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International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) Creates GSA Africa

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Further meeting the needs of the global gaming industry, the International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) announced the creation of GSA Africa. IGSA announced the new chapter as part of its annual meeting, where the organisation outlined multiple strategic initiatives for 2024.

GSA Africa will function as a local office for IGSA, bringing essential standards to the rapidly growing gaming industry across Africa, in each of its many aspects, including land-based, online gaming, sports betting and lottery.

F. K. Fayad, CEO of SamPro Group was named GSA Africa Managing Director. Fayad has an accomplished and extensive work record in the Trade, Technology, ICT business, regulation and Government consultancy in Africa, Asia, Gulf Region and Middle East. He brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge of the industry and a great understanding of the service delivery in various regions of the world to GSA Africa, IGSA and its global membership.

In addition to his role at SamPro Group, Fayad is also a Panel of Advisory and Strategic Partner to the Nigerian Arab Gulf Chamber of Commerce (NAGCC); Economic Advisor to the Commonwealth of Dominica; volunteer member in the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees); and Executive Board Member /Director of International Affairs and Business Diplomacy in the LEADERS WITHOUT BORDERS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE.

SamPro Group will generously donate office space to GSA Africa.

Fayad said: “It is an honor to lead the newly created GSA Africa. Africa is an exciting part of the global gaming industry, where growth is rapid and poised to continue at a strong pace. Bringing IGSA standards to the continent at this phase of its growth is essential, and I am thrilled to lead this charge.”

“The creation of GSA Africa is another leap forward for IGSA and for the gaming industry. Gaming is expanding rapidly across the continent, and appropriately, each jurisdiction has its own nuanced regulations. GSA Africa will function as a guiding voice, bringing the myriad benefits of standards to operators, suppliers, and regulators across the continent. We are thrilled that F. K. Fayad will lead GSA Africa. His deep insights and extensive relationships will be crucial to GSA Africa’s success,” IGSA President Peter DeRaedt said.

IGSA Vice President and Managing Director of GSA Europe Mark Pace said: “Over the last several years, we have seen the positive impact that GSA Europe’s office has had on the gaming industry in Europe. Having a presence in the region is important, allowing companies to join an organization created within the Nigerian legal structure. The gaming industry across Africa will benefit from GSA Africa and from F. K. Fayad’s leadership.”

IGSA’s annual meeting was held during the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and was attended by a large crowd representing every facet of the global gaming industry.

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UNIVERSITY Esports Masters Announcement

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UNIVERSITY Esports Masters (UE Masters) announces the launch of Season 2024, featuring competitive gaming tournaments for university students across Europe. The season includes tournaments in League of LegendsVALORANTRocket LeagueTeamfight Tactics, and Clash Royale.  

UNIVERSITY Esports Masters is the international competition for university students, where students from all over Europe compete for the title of European University Champion. The 2024 edition will be the 8th season of the competition, and will have a total prize pool of €14,000.  

More than just an esports competition

The main goals of UEMasters are to foster a sense of community among players across Europe, give them the opportunity to compete in high quality international tournaments and provide opportunities to the next generation to take esports further.

In addition to supporting players in a potential career as esports players, the event is an opportunity for many students to take paid organisation and broadcast roles – both on camera and behind the scenes. This presents the next generation of grassroots talent, not just players, with valuable chances to get their first professional experience in the burgeoning esports industry.

How can UK students qualify?

Open Tournaments

The single player games included in UEMasters – Teamfight Tactics and Clash Royale – are now open to students to sign up. To participate, students must be enrolled in universities registered with the associated national competitions (in the UK, this competition is UNIVERSITY Esports), and not be professional players.  

Registration is open until March 6th, and interested players can register via the following links:

Teamfight Tactics: https://uemasters.com/competition/tournament/university-esports-masters-2024-teamfight-tactics

The Teamfight Tactics competition will take place on March 9th and 10th, distributing a prize pool of €550 among its top players. The Clash Royale tournament will be held on March 16th and 17th, with a prize pool of €350 for the top players.

Team-Based Games

Teams will be formed from each country’s national qualifiers, allowing students to represent their country in the competition and vie for the European Champion title.

The teams representing Great Britain in League of LegendsVALORANT, and Rocket League  will be the winners of the Spring seasons of UNIVERSITY Esports, a competition organised in the UK by NUEL, and the British University Esports Championship, organised by NSE.

Teams from universities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are not able to qualify through UK competitions, but instead can qualify for UEM through the Ireland Collegiate Esports Series.

Rocket League

The dates for the Rocket League tournament are as follows: the Swiss Round will take place on May 4th and 5th, followed by the Playoffs and Final on May 11th and 12th. The prize pool for the top teams totals €2,100.

League of Legends and VALORANT

For the League of Legends competition, the Swiss Round is scheduled for April 20th and 21st, followed by the Playoffs on May 18th and 19th.

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888AFRICA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH INCENTIVE GAMES FOR NEW SUITE OF CRASH-GAMES

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Leading online betting and gaming operator, 888AFRICA, announces partnership with acquisition and retention specialist Incentive Games to develop its innovative new suite of ‘Velocity’ crash games – Velocity Classic, Velocity Turbo and Velocity Free. The three games are set to launch in Q2 2024 in five countries.

The suite of bespoke games is tailored with precision by expert developers at Incentive Games to ensure seamless integration and to enhance player engagement – providing an exciting opportunity for new interactive content across 888AFRICA’s platform. Once live, the Incentive Labs team – a collective of R&D, data and AI specialists who are passionate about turning data into unique solutions – will work behind the scenes to analyse user touchpoints and further tailor the games using smart segmentation and AI-rewards.

John Gordon, CEO and co-founder of Incentive Games, said of the partnership: “I’m delighted to join forces with Christopher Coyne and his team again. 888AFRICA is one of the fastest-growing brands in the region, and we’re honoured to help fuel their expansion. Their new crash games are different to everything else in the market and are shifting the gears of innovation!”

Christopher Coyne, co-founder and CEO of 888AFRICA, said: “At 888AFRICA, we’re on a mission to bring high-quality, entertaining and unique betting and gaming experiences to players across Africa. These exciting and dynamic games will help us do exactly that, while differentiating our portfolio of titles. We look forward to working with John and the team to integrate Velocity onto our platform and introduce players to these exciting titles in the months ahead.”

Customers must be aged over 18 and verified by 888AFRICA.

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SOFTSWISS to Present Strategic Advances at Sigma Africa

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SOFTSWISS, a leading technology company in the iGaming industry, announces its participation in Sigma Africa 2024 on 11–13 March in Cape Town, South Africa. This move highlights SOFTSWISS’ continuous expansion and targeted focus on the African market, particularly following its acquisition of a majority stake in Turfsport.

As a convergence point for companies involved or interested in the African iGaming market, Sigma Africa 2024 provides an ideal platform for SOFTSWISS to present its comprehensive product ecosystem. With the integration of Turfsport’s solutions, a recognised leader in the local market, SOFTSWISS  complemented its strong brand in South Africa and is ready to show new opportunities to stakeholders.

Despite its stringent regulatory framework, the African market holds considerable growth opportunities, underpinned by an extensive user base and rapid technological advancements in mobile connectivity and blockchain technology. Moreover, the rising interest in gambling within the region adds to its appeal to industry players.

SOFTSWISS is well-prepared to navigate this market, as evidenced by its recent acquisition of GLI-19 certification for the Casino Platform and the GLI-33 certification for the Sportsbook. These certifications not only underscore the company’s operational capabilities but also streamline the entry process for operators using the SOFTSWISS Turnkey Solution.

Victor Sekushenko, Head of Sales Sportsbook at SOFTSWISS, commented on the participation: “The Sigma Africa event is an excellent opportunity for SOFTSWISS to demonstrate its capabilities in the African market and the innovative potential through the collaboration with Turfsport. Our involvement in Sigma Africa is key to our strategy to grow our presence in South Africa and across the continent.”

Sigma Africa attendees are encouraged to visit Stand 25S to discover the products and services SOFTSWISS offers, including the Game Aggregator, the Sportsbook, and the Casino Platform. With over 15 years of industry experience and an expanded portfolio, SOFTSWISS aims to become an essential technical partner for entities, ranging from startups to established gaming operators,  looking to realise their iGaming business ambitions in the African market and beyond.

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

 

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