This week saw the Italian government’s proposed ban on virtually all gambling advertising (bar the national lottery) voted for in the Senate, which approved the measure on a vote of 155 vs. 125 despite warnings of dire consequences from a wide range of experts.
The ban, driven by Italy’s recently elected coalition government, extends to television, radio and internet advertising and includes sports sponsorships (see previous InfoPowa reports).
It is effective from January 1 2019, although there are exceptions regarding companies which have current contracts running, who have been given a further six months to wrap up their promotional programs.
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Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.
We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.
His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.