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Italy’s leading operator adds Microgaming to its portfolio

Mon, Aug 5, 10:43am by Staff Writer

One of Italy’s leading gambling operators has strengthened its market foothold by teaming up with online gaming supplier Microgaming.

Casino News Daily reports that under the terms of the latest deal of the Isle of Man-based provider of casino content, its range of titles has gone live with SKS365 Groups’ largest brand – Planetwin365.

Licenced to provide services in Italy, Malta and Serbia, SKS365 is one of the fastest growing retail and digital sports betting operators.

Through its flagship brand, Planetwin365, the company has established a leading position in Italy, which is currently Europe’s second largest regulated market, behind the United Kingdom.

With Microgaming being one of the industry’s veterans and offering some of the most popular slots in the space, including hit titles Immortal Romance, Jurassic World, Book of Oz and Wicked Tales: Dark Red, SKS365 will now be able to further cement itself in the Italian iGaming landscape.

Of going live with Microgaming’s games, SKS365 CMO and country manager Italy Francesco Gaziano said that they are proud of this new partnership with “such a historic and reputable supplier” and that they are confident Microgaming’s catalogue will enhance the experience they provide to Planetwin365’s Italian players.

This is the second major content supply deal that SKS365 has announced in recent weeks.

Last month, the company went live with the live Casino solutions of Swedish provider Evolution Gaming.

The SKS365 and Planetwin365 deal has broadened Microgaming’s Italian footprint.

The company has been present in the local market since it was first regulated in Italy in 2011.

Aside from its latest local partner, the Isle of Man provider has also been supplying monthly major operators such as PokerStar Casino, Eurobet and Lottomatica with its latest releases.

Hundreds out of work after Italian casino shuts

A tiny Italian enclave on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Lugano is fighting for its survival after its main source of income – a giant casino – went bankrupt.

“SOS Campione is dead” reads a giant banner hanging opposite the immense casino, made up of modernistic cubic-shaped blocks with darkened windows stretching 10 floors high, Yahoo reported in May.

“Rien ne va plus” – the French version of “no more bets” – reads another banner on a tent set up by the unions representing some 500 casino employees who suddenly found themselves without work.

For the 1961 inhabitants of this one square kilometre sovereign Italian territory inside southern Switzerland, the closure of the public casino has been devastating.

For decades, it guaranteed the prosperity of the town, 23 kilometres from Italy.

“Those who were lucky enough to be born here, were lucky enough to have a job,” Fiorenzo Dorigo, who worked at the casino for 21 years told the AFP.

“Once you were done with your studies and military service, you reunited with all of our old school mates working at the casino,” he said.

But that comradery and income security evaporated last July, when a local Italian court in Como ordered the casino to close after it failed to honour its financial obligations to authorities in Campione, which is part of Como province.

The atmosphere in the community now that the casino is shut is “sad” said Evgenia Petrova, a 52-year-old Russian artist living in Campione since 2012.

The typical Italian positivity, which used to distinguish the village from the surrounding Swiss communities, “is not obvious anymore” she told AFP, looking sadly out the window of her paint splashed studio.

Residents still hope for the casino’s resurrection though.

A Milan court recently overturned the Como legal ruling on the grounds of procedural inconsistencies.

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