Cola Group, a world-class games and entertainment specialist, is expanding the iGaming arm of its company, Cola.bet, with a $14.5m investment.
This substantial investment follows on the back of Cola.bet securing a fourth African gambling license in the continent’s second largest gambling market, Nigeria. This new addition adds to Cola.bet’s current stable of highly successful African operations; Zambia (cola.com.zm), Kenya (cola.ke) and Ethiopia (cola.et).
This latest sports betting license was granted by the Lagos State Lotteries Board to a locally incorporated, Cola.bet subsidiary company, Cola Games Limited. The Nigerian market is similar to Ethiopia’s in that both are very retail centric rather than internet based. It was a strategic move for Cola.bet to leverage its blueprint and successes in Ethiopia to successfully expand into Nigeria.
The betting operator delivers a modern, mobile-first proprietary platform tailored for both established and fast-developing markets. The Cola.bet platform is easily adjustable, customisable and provides seamless integrations. All local payment methods are also integrated onto the platform where partners can find a vast selection of sports events, esports and casino games. To further support Cola Group’s partners there is a complete consulting service, including a licensing brokerage, that provides access to localised knowledge and best practice in each operating region.
As Cola.bet continues to expand its sports betting and iGaming offering, responsible gaming remains a core focus. Cola.bet excels at providing resources to enable customers to enjoy gaming responsibly. Aside from aforementioned licenses, Cola.bet also holds a Curaçao gambling license and is in the process of obtaining licenses in the regulated markets of Africa, LATAM and Europe. This will facilitate the expansion plans of the company.
Dinu Bors, Cola.bet’s COO said: “Cola.bet delivers an exceptional customer-first experience and the launch augments our global ambitions within the iGaming space. The platform is highly customisable and grants B2B partners instant access to curated content for a plethora of markets. We’ll be rolling-out several innovative features over the coming months, we’re only just getting started.”
Dana Varnytska, Cola.bet’s CMO followed: “Our strategy is built on a localised programme which has been developed through thorough research into market nuances and player preference. Players will benefit from bespoke bonus promotions and extremely competitive odds on the most popular events”.
Entain Launches Bwin in Zambia
Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, has announced the launch of bwin, its leading sports betting brand, on the Zambian market. Customers in Zambia will now be able to access a wide range of sports betting and casino offers.
“We are thrilled to enter the Zambian market which has one of the most highly regarded regulatory environments on the African continent. It was an obvious destination for our first launch in Africa given its stable economic and regulatory framework, which provides a great platform for growth. We are extremely confident that our new Zambian customers will love the unparalleled bwin brand experience with its exciting line-up of thousands of betting markets and hundreds of games,” bwin Africa Chief Marketing Officer Spencer Okach said.
bwin is the Official Partner of both the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League as well as the Official Partner of the German Football Association and national team.
Superlotto Games boosts pan-African reach with GOAT Interactive
Superlotto Games, an innovative developer of online live lottery, instant games and slots, has taken its product portfolio live with GOAT Interactive, a leading operator group servicing the African continent.
This new and exciting partnership will see Superlotto Games deliver its product suite to GOAT Interactive’s multiple operator brands, including Premier Bet, one of Africa’s most successful operators.
Quickly establishing itself as a studio renowned for delivering fast-paced and engaging titles, Superlotto boasts hugely impressive levels of player engagement and retention for operators.
One of the studio’s shining examples of its bespoke games production is the football-themed title Football, with GOAT Interactive the first to take advantage of Superlotto’s bespoke, customisable branding format for its games.
Designed to drive incremental revenue during this year’s World Cup, this game is sure to prove a key steppingstone for improved customer acquisition and retention ahead of the historic tournament.
This collaboration is the latest in a series of positive developments for Superlotto, having recently received BMM certification for South Africa, with extensive plans to continue building on its already impressive presence on the continent.
Commenting on the partnership, Milda Mikelioniene, Chief Commercial Officer at Superlotto Games, said: “We are thrilled to bring our high-quality games to GOAT Interactive’s players in Africa. With a strong presence in 20 countries and a number of sites live in the region, they represent the perfect partner for us to exhibit our next-level portfolio to an even wider audience.
“The quantity and quality of our games is well known within the industry – our partners always put their trust in us to deliver on tailor-made experiences, and we look forward to demonstrating our ability to do so with GOAT Interactive.”
Karen Hope, Director of Casino at GOAT Interactive, added: “We are always on the lookout for top-tier games to add to our market-leading sites, and Superlotto Games’ portfolio fits the bill.
“We want to provide players in Africa with only the best the industry has to offer, and Superlotto’s attention to detail in the realm of games development is second to none.”
Superlotto has become renowned as one of the fastest-rising stars in the industry, with an extensive portfolio of more than 80 online games and a number of high-profile partners that includes the Lithuanian Lottery, Latvian Lottery, Georgian Lottery, Betsson Group, Parimatch, Slotegrator, and BtoBet.
PRAGMATIC PLAY EXPANDS SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTPRINT WITH WORLD SPORTS BETTING
The provider grows its presence in South Africa with World Sports Betting
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has extended its reach in South Africa through its latest partnership with World Sports Betting.
This latest agreement encompasses an array of Pragmatic Play verticals that will be delivered simultaneously including its award-winning slot titles. This comprises recent hits such as Striking Hot 5™ and Happy Hooves™ along with long-standing player favourites such as Sweet Bonanza™.
Additionally, Live Casino titles will be available to World Sports Betting, including classics such as Roulette and Blackjack, along with the highly innovative Boom City™
Other RNG products will also be included in the agreement, including Pragmatic Play’s Scratchcards containing the popular Wolf Gold Scratchcard™ and Queen of Gold Scratchcard™ games.
This deal highlights Pragmatic Play’s further expansion in the African Market as it continues to grow its brand exposure across the region, generating new leads that empower operators to gain traction.
Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “South Africa and the wider African market provides an opportunity for additional growth that we are keen to continue exploring.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with World Sports Betting and to deliver multiple verticals to their player base simultaneously through this agreement. We are very excited to see the reception our content receive from players.”
Warren Tannous, Chief Executive Officer at World Sports Betting, said: “World Sports Betting is excited to announce the partnership with Pragmatic Play. Its product is going to be a great addition to our existing offering, and we look forward to being able to roll this out shortly.”
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