Maltese online gaming software provider World Match is to withdraw its products from unlicensed operators active in the regulated Italian market from next year.
The supplier said this week that it will cooperate with Italian regulatory authority AAMS to encourage operators to comply with the country's gambling regulations, which prohibit online gaming sites from serving Italian players without a national licence.
Any World Match clients that continue to operate in Italy without a valid licence will see their service terminated from the start of next year.
World Match executive director Andrea Boratto explained that the co-operation with AAMS is part of a long-term strategy aimed at supporting the development of regulated markets.
"World Match has identified Italy as the main European market from which to start the acquisition of market share amongst regulated operators," added Boratto. "After Italy, we will focus on Spain, which has undertaken the regulatory process of online slot machines and their introduction in the market."
World Match supplies its platform and portfolio of over 80 slots and 43 table games to a host of high-profile operators. It's Italian-licensed clients include Intralot, Merkur Win, Mybet, Casinò di San Remo and Giochi24.