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SportPesa Gets Clearance from KRA to Resume Operations

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Kenyan sports betting firm SportPesa is planning to resume its full operations after a lengthy two-month absence prompted by the cancellation of its operational license.

“There has been notable progress in these sessions and we are pleased that KRA has now cleared us to have our license renewed. SportPesa is confident that these processes will be completed soon allowing the company to resume full operations,” the company stated.

SportPesa was among 27 betting firms that had their licenses revoked by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) pending clearance of withholding tax on winnings.

SportPesa headed to court challenging KRA’s definition on winnings and most recently even sought compensation for money lost since the government sanctioned shutdown.

The firm would see both its bids thrown out as the courts sided by the State’s stance on the betting industry’s taxation.

SportPesa will now be required to stick to KRA’s definition of winnings which will see it trim the return on customer winnings at the rate of 20% upon its return to full operations.

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Incentive Games Partners with NewPlay Group

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Incentive Games has announced a new partnership with the UK-based NewPlay group.

NewPlay is an investment company specialised in providing mobile entertainment, gaming and media content services to customers in developing markets with a focus on East and West Africa.

As per the deal, Incentive will provide its virtual football wagering game to two of Newplay’s operator brands in Kenya and Ghana, Playabet and Betyetu respectively.

The virtuals game is optimised for low-spec smartphones, meaning it can be used by customers in developing markets where technological penetration is lower. It also offers continuous wagering opportunities during the suspension of live sports.

“Playabet is an exciting up-and-coming brand in Africa, and we look forward to launching with their respected and recognisable Betyetu brand in Ghana in near future, therefore we are really excited to be working with them to launch our virtuals game in Kenya and Ghana,” John Gordon, chief executive of Incentive Games, said.

“We also look forward to expanding our product offering in the near future when the sporting world resumes competition. Until then, we are excited to support NewPlay Group’s activity as it continues to be a market leader in the African iGaming industry,” John Gordon added.

Conor O’Donovan, CEO of NewPlay Group, said that his business understands the technology and market constraints in African jurisdictions, which had necessitated “significant research” to find a suitable virtuals partner.

“We were attracted to Incentive, as they have achieved the balance in delivering a compelling UX while remaining light and accessible on low-end devices. We are delighted to be partnering with Incentive, going live with Playabet in Kenya initially followed by Ghana with view to expanding this relationship into other territories in 2020/2021,” he said.

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Cricket South Africa Appoints Stats Perform as Exclusive Official Data Partner

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Stats Perform to Collect and Distribute Official CSA Data and Video for Team Performance, Betting and Media
Partnership also includes distribution of CSA live streams to licensed sports betting market, team access to ProVision tool for coaching, analysis and recruitment and highlights clips distribution to media

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has appointed Stats Perform, the SportsTech leader in data and AI technology, as their exclusive Official Data Partner for international and domestic competitions.

Under the new agreement, Stats Perform’s trusted opta and RunningBall data brands will collect, analyse and deliver official ultrafast data and ball-by-ball event data to global broadcast, media, and betting operators, providing insights and information to deepen the engagement of fans and bettors with CSA’s competitions, teams and players.

CSA’s national team coaches, analysts and performance staff working with each Mzansi Super League franchise will also have access to Stats Perform’s ProVision recruitment tool to inform their player selection and opposition analysis. Powered by Stats Perform’s opta data, ProVision provides an online platform for detailed data-driven analysis across both red ball and white ball formats. The platform is designed to meet the specific needs of teams through the application of interactive graphics, charts, and visualisations, integrated with match footage.
In addition to data coverage, Stats Perform will distribute exclusive live match video streams to licensed global sportsbook operators through their Watch&Bet betting platform. Stats Perform will also deliver CSA news clips to media worldwide through their editorial content service.

The deal includes live streams and live data for all South African home international fixtures across all formats, as well as CSA’s domestic competitions.

“We are thrilled to provide extensive media, betting and team performance coverage for all of the premier Cricket South Africa matches,” Chief Rights Officer, Alex Rice, said. “We look forward to ensuring that the CSA coaching team get invaluable data and video insights, and maximising significant opportunities for global engagement. Through our new agreement, Stats Perform data and video will be used to analyse performance on the pitch and improve the way it is experienced and understood by fans; we look forward to providing a premium in-play gaming experience, improved data insights and providing more content for sponsors.”

Stats Perform is the largest cricket data provider in the world and the new CSA agreement represents an important addition to the company’s growing portfolio of official cricket data rights deals.

“CSA has a vision to make cricket a truly national sport of winners, supported by a majority of South Africans and to pursue excellence on the field. To achieve our goal, we need a comprehensive and premier data provider with a proven track record with global cricket competitions,” Kugandrie Govender, CSA Chief Commercial Executive said: “With an unrivalled breadth of distribution into sportsbooks, global media and broadcast, as well as an unrivalled pedigree for collecting deep, accurate and fast data, Stats Perform was the perfect partner for us. They will help us improve on-field performances through deep and accurate data and analysis software, commercialise our properties and engage with fans at home and overseas. We are excited to work with them to grow the sport we love.”

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TCSJOHNHUXLEY Africa Working With Customers Across the Continent to Open Safely

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Casinos across the globe are working tirelessly to re-open safely to provide peace of mind for their staff and players, ensuring they are properly protected.

TCSJOHNHUXLEY has been focused on this during the pandemic, launching the Care & Protect range of products designed specifically for live gaming requirements. From Play Safe Shields for table games to chip sanitization products, the company is dedicated to providing operators with the right tools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

With the South African casino market re-opening this week, the TCSJOHNHUXLEY team has been working around the clock to provide and install literally thousands of Play Safe Shields for casinos in the region. The clever designs feature safety glass that can be finished with the casino’s logo etched into the edge. This provides an extra safety feature, making the screens easily visible whilst also allowing extra branding for the casino.

Christiaan Els, Managing Director TCSJOHNHUXLEY Africa, comments, “The last few weeks have seen our team pulling out all the stops to ensure the Care & Protect Play Safe Shields were supplied and installed to all the casinos in the Sun International and Tsogosun Groups prior to re-opening. Our focus has been making sure our customers are ready to welcome back their guests and staff in a safe and protected environment and I’m pleased to say we delivered this in record time.”

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