AOJND: The Romanian government is only taxing winnings of online gaming platforms, gaming operators are to contest
The last variant of the project aiming to raise gambling taxes proposed by the Romanian Government would only affect players of online gaming platforms, while customers of traditional gambling operators are exempted from taxes for all withdrawals under 66.750 RON.
According to the most recent version discussed by authorities, winnings until 10.000 RON are taxed with 3%, those until 66.750 RON are taxed with 20%, and the ones exceeding this sum are taxed with 40%. At the same time, participants of traditional gambling providers, such as casinos, poker clubs and slot machines are exempted from taxation until 66.750 RON.
“We are, in fact, talking about the exclusive taxation of winnings of distance games, all other players are excluded from taxation until a significantly high value. Thus, we are taxing the cleanest operators, those which apply the most advanced systems that ensure responsible gaming, protection of minors and the 100% clean registration of winnings. It is an uncompetitive measure that modifies the market in terms of the type of operator, traditional or online, of the same games, and gambling providers will contest it,” declared Odeta Nestor, president of AOJND (Asociația Organizatorilor de Jocuri de Noroc la Distanță – Association of Distance Gambling Operators [free translation]), the organization uniting the main gambling operators licenced in Romania.
AOJND is asking for a tax exemption to be applied to players of online gambling platforms up to an amount of 600 RON for an equitable measure.
According to data collected by AOJND, the increase of taxes affecting players will lead to the decrease of the number of people visiting online operators, which will instead move towards unlicensed sites in Romania. Therefore, state profits will decrease instead of increasing. Additionally, Romania remains the only country in the EU that taxes withdrawals instead of winnings, and so the impact of a substantial tax increase is significantly higher.
AOJND restates that the application of this tax from August 1, 2022, is impossible for online gambling operators from a technical point of view, since they need to modify their digital systems, which are audited by independent organs, according to legislation.
Playson seals new partnership with Romanian operator LasVegas
Playson, the fast-growing digital entertainment supplier, has collaborated with Romanian operator, LasVegas, to extend its strong presence within the region.
The deal will see LasVegas offer Playson’s wide range of titles to its ever-growing customer base, giving players the opportunity to sample a variety of slots carrying different themes and mechanics that are proven to drive engagement.
This includes Playson’s most recent game launches including Pirate Sharky, Treasures of Fire and Luxor Gold: Hold and Win.
Playson has already built a solid market share within the Balkans, securing commercial agreements with leading operators over the past 18 months, as well as being named Best Game Provider of the Year at the 2022 SiGMA Balkans/CIS Gaming Awards.
The addition of LasVegas to its Romanian operator network will benefit Playson’s outreach within the regulated market and ensure its footing becomes even stronger heading into 2023.
Tamas Kusztos, CCO at Playson, said: “Our presence within Romania is already well established and this latest partnership with LasVegas reaffirms Playson as a leading provider within the Balkans.
“LasVegas has proved itself over the past few years to be a brilliant online casino and we look forward to a fantastic collaboration with such a renowned name within the Romanian iGaming sector.”
Radu-Birsan Alexandru, CEO at LasVegas, said: “We are delighted to forge a partnership with Playson, particularly as its portfolio of games are highly respected around the world.
“Playson’s determination to deliver the best in entertainment matches our own ambitions, and we look forward to hosting quality titles in the future.”
EGT Digital and Betano: One more strategic partnership in Romania
EGT Digital is proud of one more strategic partnership in Romania. The Bulgarian provider expanded its presence in the country after Kaizen Gaming, one of the fastest growing gaming companies internationally that operated with Betano brand, chose to offer their content to its customers. 18 games are now available to the visitors of ro.betano.com, among which are the 5 single progressive jackpots Rise of Ra, Versailles Gold, 20 Super Hot, 40 Super Hot, and Burning Hot. At disposal is also the bestseller Bell Link, containing popular titles such as Burning Hot Bell Link, Shining Crown Bell Link, and Vampire Night Bell Link. The selection is complemented by High Cash jackpot, which offers the attractive Leprechance Treasury, Dragon’s Realm, and Princess Cash.
Tsvetomira Drumeva, Head of Sales at EGT Digital, shared: “The cooperation with Kaizen Gaming through the Betano brand is very important for us and I believe our games will rank among the most popular propositions on their site as our titles have something for everyone. Some of them will appeal to the fans of single games and other are suitable for those players who enjoy having the ability to choose between different options.”
Dimokratis Papadimos, RNG Casino Product Manager at Kaizen Gaming, also commented on the cooperation with EGT Digital: “We decided to include the content of the Bulgarian company in our portfolio, since EGT Digital is among the top providers, offering gaming products with proven success in numerous markets and our main goal is to provide our customers only with the best. We are very happy that the results so far show that we have made the right choice.”
Boldplay Secures Romanian Gaming Licence
Boldplay, the rapidly expanding casino software provider known for its multi-channel solutions and in-play jackpots, has announced that it has received approval from Romania’s Oficiul National pentru Jocuri de Noroc (ONJN) that will allow it to offer its services at all online platforms licensed in the country.
Following hot on the heels of the company gaining approval from the Gibraltar Licensing Authority, the news represents Boldplay’s second market licence acquisition in as many months – with these endorsements sitting alongside previous game certification in the UK, Malta, Portugal and Isle of Man.
As a result of getting the go-ahead from the ONJN, Boldplay now finds itself well-positioned for entry into the Romanian market, where it will now be able to partner with regulated operators to offers its growing collection of 80+ slots, table games, bingo/keno options and scratch cards to players.
From both a client and customer perspective, the news certainly couldn’t have come at a better time, with Boldplay having rolled out two of its most ambitious releases to date in the form of Cyborg City and Warriors & Warlocks. With each of these titles boasting cutting-edge design and company-first features such as dual reels and unlockable upgrades, Romanian players will now have access to the hottest new Boldplay releases as well as the studio’s existing jackpots and bonuses.
Having recently been very active in terms of teaming up with aggregators such as Games Global, Slotegrator and EveryMatrix, Boldplay’s ONJN licence will open a lot of doors for the company when it comes to finding new potential partners in Romania.
Valli Fragoso, CEO of Boldplay, said: “Boldplay’s acquisition of a Romanian gaming licence from the ONJN is another significant step for our company and a key part of our future expansion plans. Sitting alongside our existing licensing from the GLA, this latest certification will enable us to forge new relationships with regulated operators and allow us to introduce our games in what is an exciting and rapidly developing market.”
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