Rome, Italy — The capital of the southern Italian province of Puglia will soon ban online gaming, as part of a crackdown on online gambling.
According to the Italian government, online gambling is a “safer” form of gaming, but it will be hard to enforce the law, as the online games are often based on real money, so it will have to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Puglia, a traditional center of gambling, was one of the first cities to introduce the ban, in August, saying the “risk of being detected by a social network is significant”.
The ban comes after the region’s top social security official, Giulio Giorgi, called for tougher regulations for online gambling, citing the increasing popularity of online gambling in the region.
Giorgi also said that the introduction of the new regulation is a reaction to the “growing phenomenon of online poker” and its influence on young people.