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Moldova is handing over control over gambling and lotteries to foreign companies

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Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
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Gambling is a state monopoly in Moldova, and now the country is handing control over gambling and lotteries to two foreign companies under a public-private partnership.

The APP (Moldova’s Public Property Agency, ), will no longer hold a monopoly on gambling and lotteries, as the state announced plans to implement a public-private partnership project with two EU member companies.

The first contract, relating to slot machines, has been won by Novo Gaming M Technologies GmbH, part of the Austria’s Novomatic consortium operating.

Novomatic, owned by Austrian billionaire Johann Graf, 71, operates in 45 countries, and exports high-tech gaming equipment to more than 70 countries all over the world.

The company is one of the largest gaming technology companies in the world. It has 25,500 employees worldwide, operating in over 2,100 locations with a total of 260,000 game machines and electronic roulettes.

The second contract, regarding the lottery and sports bets, has gone to NGM SPC Limited, formed by Market AD, National Lottery AD and NGM SPC Limited.

The companies are part of National Lottery AD, the largest licensed gambling operator in Bulgaria.

Media reports say the company over the past three years has enjoyed one of the highest growth rates in the South-Eastern Europe.

It is owned by Bulgarian Vasil Krumov Bozhkov, 62, a controversial businessman mentioned in the US diplomatic telegrams revealed by WikiLeaks as nicknamed “the Skull”. Bozhkov, who has never faced charges, has not commented on the claims made about him in WikiLeaks.

The Moldovan state has secured a good revenue from the companies’ activities. The proposal is that 75 per cent of the revenue generated in the lottery sector be returned to the National Lottery of Moldova, NLM.

For sports bets, the NLM will receive 90 per cent of the revenues.

The share of gross revenue from slot machines that will come back to the NLM is 51 per cent, which is a higher percentage than in other European countries operating similar public-private partnerships, like Romania, noted APP in a press release.

In June 2016, the leader of the ruling party Vlad Plahotniuc “declared war” on illegal gambling in casinos in Moldova and on the gambling addiction that had ruined some people’s lives.

In November 2016, about 200 policemen stormed and shut down all the casinos in the country over just one night, with Plahotniuc claiming the success of the operation.

On 5 December 2016, a draft law written by ruling party deputies stipulated that the managing and development of gambling activities, except for casinos, was now a state monopoly, to be carried out only through the National Lottery of Moldova. Parliament adopted the law quickly on December 22, 2016.

 

Source: BalkanInsight

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BF Games bolsters Romanian presence with Stanleybet deal

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BF Games, the dynamic games development studio, has strengthened its position in Romania having struck a deal to supply Stranleybet.ro with its broad catalogue of games.

The operator will benefit from BF Games blockbuster titles including Buffalo Trail Ultra™, Wild Jack Remastered™, Cave of Fortune™, and Book of Gates™ as well as its classic smash hits like Stunning Hot Remastered™, Energy Fruits™ and Hot Sunrise™. 

This latest surge in BF Games’ ambitious growth in Romania follows its recent partnership with operators Favbet.ro and Superbet.ro.

The supplier’s extensive library of slot games has expanded significantly over the past year as the company continues to grow its geographical and commercial reach through partnerships such as these.

Stanleybet has been active in the Romanian retail betting market since 2004 and secured an igaming licence in 2016. It relaunched its Kambi-powered Stanleybet.ro site in June 2018.

Commenting on the deal, Claudia Melcaru, Head of Business Development at BF Games, said: “We’re thrilled to have signed this deal with Stanleybet.ro and are excited about beginning the next stage of our partnership as we both continue to grow in the Romanian market.

“We’re always looking to extend the reach of our titles, and we look forward to an exciting future with Stanleybet.ro.”

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SoftGamings Expands Its Footprint with a Romania License

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The National Office for Gambling in Romania granted SoftGamings a Class II license reserved for software distributors in the gambling market.

SoftGamings is pleased to announce it has received a Class II license from Romania’s chief gambling regulator — Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN). Under the license agreement, SoftGamings is entitled to provide management and hosting services for gaming platforms, per Article 20 (6) of GEO 77/2009.

The legislative framework of Romania changed in 2015 to address the development of the iGaming industry and position the country among leaders in Europe.

ONJN-licensed remote gambling operators are now able to integrate SoftGamings’ award-winning casino and sports betting solutions into their platforms and use our management and hosting services for the enhancement of their products. Local clients can explore the quick and easy API integration opportunities, flexible Turnkey and White Label Casino solutions, and highly-customisable bonus programs from SoftGamings, hoping to increase player retention and loyalty.

The license from ONJN is another one in the long line of local gaming licenses after the company has managed to secure B2B certificates from the Hellenic Gaming Commission in Greece, and B2B supplier licenses from gambling regulators in Belarus, Latvia, and Belgium.

“We are steadily pushing forward towards new regulated markets and gaining a foothold in new regions, and the ONJN license we received is another testament to that fact. The licensing agreement resulted from years of hard work and dedication we invested in understanding the iGaming market and improving it. By recognising our clients’ and the market’s needs and, ultimately, learning how to align the two, we have devised solutions guaranteed to help our Romanian clients distinguish themselves from the competition. We are excited for all the new partnerships and projects that are bound to come out from this new milestone for the company.”, said Anna Lalina, director of partnerships at SoftGamings.

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Playson agrees content integration deal with SkyWind Group

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Leading supplier expands presence in regulated Romanian market

 Playson, the fast-growing digital entertainment supplier, has reached an agreement to supply the SkyWind Group with its popular collection of casino games.

The latest partnership sees Playson integrate its exciting portfolio onto SkyWind’s 360 platform, allowing more players to access popular titles Lions Gems: Hold and Win, Burning Fortunator and Joker’s Coins: Hold and Win.

Thanks to the latest deal, Playson can further distribute its titles to Romanian brands such as Princess Casino, Luck .com, Magnumbet.ro and cashpot.ro allowing the company to expand in the regulated market that remains a crucial jurisdiction.

Summarised in Playson’s invigorated brand identity, the current collaboration emphasises the supplier’s enhanced aspirations to deliver popular titles and promotional tools to more people across the globe.

Blanka Homor, Sales Director at Playson, said: “We’re delighted to announce our latest partnership with the SkyWind Group, a prominent platform supplier within Romania’s regulated market.

“The current deal will bring our popular titles to more players across Romania, giving us the opportunity to deliver exciting content to a broader range of slots fans.”

Daniela Asaftei, Head of CRM at SkyWind Group, added: “We’re pleased to have Playson’s popular games on our platform, as the company has built a reputation for producing amazing content.

“We are confident that the supplier’s titles will appeal to our player base and generate impressive engagement and retention rates.”

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