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Romania predicts licensee growth after awarding first B2B approvals

Romanian gaming regulator the National Gambling Office (ONJN) has issued its first B2B licences, with Playtech the highest-profile supplier to secure approval.

Universe Holding, the Malta-based business formerly known as PT Games, has also been licensed. It is led by former PKR chief financial officer Jean-Pierre Houareau, who also serves as CEO of Universe Entertainment Malta, which powers the Winner and Titanbet sites.

Universe Hosting and Playtech (licensed as Jenellcore) are two of sixteen recipients of new B2B licences in Romania, with three subsidiaries of payment processor Worldpay also securing approval to operate in the market.

Fellow payment provider SafeCharge has also secured a licence, with the London-listed business announced as the preferred payments partner of Romanian operator SuperBet in March.

Other notable licensees are Hattrick Bet, which has secured an operating licence via its Prva Sportska Kladionica subsidiary for the Casa Pariurilor brand, and digital media agency LiveSport Media, a Malta-based company that operates a network of sports sites.

Since awarding its first iGaming licences in January this year, Romania has also passed detailed technical and operational regulations, setting out the conditions under which licensees can offer their services in the country.

Five operating licences have been awarded in total to Cosmo Gaming (NetBet.ro), WM Interactive (Winmasters.com/ro), S.C. Right Betting (Stanleybet.ro) and S.C. Bet Zone (eFortuna.ro), as well as Hattrick.

ONJN president Odeta Nestor said it had always been the regulator’s intention to make the licensing process “as smooth as possible and not a long, complicated and bureaucratic one,” in order to encourage companies to legally enter the market.

“We have more requests for second class licenses, and this will for sure encourage other companies to apply for a license,” Nestor said.

While she would not reveal figures for the market so soon after launch, Nestor said that early indications show that both the online and land-based sectors had grown since the online gaming legislation was passed.

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