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Reports ITALY MARKET REPORT


NEWSLOTS (Comma 6a) are reel games with a stake of not more than €1 with cash prizes of up to €100. Te duration of a game is four seconds and cycle is not less than 70 per cent on a cycle of not more than 140,000. Tese games can be played in bars, cafes, restaurants, beach clubs, hotels, private clubs and arcades. Tere are currently around 4,800 certified models which have been approved by the AAMS. Tese games are currently taxed at 17.5 per cent on collection.


Tere were 407,323 NewSlots in 2016 (418,210 in 2015) and over 85,000 NewSlot locations (83,307 in 2015). Tey have around 29 per cent of the total public gaming revenue and 54 per cent of amusement machine revenue.


In 2004 10 concessionaire licences were awarded to companies to set up the remote network to manage legal NewSlot machines.


Te concessionaire’s activity involves the real- time connection of all machines and the collection and recording of all the information regarding wagers and winnings of each single slot machine.


Te companies selected were the main Comma 6 players in the Italian market who met the criteria of having a strong financial and gaming background and a minimum 5,000 AWP network.


Te process of becoming a concessionaire was fairly complex and difficult and required a thorough screening of the capability of the company, past experiences in similar activities and financial status. Te company needed to establish large bank guarantee towards the administration and produce a number of contracts with operators who would connect to the particular network.


Once the concession was granted the company then had a certain amount of time to connect all the operators and then establish a connection with SOGEI to transmit the data collected. NewSlots were introduced in 2004 and 10 operators were selected and licensed to operate these games increased to 13 operators in 2011. Cogetech and Snai joined forces to form Snaitech last year and Gamenet and Intralot joined whilst Global Starnet had its concession cancelled in March 2017.


Meanwhile VLTs (Comma 6b) were introduced in 2009 and these differ to NewSlots in that they must pay a minimum of 85 per cent for each game and games are linked to SOGEI. Play is a minimum of 50c and maximum of €10. Maximum payout (excluding jackpot) is €5,000. VLTs are taxed at 5.5 per cent on GGR.


Comma 6b machines supply Server Based Gaming services and there were initially just over 50,000 VLT licences available which were


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New VLT rules were published recently aimed at upgrading platforms and machines. Te main changes involve the certification of VLT platforms and games by testing labs rather than via SOGEI. Previously the time taken to certify platforms and games was lengthy. In fact in some cases it could take years.


offered primarily to the 10 concessionaires who can operate up to 14 per cent of their total AWP number base. Te Comma 6b concessionaries had to pay a licence fee of €15,000 which lasts nine years for each machine.


VLTs can be installed in bingo halls, betting agencies, horse and sports betting shops, gaming halls and there can be up to 30 VLTs per 50-100sq.m and up to 70 VLTs per 101-300sq.m and up to 150 VLTS for over 300sq.m of space.


Tere are 54,266 VLTs (2016 data) in the market, compared to 52,349 in 2015 and just under 5,000 VLT gaming halls compared to 4,863 in 2015.


New VLT rules were published recently aimed at upgrading platforms and machines. Te main changes involve the certification of VLT platforms and games by testing labs rather than via SOGEI. Previously the time taken to certify platforms and games was lengthy. In fact in


some cases it could take years. But now the testing can be done by labs accredited by the AAMS, similarly to that already prescribed for the online sector. Tis should speed up the process significantly. Te testing labs currently listed on the AAMS site for such procedures include: BMM Spain, GLI Italy, NMI, Quinel Quality in Electronics, SGS Italia and SIQ.


In addition the VLT rules provide the possibility to use the same ticket with VLTs of different game suppliers of the same licence holders but not to use the ticket with different licence holders. Te AAMS has launched a transitional period up to April 2019 to ensure that platforms and VLTS are compliant with the new decree.


THE OPERATORS Lottomatica is the biggest operator with 58,100


machines connected to the network and a market share of 17 per cent.


Snaitech is a merger between Cogetech and


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