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The launch of online slots in Italy led to a 63% growth of the online casino games sector in 2013 according to a report from the University of Milan.Online slots were launched in Italy at the end of 2012 and now represent 50% of € 240 million GGR generated in 2013 from the Italian online casino market.  But the figures of the Italian online casino market are expected to improve in 2014-2015 following the decision from casino game suppliers of preventing...

Once again following the recent Bwin v. Santa Casa decision, the European Court of Justice has declared an European gaming monopoly compliant with the EU principles to provide services in two decisions involving Betfair and Ladbrokes against the Dutch gaming monopoly. To give you a but of background information, Dutch legislation in relation to games of chance is based on a system of exclusive licenses under which only one license is granted in respect of each of...

The Italian Gaming Authority has published a Bulletin Circular providing the details on the technical authorization process to be performed by Italian licensed operators before starting the  offer of online skill games (including poker tournaments), poker cash games and casino games. New entrants in the market interested in the offer of such games shall - before starting the offer of their games to Italian residents -:apply and obtain an Italian online gaming license;have their gaming platform and each offered game...

As discussed in a previous post, the new Italian online gaming license regime will allow operators to locate their company and their servers in any country of the European Economic Area. This represents a considerable advantage for gaming operators that will be able to set up their company in countries with a tax regime much more favorable than Italy like Malta. In this context, a friend of GamingTechLAW, Ian Gauci, a partner in the Maltese law firm Gatt Tufigno Gauci,...

As anticipated in a previous post, the lawfulness of gaming terminals (the so called "totem") installed in public places (e.g. coffee and tabacco shops, department stores etc.) connecting to online gaming websites (including licensed websites) has been the topic of long debates during the last years. Indeed, some online gaming operators base most of their business on totems located in shops and this circumstance generated considerable complaints from other operators arguing that the online offer of games should be only "online". Totems...