Tag Archives: Italy

Italian publishers criticise AGCOM penalty disparities

AGCOM, Italy’s federal communications and media agency, has stated that it will maintain stricter monitoring on the advertising of online gambling content by online media platforms. The regulator issued its warning to digital media incumbents having sanctioned a €50,000 fine to Tuscan provincial news source ‘Il Giunco’ for displaying a ‘casino advertorial link’ on its ilgiunco.net website. The enforcement drew …

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Playtech reports €73m loss in year of COVID shocks  

Playtech Plc has made significant progress with its group-wide strategic objectives during 2020 – a year in which all core business units were challenged by COVID-19.  The FTSE250 technology group recorded full-year group revenues of €1.07 billion, down 25% on corresponding FY 2019 results of €1.4 billion, with the company noting that severe H1 headwinds impacted the performance of its …

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Draghi keeps Italian gambling in the dark

Italy’s gambling sector has secured no reprieve from a new government, as the office of Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that gambling venues will remain in lockdown until a further review scheduled for 6 April.  Draghi, who was sworn in as Italy’s new Prime Minister on 13 February following the collapse of the former DP-5Star coalition government, is reported to …

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An expanding alternative – the rise of virtual sports in Italy and across the world

An expanding alternative - the rise of virtual sports in Italy and across the world

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in the popularity of virtual sports as a betting commodity throughout 2020 and into 2021, as real world competitions moved behind closed doors or were postponed altogether. This has occurred globally, but some national markets in particular have seen a significant spike in virtual sports viewership and associated betting activity. Hosting a …

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How MuchBetter’s Ricarica is shaking up Italy’s deposit processes

How MuchBetter’s Ricarica is shaking up Italy’s deposit processes

iGaming operators risk losing out on the wealth of potential within Italy’s gaming industry if they fail to introduce secure, reliable payment options for players.  That’s according to Mark Sperring, Head of Sales and Account Management at MuchBetter, who – during a presentation at today’s SBC Digital Italy – broke down the reasons why cash vouchers are revolutionising player deposits. …

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Italian gambling to protest extreme lockdown enforcements  

Workers of Italy’s embattled gambling sector are ‘united to make their voices heard’ to a new government, demanding that businesses be granted clarity on their prolonged COVID-19 suspensions.  Uniting under the banner of ‘Legal Gaming Workers’, staff of Italian licensed gambling firms will hold joint public protests at Milan’s Piazza del Duomo and Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on 18 February. …

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Microgame: Capitalising on the ‘step change’ for Italy’s betting market

Microgame: Capitalising on the 'step change' for Italy's betting market

The pandemic has brought about a ‘step change’ in the development of the Italian betting market, said Microgame CEO Marco Castaldo (pictured, left), who believes that operators are now beginning to realise the online growth potential. Speaking ahead of next week’s SBC Digital Italy, he explained why those operators who can differentiate the overall user experience by specific player segments …

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Scommettendo boosts offering with ESA Gaming’s EasySwipe

Scommettendo boosts offering with ESA Gaming’s EasySwipe

ESA Gaming has strengthened its foothold in the Italian gaming market after agreeing to supply its EasySwipe portfolio of HTML5 mobile-first titles to local operator Scommettendo. Through the partnership, Scommettendo will boost lifetime values for its sportsbook players through the seamless integration of lightweight games such as Goal Mine and Fruit Staxx, as well as ESA’s versions of Roulette and …

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Betfair hit by poor judgement on Italian turnover tax

Betfair has been provided bleak options by Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency as to how it should calculate Italy’s temporary turnover tax on its ‘Exchange’ betting product. Last summer, the Italian government imposed a 0.5% turnover tax across all sports wagering verticals (retail, digital and virtual sports) – a year-long measure approved as part of Italy’s ‘Covid Revival Decree’. The decision …

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March to April 2020 in Review: Betting tackles its Covid trauma

March to April 2020 in Review: Betting tackles its Covid trauma

SBC recounts the traumatic months of March and April 2020, as the deadly coronavirus spread across Europe, leading to nationwide lockdowns and the cancellation of sports fixtures across the world. SBC – COVID-19 shocks signal that 2020 will be no ordinary year… As COVID-19 triggered what has been described as an ‘unprecedented’ situation, the betting industry was forced to enact …

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