Italy

EGBA & LOGiCO deem Italian ‘Dignity Decree’ as counterproductive

As Italy’s parliament debates the approved mandate of the Lega-5Star ‘Dignity Decree’, implementing a blanket ban on sports betting advertising and sponsorship, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has detailed its support for Italian industry trade body – LOGiCO’s stance against the proposal. Teaming up with LOGiCO, the EGBA has sent a joint letter to Italian MPs ‘expressing significant …

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Playtech ‘squeeze-out’ marks final days of Snaitech as a Borsa Milan enterprise

Updating the market, FTSE250 technology group Playtech Plc has confirmed that it will ‘squeeze-out’ the remaining minority 3.5% shareholding in Snaitech SPA, moving to obtain the full operating equity of the Italian betting group. Following the closure of its £845 million acquisition of Snaitech (deal officially completed in June 2018), Playtech currently holds 96.5 % stake in the Milan-listed enterprise. Playtech’s …

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Gamenet aims for Italian top spot with €265 million acquisition of GoldBet

Italian gambling group Gruppo Gamenet SPA has today signed a ‘binding agreement’ to acquire a 100% share capital in betting operator GoldBet offering a deal-value of €265 million (£240 million) Updating the market, Gamenet will move to acquire outright Goldbet’s 990 Italian betting points, and will further gain the firm’s related digital properties. At present, Goldbet is considered Italy’s biggest …

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Vamos! Snaitech makes ‘first international play’ in Spain

Italian gambling operator Snaitech SPA has confirmed that it will enter the Spanish betting market, having been granted a B2B supplier licence by Spain’s Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ).   The Italian technology group, which was acquired by FTSE-listed Playtech Plc for €840 million (deal completed June 2018), will undertake its ‘first international steps’. Updating the market, Snaitech …

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Russia 2018 breaks Italian wagering records despite no Azzurri representation

Italy’s Agency of Customs & Monopolies, the regulatory body for commercial industries’ has detailed that Italian consumers wagered approximately €466 million during World Cup Russia 2018. The wagering figure represents a new Italian sector record for a sporting event, despite Italy having no Azzurri representation at the tournament. The agency’s data goes against the pessimistic forecasts of a number of …

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Amazon ups European Football profile launching ‘Napoli Brandstore’

SSC Napoli has become the first football club to launch an integrated ‘brandstore’ on the Amazon digital retail platform. The move sees the Serie A side launch an official Amazon store portal, selling its club merchandise directly to Italy, France, Spain and the UK, with further markets expected to soon gain access to the ‘SSC Napoli Brandstore’. Updating the market, …

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Google conforms to Italian gambling blanket ban policy

Tech giant Google has moved to remove gambling-related content/services from being indexed on its Italian search results. The US firm has updated its Italian advertising policies, preparing for the approved mandate of Italy’s new coalition government’s ‘Dignity Decree’, which implements a blanket ban on forms of gambling/betting marketing, promotions, advertising and sponsorships. Updating stakeholders, Google details that as of 16 …

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Inspired to bring virtual sports content to Italy with SISAL deal

Inspired Entertainment has announced the launch of new virtual sports content with italian operator SISAL.   Inspired Virtual Football Matchday is now live and featured on a dedicated channel across 480 of SISAL’s Italian retail estates. This launch makes Inspired the sole provider of virtual football content for the leading Italian operator. Exclusively designed for Italy, Football Matchday offers an …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: Calcio eagerly awaits the Ronaldo factor

Italian betting and football stakeholders have suffered a summer of discontent, with no Azzurri representation at Russia 2018 and the new Lega-5Star coalition government implementing a blanket ban on betting advertising and sponsorships across all sports and media formats. Navigating a disruptive summer, Italian betting, media and sports have called for any good news story… Step forward Cristiano Ronaldo and …

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Winning Post – The implications of Italian regulations

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Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column. Italy: commercial gambling – ad ban demonstrates failure to communicate Further to last week’s reports, Italy’s council of Ministers approved the so called ‘Dignity Decree’on Monday which introduced a blanket ban on …

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