The process of the body of rules that constitute the reform of online games continues, with new directives to follow for users and concessionaires.

Online gaming is a sector that knows no crisis and the Government has decided to intervene to give new rules both as regards the participants and as regards the concessionaires of the gaming platforms.

Government towards crackdown on online gambling

The process of the new body of rules is still quite long and involves other parliamentary and analytical steps before it becomes law of the Italian State but it is unlikely that the rules on which an agreement has already been found will be overturned.

Just as it must be clarified that the rules concern online gaming and therefore have no repercussions on games that take place in physical locations, such as for example casinos. Having made these necessary premises, this is what will arrive when the reform is actually published in the Official Journal: greater protection for players and more stringent obligations for those who hold a concession.

The reform for online games, sanctions and obligations is coming

To identify the games that fall under this rule, online games mean remote games that involve cash winnings. So for example all betting, games based on numbers, games based on cards, horse racing, games where you bet on predictions and lotteries. It is particularly interesting that the list already includes games that take place in virtual or digital mode, including through the metaverse.

What changes for those who play online

For holders of the concession, which cannot exceed 9 years unless renewed, there are two important obligations. On the one hand, the need for the exchange of money to always be traceable and traced and then a sort of taxation equivalent to 3% of the annual net margin.

Failure to comply with these rules obviously leads to investigations and fines which have been identified in percentage and net value and are 7% of what the potential company owes to the Revenue Agency or €5000 if there have been delays in sending the documentation or in the registration of intellectual property rights.

There are also new criteria to protect players who are most at risk of gambling addiction. In this regard, all licensees are required to invest part of what they earn in advertising campaigns that aim to make potential players more aware of the risks deriving from gambling or online games.

Finally, a list of sites is mentioned in which those that do not follow the rules indicated in the regulation and which therefore actually practice illegal gambling will be included. As already mentioned, the reform process is still quite long and the definitive text will only arrive with publication in the Gazette.