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South Africa accepts new gambling bill

Niji Ng

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South African Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has adopted the redrafted National Gambling Amendment Bill.

Joanmariae Fubbs, the chairperson of the Committee, said although the Department of Trade and Industry had introduced a comprehensive Bill, the committee had resolved to deal with three technical issues only to address existing governance challenges speedily. The three issues are the following: the reconfiguration of the National Gambling Board to the National Gambling Regulator; addressing governance challenges relating to the National Gambling Policy Council; and broadening the National Central Electronic Monitoring System.

She added that other important issues, such as horse racing, dog racing, electronic bingo terminals, betting on lottery results and online gaming, have been considered and is being referred for consideration in the Sixth Parliament. There was not enough time to address and study all the issues. Therefore, the committee is of the view that these amendments, adopted today, will pave the way for more comprehensive and holistic amendments to the gambling regulatory framework, said Ms Fubbs.

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Groove Gaming says “I Do” to Africa with iDoBet

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Innovative Groove Gaming has announced an exclusive partnership with leading platform iDoBet that kicks-off the year nicely for both brands and hands Groove Gaming new ammunition in sports betting as well as reach in Africa.

Since 2005, iDoBet has been a leading provider of state-of-the art systems for the gaming and sports-betting industry, providing innovative technology together with advanced systems. iDoBet is active in a number of important areas of the gambling industry including supplying retail outlets, mobile betting, entertainment, sports-betting, software development, casino, virtual gaming, online marketing, and affiliate programmes. iDoBet covers over 60,000 monthly sports events, 26,000 monthly in-play events, 1500 bet markets and 40 sports.

Groove Gaming are working with a number of big operators, offering the latest of today’s most popular slots and top table games, over 1700 casino games to the biggest Lotto, Bingo, Live games, Scratch, Multiplayers and Sportsbooks. Groove Gaming has created and curated commercial partnerships with the world’s most distinguished games providers to provide operators a wide range of options for every market and the BI tools to continuously make sure the games that are offered will maximise player experience. Apart from the growing portfolio of games, other services include payment processing, fraud protection, risk management, regulatory compliance, business intelligence, affiliate promotion and customer service, as well as support in launching, maintaining, and growing new online casinos.

By concluding this year opening deal with iDoBet, Groove Gaming are significantly strengthening their presence in the African market, one of iDoBet’s strongholds. Groove Gaming attended the inaugural ICE Africa during October 2018, and this deal facilitates Groove Gaming’s ability to deliver solutions in Africa or to operators seeking to target the African market.

The extensive agreement with iDoBet also covers sports content which is a vertical that is building for Groove Gaming which has a team of experienced gaming professionals working closely with a carefully-compiled cluster of clients, such as EveryMatrix, iGP, Digitain, Equinox Dynamic, Alpha Interactive, FairPlayBet, ProgressPlay, ALEA and now iDoBet, amongst others. Every client enjoys 24/7/365 account services to maximise revenue and introduce games that deepen player involvement.

Yaniv Bason, CEO at iDoBet said: “iDoBet continues to move from strength to strength, with more B2B providers choosing our platform for its robust content. The addition of Groove Gaming’s suite will only enhance our platform further. We work hard to maintain the balance between the quality and quantity of the content we offer, which is why we have selected to partner with Groove Gaming.”

Rebecca Sotomora, Head of Sales at Groove Gaming said: “Any serious operator can get into the groove with Groove Gaming and that’s why we signed with iDoBet, they are one of the strongest offerings out there and we’ve added a lot of new sports content on our platform thanks to our arrangements with iDoBet. At the heart of Groove Gaming’s expertise is selecting the highest-quality content to differentiate our offering and to drive player-engagement for clients, which is one of the aspects of this important partnership with iDoBet.”

Contact Groove Gaming by emailing rebecca@groovegaming.com

For further information visit www.groovegaming.com

 

ABOUT GROOVE GAMING:

Offering an extensive game library of over 1500 HTML5 slots, table games and video pokers, Groove Gaming is headquartered in Israel and holds licenses issued by the UKGC and the MGA. Groove Gaming was founded in 2016 by a group of professionals who all had the dream of creating an exclusive service so entrepreneurs could meet the growing gaming needs of the world. Expert managers control financial transactions with accuracy and foresight, and Groove Gaming’s top-notch customer service rivals, and in most cases beats, most multinational companies operating today. With integrated multiple streams from today’s top providers Groove Gaming powers market access with industry heavyweights. Visit Groove Gaming on stand N9-162 at ICE 2019.

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Authorities destroy illegal gambling machines in South Africa

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The Limpopo Gambling Board in South Africa has seized and destroyed 100 illegal gambling machines from local shops.

Chairman of the board Elijah Tjiane said: “The serious crimes we’re witnessing in the country start with illegal machines operating in local shops. They then go to drugs and later graduate to other heavy crimes.”

Tjiane said the R500 fine illegal gambling operaters got was too little.

“We wish lawmakers could come up with a fine that will fit the crime the person has committed.”

Limpopo Economic Development MEC Seaparo Sekoati said illegal gambling was crippling businesses which operated by the book.

He said destroying the illegal machines would assist in reducing crime in the province.

“The work done by the board’s law enforcement unit, working closely with police in tackling illegal and harmful economic activities, is outstanding. Our law enforcement officers confiscated 101 gambling machines which were collected from various spaza shops in and around our communities.

“Illegal gambling outlets have a negative impact on our economy.

“Such unregistered and underground operations do not adhere to the tax legislation of the country,” said Sekoati.

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Quanta Acquires Stake in Nigeria Lottery ILGL The World’s First Deal to Reform Traditional Lottery

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Quanta Acquires Stake in Nigeria Lottery ILGL The World’s First Deal to Reform Traditional Lottery
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Quanta has signed contracts to acquire a stake in International Lottery and Gaming Limited (ILGL), and concluded the world’s first deal to see a blockchain company acquire a traditional lottery company.

The acquisition will usher in an era where innovation sits alongside tradition, injecting the power of blockchain technology into the lottery business. Quanta sees this ambitious move as an opportunity to reinforce and extend its efforts to promote blockchain starting with Nigeria where ILGL is rooted, and very soon afterwards expand to other countries in Africa.

ILGL, trade-named NaijaLottery™ has been granted a Grade A National License from the National Lottery Regulatory Commission to offer lottery games throughout the country. This deal will see Quanta and ILGL combining their forces and introducing the application of blockchain technology to revitalize traditional lottery and to act as a platform for growth in Africa.

“Now is the time to build on the momentum of the traditional Nigerian lottery market. Together, we will continue to build a safe and trusted platform that ensures fairness and transparency, while offering amazing functionality to players and helping to boost the local economy.

“We believe we are carving out a bright future for the players and to the industry as a whole.” said Kostas Farris, Group CTO of Quanta.

“This is a profound opportunity to bolster the rapidly-evolving lottery business. We are confident that we can make blockchain lottery popular and this acquisition represents a significant base for Quanta to target other emerging markets centered in Africa.

“We aim to build up a blockchain-based ecosystem that will serve the gaming industry whilst stimulating the growth of the local economy through generating new businesses and employment opportunities.” Kostas added.

Commenting on behalf of ILGL, Charbel Saadeh, Managing Director of Naija Lottery said, “ILGL has provided popular and entertaining games to the Nigerian players; it is highly respected in the gaming industry and we are very excited to collaborate with Quanta. The acquisition is a historic announcement. This is a combination of expertise—the integration of blockchain lottery with local operation, to create an even more compelling experience to optimize lottery playing for the 200-million Nigerian market.”

NaijaLottery™ launched operations on 7 March, 2016 by offering the popular 5 out of 90 game as well as the highly exciting instant game 1 of 36, both games aim to offer fun and excitement to all its Nigerian players. Quanta witnessed ILGL’s highly established position in the Nigerian lottery market, and is looking to progressively build a platform fully enhanced with advanced technology to accelerate market access with the joint efforts of Quanta and ILGL, paving the next step in the company’s evolution to unleash the great potentials of the blockchain technology.

The Nigeria lottery industry has undergone strong growth in recent years and is considered as one of the most lucrative business opportunities in the world. It is a major source of wealth distribution in the country, while the role of cryptocurrencies continues to garner national-level attention.

 

About Quanta

Quanta PLC is an innovative blockchain-oriented company, that utilizes smart contracts in order to ensure fully automated and transparent platform to Lotteries.

Quanta PLC owns Quanta Technology Limited the operator of the world’s first licensed, blockchain-based gaming company on the Ethereum platform. Its products, including gaming platform, random number generator, token-centric payment gateway and game wallet are blockchain powered and certified to ensure utmost trust and transparency in the gaming industry. The company employs Smart Contracts to offer full automation and integrity to lotteries.

With the support of QNTU the utility token, Quanta leverages services to strengthen customers engagement. QNTU is currently trading on five renowned cryptocurrency exchanges such as Lykke, HitBTC, Bit-Z, Cryptopia and BitoPro.

About International Lottery and Gaming Limited

International Lottery and Gaming Limited (ILGL) is a privately-owned company established in Nigeria, which has been granted a Grade A National License from the National Lottery Regulatory Commission to offer lottery games throughout the country. NaijaLottery™ launched operations on 7 March, 2016 by offering the well-known 5 out of 90 game as well as the additional and highly exciting instant game, 1 of 36, which is aim to offer fun and excitement to all its Nigerian players.

For more information: http://naijalottery.com/en/home

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