Africa

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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Sportradar teams up with Egypt’s National Anti-Doping Organization to combat corruption

Egypt’s National Anti-Doping Organization (EGY-NADO) has upped its efforts to protect and maintain integrity in Egyptian sports by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sportradar Integrity Services. The new MoU will facilitate the co-operation between the duo on matters of integrity, allowing for investigations to be carried out into potential infractions of the country’s Anti-Doping Code and other sports …

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Kenyan High Court overrules ‘inefficient’ gambling advertising mandate

Kenyan gambling stakeholders have been granted a reprieve from sanctioned advertising restrictions ordered by Kenya’s Betting Control Board. National news sources report that Nairobi’s High Court has deemed the Betting Control Board’s advertising demands as incomplete legislation which cannot be mandated on national betting incumbents. On 30 April, Control Board Acting Director Liti Wambua sanctioned new gambling advertising laws, enforcing …

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BtoBet expands African presence through Innobet

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STM Gaming, the first partner of the ‘White Label Certification Program’ from BtoBet, has struck the latest in a series of African-based partnerships with Ugandan operator Innobet. Operators across Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Chad, Guinea and Namibia, amongst other countries, are going live this year through “a lite and simplified version” of the BtoBet igaming platform. Innobet will provide its players …

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