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NETELLER becomes Crystal Palace sponsor

Payments firm Optimal Payments Plc has become the official sponsor of Crystal Palace Football Club for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Optimal Payments will use the platform to raise the global awareness of its NETELLER service and Net+ Card stored-value offering which will be displayed on the front of the team’s shirts from the start of the 2014/15 English Premier ... Read More »

Cameroon to investigate World Cup fix claims

Cameroon have launched an investigation after allegations of match-fixing were made against seven players at the World Cup. FECAFOOT, the country’s football federation, has launched an investigation after concerns that national team members might have been involved in a fix during the World Cup. Of particular concern is Cameroon’s 4-0 defeat to Croatia, mainly because the result and the fact there ... Read More »

BBC reports on the growing popularity of betting in Sierra Leone

The BBC News African focused business program ‘Africa Business Report’, featured a special insight broadcast by BBC Sierra Leone correspondent Umaru Fofana on the rising popularity of sports betting in Sierra Leone (West Africa). The program reports that the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown has witnessed a surge in the number of small telecom/text  operated betting devices, were Sierra Leonese ... Read More »

Founding members of Asian-African Tote Association announced

The founding eight members of the Asian-African Tote Association (AATA) were announced in the opening association meeting held yesterday in South Africa. The new association aims to create strengthening ties among African betting operators and totes, and to further increase African racings and totes profile throughout the global gambling sector. The eight members of the AATA include Hong Kong Jockey ... Read More »

Marc Etches: spreading the reach of responsible gambling

Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the Responsible Gambling Trust, the UK’s leading charity aimed at minimising gaming related harm, discusses the range of services open to problem gamblers and how the industry can ensure that the enjoyment of the majority does not overtake the wellbeing of the minority. World Cup challenge Next month’s football World Cup in Brazil is being ... Read More »

Scotland vs Nigeria subject to investigation by the NCA

Scotland’s international friendly against Nigeria was subject to investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA), having been red flagged for potential match-fixing. The national and international law enforcement agency tipped off the Scottish Football Association prior to Wednesday’s kick-off at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The match itself finished in a 2-2 draw, Nigeria scoring a late equaliser through Nwofor, after an ... Read More »

Vermantia offers 360 view of virtual product

Vermantia, an innovative and fast growing gaming content provider, has launched 360Virtual, a groundbreaking end-to-end Virtual Games service. 360Virtual is a full Virtual product portfolio built on industry-leading, plug-and-play technology. Vermantia is launching five new premium virtual games including Cycling, Motor-Racing, Table Tennis, Badminton and Archery, enhancing its robust portfolio of 10 games, offered with the widest range of betting ... Read More »

Princess brings its casinos online

Land-based casino network Princess Casinos International is launching its own online gaming and sports betting website. The group currently operates 36 casinos in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa and aims to target existing players visiting the operator’s vast network of land-based locations, and new internet gaming customers. SoftSwiss, an Austrian casino software and game supplier, has been chosen to ... Read More »

South Africa drafts first online gambling bill

South African government officials published the countries first online gambling bill  draft. Initial reactions to the proposed bill have been positive, as tax levy’s on igaming verticals may be kept to as low as 6% of gross gaming revenues.  The draft bill  is currently being studied by government stakeholders, and is likely to be amended. The draft bill sets to ... Read More »

Phumelela Gaming taken to South African court over unfair pricing

Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd South Africa’s biggest racetrack owners, have been taken to court over unfair increases in racetrack fees operations and track broadcasting. South African news sources report that 37 regional bookmakers, mostly operating from the Gauteng province, have filed against the Johannesburg racetrack operator. Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd increased the price to purchase live broadcasts of ... Read More »