Evolution announced that it has gone live in South Africa with online gaming services for SunBet, the online betting arm of Sun International Hotel and Casino Group, through an agreement with Bede Gaming.
The SunBet online Sportsbook, which now includes a comprehensive line up of Evolution online live dealer games, tables and game shows, recently went live to players on desktop and mobile. Ezugi’s offering will follow in the coming weeks.
The agreement with Evolution gives SunBet full access to the extensive Evolution and Ezugi live games portfolio: classics such as Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat, a new generation of online live game shows such as Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt, Crazy Time, Dream Catcher, Lightning Roulette and Deal or No Deal Live, the most popular live Poker variants, and also innovative First Person/RNG versions of key Evolution titles.
Sun International is one of the largest land-based casino operators in South Africa and has a diverse profile of assets that includes not only modern and well-located casinos but also world-class five-star hotels and some of the world’s premier resorts including the renowned Palace of the Lost City at Sun City
The move into online live dealer with Evolution’s globally proven online offering gives Sun International the ability to extend the casino experience beyond their land-based venues and normal opening times. Not only will it allow land-based customers to play at times when they are unable to visit the physical casino in person, it also enables full flexibility and the ability to maintain the customer relationship at times when venues have restricted opening due to South Africa’s Covid protocols and curfews.
Nitesh Matai, General Manager: Sports Betting at Sun International said: “In sports betting, SunBet is renowned for its astounding online betting experience across a whole range of sports, complete with sophisticated features such as Action Bets, over 100,000 Live in-Play events and Cash out. The world-class Evolution and Ezugi online live dealer offering now takes our online service for our customers to another level. Perhaps most exciting of all is that it provides all the live exhilaration of a visit to a modern casino plus a new generation of incredibly entertaining live game shows that offer huge variety and choice.”
Dean Finder, CEO of Evolution Services SA, commented: “We are enormously excited by the potential of the SunBet partnership. Our live dealer solutions are extremely complementary to the existing Sun International and SunBet offering, not only in terms of replicating the land-based gaming experience but also by extending and diversifying their existing and very strong online sports betting offering.”
Selecting esports titles to be played in MSSA Provincial and National Championships
Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.
All esports athletes have strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourite esports titles to be given preferential treatment.
In order to make the process more objective and reduce the influence of any one member club and/or individual, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has a policy in place in order to ensure that there is a due process as well as a fair system in place in order to ensure that the correct titles are selected.
However, it should be noted that MSSA currently only selects 10 titles to be played at Provincial and National Championships.
Priority is given to the esports titles that are played at IESF’s World Championships and Global Esports Federation’s Global Esports Games (GEG) in order to assist MSSA deliver a national team.
Even though only 10 titles are so selected, that does not mean that the other titles cannot be held at MSSA events.
However, it should be noted that any approved title may be played at an official MSSA Regional Championships. In fact, it is at such Regional Championships that the popularity of various esports titles is tested in order to evaluate whether such titles should, in future, be included in MSSA’s Provincial and National Championships.
The full rules on how titles are selected are as follows:
The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
- Not more than ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
- The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
- The remaining titles may then be selected.
- Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
- The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
- Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
- Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and there are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
- For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.
All proposals for titles must be submitted to MSSA by 1 November 2022 for inclusion in the Agenda for the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
BetGames marks latest African expansion with Sahara Games deal
Innovative live dealer and betting games studio BetGames has signed its latest deal in Africa, by agreeing to supply the rapidly expanding Sahara Games Technology Corporation.
As part of the latest deal, BetGames has enhanced Sahara Games’ land-based offering by integrating its renowned product portfolio, including popular lottery titles Lucky 7 and Lucky 5 and the exciting Wheel of Fortune game.
Since its inception, Sahara Games has enhanced its position in the quickly growing African market. The operator runs successful operations in several key regions, and its provision of an optimal product mix for players is key to its accomplishments.
The latest deal sees BetGames further enhance its presence in important markets with the collaboration already live, delivering BetGames’ content to over 300 retail locations in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Mozambique.
Commenting on the deal, BetGames’ VP Sales, Africa, James Everett said: “We’re delighted to have reinforced our position in Africa, with this latest deal seeing us grow in four markets.
“Since its launch, Sahara Games has established itself as a fantastic operator, offering a host of sports-betting and casino products – with our content now adding to its thrilling collection.”
Mathew Halloran, COO at Sahara Games, added: “We’re excited to have reached an agreement with such a prominent name like BetGames, the company’s presence in Africa speaks for itself.
“Striving to maintain the Sahara Games brand as a market leader, we always look to integrate the best in class, and we’ve done just that by taking on BetGames exciting collection of lottery games.”
After a hugely successful 2021, the latest agreement sees BetGames expand its global presence. Having recently rebranded, the company has recorded a surge in engagement as a result of its enhanced Lotto Reloaded studio.
BetGames’ latest flagship product is authorised across several key markets including those governed by the UKGC and MGA, whilst also satisfying the regulatory requirements in a variety of South African jurisdictions.
Flutter-owned Sisal Awarded Tunisian Gaming Contract
Sisal, part of Flutter Entertainment, has won the contract for the management of games in Tunisia organised by Promosport, the sports betting administration under the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
This important milestone will enable Sisal to manage and develop a comprehensive product portfolio including sports betting, digital games, instant lotteries and online games for a period of 10 years. The games are distributed in Tunisia through an extensive retail and online network.
“Obtaining the award makes us very satisfied, as this tender has attracted the attention of the most important international players, with whom we have been competing in the various phases. The victory in Tunisia is strategic for us because it completes our growth path in an important area with considerable prospects for development in the future and at the same time certifies our leadership and know-how of Sisal at an international level,” Marco Caccavale, International Managing Director of Sisal, said.
The victory of the tender for the management of lotteries and sports betting in Tunisia is only the latest of the numerous results obtained by the company at an international level in recent years.
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