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Romania’s video gaming industry shows significant growth with the majority of gaming companies expecting an increase in revenue in 2021, according to Statista.


The gaming market is expected to show an annual growth of 9.56 per cent, resulting in a projected market volume of USD308 million by 2026.


Cătălin Butnariu, President of The Association of

the Video Games Developers in Romania (RGDA) commented: “Video games are no longer a marginal phenomenon, if we consider the global figures revealing that the video game industry has exceeded in value the music or film industries altogether. The popularity of the games in Romania is very high, especially casino games and gamblizard.com site where gamers can get various bonuses and good offers (…) and RGDA is coming as a first with significant data that show how many Romanians are playing video games.”  


In September last year, Casino games developer Realistic Games received approval to launch its games with licensed operators in the country.

Other developments include government plans to levy a 2 per cent tax on the revenue of streaming service operators such as Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime. The rate was reduced from 4 per cent after negotiations with platform operators.


The government has also clarified rules that govern video content. In September last year, Romania’s National Audiovisual Council issued a statement clarifying the rules on video content that appears in online publications.


The National Audiovisual Council states that content found in the editorial section does not constitute an audiovisual media service, and does not fall under its remit of governance.

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has its expertise in broadcasting, content distribution, publishing and advertising. Clients praise the team for its legal insight and responsiveness. “The firm’s lawyers demonstrate a high standard of advice, with particular knowledge of the Romanian television industry”, said one client. The team advises on complex cases connected with broadcasting agreements, advertising and related regulation, tax and corporate matters.


Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii’s leading media and advertising group attracts multiple clients from the broadcast sector. With assistance including legal and regulatory, the firm’s service areas cover a range of matters including television distribution, digital broadcasting and authorisation. Lawyers have extensive experience advising on electronic communication and audio-visual law. The team is highly regarded for its entertainment and publishing specialisations.


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Bulboaca & Asociatii has notable expertise in the area of film and entertainment. TMT lawyers act for a multitude of local and international clients in cases of acquisitions and spectrum licensing. The team assists with the provision of electronic content in Romania via EU established entities in cases with cross-border components - involving data protection, e-commerce and advertising regulations.


Musat & Asociatii is recognised for its transactional and regulatory advice on broadcasting and communications. The team advises on high profile cases involving television and radio operators, entertainment companies and music record labels. The firm represents private and state-owned entities and is renowned for its diverse sector coverage.


Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii covers competition and regulatory aspects of media work with a broader focus on technology and telecoms. The firm’s media team assists with multiple copyright matters, data protection and privacy-related issues. Lawyers are praised by clients for having detailed knowledge of distribution and e-commerce regulatory compliance.


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Biris Goran has an impressive scope of media work. Traditionally focussed on IT, the firm is developing broader sector specialisation that includes advertising, gaming and online media. The firm is popular among the entrepreneurial community and noted for its advice to start-up businesses. Lawyers regularly advise on venture capital transactions in the gaming and new media sectors.


With a communications emphasis, Buzescu Ca’s core focus is on digital media. The team has in-depth knowledge of satellite communications services, local television and electronic media. Team experience includes advice on the sale of assets and subscriber lists to a leading cable television, internet and voice services companies. In other work lawyers assisted a satellite operator, which provides television, radio, data and communications solutions on various operational matters.


With presence spanning two decades, CMS has a strong position locally. The team specialises in business litigation and international arbitration matters. The team also advises producers and operators from the cinema industry on various changes in cinematographic law. Lawyers also advise on the collective management of IP rights, copyright legislation and tax matters.

 

With an established media practice, Voicu & Filipescu manages a range of cases on behalf of advertisers, broadcasters and content producers. Clients described the team as a composition of “skilful lawyers, with valuable insight of the market and a very good understanding of legal matters”. The firm’s media team advises domestic and international clients on copyright shares, distribution of themed channels and rating of audio-visual content.



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bpv Grigorescu Stefanica

Dentons

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii


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Bulboaca & Asociatii

Cosmin Mocanu Law Office

Filip & Company

Musat & Asociati

Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii

Stratula & Asociatii


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Biris Goran

Buzescu Ca

CMS  

RTPR Allen & Overy

Voic u & Filipescu


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Clifford Chance Badea

Eversheds Lina & Guia

PeliPartners

Stratulat Albulescu



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