Africa

Winning Post – Kenya bringing down the big beasts

Regulus Partners details how the tables have turned on Kenyan sports betting incumbents, operating in a market which was formerly branded as the ‘leading example’ for further regulated African gambling jurisdictions… ________________    The Kenyan government has reportedly written to telcos including Safaricom, the country’s leading mobile (and therefore payments) provider, with a list of operators that have not had …

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OPTIMA hits compliance high points for GLI-33 certification

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OPTIMA has achieved Gaming Labs International (GLI) certification GLI-33 for its OPTIMAMGS™ sports betting and gaming system. Meanwhile, the award-winning betting technology supplier also secured GLI certification to service the re-regulated gambling market in Sweden, after passing special checks around player protection and self exclusion systems. This Swedish go-ahead arrives just a week after the company obtained the certification to …

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Digitain appoints Simon Westbury as international sales lead

Industry multi-channel platform and systems provider Digitain has enhanced its commercial development capacities after confirming the appointment of Simon Westbury as Head of International Business Development. A seasoned executive in gambling technology sales and commercial strategy, Westbury most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for virtual games provider VSoftCo Ltd, an enterprise sold to Pragmatic Play last January. In …

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OPTIMA passes South Africa certification test

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Award winning betting technology supplier OPTIMA is ready to service the regulated gambling market of South Africa after obtaining the necessary Gaming Labs International (GLI) certification to deliver its OPTIMAMGS™ platform to operators in the rainbow nation. The sports betting and gaming solutions provider is now certified according to the regulations for online operations as well as for retail in Cape …

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Betting on Sports presents ‘biggest and most comprehensive agenda’

‘Our biggest and most comprehensive agenda yet’ is how SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron describes the fourth edition of the Betting on Sports conference and exhibition. There will be eight bumper tracks held across the two days of SBC’s flagship conference, which takes place at Olympia London from 17-20 September, including the second running of the PaymentExpert Forum. Betting on …

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Kenyan business community embroiled in KRA betting tax dispute

The Kenyan Revenue Authority (KRA) states that it will not shy away from its tax battle with bookmakers SportPesa and Betin, in a row that could pit multiple Kenyan business stakeholders against licensed betting incumbents. This week, Asha Salim KRA debt enforcement manager demanded to Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, a payment services provider for SportPesa and Betin, pay the …

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Betgenius: AFCON delivers ‘European summer’ boost for African sportsbooks

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Starting in Egypt this week, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will take place in Europe’s summer for the first time, having been moved from its traditional January/February slot. We caught up with Will Westcott, Head of Business Development – Africa at Betgenius, to discuss what impact this change might have on African sportsbooks, what betting behaviour to expect across …

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Kenyan gamblers could face 10% tax under new laws

Kenyan gamblers are set to be hit with a ten per cent excise duty on bets placed after recent proposals issued by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich seek to implement measures to curb problem gambling in the country. The proposals were detailed as part of the 2019/20 Financial Year Budget in Parliament on Thursday, in which Rotich explained: “Mr …

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Intralot powers MDJS Moroccan expansion

Athens-listed gambling technology and lottery systems provider Intralot SA will expand its services and presence within Morocco, securing a new services agreement with La Marocaine Des Jeux et des Sports – MDJS. An Intralot customer since 2010, MDJS acts as Morocco’s state-owned sports lottery organisation. Issuing a corporate update, Intralot governance confirms that its subsidiary ‘INTRALOT Maroc’, will act as …

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Kenya officials to debate introducing new gambling authority

Kenyan legislators have confirmed that they are currently considering new policies which would overhaul current state gambling laws, with plans to impose significantly higher costs on licensed operators. The proposed Gaming Bill 2019, designed to replace the 1966 Betting Lotteries and Gaming Act, seeks to cover the online operators across the Kenyan market that may not have otherwise been represented …

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