The rules governing the gaming sector so far were an incredible amount of different rules which were never enough clear making the legal boundaries of the gaming sector sometimes uncertain. The recent coming into force of the so called Community Law 2008 made the playfield much more attractive for gaming operators.
Through this law, the Italian Parliament (i) set forth the requirements for new operators to obtain an online Italian gaming license which will not be subject anymore to the performance of calls for tenders; (ii) expressly listed the most relevant clauses which gaming account agreements to be entered with players have to contain and (iii) more importantly raised up to 3 years of imprisonment the sanctions for operators offering their games to Italian residents without an Italian gaming license.
These new rules will make the life of operators much easier and the introduction of criminal sanctions for unlawful operators will better protect the interest of licence holders. Finally, the law prescribed that companies holding an offline or online gaming license will be entitled to run also offline poker tournaments which shall comply with the rules that the Ministry of the Economy will shortly issue so giving an additional business opportunity for gaming operators.