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NOVOMATIC Romania to Participate in Entertainment Arena Expo

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NOVOMATIC is going participate in the 15th edition of Entertainment Arena Expo, the region’s most important B2B industry event, which will take place from 5 to 7 September 2023 at Romexpo in Bucharest.

Valentin-Adrian Georgescu, CEO of NOVOMATIC Romania, said: “We invite all our customers and partners to visit our stand # 101, which we are premiering at EAE in exciting new style and discover our many special offers and surprises. Our host at the fair will again be Diana Munteanu, who has already accompanied us at the last two editions: She is looking forward to our visitors testing our high-quality products and participating in surprise tournaments – this year we will be giving away exclusive prizes! Also, Ilie Năstase, the brand ambassador of admiral.ro, will join us to sign autographs and take photos.”

This year, the portfolio has been expanded with new, revolutionary products that cover all the needs of operators, from AWP bars to clubs and sports betting shops. The stars of this show are five progressive jackpot packages that include a selection of innovative games with special features.

“We have also prepared a special programme for the retrofitting of NOVOMATIC gaming machines according to the new legal standards. I am proud that our team is making remarkable efforts to create a truly special and unique gaming fair. We are committed to providing visitors to our stand with an unforgettable experience and offering them something unique at the event, as we continue to revolutionize the gaming market,” Valentin-Adrian Georgescu said.

Live at the show will be the latest cabinet releases with the outstanding BLACK EDITION II series and its flexible portfolio of three new cabinet versions: BLACK EDITION II 3.27, BLACK EDITION II XL 3.32, and BLACK EDITION II 1.49J. All three versions impress with their captivating, sophisticated design and high-impact game presentation. Additionally, they stand out with the harmonious contrast created by the elegant black finish and the innovative LED lighting concept.

The focus is also on the most impressive jackpot offers on the market, with a variety of complete hardware and software packages for all budgets and preferences. Leading NOVOMATIC cabinets are blended with top-performing Progressive multi-game selections and a variety of excellent signage solutions to create a new buzz of excitement on the gaming floor.

New on the Romanian market is the PRIMUS PRO, a cost-effective cabinet that offers excellent value for money. It represents the best alternative as a replacement for outdated Coolfire I gaming machines.

The most popular and successful gaming mix in Romania, Impera Line HD, launches with its new Edition 9. This version offers a selection of classic NOVOMATIC games as well as new releases, and its user-friendly menu helps players easily identify their preferences.

The sports betting terminals will be presented in a dedicated stand area, where visitors can discover the advantages of the exclusive exhibition offers. NOVOMATIC Romania is expanding partnerships with advantageous conditions, offering an even more diverse range of products, including complete sports betting terminals and lottery products, depending on the type of business chosen by the partner.

“It will be an edition you won’t want to miss! From campaigns, exclusive offers, and exclusive exhibition programs to surprises and special prizes. We have carefully created everything to provide the best conditions, both for our customers and their business. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand 101 for a glass of champagne and traditional Austrian food,” Laura Boșneag, Sales Director of NOVOMATIC Romania, said.

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Ukraine Reinstates 18% Online Casino Turnover Tax

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The government of Ukraine has reinstated an 18% tax charge to be applied on online casino turnover.

The decision was confirmed via a telegram of Danylo Hetmantsev, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada’s Finance Committee.

The tax charge was reinstated on 10 August, following an update to Article179 of the Ukraine tax code.

The change to the tax code was authorised as the Finance Committee seeks to raise a further UAH1.5bn (€35m) for the national budget in 2023.

Further developments sanctioned last week saw the government order KRAIL – Ukraine’s Gambling and Lotteries Commission – to begin cancelling/terminating gambling licences for failure of market activity or non-payment of licensing fees.

The government authorised its orders citing that gambling businesses must follow the compliance orders of Article 51 of the Ukraine Gambling Law on supervision and licensing duties.

Changes approved by the Verkhovna Rada in 2023 saw Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council take over the regulatory control of the gambling sector.

The change in regulatory supervisor saw KRAIL revoke the licence held by Parimatch – Ukraine’s largest betting group – following sanctions imposed on 287 companies and 120 individuals through Presidential Decree No 145/2023.

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Ukrainians lend their support to Parimatch as 25,000-strong petition delivered to President Zelenskyy

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The petition is asking the President to order a thorough investigation into the arbitrary sanctions imposed on the company

An official petition requesting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to review the decision to impose sanctions against Parimatch LLC has garnered over the required 25,000 signatures 14 days ahead of the deadline, as the Ukrainian public rallies behind the Company in its fight to uphold the rule of law in Ukraine and unblock its popular services in the country.

Under Ukrainian law an official petition that gathers 25,000 signatures is referred directly to the President for consideration. President Zelenskyy now has 10 days to act in the case which has become a touchstone issue for tens of thousands of Ukrainians who want to see their country become a successful democracy where the rule of law is firmly established and respected.

Parimatch, a popular international sports betting and online gambling company that provides its services to satisfied customers across three continents, has strong roots in Ukraine where the business originated. It was sanctioned by Ukraine earlier this year and banned from operating in the country for 50 years, which has impacted hundreds of thousands of citizens who can no longer access or retrieve their funds. The ban was the result of a flawed and unfair investigation that falsely claimed the Company was doing business in Russia.

Parimatch has provided expert independent legal opinion that confirms the Company ended its third-party licence agreements with Russian entities in March 2022, immediately after Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. This entailed terminating software and trademark licensing agreements it previously had with a Russian entity. Full information about the sanctions against Parimatch can be found on the website https://justice4business .com/en/ that provides extensive documentation about the unfair sanctions and the Company’s legal position.

Maxym Liashko, Managing Partner of Energame, Parimatch’s management company, said:

“We are Ukrainian patriots. Our fellow countrymen and countrywomen unequivocally agree with that. We have supported our country against Russia’s full-scale invasion from the first day, and immediately moved to terminate any remaining legacy business in the aggressor country. We are confident that Ukraine is on an irreversible road to becoming a democratic European nation where people can live and do business freely, while enjoying the full protection of the law. We trust that our President, a champion of the rule of law and liberal democratic values, will do the right thing and order a review of the unjust sanctions that were imposed on us in a flawed and unfair process.

“We all agree that it is the right and the duty of Ukrainian authorities to sanction entities or individuals that seek to undermine the country. Sanctions are a powerful tool in the fight against the invaders and their supporters. However, mistakes are sometimes made, as happened in the case of Parimatch. A robust review and appeal system is therefore an essential part of any sanctions regime.”

The petition also highlights Parimatch’s support for the Ukrainian army and wider war effort that so far has totalled 547 mln hryvnia ($14 mln) and is still ongoing. As an international company proud of its strong Ukrainian roots, Parimatch will remain an unwavering supporter of Ukrainian sovereignty in the face of Russia’s illegal war of aggression.

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Hipther’s Autumn Flagship Event Rebranded to GamingTECH CEE – Don’t Miss the Early Bird Offer!

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The #hipthers are thrilled to announce the biggest edition and rebranding of Hipther Agency’s renowned flagship event for the Central and Eastern European region: the CEEGC Budapest gets a fresh makeover and becomes the GamingTECH CEE Summit Budapest!

The hugely successful event series in Budapest has cemented the hipthers’ leadership in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, embraced by the iGaming and Tech industry professionals locally and beyond.

GamingTECH CEE, formerly known as CEEGC, has a 7-year tradition of being the leading event in the Central and Eastern European region during Autumn. The conference brings together key players in the gaming industry, providing a wealth of valuable information and opportunities for quality networking. Furthermore, the GamingTECH Awards recognize and celebrate the most innovative and successful companies in the region.

GamingTECH CEE 2023 will take place on 26 September at the Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, while the hipthers will be offering Early Registration and Welcome Drinks on the 25th, to help participants break the ice, connect with new and old friends, and relax before the knowledge-packed conference.

The final Conference Agenda is to be announced, with the current draft promising insights about the future of Gaming in the Central and Eastern Europe, Compliance Challenges and Opportunities, Responsible Gaming, Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning, as well as Networking Sessions and the Evening Social Gathering to close the event in style and togetherness!

Zoltan Tuendik, Co-Founder and Head of Business of Hipther, stated about the upcoming event: “We are embracing the boundless possibilities of the future and the transformative power of technology in the gambling industry. Through the rebranding of CEEGC Budapest to GamingTECH CEE Summit Budapest, we herald a new era of excitement, innovation, and limitless potential. Join us this September in Budapest to explore the frontiers of gaming technology, as we pave the way for a future that will revolutionize the way we play, engage, and win”.

GamingTECH CEE 2023 Registration is Now Open!

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Rates & Stay Tuned for the Combo Pass that is coming soon!

 

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Stakelogic ensures it’s max fun at MaxBet.ro

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Popular studio’s classic and video slots now available to operator’s players in Romania

Players at MaxBet.ro in Romania should strap themselves in for an online slot thrill ride like no other after the popular operator put pen to paper on a deal with tier-one developer, Stakelogic.

The partnership will see MaxBet.ro add Stakelogic content to its game lobby for the very first time. This includes the studio’s traditional classic slots as well as its big-action video slots. The integration has been facilitated by the leading aggregator, EveryMatrix.

Stakelogic has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the charts with its slots that have been designed to put players on the edge of their seats with every spin – whether classic or video. In fact, the provider’s classic slots are some of the most entertaining in the market.

A sense of nostalgia is stirred through the instantly-recognisable fruit (melons, cherries, grapes, oranges, etc), BAR, 7 and Bell symbols that land on the reels. But the gameplay is levelled up through features such as Wilds, Multipliers and even Free Spins, providing a classic slot experience like no other.

Classic titles include Multi6Player, Multi Player, Bonus Runner, Runner Runner Megaways and Big Runner Deluxe.

If it’s explosive gameplay that MaxBet.ro players are looking for, that is what they will find in Stakelogic’s video slots. Titles such as Money Track, Treasures of Ra, Spartans vs Zombies Megaways, Greedy Fox and soon-to-launch Money Track 2 combine striking visuals, booming sound and monster bonuses to get the adrenaline flowing as the potential for a mega win builds.

Stakelogic is committed to being at the cutting edge of online casino game development, and this is evident in features such as Super Stake and Spin to Win, both of which are now available to MaxBet.ro players in Romania.

Super Stake allows players to effectively double their bet to increase the chance of a bonus triggering and insane win combinations landing, while Spin to Win combines RNG gameplay with live dealer for the first time. It sees players spin a live prize wheel for the chance to potentially win big.

Danila Dzehs, Senior Sales Manager at Stakelogic, said: “Our games have been designed to provide unrivalled levels of fun, excitement and entertainment, and MaxBet.ro players can now experience this for themselves for the first time. Our classic and video slots have hit the mark with players across Europe, and it will be no different in Romania.

This is another important partnership for us, adding a player-favourite operator to our impressive roster of customers. We now look forward to seeing MaxBet.ro players enjoy the max entertainment our games have allowed us to build our reputation on.”

Secaci Matei, Promotional Manager at MaxBet.ro, added: “The addition of Stakelogic allows us to turbo-charge our game lobby with content that gets pulses racing with every spin. Classic or video, the developer’s slots are proven with players across Europe and they will absolutely be a big hit with ours in Romania.”

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Q&A w/ Jean-Pierre Houareau, CEO at Live Solutions about the Romanian market

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What is the state of play in the Romanian market?

In 2019, the Romanian gambling market generated a total revenue of €1.5 billion, representing an increase of 12.5% compared to the previous year. This growth was driven primarily by the online gambling sector, which accounted for nearly 25% of the total market share.

The Romanian gambling market is regulated by the National Gambling Office (ONJN), which oversees licensing and regulation of all forms of gambling in the country. In recent years, the ONJN has implemented stricter regulations for online gambling operators, including mandatory technical standards, responsible gambling measures, and increased taxation.

Despite these regulations, the Romanian gambling market continues to attract new players and operators. In 2020, several major international gambling companies received licenses to operate in Romania, including bet365, Betfair, and 888 Holdings. Additionally, the Romanian government has recently announced plans to further liberalize the gambling market, including plans to allow for the construction of large-scale casinos in certain areas.

It is worth noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Romanian gambling market, as it has in many other countries. During the pandemic, many land-based casinos and betting shops were forced to close, leading to a surge in online gambling activity. It remains to be seen how the pandemic will continue to impact the Romanian gambling market in the long term.

 

How are your games helping operators to unlock the market’s full potential?

Here at Live Solutions we have created of its kind casino tables games with video chat which currently no other provider offers. In our opinion, operators can create differentiation for themselves by offering unique, innovative and engaging games to attract and retain players.

Our features are nothing if not unique and innovative and are available in 55 languages which can help to drive players towards new content.

The incorporation of this technology within the gaming space can offer a more immersive and interactive gambling experience. These new technologies can help to create a more engaging and enjoyable experience for players, which can lead to increased player loyalty and retention.

Overall, by offering a wide range of innovative and engaging games, operators can meet the needs and preferences of players, differentiate themselves from their competitors, and create a more sustainable and successful gambling market.

 

Why do you consider Romania to be such an important market?

Romania has a population of over 19 million people, making it one of the larger markets in Europe. This represents a significant potential customer base for gambling operators, both online and land-based.

The Romanian gambling market is relatively new and has been growing rapidly in recent years, which has attracted a lot of interest from international gambling companies. This growth is likely to continue as the Romanian economy continues to develop and the demand for gambling entertainment increases.

Romania has a relatively low tax rate on gambling activities, which makes it an attractive destination for operators looking to minimize their tax liabilities. This has helped to attract new operators to the market, which in turn has increased competition and driven further growth.

As a member of the European Union (EU) Romania benefits from EU regulations and protections. This provides a stable regulatory environment for operators and helps to ensure the safety and security of customers.

 

Do player preferences differ from other markets? What does localisation look like in Romania?

Player preferences in the Romanian gambling market may differ from other markets due to cultural and demographic differences. However, there are also many similarities between the Romanian market and other European markets in terms of player preferences.

In terms of localisation, many international gambling operators have adapted their products and services to meet the needs and preferences of Romanian players. This may involve translating their websites and games into Romanian, offering local payment methods, and providing customer support in Romanian. Some operators may also offer localized promotions and bonuses that are tailored specifically to the Romanian market.

Additionally, the ONJN has implemented strict regulations for online gambling operators that require them to offer games that are appropriate for Romanian players. This may include games that are popular in Romania, such as traditional card games like Baccarat or Rummy, as well as popular slot games.

While there may be some differences in player preferences in the Romanian market, many international gambling operators have adapted their products and services to meet the needs of local players, and the ONJN has implemented regulations to ensure that operators are offering appropriate games for the market. This localisation helps to ensure that the Romanian gambling market remains attractive and accessible to both local and international operators.

 

What is the competitive landscape like? Is there room for operators to enter and claim solid market share?

While there are some established operators in the market, there is still a significant amount of competition and opportunities for new entrants.

In the online gambling sector, there are a number of international operators that have entered the market, including major players such as Bet365, 888 Holdings, and PokerStars. Additionally, there are also several local operators that have been successful in the market, including Superbet, Fortuna, and Netbet.

In the land-based sector, there are a number of casinos and slot parlours operating in Romania, including the famous Casino Bucharest and Palace Casino.

The ONJN has implemented strict regulations for online gambling operators, including technical standards, responsible gambling measures, and increased taxation, which may present some challenges for new operators entering the market. However, these regulations also help to ensure the safety and security of customers and provide a level playing field for all operators.

Overall, the Romanian gambling market offers opportunities for new operators to enter and claim solid market share, particularly in the online gambling sector, which has seen significant growth in recent years. However, competition is strong and new entrants will need to offer attractive products and services to compete with established operators.

 

What are some of the challenges being faced?  How can they be overcome?

There are several challenges facing the Romanian gambling market, including:

Increasing taxes: The Romanian government has increased taxes on gambling activities, which has put pressure on operators’ margins and profitability.

Stringent regulations: The ONJN has implemented strict regulations for online gambling operators, which may make it more difficult for new operators to enter the market and compete with established operators.

Competition: The Romanian gambling market is becoming increasingly competitive, with many established operators and new entrants vying for market share.

Problem gambling: As with any gambling market, there is a risk of problem gambling, which can have negative social and economic consequences.

To overcome these challenges, operators and regulators can take several steps, including:

Collaboration and advocacy: Operators can work together and with industry associations to advocate for more favourable tax and regulatory policies.

Innovation: Operators can differentiate themselves by offering innovative products and services that meet the changing needs and preferences of players.

Customer protection: Operators can invest in responsible gambling measures, such as self-exclusion tools, to help protect vulnerable players.

Localisation: Operators can adapt their products and services to meet the needs and preferences of local players, which can help to build brand loyalty and increase market share.

Education: Operators and regulators can work together to educate players about the risks associated with gambling and promote responsible gambling behaviours.

Overall, by working together, operators and regulators can help to create a sustainable and successful gambling market in Romania that balances the needs of operators, players, and society as a whole.

 

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NSoft and Maxbet Romania enter new Sportsbook partnership

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Sportsbook and Casino platform provider NSoft has strengthened its presence in Romania after confirming that it will supply its Sportsbook solution to Maxbet.

The new partnership is another validation of NSoft’s stable presence in the SEE and CE regions, where our extensive product portfolio has quickly secured its place among the most demanding punters. Maxbet Romania fronts with a modern entertainment character in the gambling industry in Romania. The company has a market share of 7.5%, confirming its intense and continuous growth.

Maxbet expressed their delight in collaborating with NSoft and is confident that their comprehensive sports betting solutions will be highly appreciated by their players. They anticipate a favorable impact on their overall performance, given the exceptional quality of NSoft’s Sportsbook services, particularly the extensive Live betting coverage and flexibility.

The integration of NSoft’s highly flexible and top-performing Sportsbook solution will cover all of Maxbet’s delivery channels. Integrating our Sportsbook with the partner platform will go through for the online channel, while in retail and on terminals, Maxbet will use the NSoft full solution that includes the Seven platform.

NSoft Sportsbook is easily integrated into third-party platforms, ensuring a fast sports betting experience to remain scalable and stable. As one of the core segments of NSoft’s Seven platform, device management is responsible for complete remote and local management of devices. This complex, seamless fusion of simplicity, functionality, and security brings synergy into every betting and gaming business.

Marko Lasic, Regional Sales Manager at NSoft, commented: “We have a strong presence in the SEE and CE regions, and our collaboration with Maxbet Romania will further boost NSoft’s market position. We are consistently striving for operational excellence, and the easy integration of our Sportsbook to all delivery channels emphasizes these efforts. Maxbet’s customers will have the chance to enjoy a world-class sports betting experience.”

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Superbet Decides to Remove Commercial Messages from Outdoor Advertising

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Superbet has announced that it will remove all commercial messages from its out-of-home advertising. This measure will be implemented in the first half of this year, throughout the entire territory of Romania.

Superbet, as leader of the sports betting industry in Romania, has developed a sustainable business strategy, in which responsible gaming and community involvement are major pillars.

In this context, the company publicly confirmed that it will remove all commercial messages from its out-of-home advertising, in the first half of this year. The removal process of these banners will commence in the near future, with Superbet committing to the fact that they will only keep outdoor advertising which promotes responsible gaming.

Furthermore, Superbet will also remove all types of out-of-home advertising banners, irrespective of size or type of messaging, which are located closer than 100 meters from high school education facilities.

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7777 gaming has certified over 50 games for Romania

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7777 gaming has certified over 50 games for Romania. The company has also a license to provide its innovative and sought-after games to Romanian operators.

Elena Shaterova, CCO at 7777 gaming has commented on the new milestone: “Having in mind the maturity of the Romanian market with its over 35 strong online gambling brands, it’s exciting for the team to deliver our unique and innovative games on the market. We have already signed agreements with some of the biggest operators on the market.

Besides, our certified games are already integrated with the leading casino aggregators in Romania, such as IGT PlayDigital and EveryMatrix, which provide content to the most popular Romanian online operators.”

The company’s certified games in Romania are among the top-performing titles of 7777 gaming’s rich casino portfolio. The company plans to establish new and exciting business opportunities with innovative brands that are looking for highly engaging and personalized online casino content.

“Even though the market is highly saturated with B2B providers, we are up for the challenge to stand out from the crowd with our titles that can be adapted to address each and every operator’s pain point.”, added Shaterova.

7777 gaming has recently presented its brand-new games’ package, including 4 online casino concepts – Slots, Instant win, Exclusive, and Contemporary. Each concept corresponds to a certain audience, which is designed to attract, convert and retain all types of casino players. The company’s uniqueness combines also its different approach in the games’ development that is created for each and every type of player.

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Slotegrator obtains Romanian B2B license

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Game aggregator and online casino and sportsbook software provider Slotegrator has completed the application process and acquired another license, this time from ONJN.

Online casino and sportsbook software provider Slotegrator can now offer its services in Romania.

ONJN, the Romanian regulatory body, offers licenses for B2C and B2B gambling companies. Slotegrator has obtained a Class 2 license, allowing the company to provide its products and services to online casino and sportsbook operators in Romania.

Romania is a very active and fully regulated jurisdiction which is highly attractive for operators, and getting authorized to work there is a big step in the right direction.

This is how Yana Khaidukova, the Managing Director of Slotegator, comments “Being on the market for over a decade, Slotegrator has built a reputation as a provider of high quality solutions for online casinos and sportsbooks, we have clients all over the world and our goal is to always offer them the latest trends and the most innovative technologies. We value the trust they grant us and do our best to justify it. Today we would like to offer them another great opportunity — the Romanian gambling market.”

Romania is becoming a popular target market for iGaming operators, spurring healthy and sustained growth. Total GGR for the market is estimated to be €900 million per year, driven by the country’s population of nearly 20 million, internet penetration rate of 88%, and longstanding cultural acceptance of gambling.

Popular casino games include video slots (especially games with progressive jackpots), live dealer versions of roulette and blackjack (as well as gameshow variations), and poker. Popular sports to bet on include football, cycling, handball, tennis and esports.