Tag Archives: Italy

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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Kindred withdraws 32Red from Italian market

Kindred Group Plc has moved to consolidate its Italian market presence under its flagship Unibet sportsbook brand. The decision sees the Stockholm-listed operator retire its 32Red (32Red.it) subsidiary from the Italian market. 32Red had maintained an Italian sportsbook presence since 2012, prior to the firm’s £175 takeover by Kindred Plc in 2017, a strategic acquisition primarily undertaken to significantly boost …

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Betsson nets full Milan connection as Inter joins its Starcasino.sport platform 

Following on from its partnership with city rival AC Milan, Betsson AB has confirmed that its flagship Italian igaming property StarCasino will serve as ‘principal Infotainment partner’ of Inter Milan FC.  Abiding by Italy’s ‘Decree Laws’ prohibiting all forms of gambling advertising, Betsson AB will develop exclusive digital content for Inter fans published on its new media platform Starcasino.sport.  Launched …

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