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How the UAE Gaming Market Shaped up in the Last Two Years

George Miller



How the UAE Gaming Market Shaped up in the Last Two Years
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Beautiful sandy beaches, countless skyscrapers, police in Lamborghinis, enormous malls, flashy casinos…oh, wait? Casinos don’t come easily in the UAE, especially brick and mortar establishments.

Like many Arab countries, the UAE has strict gaming laws. Put simply, you aren’t allowed to bet on sports or play slots and poker in the Emirates. The rules are based on the Muslim religion, which believes gambling is immoral and harmful.

Fortunately, the UAE isn’t a vacuum. People have the Internet over there and that means they can get around local laws to bet at offshore betting websites. Here’s how that works.

Using a VPN to Change Server Address

The first thing people in Dubai and Abu Dhabi need to bet online is a VPN. An RDP or web proxy can also do the job. The objective is to shield your computer IP address so that you access the Internet as though you’re from a different country.

The best VPNs give you temporary IP addresses from any part of the world. As such, you could conveniently bet at sites based in the UK, Malta, Curacao or even the US. There’s one catch, though.

Not every betting site accepts players based in the UAE. So, before you create a new account, choose your gaming provider wisely. Some companies let you deposit money but refuse to payout your profits. As such, only bet at the best UAE casinos and sportsbooks.

Compare Games and Betting Markets

A few years ago, the only gaming operators that accepted players from the UAE were dodgy unlicensed companies. They had a limited number of betting markets and their casino games weren’t always fair.

Things have changed and now players from Dubai and Abu Dhabi can play at the world’s best bookmakers. These companies provide 2000+ betting markets daily and casino lobbies jam-packed with slots, live dealers and table games.

All the same, it’s still essential to compare betting markets from a few operators before you join any of them. Crucially, look for games you like to play. Let’s say you like Texas Hold’em, French roulette and in-play betting. Look around until you find a website with these games.


As mentioned, casino players from Dubai and Abu Dhabi can now use world-class betting websites. And that means they also qualify for a great range of bonuses. But how do you know which offers to accept and which ones to reject?

Look for no deposit bonuses. You don’t need to fund your newly created account to receive a free bet. And still, you can use it to win real cash. For bigger bonuses, however, grab a first-deposit bonus.

In many cases, deposit-based bonuses match your money 100%, 200% or 400%. That way, you get an impressively big bankroll. At some companies, you also get a reward on your second, third and fourth deposits.

But as mentioned, bonuses also need a close look before you claim them. Read their terms and conditions and accept offers with the best terms.

Banking Options

One of the biggest challenges of betting in Dubai is finding a bank that processes payments to sportsbooks and casinos. Gambling is illegal, after all, so most credit card companies and banks tend to reject these payments.

Fortunately, there’s a handful of safe alternatives. Skrill, Paysafe and Bitcoin are some of these safe banking options. Some betting websites also use non-gambling related terms to help people from the UAE pay through banks and credit cards stress-free.


Reputation is like a currency in the online gaming world. The more reputable a company is, the more people invest in it. In contrast, people tend to avoid operators with poor reputations. Against that backdrop, join a company people trust.

Like customer service or finding great games, the key to finding a reputable bookmaker lies in reading reviews. They come in two types. You can compare casinos based on reviews by experts. Or you can compare companies based on how what customers say.

Reviews from experts give you an in-depth look of operators. On the flip side, user reviews help you understand people’s first-hand experiences.

Contact Channels

Another problem faced by players from the UAE is accessing customer service at sportsbooks. In the UK, people can use local contact channels or even visit a physical office for customer service

In the UAE, your best bet of getting quality customer service is to use top-rated casinos. That way, you can find 24/7 support through chatbots, email and phone contacts. Some operators also support social media.

And as such, you shouldn’t experience any customer service issues are the best-rated casinos. So, how do you find these companies? Read online reviews. People are generally honest when talking about past experiences with bookmakers. And for that reason, it’s easy to find companies that provide reliable customer support.


Global Bet strikes first Virtual Sports deal in South Africa with Supabets

George Miller



Global Bet strikes first Virtual Sports deal in South Africa with Supabets
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Global Bet Virtual Sports is now live with the Tier 1 operator Supabets through Intelligent Gaming as part of Supabets Gaming Group’s effort to exploit the region’s fledgling market.

The company has struck a deal for Global Bet to distribute its premium virtual sports products into South Africa, with Global Bet’s CEO, Daniel Grabher, stating that “the aim of the agreement is to replicate the success we have achieved in other major African markets across the continent. The South African gaming market, known for it´s strict regulations has a massive potential and is yet to be fully exploited. I´m very confident that our success-story will continue in this key market, not at least because we teamed up with the right strategic local partner.”

The deal includes the full suite of Global Bet’s omni channel premium virtual sports and also the brand new PRO Series of games with features such as Instant Play that will change the South African gaming ecosystem for years to come.

Intelligent Gaming CEO Marc Plaxton-Harrison said. “Combining our distribution channels within existing operations with the best virtual sports product on the market was a fantastic decision for us. Considering the current boom of virtual sports globally, we anticipate a big revenue growth and a long and successful working partnership.”


About Supabets:
Launched in 2008, Supabets is a successful Africa-focused land and online betting and gaming firm with operations in South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and soon Kenya as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

About Global Bet:
Global Bet is the biggest independent virtual sports provider that delivers high-quality products known for graphic animations, usability and endless customization possibilities. Active on the market since 2004, Global Bet today serves Tier One Customers like the GVC Group, Snai, Sisal and many more.

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Nationale Loterij Signs RG Code of Conduct with Royal Dutch Football Association

Niji Narayan



Nationale Loterij Signs RG Code of Conduct with Royal Dutch Football Association
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Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has signed a responsible gaming code of conduct with Nationale Loterij to ensure a fair, transparent and ethical relationship between football and sports betting.

The agreement sets out plans for sustainable cooperation between the organisations, demanding more attention for the integrity and reliability of football and creating a safer environment for sports betting.

“The popularity of football and the growing attention for sports betting are the perfect time to make agreements with each other about those things that keep sports and sports betting fun and thus also how we can protect that together,” Niels Onkenhout, chief executive of Nederlandse Loterij, said.

“Even if the market for online games of chance opens up in the Netherlands and the supply grows, much structural attention will be needed for responsible gaming,” Niels Onkenhout added.

“By signing the code of conduct, we are also taking up our social responsibility on this theme. The opening up of the market for online games of chance offers new opportunities for the football world, but we also have to keep a close eye on the risks,” Jean Paul Decossaux, commercial director of KNVB, said.

“We believe it is important that the integrity of football is not compromised and that the sports experience is enhanced. We are very confident that together in this way we can pay extra attention to the risks, so that football fans can trust what they see on the field and consumers can bet safely,” Jean Paul Decossaux added.

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Dr Livingstone, I Presume? Wins Adventuring Games Vote at GDWC

George Miller



Dr Livingstone, I Presume? Wins Adventuring Games Vote at GDWC
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Dr Livingstone, I Presume? by Polish game studio Vulpesoft has won the weekly voting on Game Development World Championship Fan Favourite category for the Adventuring Games Week. Dr Livingstone, I Presume? will launch on Steam in 2021.

“‘Dr Livingstone, I Presume?’ is a single-player, first-person puzzle game, filled with riddles to solve under scorching African sun in XIX century. Player becomes a historical figure, 19th-century journalist Henry Stanley. He was sent to Africa in order to locate a doctor David Livingstone. Precisely on the 10th of November 1871, Henry arrives in Ujiji where he expects to find the missing traveller.” Vulpesoft describes their game.

Vulpesoft moves on the next round of voting in the Fan Favourite category of the GDWC – Game Development World Championship and will meet other Weekly Vote winners in a battle for the crown at the end of the GDWC 2020 season.

2nd place was take by Monorail Stories by Stelex Software from Switzerland: “A minimalistic adventure game that is more about choices and interactions than mind-bending puzzles. Ordinary people in extraordinary, everyday stories about commuting, human relations and destiny waiting to be told.”

3rd place went to The Innsmouth Case by RobotPumpkin Games from Germany: “A detective adventure in the style of an interactive book inspired by the fantastical works of horror legend H.P. Lovecraft. The unique mixture of horror and humor makes The Innsmouth Case the first scary-comedy-text-adventure of its kind.”

The GDWC team sends congratulations to the winning team and big thanks to all Nominees and voters. The weekly votes take place each week, from Monday to Saturday and there are always six new exciting games to check out and vote for. This week’s vote is already live on the event website at

This week’s Nominees are ready to blast their way to victory:
Leap of Champions by Leaf games & software, Italy
Orange Cast by Team Rez, Russia
POST VOID by Y/CJ/Y, Sweden
Ready or Not by VOID Interactive, New Zealand
Receiver 2 by Wolfire Games, USA
Total Lockdown by Panzar Studio, Russia

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