Tag Archives: Italy

AgiproNews Italian View: Decree advertising ban forces ‘reality checks’ on all stakeholders

A new era for Italian industry incumbents begins as the media-wide ban on gambling advertising enters full force from 14 July 2019, exactly one year following the Lega-5Star coalition government publishing its Dignity Decree mandate. The marketing conduct of Italian gambling operators will be monitored by AGCOM, the national communications authority, which has been ordered to enforce the strictest discipline …

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AgiproNews Italian View: News tools see betting deliver a standout May…

This May was a breakthrough month for the Italian betting sector as a reported GGR of €134 million (+45% on 2018 figures) was generated by its betting incumbents. Driven by strong football betting on Serie A’s closing schedule, and the UEFA Champions League Final, a total turnover of €1 billion was reported across retail and online betting verticals. Some good …

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Vermantia: Timely racing content respite for Italy’s operators

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Italian horseracing fans are ready for an exciting summer with restrictions on broadcasting racing content from abroad set to be fully removed, just in time for the country’s operators to counter the loss of revenues from the impending ban on gambling advertising. We caught up with Fabio Massimo Molinari, Commercial Director at Vermantia – Italy, to find out more. SBC: …

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Italian ADM settles on final 67 online gambling concessions

Italy’s customs and monopolies agency – ADM, the governing body overseeing Italian gambling laws is reported to have finalised its long-awaited online gambling licensing procedure. Having revised Italy’s online gambling laws to include tougher AML protections and customer requirements on registration, the ADM has settled on sanctioning 67 new online gambling concessions. As communicated last February, the ADM has renewed …

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Sportradar extends OTT deal with Italian TV outlet Sportitalia

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Sportradar has extended its partnership with one of Italy’s leading TV outlets, Sportitalia, to deliver its OTT streaming solution across four new channels from July 2019. The two companies originally partnered in 2017, in a which saw Sportradar provide the streaming platform for Sportitalia’s 24/7 online site, while also making selected content available on demand. As part of the revised …

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AGCOM lays out stark reality of Italian advertising ban

Italy’s media and advertising regulatory body has published its long-awaited guidance on Italian gambling advertising, bringing transparency to the approved ‘Dignity Decree’ mandate installed by the Lega-5Star coalition government. Italian betting stakeholders have waited a year for AGCOM to publish its regulatory guidance on the Dignity Decree, which from 14 July 2019 will implement an outright blanket ban on gambling/betting …

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SKS365 appoints Luca Grisci as Planetwin365 retail lead

SKS365 Group the operating company of Italian bookmaker Planetwin365 continues its senior management restructure, confirming the appointment of Luca Grisci as Director of Retail divisions. A seasoned industry executive, Grisci joins SKS365 leadership team from Italian market competitor StanleyBet where he served in a number of executive roles focusing on retail operations and corporate development (2013-2019). Moving forward, Grisci will …

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Marco Castaldo, Microgame: Why new US operators shouldn’t confuse choosing a supplier with defining a strategy

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We spoke to Marco Castaldo, who explained why uncertainty in the US path from early regulation to profitable business has dictated caution for Italy-focused gaming services provider Microgame, and what he perceives as a “fixation” on platform features, while speculating as to whether leading European operators – particularly those who drive innovation in-house – will move ahead of those who rely …

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AgiproNews Italian View: SKS365 new Counsel paints grim Italian picture

Speaking to Italian business news sources, Bepi Pezzulli, the new General Counsel of SKS365, Italy’s leading bookmaker, has detailed insights of the stark realities facing all gambling incumbents, under the governance of the Lega-5Star coalition government. Pezzulli forms part of a new SKS365 leadership team, who took control of the bookmaker in January, following a number of high-profile executive departures. …

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Marco Castaldo, Microgame: Growth potential remains despite Italian ad ban

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SBC News caught up with Marco Castaldo, CEO at Microgame, for his take on the much-discussed advertising ban in Italy, how it might influence Microgame’s business model, and why adapting an online platform for the country – given the current uncertainty and speed to market – “makes less sense now than before”. SBC: With Microgame’s Italian offering very diverse, including …

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