The statement from the European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on the need to waive unjustified and discriminatory restrictions on online gaming might open a new page on liberalization of the sector within the European Union.
2016 will be a year leading to considerable changes in the Italian gaming market. The award of new online gaming and betting shop licenses together with the consolidation among operators might cause a relevant reshuffling of the market positions.
Sportsbetting full liberalization is getting closer with the publication by the Italian gaming regulator of the updated draft protocol of communication (PSQF) which has the purpose of getting rid of the official list of bets and events soon.
The potential delays in the award of the new license for Lotto game in Italy and the changes to the applicable requirements might become an interesting opportunity for other gaming operators/suppliers.