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Dates and new qualification pathway confirmed as Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 looks to inspire a new generation of rugby fans

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Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 to take place from 9-11 September, 2022; New striking RWC Sevens 2022 brand and RWCSevens.com website unveiled; RWC Sevens 2022 will be contested by 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams; New qualification process will see non-qualified teams qualify only through regional competitions; 16 men’s places and 11 women’s places available for non-qualified teams; South Africa’s women secure automatic qualification as tournament hosts.

World Rugby (www.World.rugby) and hosts South Africa Rugby today confirmed Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town will take place from 9-11 September, 2022.

The eighth edition is the first to be hosted in Africa with organisers anticipating a very special and record-breaking event at the iconic 57,654 capacity Cape Town Stadium.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will be contested by 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams.

The top eight men’s teams and top four women’s teams from the hugely successful RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA, have already secured automatic qualification for the tournament in 2022.

The qualified teams for the men’s event are defending champions New Zealand, England, South Africa Fiji, Argentina, USA, France, Scotland, while defending champions New Zealand, France, Australia and USA have already booked their tickets to the women’s event in Cape Town. South Africa’s women will join them as the host nation.

Teams that have not qualified automatically will do so via their respective regional tournaments held in Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, South America, and Africa. With 16 places available in the men’s tournament and 11 in the women’s from regional competitions.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will no longer form part of the qualification pathway for Rugby World Cup Sevens. Regional qualification is expected to start in August of this year with further details to be announced at a later stage.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are delighted to announce the tournament dates for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 alongside the unveiling of a striking new brand that truly captures the unique, fun and carnival spirit of the tournament.

“This is an exciting time for rugby sevens with less than 70 days to go until the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and now with Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 also on the horizon. South Africa has a rich history in hosting world-class international rugby sevens events, and we anticipate that Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 will once again raise the bar for this unique tournament and be like no other.”

“South African rugby is eager to turn the vibrancy of this new brand into the vibrancy of a packed live event where we can showcase both our country and our passion for the sport,” said Mr Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby. “This will be the first senior World Cup we have hosted since 1995 and we are determined to make it as special in its own way.

“The HSBC Cape Town Sevens has established itself as a major must-see event on our national sporting calendar, but we will be taking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 to the next level.”

Alongside confirmation of the dates and new qualification pathway, the bespoke tournament brand, developed by World Rugby and SA Rugby, has also been unveiled.

The striking brand radiates unity, energy and passion and celebrates the spirit of rugby sevens that will ignite Cape Town’s finest rugby stage, as the top men’s and women’s teams from around the world compete to be crowned world champions.

World Rugby Chief Marketing Officer Marissa Pace today said “Our goal is to ignite Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 with a bold event mark, reflecting the fast pace and dynamic play of Sevens, but also the vibrancy of Cape Town and South Africa. With Table Mountain at the heart of the new logo, our team has also included elements within to represent both the event year and the iconic Cape Town Stadium. We look forward to watching the brand come to life via our partners and hosts South Africa Rugby.”

The tournament is expected to build on the massively successful 2018 edition hosted at AT&T Park in San Francisco, which attracted record attendance for a rugby event in the USA with a total attendance of more than 100,000 fans.

In addition, RWC Sevens 2018 attracted cumulative domestic and global broadcast audiences of more than 24 million and 31 million viewers respectively, which included a record-breaking live broadcast audience of 1.7 million on its final day. The tournament also leveraged 22.5 million social media video views on World Rugby channels over the course of the event.

Details of the ticket sales launch will be announced later this year.

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BtoBet expands its presence in Cameroon with Bet237 deal

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Aspire Global’s BtoBet has penned an agreement with Ngnatat Sarl Trading, an omnichannel operator based in Cameroon, through its Certified Partner for Africa STM Gaming. The deal will see the operator make use of BtoBet’s sportsbook and PAM platforms to deliver an entertaining sportsbook and casino experience on the Bet237 brand for both the online channels, and its retail network.

Focusing on providing a high standard of UX, Bet237 will be delivering a diverse portfolio of offerings to its players based on local and international sports events, a wide selection of virtual sports, and online and live casino. Bet237 will also be utilising BtoBet’s leading managed trading services for full trading and risk management solutions.

Sabrina Soldà, BtoBet’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “BtoBet’s cutting-edge sportsbook platform, with its highly flexible approach allows our partners to maintain an edge on the competition in the demanding African landscape. Furthermore, our localised approach, whereby we tailor our solutions to reflect not only the technological differences differentiating one country from another but also from a content perspective, enables our partners to deliver a bet stimulating experience to their players, eventually leading to the brand’s greater market-share.”

Alessandro Pizzolotto, Co-Founder and CEO of STM Gaming, said: “Strong GDP growth in sub-Sahara countries are underpinning the local iGaming industry’s growth forecast well above the global rate until 2025. Even though the local landscape is historically dominated by retail betting and land-based casinos, mobile money has provided an entry point for online betting, with numerous operators seeking to capitalise the current digital shift. Throughout the years BtoBet has proven itself as the leading sportsbook platform supplier for Africa, with its technologies meeting the local scenario’s requirements, which differ greatly from those of more mature markets.”

Bet237’s , said: “BtoBet’s experience in the region speaks for itself, especially when it comes to identifying the key traits that distinguish the market on a country-by-country basis. We were looking for a trusted partner that could meet our prerequisites for both the online and retail channels, and I am positive that the Neuron 3 platofrm will allow us to diversify our offering and give us a competitive edge in terms of the experience we provide to our players.”

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South Africa’s best World Cricket Championship 3 players stand the chance to compete on the Red Bull M.E.O. global stage

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Open to all – won by one. The Red Bull Mobile Esports Season 5 Open (M.E.O.) comes to South Africa this year with World Cricket Championship 3. The search is now on for the best World Cricket Championship 3 players to represent South Africa at the global final featuring teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka taking place later in the year.

Players can register on World Cricket Championship 3, which can be downloaded on the Apple or Google Play Store for free, and take part in the competition to stand the mobile gaming experience of a lifetime. Players create their team and compete against the AI and stand the chance to be placed in the top 8 leader board of the competition. The Top 8 will then compete in person at the Red Bull M.E.O S5 national final taking place at Imperial Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday 28 May 2022.

Red Bull athlete and Proteas player, Kagiso Rabada, encourages aspiring mobile esports players to take part in the tournament. “Cricket fans can get in on the action by signing up for in Red Bull MEO Season 5. With cricket being one of the most followed sports in the world, it’s cool to have the opportunity to connect with other cricket lovers through this competition.” says Kagiso Rabada.

P.R. Rajendran, Co-Founder and CEO, Next Wave Multimedia, said, we are very optimistic around the participation in season 5. WCC 3 association with Red Bull is highly anticipated by many youngsters and cricket fans to participate and compete. With every season, we are increasing our reach to engage maximum number of cricket followers and gamers. This is one of the unique competitions held at an international level, where the winner gets a chance to represent their country to become a global champion.

Red Bull will also be hitting key student and cricket fan player zones throughout May giving players the chance to grab a can and qualify. These player zones will be happening in Johannesburg, Potchefstroom, Bloemfonten, Gqeberha, Durban and Cape Town.

As the tournament is open for all, players of Red Bull M.E.O. have the unique chance to compete against top mobile esports players and other well-known players. If you actively want to compete, you can find more information on the tournament and how to register on www.redbull.co.za/meo

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GiG signs sportsbook & platform partnership with Full Games SA in Angola

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has signed an agreement with an Angolan operator, Full Games SA, for the provision of full Sportsbook and Player Account Management (PAM) services in the newly regulated market of Angola.

This is the first agreement that combines the offering from both GiG and Sportnco Gaming SAS, immediately showing the power and synergies of combining both product and managed services offerings.

The new agreement in Angola marks a significant milestone for GiG signifying a new market entry, its first into regulated African markets. Full Game SA is a joint venture between the local partner GRUPO CHAMAVO, a holding of financial participation and business management in several branches of activity, and GRUPO VALISA, one of the largest retail groups for gaming in Spain. Full Game aims to quickly become one of the leading players in this newly regulated market for online gaming in Angola.

GiG will also support Full Games SA with its end to end suite of turnkey managed services in order for the operator to have quick and efficient access to the online gaming market in Angola.

GiG also anticipates that by securing its first sportsbook and platform deal in Africa that the company will be able over the coming years to build a presence on a broader scale in the exciting emerging African markets which are expected to grow significantly in the coming years as the market matures.

The contract is for five years and go-live is anticipated in Q3 2022.

Francisco Simão Júnior, Chairman of Full Games SA, said ” We are really excited to launch our betting and gaming offer soon in Angola. We think that Sportnco and GIG is the perfect fit to leverage our gaming licence and offer a very attractive gaming solution to all punters from Angola;”

Hervé Schlosser, Managing Director of Sportnco Gaming Group, said “ I am exceptionally happy to have partnered with Full Games SA. The opportunity to implement our sportsbook and PAM in Angola, a fresh and dynamic market, where we see tremendous potential, is a true testament to the Sportnco reputation and the strength of the partnership and offering we now have in combining Sportnco and GiG’s technology, people and service offering. I am extremely proud that we are one of the early movers and one of the first to secure a partnership there. We are looking forward to working with and building a long-term relationship with Full Game SA”.

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