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1×2 Network Enters Romania With Superbet.ro

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1X2 Network has entered the Romanian market for the first time after striking a deal to provide Superbet.ro with a selection of its games.

Superbet.ro is the largest sportsbook operator in Romania and will offer content from 1X2 Network’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries to its players.

1X2 Network has built a formidable reputation for delivering quality content that engages and entertains players in equal measure.

The developer focuses on regulated markets and currently distributes to jurisdictions such as the UK, Spain, Italy, Colombia, Malta, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Sweden and now Romania.

Kevin Reid, Chief Commercial Officer at 1X2 Network, said: “We are thrilled to have entered the Romanian market for the first time with Superbet.ro. This deal further signifies our constant development in regulated markets around the world, and the diverse portfolio that we have to offer showing we can enter many markets.”

Samuel Lewis, Business Development Manager at 1X2 Network, added: “We are particularly pleased that Superbet.ro will be offering our content to its players. They are the biggest sportsbook brand in the country and have a large, loyal player base that can now access our games. We believe it testament to the quality of our titles and their popularity with players that such an industry giant in the region was so eager to work with us.”

Heather Faulkner, Head of Online Gaming at Superbet said: “We’ve been looking to expand our sportsbook offering into casino during this year, when we started cooperation with major international providers. In this sense and following our product development strategy, our casino product is now getting larger by adding 1×2 Network’s portfolio. We believe their titles will be a big hit with our players and look forward to a long and successful partnership as we grow our online casino offering.”

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Digitain primed for Romanian expansion with new ONJN licence

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Key approval follows further upgrades made to market-leading platform

Leading sports betting and casino platform provider Digitain has received certification from the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN) for its award-winning platform, allowing the company to expand its global footprint into another established gaming market.

The Class 2 licence, recognising the highest standards as both a platform and software provider, allows Digitain to roll out its full range of services across Romania’s regulated space. Consequently, licensed digital and retail operators in Romania can now enjoy full access to Digitain’s entire product portfolio.

Following the integration of new software, including the latest state-of-the-art Random Number Generator (RNG) from ID Quantique, into its gaming suite, the Digitain platform guarantees fair play and peace of mind between regulators, operators and their players across new and mature markets.

Romania, where online gambling has been legal for three years, mandates that both its suppliers and operators must pass stringent vetting procedures to obtain the requisite certification. Accordingly, Digitain’s Class 2 licence now enables it to sign strategic alliances with certified operators and deliver its market-leading content to Romanian players.

Suren Khachatryan, Digitain CCO, said: “This new licence grants us deeper access to the Eastern European market, affording more and more sports fans the opportunity to enjoy our innovative sportsbook and play our exciting stable of games. Requests for proposal from licensees in the market have been strong and we expect to announce a raft of partnership deals in due course.

“Class 2 certification from Romania marks another important milestone for the company, enabling us to bring our award-winning platform to even more operators and their players across the planet. Approval from the ONJN bolsters Digitain’s ability to enter new markets with assurance as part of our wider expansion strategy. Additional key gaming licences are also currently being processed, notably in Malta.”

Digitain’s signature sportsbook product covers 65 sports, 7,500 leagues, and offers more than 3,000 betting markets. It also offers odds on 35,000 live events each month, while its casino solution has 3,000-plus games from major casino suppliers (such as Novomatic, Microgaming, NetEnt and Playson).

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Proposed Gambling Reforms Not Seem to Resonate Well in Ukraine, President Zelensky’s Ratings Down

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A recent public poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology has revealed that the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s rating is down from 73% to 52% in just two months. Not-in-favour ratings also jumped from 7% to 19% in November. The series of reforms proposed by the president seems to have played against him.

President Zelensky has been a strong proponent of legalising gambling and recently Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the government’s new Action Programme. The programme included a draft law which calls for the legalisation of gambling in the country.

The draft gambling law also calls for gambling operators to pay a license fee of UAH 38m for operating a casino in Kiev, UAH 25m for a casino in one of the four other cities with a population of a million or more and UAH 12.5m for a casino anywhere else.

The president speaking in favour of the gambling reforms has advocated that with regulated gambling markets there will be a decline in illegal gambling and also the funds received in tax from gambling operations would provide for social programmes.

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Philippe Vlaemminck Criticises New Ukrainian Gambling Bill

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Philippe Vlaemminck, the legal advisor of some EU countries and European gambling operators, has criticised the new Ukrainian gambling bill. He said that the bill puts money on the first place, while in EU countries law makers try to solve social issues primarily.

Vlaemminck is widely regarded as a leading player in the current debate on state lotteries and gambling in the EU and WTO, and has been involved as a Member State representative in every gambling case before the CJEU and the EFTA Court. He also acts as a legal adviser to various EU Member States on EU law, and is regularly invited as a speaker to lottery and gambling conferences and seminars or to chair panels throughout the EU.

The expert notes that, first of all, gambling policy should help to prevent abuse and protect the consumer. The second priority in legalisation is to prevent money laundering.

“Even if the policy itself was aimed at funding the budget, in the end, it should not be limited to receiving dividends,” Philippe Vlaemminck said.

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