Established in 2013, the Oficiului Național pentru Jocuri de Noroc began monitoring gambling in Romania more stringently from the latter half of 2015 onwards. While online gambling services have been permitted in the country since 2014, there are no restrictions on gaming at foreign casinos. Although this gave Romanian players the luxury of choice, it also led to issues such as money laundering, loss of tax revenue, and lack of protection for Romanian players.
Today, the landscape of gambling and online gambling activities in Romania looks very different. From slots and table games to bingo and sweepstakes, all forms of gambling across land-based and online casinos require gambling licenses to operate. In order for a gambling website to legally offer its services to players, it must first obtain a Class 1 ONJN License.
This is issued temporarily for 1 year, and can be extended to 10 years afterwards. Furthermore, in addition to operators, all software providers as well as certain marketing and advertising companies need to be licensed as well. It’s clear that the ONJN is taking its role seriously, and making gambling safer and more regulated for Romanian players.