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Italy: New Bingo – a step forward

As previously mentioned, new Italian new online bingo regulations had been notified and approved by the European Commission even if they have not yet come into force. However, a further step forward has been achieved now. AAMS published the draft version of the protocol of communication for the new bingo subject to a consultation.

There will be a consultation period lasting up to the 22nd of February 2013 when operators can file questions, requests of clarifications and comments and it is likely that operators will be able to launch the new bingo before the summer 2013.

This regulatory change is crucial for the future of the Italian online bingo market whose regulations have been so far linked to land-based bingo regulations and therefore very restrictive. The new bingo regulations on the contrary will allow much more flexibility enabling operators to offer the same bingo variants available on their foreign websites.

The consultation represents and great opportunity for the licensees since they will be able to recommend the implementation of the regulatory changes necessary to make the game successful.

As usual, if you want more details on the above, feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio (giulio.coraggio@dlapiper.com).