot be cashed out it is unlikely to be caught as a licensable gambling activity. In those cases our legal powers would not allow us to step in.

Global gaming giant Intralot has reported a significant 29.9% increase in its year-on-year gross profits for the third quarter of 2017.

The Malta Gaming Authority has announced the setting up of the European Gaming Institute of Malta (EGIM), which has the objective of developing training and educational programs for the gaming industry.

Gaming Innovation Group has revealed plans to launch an in-house casino game development arm to add to its growing B2B offering.

Paddy Power Betfair is said to have joined William Hill in opening talks over the acquisition of Crown Resorts’ stake in Australian operator Crownbet.

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