regulator the National Gambling Office (ONJN) has issued its first B2B
licences, with Playtech the highest-profile supplier to secure approval.
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.
provider SafeCharge has also secured a licence, with the London-listed business
announced as the preferred payments partner of Romanian operator SuperBet in
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
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.
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.