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Kenya High Court Annuls Ban on Gambling Ads

Niji Narayan

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The High Court of Kenya has annulled the recently introduced ban on gambling ads.

“The ban was null and void and was tainted with illegality, unreasonableness, and procedural impropriety,” Justice John Mativo said.

Fred Matiang’i, the Interior Minister of Kenya, announced late last month that number of new rules in connection with how betting and gaming products were to be promoted in the country would be introduced.

Under those rules, gambling operators would have been required to submit all their ads for approval from the Betting Control and Licensing Board. In addition, ads of gaming and betting products would only have been permitted between 10 pm and 6am. Social media and outdoor advertising would have been fully banned in the African nation. The new rules also banned celebrity endorsements.

On May 20, Justice James Makau ordered that the implementation of the new gambling advertising restrictions be paused.

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SportPesa CEO Outlines Plan to Return to Kenyan Market

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Ronald Karauri, CEO of SportPesa, has responded to a netizen who asked how soon the gaming company will return to the Kenyan market.

Karauri stated that many people had been asking him the same question but said there was no breakthrough yet.

“I have so many people asking this question. We did not get our license renewed in 2019. We submitted our application to BCLB some months ago and we are still waiting for feedback. If we do get our license renewed we shall let everyone know,” he said.

English Premier League team Everton announced that they will end their partnership agreement with SportPesa at the end of the 2019/20 football season.

“This has been a difficult decision but one that allows us to best deliver on our commercial plan and to grasp the new opportunities now open to us. The Club would like to thank SportPesa for all of the work that has been done together. Our partnership has seen our first team visit Africa on two occasions, as well as former players and Club staff take part in numerous activations in the region. This has allowed us to grow our own footprint in Africa and further strengthen our special relationship with the continent,” Everton said in a statement.

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NSoft’s further penetration to the African iGaming markets

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African emerging market has been in NSoft’s focus for quite some time. In order to better explore possibilities that African iGaming market offers, NSoft has expanded its business operation’s team with two more dedicated sales managers settled in SAR and Nigeria.

This strategic decision resulted in a better understanding of the African market specifics and subsequently led to penetration into two new markets: Ethiopia and Burundi.

NSoft’s sportsbook, ever-popular draw-based games as well as beautifully designed virtual games have found their way to the players of three betting operators, new customers of NSoft at African iGaming market. In addition to this, two more retail-based sports betting operators from Ethiopia are in the final stage of production of NSoft’s Pre-Match and Live MTS complemented with web platform to be used for tickets’ code generation.

“It is always exciting to enter new markets, new countries. You basically have no formula for it – one has to do all research on market, trends and all define legal issues prior to any serious negotiation with potential clients. Thus, we are pleased to have additional sales forces on site that can quickly get into the matter and to respond with ease to any request of existing or potential clients,” said Ivan Rozić, SVP Global Sales & Business Development at NSoft.

To find out more about NSoft’s premium software solutions for betting and iGaming business, contact us at [email protected]

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MGA hosts Zimbabwean Official Delegation

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), gambling regulator of Malta, has received an official delegation of members of the Lotteries and Gaming Board and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Zimbabwe. The meeting was held at the behest of the Zimbabwean government, who are planning to regulate the gambling industry in the country. The delegation will study how the gambling industry is regulated in Malta.

The MGA delivered presentations and materials relating to the licensing and compliance processes, criminal probity assessments, utilisation of the risk-based approach, the design around the legal instruments, and anti-money laundering supervision. Discussions around these topics and exchange of best practices between both regulators ensued.

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