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COIN-OP MACHINES: A SECTOR WITH 9,000 COMPANIES AND A WORKFORCE OF 120,000

Press release n. 4 of the 16/10/2017 12.42.37 ( download )

.Rimini, 5th October 2017 . Italy confirms it is a country of gamers and players. The games might change, adapting according to the latest trends and technology, but the desire to try their luck has remained unchanged. And if some traditional ones, such as betting on horse races, have dropped considerably, others, such as Enalotto, online betting or those on automatic machines, are increasing.

In 2016, revenue from lotteries exceeded 95 billion euros (+8.6%). Of this sum, 49.7 were from coin-op machines; 18.7 from lotteries, lotto, scratch cards etc.; 16 from online gaming; 9.3 from bets and 1.6 from bingo.
In Italy, the 2017 census reported 10,418 businesses connected with gaming. This sector grows 11% in a year and has grown by 48.2% over the last five.

With the largest number of business overall, first place goes to Naples with 1,250 (12% of the overall Italian total and 7.5% more than 2016). Then come Rome with 863 (+17.6%) and Milan with 440 (+6.8%). Bari, Salerno and Turin are also among the first ten provinces.
Exponential annual growth was reported in Nuoro (+75%), Sassari (+50%) and Agrigento (+48%).

The Italian sector of coin-op amusement machines, forecast betting and other types of betting is an industry to all intents and purposes and is formed by over 9,000 enterprises.
It is formed by a series of trade members ranging from amusement machine manufacturers to those who run them and the relative venues, which form the numerically largest category (approximately 5,200), and from gaming and bingo hall licensees to (horse) racetracks.
There are 641 licensees (2014 figures) of whom 296 shops for sports and horse-race betting, 222 licensees of Bingo Halls , 107 licensees for remote gaming, 13 licensees running coin-op machines, and a licensee each for lotto, instant lotteries and tote games.
The sector has a workforce of over 120,000, of whom approximately 20,000 are employees of the licensees and machine manufacturers, and the rest divided between the staff of points of sale and induced activity (maintenance of technical apparatus throughout the country, commercial support, etc.).

Sources: Monopoly and Customs Agency - SAPAR