The Italian gaming authority has issued the decree setting the terms of the call for tenders relating to the assignment of the new licenses concerning the setting up and the management of the network connecting the NewSlots (the only type of slot machines which can be placed outside of casinos) and Videolotteries. The current licenses will expire on 30 October 2010 and the Italian gaming authority will launch by 30 April 2010 a new call for tenders for the assignment of the network licenses which will last 9 years, starting from 1 November 2010.
The call for tenders will be open only to operators that have reached experience in Italy or abroad in the gaming sector managing at least 2,500 gaming terminals. However, it will be possible to participate to the procedure also through a consortium of companies in which only one of its members needs to be a gaming operator. Also, the participants to the call for tenders need to have gained a turnover of at least € 30,000,000 during the period 2008-2009. As a consequence of the award of the license, operators shall, within the following 6 months, set up the gaming network and install at least 5,000 NewSlot and a number of Videolotteries not exceeding 14% of the installed NewSlots.
The possibility for non-gaming operators to participate through a consortium to the call for tenders represent a very relevant factor. In fact, companies active for instance in the telecommunications sector might have the technical capabilities to offer the required service, but do not have experience in the gaming sector. Italian authorities hope that through this call for tenders new companies will enter into the Italian gaming market that for the time being is open only to few players.