MATCH Hospitality has confirmed that leading sports management and marketing agency, Integral, has been appointed as its Sales Agent in Nigeria for the sale of the Official Hospitality Programme of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
MATCH Hospitality is the global rights holder and the only company appointed by FIFA to exclusively promote and sell, either directly or via a network of sales agents, ofﬁcial commercial hospitality packages for the FIFA World Cup 2022™, including guaranteed match tickets. MATCH Hospitality has successfully operated the FIFA Commercial Hospitality Programmes for the previous three editions of the FIFA World Cup™ and FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, Brazil and Russia, and of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Germany, Canada and, most recently, France.
JAIME BYROM, Executive Chairman of MATCH Hospitality, said: “Qatar promises to deliver an amazing tournament that will capitalise on its principal attributes; the close proximity of its eight venues which are all located in or within short driving distance of Doha, and a fascinating region with unique attractions, spectacular state-of-the-art stadiums, and traditional Arabic hospitality. MATCH Hospitality strongly believes in the unique potential of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme and in our ability to deliver truly ground-breaking and unprecedented sales globally. Our Sales Agents will be key to our success, and I am delighted to announce our decision to continue our long-standing collaboration with Integral in an exciting new chapter in our long-standing relationship.
I have no doubt that Integral will help deliver the best possible results for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and open the door to a Nigerian market ready for the extraordinary experiences promised by what will be an exceptional FIFA World Cup.”
DEOLU LAMIKANRA, Associate Director at Integral and Chief Revenue Officer added: “Integral is honoured to act as the Exclusive Sales Agent for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme in Nigeria. Thanks to this agreement, our company will bring this territory a lot closer to the most coveted football competition in the world, offering fans a unique opportunity to purchase ticket-inclusive hospitality packages for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”
Integral will also offer various services in conjunction with the hospitality packages, including flights, accommodation, end-to-end transportation and social experiences unique to this edition of the FIFA World Cup™.
MICHAEL KELLY, Chief Revenue Officer of MATCH Hospitality, said: “As part of our global tender process launched in February 2020, we have received proposals from most of the key territories from where we anticipate high demand for the Official Hospitality Programme for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We have been most encouraged by the remarkable global response, which has further cemented our belief that despite the unprecedented events of recent months, there remains unwavering enthusiasm and interest in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme. Nigeria represents an important territory within our overall strategic sales operations for the FIFA Hospitality Programme and, working in partnership with Integral, we are extremely optimistic about its sales potential.”
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.
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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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