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The Italian Gambling Authority (AAMS) has now published the decree on the new Italian remote gaming licenses (the so called "Comunitaria Decree") that also regulates the upgrade of the current licenses.We expect that AAMS will publish tomorrow the implementing decrees on the its website. This is a great news as the publication of the Comunitaria Decree starts the process necessary for the launch of casino games and cash poker games. Once the current operators have completed the upgrade of their license to the requirements prescribed by the Comunitaria Decree they will be able to launch casino games and cash poker games. I will follow up with an update on the matter when the implementing decrees will be published. In the...

The Italian Gaming Authority (AAMS) has published the data of January 2011 on the Italian gaming market. With no surprise for operators, the Italian videolottery market has seen a major boost with a turnover of € 555 millions which is quite impressive if compared to the previous month where the turnover was of € 450 millions.

The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) has recently published two regulations concerning (i) web-based linear audiovisual media services (such as WebTVs) and (ii) on-demand audiovisual media services broadcast on any electronic communication network. The most relevant change introduced by the regulations is that both services are now subject to a prior authorisation from the AGCOM and therefore a number of services whose offering was not regulated so far are now subject to stringent obligations. A number of exceptions are applicable to the prior authorization requirement (e.g. when the WebTV broadcasts no more than 24 hours per week) or falls within some maximum turnover limits. However, the applicability of the regulations also triggers some additional obligations relating to the protection of minors,...

After more than a year of delays, the Italian decree regulating online poker cash games and casino games has finally been published on the Italian Official Gazette and therefore has now come into force. No real surprises have been unveiled by the decree. Indeed, as already prescribed by the previous version of the decree, subsequently challenged by Italian network provider Microgame, it introduces the following changes: Tax on casino and cash poker games will be 20% of gross profits. This is an historical change for the Italian gaming market, as all the other games currently offered have a taxation regime based on turnover rather than profit. Hopefully this new tax regime will not lead to lower tax entries and convince...

After a never-ending waiting, the Italian casino games and cash poker games decree has been finally published on the Official Gazette and has now come into force. In a nutshell the decree prescribes that:operators need to go through an authorization process relating to their platform and each game they intend to offer; the gaming tax applicable on cash games and casino games is 20% of the revenues (i.e. turnover net of amount returned to players);at least 90% of the amount collected from players is allocated to the prizes;the maximum initial stake cannot be higher than € 1,000.Also, the decree increased up to € 250 the maximum buy-in for skill games (including tournament based poker games) and also allowed the organization...

It seems that the tolerance of the Italian Gaming Authority (AAMS) to the unlawful offer of remote games to Italian residents in absence of an Italian remote gaming license has now reached an end. AAMS has challenged to Betfair Italia, the company of the Betfair group holding an Italian remote gaming license (under which it runs the website www.betfair.it) the breach of the provisions of the Italian gaming license agreement prohibiting the offer, also through affiliate companies, of games to Italian residents in breach of Italian law. Indeed, Italian law allows the offer of remote games to Italian residents only under an Italian gaming license. However, despite of the applicable sanctions, apparently Betfair was still offering its games to Italian...

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) has now closed the proceeding against Google concerning the abuse of dominant position with reference to Google News, subsequently extended also to Google AdSense. The Italian Competition Authority has accepted the undertakings submitted by Google relating to: the setting up of a dedicated software allowing editors to “opt-out” to Google News i.e. to prevent their news to be displayed among Google News results without affecting their indexing among Google Search results; and the implementation of a higher level of transparency in the revenue sharing criteria implemented in the management of Google AdSense.However, this decision is interesting also because it gave the opportunity to the Italian Competition Authority...

The Italian Gaming Authority has published the data relating to the Italian online gaming market for year 2010. In a snapshot, these are the most interesting data:sportsbetting fixed odd bets: total turnover of € 1,353,178,392 with an increase of 10.8% compared to 2009 with 1,627,226 active gaming accounts;poker tournaments and skill games: total turnover of € 3,145,944,940 with an increase of 34% compared to 2009, a pay-out of 88.2% and 2,127,864 active gaming accounts;bingo games: total turnover of € 146,141,067 with no data available for 2009 as online bingo games were launched in December 2009, but with a considerable increase during the last months of the year when a turnover exceeding € 17 M has been reached during each month.The total aggregate turnover relating...

The main topic during this week in the gaming industry seems to be…, are you in London next week?Well, I will be in London from the 23rd to the 25th attending the Legal Gaming in Europe Summit 2011 and on the 25th the ICE.Do you want to meet up to discuss about the Italian gaming market in front of a good English beer? Just send an email to me, Giulio Coraggio....

The Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) has launched a public consultation aimed at setting new regulations on the protection of copyright on electronic communications networks that include both Internet and television networks. The document attached to the public consultation notice sets out the guidelines of the regulations that AGCOM is willing to issue and addresses specific questions to operators interested in joining (within 60 days) the consultation. The consultation is relevant for ISPs as AGCOM's guidelines refer to the adoption of a "notice and take down" system modelled on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and based on the following 5 steps:notice of the copyright owner to the ISP/provider of audiovisual contents; in case of lack of removal of the contents,...