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NGB Data Show the Growth of Gambling Industry in South Africa

Niji Narayan

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Data from the National Gambling Board (NGB) have shown that gambling is one of South Africa’s biggest grossing industries. Gambling industry generated 30 billion rand in 2018. This is just from the 40 brick-and-mortar casinos licensed to operate in the country.

Online gambling is currently banned in South Africa but that has not prevented offshore operators from targeting the South African market nor has it deterred South Africans from signing-up at these illegal online casinos. NGB is highly concerned that the rise of illegal gambling is eroding the revenue of legal gambling operations.

The brick and mortar casino industry in the country is growing rapidly as it offers punters a variety of options like sports betting, horse racing, bingo and classic table games. The land base casino industry is expected to generate around 25 billion rand by 2021.

The South African government has been hesitant to legalise online gambling and give punters even more options. The Casino Association of South Africa claims that it is neither for nor against legal online gambling but it highlighted the fact that with the advancement of technology, online gambling is growing more popular by the day.

Niji Narayan 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. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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BtoBet Pens Significant Multi-channel Deal With Surebet247

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The terms of the deal will see the provision of the Neuron technologies also to the bookmaker’s extensive retail network

Leading iGaming platform provider BtoBet has extended its footprint in Africa announcing a long term partnership with leading Nigerian bookmaker SureBet247. The deal will see the Nigerian licensee integrate the Neuron platform to all its channels, which also encompass circa 1500 betting facilities in the country, making it one of the largest betting brands in Nigeria. The Nigerian operator will be delivering a diverse portfolio of offerings based on local and international sports betting, including live sports events, online and live casino, jackpots and a range of special bets and virtuals.

Alessandro Fried, BtoBet’s Chief Executive Officer, said that SureBet247 is clearly one of the major players in the Nigerian gambling market. “With BtoBet registering growth on all market fronts, we are pleased to note that this partnership further cements our leadership position in Africa. It is based on these results that we continue to build our strategy to create an unparalleled sports betting experience with visionary operators.”

“The management team at SureBet247 were quick to recognize the quality and excellence of the Neuron platforms to deliver a true player-centric and holistic omni-channel betting experience, that will further help their strategy in bolstering their market leader status in Nigeria.”

Under the terms of the deal SureBet247 will be gaining access to BtoBet’s Neuron scalable technology, taking advantage of the flexibility and adaptability of the platform to create a unique front-end interface in order to create brand unicity whilst providing their target players with an augmented user experience.

BtoBet has a wide presence in the regulated African iGaming industry, with the advanced Neuron at the core of betting operations in 25 countries on the continent.

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BMM Testlabs Attends ICE Africa 2019

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BMM Testlabs, the world’s leading gaming test lab and product compliance consultancy, was pleased to attend ICE Africa 2019 at Sandton Convention Centre in Sandown Sandton, South Africa on October 2-3.

VP, Operations and Sales, Zeena Rossouw commented, “2019 has been another growth year for BMM South Africa. Our market opportunities are increasing because of our new licenses and acceptance in emerging African jurisdictions. We know that by attending important shows like ICE Africa, we meet and network with current and potential clients as the go-to test lab in the region. This year, I am honored to have been nominated to participate in the Women in Gaming breakfast and be featured as one of 30 women in gaming in Africa and South Africa.”

EVP and General Manager, Australia and Asia Pacific, Kirk White added, “We are very proud of Zeena to be recognized for her success in the industry. Technical Compliance Manager, Obed Mathabe and PSD Manager Sifiso Sibiya will be joining Zeena at the show to support our growth and increase BMM’s presence in the South Africa and Africa market. With our great team and understanding of compliance of all Africa’s regulated gambling market, BMM will continue to be the test lab of choice in the region.

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2nd edition of ICE Africa opens its doors to the continent

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Pre-registered delegates from a total of 29 African nations were expected to pass through the doors at the Sandton Convention Centre following the opening of the second edition of ICE Africa on Wednesday 2nd October. The ribbon cutting ceremony attended by some of the industry’s leading dignitaries, signalled the beginning of the annual two day event which serves as a platform for 72 exhibitors and provides 15 hours of targeted learning delivered by a talent pool of over 60 thought leaders.

Speaking at the opening, Kate Chambers, Managing Director of organiser, Clarion Gaming welcomed attendees and stated: “When Clarion Gaming was asked to create and organise an event for the industry in Africa our vision was to help establish the foundations for future growth. In other words we weren’t simply concerned with staging an event which satisfied short term objectives. Our aim was to work with existing stakeholders and to use the influence and reputation of the ICE brand to help create a sustainable and successful future within an environment in which we could bring together the international industry’s most respected thought leaders alongside the innovators whose products and services make this sector so dynamic and exciting.”

She continued: “There’s no doubt that ICE Africa has developed and grown to be an invaluable focal point for the industry, providing a professional meeting place for the a-z of gaming on the continent. It provides a great opportunity for operators, regulators and suppliers to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming products and services.

“Before declaring the show open I would like to thank the team at Clarion Gaming for bringing ICE to Africa in such a professional way. To John Kamara who has been a fantastic event ambassador and to our friends in the media who serve as critical friends. Edward Lalumbe, in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, Gauteng Gambling Board, was a great advocate for what we are trying to achieve. In June we learned of his passing following a tragic accident which also cost the life of his wife. ICE Africa owes an awful lot to Edward and I am sure he would be proud to see how it is showcasing the industry and helping to shape its future.”

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