Tag Archives: Italy

IGT overhauls leadership as Marco Sala takes over Chairman duties

IGT sheds Italian weight offloading Lottomatica B2C units to Gamenet SPA

IGT Plc has executed an executive team and boardroom reorganisation, as Group CEO Marco Sala is appointed as Executive Chairman of the NYSE gambling technology group.  The appointment follows wider group developments, that saw IGT majority owner De Agostini SPA announce that Lorenzo Pellicioli had chosen to end his sixteen-year tenure as CEO of the Italian investment conglomerate. B&D Holding …

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Winning Post: Appeasement on advertising helps nobody

Regulus Partners warns that early 2022 regulatory developments have set a dangerous precedent on the future of gambling advertising. Despite visible flaws across multiple jurisdictions, operators should defend their right to advertise rather than face the dire consequences of caving into regulatory appeasement… The New Year has opened with a number of threatened or delivered changes to gambling advertising. Gambling …

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2022 Budget Law holds no reforms for Italian gambling

Italy’s Budget Law for 2022 has been approved without any gambling sector amendments being adopted by Parliament. The result will see no legislative progress for Italy’s gambling sector that requires definitive resolutions on betting shop, gaming machine and online gambling concessions. Without Budget Law amendments, 2022 points to another year of conflict between operators and Italy’s Customs and Monopolies Agency …

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CNMV suspends Codere listing as shareholders press for break-up  

Spain’s National Securities Exchange Commission (CNMV) has been forced to suspend the listing of Grupo Codere SA shares on the Bolsa Madrid Exchange.  The exchange regulator informed that its decision was taken, following an extraordinary meeting of shareholders that approved for Codere to begin a settlement process for the company to be dissolved. As a result, the CNMV has been …

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Italian sting implicates Malta businesses in money laundering network 

Italy’s federal police force has arrested 12 suspects connected to its ‘Operation Game Over II’ criminal investigation of illegal and mafia-associated gambling websites.  A dozen individuals have been charged on counts of criminal conspiracy to carry out the ‘fraudulent conveyance of assets’ through illicit online gambling businesses. Investigators cited that the suspects were processing illegal online wagers via websites belonging …

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US growth helps Catena ride out costly German impairments 

Catena Media Plc has underlined the strategic importance of its globally diversified media portfolio, as a 3x jump in North American revenues and continued Japanese market growth helped offset significant European headwinds.  Publishing its Q3 2021 interim results for the period ending 30 September, Catena registered operating revenues of €33 million, up 33% on corresponding 2020 results of €25 million. …

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BOSE: Italian leadership optimistic of 2022 reform prospects

Italy’s gambling incumbents have navigated another turbulent year, not just due to COVID-19 induced closures of retail outlets but also due to increased attention from the legislative and regulatory fields.  Discussing Italian gambling developments and prospects at the Betting on Sports Europe (BOSE) event, Marco Castaldo, CEO of Microgame, Carmelo Mazza, CEO of OIA Services, Stefano Sbordoni, Managing Partner and …

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$200m Q3 savings leads IGT to raise 2021 forecasts

IGT sheds Italian weight offloading Lottomatica B2C units to Gamenet SPA

IGT Plc has raised its full-year corporate forecasts in light of peak performance results achieved during Q3 trading. IGT more than doubled its operating income to $212 million (Q32020: $83m) as the NYSE gambling technology group registered +$200 million in from its ‘OPTIMA – structural cost-savings program‘. Period trading saw IGT register group revenues of $984 million, up 21% on …

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Entain trials new digitised shop concepts for retail makeover 

Entain Plc has moved to upgrade and digitise the estates of its retail business operating within the UK and Italy. The FTSE100 business embarks on its biggest retail project ever, aiming to transform the betting estates of its Ladbrokes, Coral and Eurobet brands “into contemporary, digital, spaces to enhance the omni-channel experience for customers.”  The firm’s retail makeover has been …

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Italian MPs urged to support gambling reforms as a Budget Law commitment

Italian gambling is waiting to see whether amendments to restructure the gambling sector will be incorporated as a policy measure of Italy’s next Budget Law. A draft proposal to ‘reorganise Italian gambling’ is reported to have been finalised by Claudio Durigon, the former undersecretary of the Economic Treasury. Yet, maintaining the bad luck tribulations of Italian gambling, Durigon was forced …

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