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Pan Africa Gaming Group Launches to Grow the Gaming Industry in Africa

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Ten game development studios in Africa have come together under one umbrella, the Pan Africa Gaming Group (PAGG), in an effort to unify the continent’s gaming sector, which is currently fragmented.

Launched during Africa Games Week 2022 in Cape Town, the Group aims to grow the Africa Gaming industry by 2x every year due to the rapid growth of youth with Internet-connected smartphones on the continent.

The Group, which represents 10 African countries, include the following studios: South Africa (Sea Monster), Senegal (Kayfo Games), Cameroon (Kiro’o Games), Ghana (Leti Arts), Tunisia (Digital Mania), Ethiopia (Qene Games), Kenya (Usiku Games), Tanzania (Khanga Rue), Rwanda (DopeApps), and African Diaspora (Messeka Games).

Pan Africa Gaming Group will be governed through a Founders’ Council combining many of the top gaming entrepreneurs across the continent. They will be joined by Peter Kihara (ex-Goldman Sachs & PWC) serving as the Group Chief Financial Officer and Jake Manion (BAFTA nominated Game Director at Aardman Animation in the UK) serving as Group Creative Director.

Each studio will maintain its sovereignty and autonomy when it comes to things such as the brand, leadership and financial independence. The founders will work together collaboratively, voting up/down proposals and resolutions brought to the Founders’ Council.

According to Dawit Abraham, CEO of Qene Games (Ethiopia) and spokesperson for the Pan Africa Gaming Group, the network has been formed to enable the Africa Gaming Industry to unlock the world’s next one billion players.

“Together, we represent over 200 professionals and 8 different languages. Our team has over 30yrs of experience, leading some of the top gaming companies globally, including Ubisoft, Electronic Arts & Aardman Animation. We have produced more mobile, PC & console games than anyone else on the continent. Most importantly, all of our network members are committed to #GamingForGood, harnessing the power of gamification to create a positive social impact in our local communities,” Dawit Abraham said.

The Group is developing & publishing locally relevant content that is relatable to African gamers. Despite the massive audience growing on the continent, there is still very little relevant, local content in Africa, according to Jake Manion.

“We are creating a portfolio of mobile-first casual games that are fun, non-violent, and gender-inclusive. Our games are Made-In-Africa, For Africa, featuring African heroes wrapped in local culture, music & environments. This allows our players to see themselves reflected in our games, which makes all the difference,” Jake Manion said.

PAGG’s more than one hundred existing games entertain, engage and educate. By harnessing the power of gamification, the Group is creating fun ways to solve some of the continent’s challenges, including healthcare, education, women’s empowerment and climate change.

Once developed though, content must be published in order to reach the audience. To that end, PAGG brings together the “Gara” African game store, and “AfroComix” the largest African eComics publishing platform. Through these PAGG will have a channel for distributing its games tied in with Africa’s dozens of diverse payment platforms including mobile money, airtime billing, and credit cards.

To expand these efforts in the future, PAGG is equipping and training Africa’s next generation of game developers, creating new jobs across the continent for youth. As an example, the Nairobi Game Development Center is a 6000 sq ft community co-working space that will be replicated in each of the African markets to train, incubate and host the next generation of talent.

“One of our core values is not just to build a collection of games, but to incubate Africa’s gaming industry of tomorrow. There is a wealth of incredible talent already on the continent, with more graduating every year from top-tier game development schools like Rubika. Most graduates though are relegated to doing remote work for overseas clients due to the lack of local gaming job opportunities. We’re going to fix that,” Eyram Tawia, CEO of Leti Arts in Ghana, said.

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SIS partners with Bitville Gaming to accelerate progress in Africa

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SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading multi-channel and content supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has signed an agreement with Bitville Gaming to deliver its products to sportsbooks in regulated markets across Africa.

The deal, which covers premium racing content featuring over 65,000 annual horse and greyhound racing events annually, SIS’ round-the-clock Competitive Gaming products (eBasketball and eSoccer), and Numbers draws, including the original 49’s live draw, with fixed odds betting on live numbers draws significantly enhancing the reach of SIS across Africa.

SIS has worked alongside Bitville Gaming to develop region-specific iframes for its popular betting content, providing a clean, attractive, and engaging front end with a much quicker integration.

As a leading specialist in B2B products, Bitville Gaming offers a comprehensive retail and online betting solution for betting operators and platform providers, including a large selection of state lotteries.

Joe Andrews, Head of Sales – Africa at SIS, said: “We have made great strides recently in the African market and this is a deal that will help us to supercharge our progress across regulated markets. Bitville Gaming has great reach and in taking all of our products, we believe we can serve its operator partners with compelling, 24/7 entertainment.

“The new iframe that has been designed is also perfect for engaging with the huge number of live numbers draws fans in the region.”

Andrew von Hoesslin, CEO at Bitville Gaming, said: “We are always looking for new products to offer to our operator partners and the portfolio provided by SIS is full of richly engaging products. From racing to Competitive Gaming and live numbers draws, this agreement enables us to give operators and their players a range of entertainment options that are proven to appeal to African audiences.”

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EGT Tanzania consolidates its status as a leader in Africa with a major installation at Grand Leone Casino in Sierra Leone

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Euro Games Technology continues its fruitful collaboration with Gaming IQ in Africa. After the large-scale installation in Grand Palace Casino in Cameroon several months ago, the Bulgarian manufacturer of gaming equipment recently made another big delivery of more than 60 cabinets in the reputable Grand Leone Casino in Sierra Leone, the operator’s biggest establishment in Free Town. Thus, EGT became the main supplier of the casino, which currently has a total of 80 machines.

Its guests now have the chance to enjoy some of the most popular products in EGT’s portfolio. Among them are the top performers from Vega Vision Series, as well as the Premier Series bestsellers P 24-24 Up, P 27-27 St Slim and P 42V St Curved, which are among the most successful slot cabinets in the African markets. Super Premier also made its debut in the country, having demonstrated the same excellent performance as the other models. All machines are equipped with the well-known Collection Series multigames: Gold, Purple, Union, Orange, Green and Fruits Collection, featuring some of EGT’s most popular titles on a global level. The players’ experience is complemented by the opportunity to try their luck with the well-established in the local markets Lady’s Cards and Premium Link jackpots. At their disposal are also several S-line terminals connected to a live and an automated roulette wheel and offering the latest multiplayer software of the company: King 3 and 4, Multiplay and Royal multigame mixes.

EGT’s casino management system Spider has been installed in Sierra Leone for the first time. After the impressive results it showed at Grand Palace Casino in Cameroon, the operator decided to implement it here and it is already successfully assisting for the easy and efficient management of the daily activities in Grand Leone Casino as well.

“With this installation, EGT became the leader in Sierra Leone with 60% market share,” commented Lilia Georgieva, CEO of EGT Tanzania. “We would like to thank our valued partners from Gaming IQ, who once again chose to provide one of their top gaming locations with our products. I highly appreciate that they place their trust in us and I believe that we will fully meet the high expectations they have for us.”

Delcho Petrov from Gaming IQ also shared his positive feedback regarding the new collaboration with EGT: “We are extremely happy and grateful for achieving this project at the beautiful and reputable property of Grand Leone Casino. The property now offers two VIP Slot Areas and various gaming spaces to accommodate each type of customer and has the highest footprint of slot machines in Sierra Leone. Our Collaboration with EGT has proven again a successful product delivery.  We continue to strive for delivering quality and modern products and to develop the African casino market. We look forward to our upcoming projects in different countries and expanding our footprint.”

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BGaming debuts in Africa with Premier Bet

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Popular iGaming content provider BGaming has signed a multi-brand content deal with African licenced operator Premier Bet, marking another major market entry.

Through this new collaboration, BGaming has delivered a selection of its games to Premier Bet’s platform. Titles such as Fruit Million, Wild Cash X9990, Bonanza Billion, Aztec Clusters and Merge Up are all available to the operator’s registered players across several African markets.

Premier Bet dates back to 1997 and currently operates in 17 countries on the continent. It is one of Africa’s biggest betting companies, offering gaming and business opportunities to people across the west, east, centre and south of the continent.

Africa has always been an epicenter for innovation and resilience, and one industry exemplifying its dynamism in recent years is gambling. This latest market expansion demonstrates BGaming’s exponential global growth and lays the foundations for further success in the thriving region.

Olga Levshina, CCO at BGaming, said: “BGaming continues to penetrate international iGaming markets, with its fresh approach to online casino proving a hit with a wide demographic of players. With this partnership, we have added some of our most appealing titles to Premier Bet’s games line-up as it seeks to expand its player base.”

Karen Hope, Director of Casino at Premier Bet, added: “We are pleased to partner with BGaming to drive this next phase of Premier Bet’s development across several key African markets. The studio’s vibrant games add variety to our casino games collection.”

 

BGaming is a fast-growing iGaming content provider converting gambling into gaming. Thanks to an expert team and a player-driven approach, the studio creates innovative and engaging products featured on reputable platforms and 1,100+ online casinos worldwide. BGaming is the world’s first to support cryptocurrencies and offer Provably Fair games. Today the brand’s portfolio includes 150+ products with HD graphics and a clear user interface for every device. The studio is also known for its brand exclusives created in partnerships with leading operators in the industry.

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