Africa

Global interest in politics drives new 1xBet site layout

1xBet

1xBet has reacted to customer demand by moving a growing set of political betting markets to a different section of its B2C website.  The new section of the website, said the company, was prioritised after users showed particular interest in the political betting markets on offer, while the layout has been “designed to be as informative and user-friendly as possible”.  …

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Kenyan BCLB reinstates Betway’s licence after 20% tax introduction

The Kenyan regulator has decided to reinstate Betway’s operator licence after the bookmaker had agreed to introduce a controversial 20% tax on sports betting winnings. Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) announced the tax this week, and has since reinstated Betway’s licence after a month-long absence from then Kenyan market. Previously, the 20% tax was only applicable to the …

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Valentyn Kyrylenko: Nigeria passes key criteria test for Betinvest

Nigeria

Having passed the five criteria against which it assesses new target markets, Betinvest is ready to make its move in Nigeria – by far Africa’s most populous country. However, while upwards of $5 million is spent on sports betting each day, the market is still under-prepared on the online side – only 46 per cent are mobile internet users despite recent …

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SportPesa blow as Nairobi High Court denies licence renewal

SportPesa has lost its Nairobi High Court appeal in relation to the bookmaker overturning its licence restrictions sanctioned by Kenya’s Betting Control & Licensing Board’s (BCLB) this July. The bookmaker at the forefront of the Kenyan government’s betting industry dispute related to unpaid taxes on player winnings had moved to challenge the BCLB’s decision not to renew its operator licence, …

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Sportingtech to show Pulse power in Uganda through BetOn

Uganda

Sportingtech has increased its African market share by closing a deal with MENA Sports Consulting, trading as BetOn in Uganda. BetOn will be running off Sportingtech’s multi-management platform, Pulse, which combines sports, technology, casino games and betting into a single solution.  The Sportingtech platform is available through online, mobile and retail, utilising key features such as risk analysis tools, content …

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SportPesa sponsorship termination triggers Kenyan football crisis

Kenyan football is involved in the escalating tax dispute between the Uhuru Kenyatta government and the betting industry, after SportPesa – the title sponsor of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) – confirmed that it has terminated all national sports sponsorships. Closing Friday trading, SportPesa issued a media statement confirming that it would withdraw all sports sponsorships, as it had been ‘subjected to punitive …

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Westernbet deal continues Digitain’s African expansion

Multi-channel sports betting and casino platform provider Digitain has teamed up with Nigerian operator Westernbet to expand its presence in Africa.  The agreement will see Digitain continue its rapid expansion on the continent, while Westernbet will benefit from the company’s full-service enterprise tools for mobile, desktop and retail channels. Ajay Tripathi, Managing Director of Westernbet, said: “We are happy to …

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Vbetnow and Konfambet launch white label gambling service from BtoBet

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Nigerian operators Vbetnow and Konfambet will be offering a white label gambling service through STM Gaming, BtoBet’s Certified Partner for Africa. Focusing on delivering an enhanced user experience to its players, the operators will be delivering a diverse portfolio of live sports events, online and live casino, jackpots, special bets and virtuals. It comes just two months after STM Gaming, …

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SportPesa tells stakeholders it has no fear in its Kenyan position

Leading Kenyan bookmaker SportPesa has issued a statement to media and its corporate stakeholders underlining that its business will not be ‘shut down’ by Kenya’s current hostile agenda against licensed betting incumbents. A turbulent week saw Kenyan betting grab global business headlines as the Uhuru Kenyatta government instructed a number of national departments to undertake the strictest of enforcements against gambling …

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International operators and speakers give Betting on Sports 2019 a global outlook

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Betting on Sports 2019 will reflect the sports betting and igaming sector’s rapid global expansion, with senior representatives of 160 operators from around the world among the 3,500 delegates travelling from 60 countries to attend.  The establishment of an increasing number of regulated online gambling markets has created enticing international opportunities for both operators and suppliers, and as the biggest …

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