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Liberia: Rep. Kolubah Wants Betting Legislated


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Montserrado County District#10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah, said he will shortly introduce a bill in the Legislature to legalise sports betting in the country.

Representative Kolubah made the disclosure on October 12 when he was seen cutting tickets at one of Winners Incorporated sales centres in his district on Old Road.

The opposition lawmaker, who is on annual break, was spotted placing his drill, ahead of the crucial UEFA Champions’ League group stage round three matches.

According to him, the bill will seek to regulate gambling in Liberia by legalising every aspect of the market, noting that would be nice for the country that is already struggling in poverty under the George Weah administration.

Thousands of unemployed youths across the country have gravitated to sports gambling, which has attracted several international sports betting companies to set up shops in Liberia.

They gather at these betting parlours to gamble on televised soccer matches. Some say it is a good source of income and occupation, but others are not so sure.

In Liberia, sports betting has become a real job opportunity for young people, who converge daily at various betting parlours in Monrovia, including Winner’s Incorporated, DOXXBET, and BETTOMAX Liberia, among others to watch soccer matches on flat-screen televisions via satellite, placing their bets and waiting for the results.

Few youths at a gaming centre in Monrovia said that sports betting for them have become the only option since, in fact, they are jobless and without any source of income.

Winner’s Incorporated marketing manager, Randall Kaybee, said sports betting is “transforming lives of Liberians” for just a few Liberian dollars per bet.

“As you just enter my office, you can see from this evidence. This is a ticket. Somebody bet 50 LRD and won 233,275 Liberian dollars,” Kaybee said.

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SIS and Kiron Interactive strike deal for new Numbers channel in Africa

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New partnership to boost penetration of supplier’s product in growing markets

SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading multi-channel supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has partnered with Kiron Interactive to develop an all-new bespoke 24/7 channel to deliver a select mix of both companies’ market-leading Numbers products across Africa.

The agreement will see SIS collaborate with the established global technology and software company, leveraging its expertise and insight across the many burgeoning markets in the continent to deliver the channel tailored for African markets, expanding the profile of both companies’ high-quality, enhanced Numbers content.

African operators and players will have greater access to SIS’ world-famous 49’s Original Live Draw, alongside the new high-margin 39’s draw that features high-frequency, live draws every five minutes. The company’s numbers content is already hugely popular with bettors across Africa, who enjoy the opportunity to win big from small stakes.

This agreement is the latest in a string of similar commercial announcements in Africa for SIS, highlighting the growing demand for its 24/7 live betting offering and strengthening its presence across the potential-rich regulated markets.

Joe Andrews, Head of Sales for Africa at SIS, said: “Having the right partners in regions with a disparate makeup such as in Africa is essential to ensuring we continue growing our brand and products there.

“Kiron’s heritage across the continent provides us with a hugely valuable advantage in developing and launching this new channel, which will be a significant boost to our commercial ambitions in the region.

“Our content is renowned for driving incremental revenue as the high-frequency, 24/7 nature of our Numbers games is popular among African bettors.”

Steven Spartinos, Co-CEO of Kiron Interactive, said: “As we continue to expand the reach of Kiron and broaden the scope of the services we offer and the number of partners we work with, collaborating with a leading brand such as SIS is key.

“While we operate globally, Africa is where our roots lie, and as such, we offer unrivalled insight into the many diverse markets here. We’re delighted to work with SIS and look forward to working together to bring the combination of our respective revenue-boosting content to an even wider audience.”

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Results: 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships

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Even with load shedding causing frustration among both athletes and officials alike, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was able to still host a verys successful championship were all participants were able to compete and, most of all, have fun.

With the “competent” South African government stating that South Africa will have load shedding for the next two years, MSSA is already reviewing its policies in regard to load shedding and its online championships.

Load shedding has a huge impact on esports, and may end up causing online console and pc gaming to become elitist as only those who are substantially financially advantaged will be able to compete. It may also result in mobile esports becoming more popular.. A continuous and consistent electricity supply is vital to South Africa developing as a major esports nation.

Nevertheless, MSSA is more than happy with the results from the 2023 Northern Cape Championships.

There were no less than seven (7) provinces represented, and more importantly, there were more females participating since 2020. Of the 22 athletes who earned Provincial Colours, 7 of such athletes are females.

Special mention must be made of Karli Roodt (Middelburg Hoërskool) who is the first female champion in the esports title of Rocket League to earn Mpumalanga Provincial colours. Karli also qualifies for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team.

The female esports team, VYBN Females, also had a good showing in the CSGO esports title. The team has now earned Provincial colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team. Of course, CSGO is just  one of the six titles which MSSA has entered to contest at IESF’s 15th World Championships.

IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:

  • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO)
  • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO) – Female division
  • DotA 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
  • PUBGM
  • Tekken 7

The winners of the 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Clash of Clans Martin Venter Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom North West
Clash Royale – Premier John Kim Middies Mpumulanga
Clash Royale – Premier – Female Leone Loftus Masters of Mind Sports Free State
Clash Royale Tshwarelo Tshwane Knights Mind Sports Club
CS:GO – Premier
ZAG CS
ZAG Academy
Josh Chapman Western Cape
Sebastian Montoya-Pelaez Western Cape
Michael de Villiers Western Cape
Josh Orelowitz Western Cape
Thomas Venables Gauteng
CS:GO – Premier – Female
VYBN Females
ZAG Academy
Paula van Vuuren Western Cape
Chloe Wilson Gauteng
Rialet van Jaarsveld Gauteng
Nicky Muller Gauteng
Alexandria Kruger Mpumulanga
FIFA 23 – Premier Antonie Botes HoĂ«r Volkskool Potchefstroom North West
PUBGM – Premier
Team eFx
Team eFx
Sulaimaan Musthan KwaZulu Natal
Jared Rubly Gauteng
Jarrod Pretorius Gauteng
Richard Henry Eastern Cape
Rocket League – Premier Nick Matzopoulos ZAG Academy Western Cape
Rocket League – Premier – Female Karli Roodt Middies Mumulanga
Rocket League – High Schools Maree van der Merwe HoĂ«r Volkskool Potchefstroom
Tekken 7 Jonathan Brown Team Playbell Western Cape
Sportsmanship Award Desiree Botha Middies

 

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Technamin appoints Hmayak Manukyan as Regional Director

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iGaming and sports betting solutions provider Technamin has appointed Hmayak Manukyan as Regional Director Africa.

The experienced salesman will head up the company’s expansion in markets across Africa, where it is looking to fuse in-depth industry knowledge with the latest available technologies.

Welcoming him to his new role, Technamin Founder and CEO Suren Khachatryan said: “Hmayak brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Technamin which will serve us well in the months to come.

“The growing markets throughout Africa are a golden opportunity for us and I am confident we have just what it takes to provide operators with an innovative and cost-effective alternative to what is currently on offer.”

Hmayak Manukyan added: “I’m very eager to explore this opportunity at Technamin as the company is currently one of the most exciting ones in the industry.

“I cannot wait to see what comes of our collaboration as the African region is full of untapped potential which is crying out for better products and services.”

Manukyan will join fellow Technamin team members at this year’s ICE London, where visitors can find them at stand S2-120.

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