SBC Digital Italy to deliver timely assessment of market opportunities

This week’s SBC Digital Italy conference and exhibition is set to deliver a timely and in-depth analysis of the latest developments in one of Europe’s largest betting and gaming markets. 

The online event on Wednesday 17 February will bring together 750 executives from the Italian gambling industry to exchange ideas about the future of the sector at this time of both great uncertainty and great opportunity.

Italy’s popular retail betting outlets and slots halls continue to take a huge financial hit from enforced coronavirus-related closures, while the change of government and the tough regulatory regime has created further doubts about the prospects for operators.

However, the online sector has provided a reason to believe that the Italian market continues to offer significant growth opportunities, as a surge in the popularity of igaming led a 45 per cent increase in online GGR in 2020. 

The agenda for SBC Digital Italy focuses on tackling the challenges faced by the industry, as well as how to build on the current favourable conditions for online gaming and achieve long-term success.

Pietro Lechiara, Betsson Group’s managing director Italy and a speaker at the event, said: “The online gaming industry is undergoing a deep and most interesting transformation. At SBC Digital Italy you can learn about this transformation from the players who are driving this change.”

The agenda includes panels dedicated to regulation and the prospect of further legislation being introduced, the igaming opportunity, adapting slots to the Italian audience, and effective marketing strategies within the current advertising restrictions.  

There is also a fireside chat about the future of the industry in Italy with Fabio Schiavolin (CEO, Snaitech) and Quirino Mancini (partner, Tonucci & Partners), who are just two of the 25 high-level Italian market experts taking part in the conference.

The other senior executives and specialists on the speaker line-up include Carlo Di Maio (MD betting division, Gamenet Group), Alexander Martin (CEO, SKS365), Marco Castaldo (CEO, Microgame & director for betting & online gaming, Astro), Ludovico Calvi (board director, Lottomatica Betting Ltd & president, GLMS), Alessandro Grasso (COO, E-Play24), Natalie Berenato (head of online marketing, Olybet Italia), and Cristiano Azzolini Di Maggio (head of casino,

Rasmus Sojmark, founder and CEO of SBC, said: “We’re excited to be hosting our first event fully dedicated to Italy, which continues to be one of the most important markets for the European betting and gaming industry. 

“It is also a highly complex market, which is in the midst of the transition that so many industries have had to face, as customers increasingly move online. The situation is further complicated by regulatory and COVID-related challenges, but our expert panellists will provide more clarity on the future direction of the industry and a host of valuable ideas about the best emerging opportunities for operators and suppliers.” 

In addition to the panel sessions, delegates can take in market commentaries on payments, virtual sports, and esports from Mark Sperring (head of sales and account management, MuchBetter), Giuseppe Donato (country manager Italy, Kiron Interactive), and Paolo Cisaria (general manager & CRO, Mkers Srl) respectively. 

The interactive product display area will allow attendees to connect with suppliers and media brands with offerings tailored to the Italian market, while there will be a further chance to meet new business contacts in a networking roundtable hosted by Alessio Crisantemi, direttore responsabile of GiocoNews.

For further information about the event and to register for free, please visit the official SBC Digital Italy website.