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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...

The Italian Gaming Authority has finally declared that the testing phase relating to videolotteries (VLTs) is now over. After the long wait, licensees will be shortly entitled to install up to 56,697 VLTs awarding maximum wins up to € 500,000 which is a massive change for a country where there are only 4 "real" casinos (that were obviously among the major oppenents of VLTs) and criminal laws prohibit the opening up of new casinos.This represents a relevant opportunity for:gaming operators and...

As it was foreseeable after the clearance from the European Commission on the decree setting the new licensing regime in Italy, the EC has now decided to close a number of cases relating to Italian gambling laws.  The European Commission had challenged the compliance with the EU principle of freedom to provide services of some restrictions prescribed by Italian gaming laws against foreign operators. Indeed, the old regime required that operators holding an Italian online gaming license had to locate...

As anticipated in a previous post, I have attended the conference “Gioco online: è boom. Tra innovazione e regolamentazione” (Online Gaming: it is a boom. Between innovation and regulation) where the Politecnico di Milano (one of the main Italian Universities) has presented the results of a very detailed study of the Italian online gaming market whose reliability cannot be doubted as it has been drafted in cooperation with the Italian Gaming Authority. To give you a glance of the results of such...