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AML IN GAMING: A MANUAL AGAINST CRIMINAL INFILTRATION IN THE INDUSTRY

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Written by Antonio Arrotino, AML Manager and MLRO of SKS365, and Prof. Ranieri Razzante, President of the Ass. Italian Anti-Money Laundering Officers, the book photographs the current legal system and measures to prevent and combat organized crime incursions in offline and online markets

 

Il GAMING – Prevenzione e contrasto alle infiltrazioni mafiose (GAMING – Prevention and fight against mafia infiltrations) is the title of the guide written by Antonio Arrotino, lawyer, AML Manager and MLRO of SKS365, together with Professor Ranieri Razzante, President of the Italian Anti-Money Laundering Association, professor of Anti-Money Laundering Legislation at the University of Bologna and vice-president of the supervisory body of SKS365. With a further contribution that always comes from SKS365, or that of Luca Grisci, Director of Retail.

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A guide for operators and all professionals who make up the gaming industry in Italy, to gather in a single volume what concerns the subjects involved, the current legislation, the types of risk and the measures to be taken to prevent potential inferences by crime within such a delicate and changing system and, therefore, particularly exposed to illicit interests.

The purpose of money laundering deriving from criminal activity, as is known, is to reintroduce into the legal economic circuit those resources which have been drained from it through criminal activities, and which return to it in different forms and features, to allow reinvestment in lawful activities – is written in the Preface signed by Roberto Fanelli, head of the Central Legal and Litigation Department of ADM, italian gaming authority – The volume of Razzante, a well-known expert on this subject, and Arrotino, expert and operator in the sector, systematically deals with these issues, providing a complete picture and flanking the necessary legal framework profiles with those who preside over concrete operations.

The objective that Arrotino and Razzante aim in making the guide stems from two considerations: the size of the damage that the crime of money laundering entails for the Italian economic system – almost 120 billion a year – and the evidence that infiltrations criminals in the gaming chain occur to the detriment of the concessionaires themselves and almost never, however, with their complicity. Nonetheless, the false myth has been created that associates the game with the crime on several levels (political, journalistic and social). This has led to see the gaming sector as an enemy rather than as an ally of Authorities and Institutions.

The gaming sector, like other sectors that generate high money movements, is of very high interest in crime. Only in Italy the illegal game is worth a fifth of the legal collection – commented Antonio ArrotinoHowever, more and more in recent years, a fundamental contribution in the fight against crime has come precisely from the operators of the sector, primarily from the concessionaires themselves, who are become authentic sentinels of illegal or potentially such behavior, as evidenced by the significant increase in reports of suspicious transactions, to the police. This is a twofold commitment: on one hand the State Authority, on the other the operators and dealers, in a relationship based on trust, involvement and above all awareness of the tools to defend the clean system.

We wish that this book will help to dismantle some prejudices, in the Authorities and Institutions, according to which the gaming sector is dominated by crime where, on the contrary, crime would find easy way in a market that is not sufficiently manned – added Prof Ranieri RazzanteFor a long time I’ve been supporting the need to issue a Single Text on the Game, which collect all regulatory sources, now dispersed in a thousand streams, and which allows operators and the police themself to follow their technical and legal evolution.

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This book reconstructs the entire ecosystem around the game in Italy, institutional actors, entrepreneurial subjects, typology of existing products and services, deepening the business circuits to identify the potential vulnerabilities of the industry, i.e. the areas in shadow where the concrete risk of criminal infiltration lurks. To conclude with a detailed regulatory overview of the obligations of dealers and operators, together with reporting methods and authorities in charge of surveillance and intervention.

 

The volume is published by Pacini Giuridica, specialized in the publication of manuals in the artistic-cultural field and in-depth scientific, academic and regulatory study.

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Pariplay’s Portuguese Prominence Flourishes through Partnership with Casino Portugal

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Portfolio of industry-leading casino content continues to take over Portugal with latest partnership

Pariplay Ltd., the No. 1 aggregator and content provider behind innovative products including the Fusion aggregation platform and the Ignite Studio development programme, has today announced it will be taking its presence in Portugal to new heights by partnering with the respected online casino and sports betting operator, Casino Portugal. Through the agreement, Pariplay’s wide breadth of high-quality games, which have already become major hits among Portuguese players, will extend even further by being made available at CasinoPortugal.pt, rounding off a hugely successful 2020 for Pariplay.

Consistent with Pariplay’s ongoing efforts to offer more games to more players in more markets across the globe, bolstering its presence in promising spaces such as Portugal is instrumental.

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The agreement will see first-class content from Pariplay’s own propriety game library and the Fusion aggregation platform, which have been certified for Portugal and are already live in the market, made available on CasinoPortugal.pt. Hit titles, like Dragons Of The North Deluxe, Wolf Riches, King of The Tirdent Deluxe, Treasure Temple, and Rumble Rhino, all of which are hugely popular in regulated Europe, will complement CasinoPortugal.pt’s existing offering by giving its players access to a whole new assortment of state-of-the-art casino games.

António Laranjo, Co-CEO at Casino Portugal said: “We are happy to be collaborating with leading supplier Pariplay, who have demonstrated their dedication to growth and innovation since the beginning. Thanks to our partnership with them, we’ve enhanced our player offering significantly by introducing an interactive suite of their leading casino games, which have had so much success in this market already.”

Christine Lewis, CCO & MD Malta at Pariplay said: “We are very pleased with how much we were able to broaden our presence throughout regulated markets this year, signing several deals with prominent European operators, including this latest one with Casino Portugal. It’s exciting to see our game studio extend in a country with as much potential as Portugal, and we’re confident that we will continue adding substantial value to the gaming experience for players in this market and many others, as we move forward and expand in 2021.”

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Major European Gambling Brands Cut Advertising on IPR-infringing Sites

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A new report by the European Commission has found that an industry-led memorandum of understanding (MoU) on online advertising and intellectual property rights has led to a significant reduction in the unintentional placement of advertising from Europe’s major gambling brands on websites which infringe upon intellectual property rights.

The MoU, published in 2018, was established to limit advertising on websites, such as illegal sports streaming sites, and mobile applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

As part of its review of the effectiveness of the MoU, the Commission has presented a new report today which found that the MoU has created more awareness among brands that their advertising may end up on IPR-infringing websites. According to the report, the share of total advertising for European businesses on IPR-infringing websites was reduced by 12% since the introduction of the MoU, while gambling advertising from Europe’s major brands (including all EGBA members) decreased by 20%, from 62% to 50% during the reporting period.

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the report’s conclusions and is pleased with the significant progress made by EGBA members and other major brands in reducing the unintentional placement of their advertising on IPR-infringing advertising channels.

“EGBA welcomes the progress made by EGBA members and other major gambling brands in significantly reducing the unintentional placement of their advertising on IPR-infringing websites and is pleased that major online gambling companies are playing a central role in EU efforts to crack down on IPR infringement. Most reputable companies do not intend to advertise on IPR-infringing websites, but it happens and is difficult to control, and EGBA acknowledges that remedial action is needed to prevent it. That is why we have been actively engaging with the European Commission and other stakeholders to take action and are pleased those efforts are beginning to bear fruit,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of EGBA, said.

“EGBA is committed to promoting responsibility and driving standards in Europe’s online gambling sector and we encourage other companies to join us – and be part of the solution, not the problem – by adhering to responsibility initiatives such as the MoU. This initiative proves that greater cooperation at EU-level can benefit the sector and how it is able to respond to the challenges it faces, including on advertising,” Maarten Haijer added.

 

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Zitro’s Video Slots Charm Players at Casino Di Venezia in Italy

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Zitro announces a successful installation of its video slot games in Casino di Venezia of Italy. Players from one of the most renown casinos in Europe can now enjoy the thrill and fun of some of the most popular games of today.

Dott. Alessandro Cattarossi, Director of Casino Di Venezia said: “Our mission is to cater our customers with extraordinary experiences, and by adding games like ‘Link King’ and ‘88 Link Lucky Charms’ from Zitro to our game offerings, we are not only providing world-class entertainment to our distinguished clientele, but we are investing in performing products.”

Nadège Teyssedre, Commercial Director of Zitro for EMEA added: “We could not be more proud of being included in one of the top venues in Europe, and we are convinced that our games will add to Casino di Venezia’s overall success. I’d like to thank Casino di Venezia for their trust and we look forward to extending our cooperation converting it into a long-term friendship.”

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‘Link King’, the multigame progressive link on the ultra-slim ‘Fusion’ cabinet that has caused a global hype in the gaming industry, and ‘88 Link Lucky Charms’, a multigame progressive bank that combines for the first time Zitro’s Link Bonus with a multiway game mechanic on the fascinating ‘Allure’ cabinet, are now available to play at Casino di Venezia in the elegant Italian city of Venice.

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