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Press release n. 7 of the 02/10/2020 9.59.11 ( download )


Rimini, 1st October 2020 . How is the gaming market changing in the light of the Italian government´s new laws? What impact have recent regulations had on the sector and what are the consequences of the lockdown?
These and other questions formed the starting point for the discussion that was at the centre of the conference organized yesterday afternoon at ENADA by Gioconews, entitled ´The new face of gaming and new opportunities´.

The participants, in an innovative hybrid format featuring speakers on-site and others connected online, were some of the sector´s major experts: Stefano Sbordoni, a lawyer with Sbordoni & Partners and Marco Castaldo, MD of Microgame, connected in streaming; Mauro De Fabritiis, founder of MDF Partners and Maurizio Ughi, president of Obiettivo 2016, taking part at the expo centre.

´We are in a situation in which the sector is picking up´, said Maurizio Ughi, who summed up how industry members had stood firm when re-opening their businesses, ´up until now, all in all, the public has responded in a positive manner and felt reassured by the safety measures in place in venues. There was a need for amusement and the new beginning went quite well. There was satisfaction for online gaming during the lockdown, and for live gaming, as soon as it was possible to re-open.´

´Recent months have been positive for us´, confirmed Marco Castaldo, ´even with results with a positive trend compared to last year. This was undoubtedly due to the effect of online gaming. There is also a greater push towards multi-channel activity, with greater opportunities to reach players. The sector must find a new approach to gain greater credibility with political world and I believe the industry must reposition itself in the public´s imagination to have its fair say.´

On the subject of gaming, ´the regulatory framework awaited in coming months is complex and uncertain, including a single register for operators, new tax rates, expiry of licences and a block on the authorizations for the old AWP machines´, forecast Mauro De Fabritiis, founder of MDF Partners. As far at the current situation is concerned, while in the period from 2012 to 2019 both physical and online gaming reported a growth trend, ´from January to August 2020, following the lockdown, GGR (gross gaming revenue) from physical gaming fell by 40 percent, whereas online gaming rose by 30 percent compared to the same period in 2019, above all thanks to the boost of casino games.´

The lawyer expert in gaming Stefano Sbordoni focussed attention on the need to rethink what gaming has to offer: ´This is an issue that will be able to be faced by whoever has the institutional courage to tackle the sector, which is communicatively inconvenient, even if in terms of tax revenue it is very convenient.´

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