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HIT Slots are coming to Romania!

George Miller

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The rumors got it right! The wait is over. The popular and bright slots provider Endorphina is bringing its slots to Romanian operators and its local players.

The company has been granted a Class II license by the Romanian regulator (ONJN) allowing it to enter the country’s regulated market. Thanks to this license, Endorphina Games will be permitted to provide local gambling operators with their versatile portfolio of 73+ trendy games, certified for the Romanian market by GLI.

The Class 2 license is required for B2B providers specialized in the gambling industry which are supplying products/services to B2C operators licensed in Romania. The applicant is required to have its entire IT system audited by a specialized testing laboratory that holds a Class 2 license, while the gambling software must be certified by a Class 2 licensed certifier, including the random number generator and return-to-player percentage for each game. Endorphina has passed all these tests successfully and proved its reliability.

CEO of Endorphina Jan Urbanec commented on the newly issued license:
“I am proud of the whole Endorphina team. It is with great pleasure that I can announce that we are in fact licensed in the Romanian market. After acquiring the MGA license, this is another milestone for us. We continue to comply with the international legislative standards that are required from our product and at the same time, we are keeping the games fun and engaging for the players.”

Endorphina has worked hard to access the regulated Romanian market and this is a great step forward. Thanks to the two Class II licenses, the B2B gaming software developer Endorphina will be provided with the chance to offer Romanian qualitative casinos and other operators such hits as 2020 Hit Slot, Cash Tank and Book of Santa, along with many others.

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Slotmill certified for Estonia and Latvia

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The Slotmill games have been certified to meet the regulation in Estonia and Latvia. The games can be obtained either through a direct integration or via distributors.

Jamie Boyle, Product Manager at Slotmill, said: “We are delighted to have our games approved for these markets thereby extending our reach at the same time as it solidifies our commitment to meet local regulations.”

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Kerala Government Bans Online Rummy

Niji Narayan

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The Government of Kerala has amended the Kerala Gaming Act 1960 and declared online rummy as illegal. The ban will come into force with immediate effect.

The decision comes after the Kerala High Court directive that had urged the state government to take measures against the online rummy business. During the February 15 hearing, the Kerala High Court was told about the online rummy menace. A Public Interest Litigation filed by movie director Pauly Vadakkan had sought action against such sites that hosted the online rummy games. The director in his plea had said that the online rummy gaming business was ruining the youth of the state. The plea had also mentioned a suicide by a young man after he lost a considerable amount due to his habit of playing online rummy.

Kerala is not the first state in India that has banned online rummy. Earlier, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also amended existing laws or brought rules to declare online rummy gaming as illegal.

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Ukraine Sets Flat 10% Tax Rate for all Forms of Gambling

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Ukraine’s Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy has approved a 10% tax rate for all forms of gambling.

The committee considered bill 2713-d, put forward by committee chair Oleg Marusyak, to complement the Gambling Act that legalised various forms of gambling in Ukraine and was signed into law in August 2020.

This bill initially proposed a 5% GGR tax on bookmaking, 10% for online gambling and for lotteries and 12.5% for slot machines. However, the committee opted for a single rate on all verticals instead.

In addition, gambling winnings of more than eight months’ minimum wage (currently UAH48,000) will be taxed as income.

The country’s Gambling Act had also previously required that online betting and gaming licence fees start out three times higher than normal, and would only be lowered once an online player monitoring system is put in place. However, the new tax bill abolishes that requirement.

The Rada will still have to approve the new tax bill, after which it may be signed into law.

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