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Nigerian Government Promises to Support Sports Betting Operators

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has assured the sports betting operators that the government was committed to ensuring that they do not suffer any undue setbacks during this coronavirus crisis. The government also said it will not hesitate to give necessary approvals for any form of palliative that will ensure their business remains viable.

Speaking during a video conference meeting with the Sports Betting Permit holders across Nigeria, Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, Lanre Gbajabiamila assured that the Federal Government would do all it takes to ensure the Sports Betting sub-sector of the Nigerian Gaming industry does not suffer during this pandemic period.

Lanre Gbajabiamila said the meeting became necessary not only to ensure close contact with the operators but also to x-ray their operational challenges in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As your regulator, we feel obliged to touch base with you, find out the challenges you are facing in your business and see how we can continue to work together, despite the difficulties occasioned by this ugly pandemic. Let me assure everyone that government will do the best it can to protect every business within the industry, we cannot fold our arms and watch our industry with the huge investment therein go down the drain,” Lanre Gbajabiamila said.

“I am optimistic that the Federal Government will not hesitate to give necessary approvals for any form of palliative that will ensure your business remains viable because ours is a very peculiar industry which if properly harnessed would adequately shore up the much-needed revenue for the government. Yours is to ensure that you all play by the rule, while on the part of the government, we will do all it takes to give needed support for all business to remain viable,” Gbajabiamila told to the operators.

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Pragmatic Play Expands to Africa and Appoints Solomon Godwin as Continent Manager

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Second regional head appointment in recent weeks

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has expanded its senior team with the hire of a new Continent Manager for Africa, Solomon Godwin.

He will be responsible for growing Pragmatic Play’s network of partners across the region and expanding its reputation with the help of the supplier’s multi-product portfolio. Pragmatic Play’s developmental strategy will be focused on ensuring its innovative products enhance its presence across the continent.

Godwin’s appointment follows on the heels of the company’s addition of VP Latin America, Victor Arias, with the provider making significant hires in regional hubs as it expands in regulated markets across the globe.

Lena Yasir, VP of Malta at Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to bolster our growing senior team with the hiring of Solomon. Having regional leaders allows us to accelerate our expansion through a sizeable presence in the region and we’re thrilled to have Solomon on board.”

Solomon Godwin commented: “Pragmatic Play has a fantastic reputation for creating immersive iGaming experiences. It’s exciting to be joining a company with such a focused global vision. There is a clear roadmap ahead for success and I am looking forward to driving the supplier’s growth across the regulated territories in Africa.”

Pragmatic Play currently delivers up to four new slot titles a month, as well as an extensive range of Live Casino and Bingo products through its multi-vertical offering. The company’s entire portfolio is available through a single API integration.

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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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