Over the last several days there has been some uproar in Italy following a new legal directive that temporarily seized all esports halls and LAN rooms. These are places where individuals can spectate, or play competitive video games. They are different from arcades and gambling halls in that you can use regular computers provided by the institution to play and have fun. This includes FGC events as most of these establishments also operate FGs.
In a video shared on TikTok by EsportsPalace Bergamo, they shared that the new directive will stipulate that gaming equipment including PCs, Monitors, and Consoles will now have to be legally restricted in the same way Slot Machines are. This could be a huge blow for the Italian scene as getting licenses for the equipment could be difficult. It was also revealed that the individual who pointed this out to the Customs and Monopolies Agency is Sergio Milesi, an entrepreneur who is the CEO and Founder of LED S.r.l. According to him, the esports bars put other entertainment businesses at an unfair disadvantage as they aren't restricted in the same way slot machines and other commercial gaming operations are.
This has led to outrage on social media as people see this as a means of throttling the growth of esports in the country.