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Start of MSSA’s NWU Online School League delayed to 1 August 2022.



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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has agreed to delay the MSSA NWU Online School League to 1 August 2022 due to a number of schools applying to affiliate in order to have it heir learners take advantage of this wonderful oportunity.

The prizes for MSSA’s NWU Online School League are divided into three categories:

  • Overall purse prize being a bursary (courtesy of NWU to the value of R30,000.00 and R5,000.00 for the CS:GO, DotA 2, FIFA 2022™, Mobile Legends Bang Banc, and Street Fighter V esports titles,
  • Prizes for the best female athletes, and
  • Best school award (R4,000.00).

Even though only six (6) of the eleven (11) titles carry the fabulous prizes as sponsored by North West University (NWU), it should be noted that that ALL titles offered do count towards:

  • Participation in National Team Trials, and
  • School Provincial Colours
  • Best school award


The distribution of prizes is as follows:

Title Platform age restr. Players Prize distribution Female prize
Clash Royale Mobile 12 1 v 1 R30,000.00 bursary to study at NWU R1,000.00
CS GO PC, 16 5 v 5 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
DotA 2 PC 12 5 v 5 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
FIFA 2022™ Console 12 1 v 1 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
Mobile Legends Bang Bang Mobile 12 5 v 5 R5,000.00 R1,000.00
Street Fighter V Console 12 1 v 1 R5,000.00 R1,000.00

The other esports titles being offered are:

Title Platform age restriction Players
HearthStone Mobile 7 1 v 1
eFootball™ Console 12 1 v 1
League of Legends PC 12 5 v 5
Paladins PC/console 12 5 v 5
VainGlory Tablet/cell 12 3 v 3
In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa’s policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the designated school official formally request assistance. 
Players who are registered with any affiliated school may participate.

  • Only a designated school official may enter a school team  consisting of at least one athlete.
  • Entry fees must be deposited directly into Mind Sports South Africa’s account, held at ABSA Bank, account number, 90 4766 7676.
  • Entries are R50.00 per player and photographs of all athletes must accompany such entry.
  • No entries shall be accepted without MSSA having received proof of payment.
  • Entries close on Sunday, 31 July 2022.
The following Medals may be awarded at MSSA’s 2022 Annual Inter-School League:
  • HIGH SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • HIGH SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
  • PRIMARY SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.

Please note the medals shall be awarded at a MSSA offline event.

Colours and National Team Trials:

All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at MSSA’s 2019 Annual Inter-School League in the same period and in the same year, shall earn Provincial Colours.It must be remembered that only schools affiliated to MSSA may participate in the 2022 NWU Online Schools League.


Meridianbet (Golden Matrix Group) Granted South African Sports-Betting License



Meridianbet (Golden Matrix Group) Granted South African Sports-Betting License
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Golden Matrix Group, a leading developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, systems, and gaming content, has announced that its subsidiary, Meridianbet, has been granted a sports-betting license in South Africa.

The Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board issued Meridianbet a Bookmaker License, a Bookmaker Premises License and a Manufacturer License.

These licenses will enable Meridianbet to operate online sports betting across South Africa, showcasing the company’s regulatory compliance and fit-and-proper status within South Africa’s stringent licensing regime. The Manufacturer License also permits Meridianbet to license its proprietary sports betting software within the Western Cape region.

Expansion into South Africa

“We are thrilled to enter the South African market, and this new license presents a significant opportunity for us to continue to scale our operations,” said Zoran Milosevic, CEO of Meridianbet. “Expanding our reach into South Africa will provide new opportunities to grow our user base in an entirely new jurisdiction, underscoring our ongoing commitment to growing our industry-leading brands around the world.”

A Growing Market

The South African digital gambling market has exhibited significant recent growth, with total revenue projected to reach $828.50 million by the end of 2024, according to Statista. The market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.77% from 2024 to 2029, resulting in a projected market volume of $1.1 billion.

Market Impact and Economic Contribution

This market expansion supports Meridianbet’s consistent operational growth and dedication to innovation within the global iGaming sector. The South African market is positioned as a significant player in the global landscape, with the sports-betting sector contributing significantly to the country’s economy, accounting for 50% of gross gambling revenue. In the 2023 fiscal year, gross gambling revenue (GGR) in South Africa totaled $2.42 billion, according to Moneyweb.

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OdiBets, one of Africa’s largest and most trusted betting operators announces new partnership with leading B2B games provider and acquisition and retention specialists, Incentive Games.

Through this collaboration, Incentive Games will integrate their bespoke Velocity crash games system to OdiBets’ platform, launching in the summer of 2024.

The launch will encompass a dynamic mix of gaming options, including:

  • Free-to-play Velocity crash game: This engaging format will allow players to experience the excitement of crash gameplay without financial risk.
  • Several pay-to-play crash games: OdiBets’ customers will have access to a selection of thrilling pay-to-play crash games, offering a chance to win cash prizes.

Incentive Games’ expert developers have meticulously crafted this suite to seamlessly align with OdiBets’ platform, guaranteeing a smooth player experience. Once live, the Incentive Labs team – a dedicated group of R&D, data, and AI specialists – will work behind the scenes to analyse user behaviour and preferences. This allows for ongoing optimisation and personalisation, ensuring OdiBets’ players receive the most engaging and rewarding crash game experience.

John Gordon, CEO of Incentive Games, said, “We are delighted to partner with OdiBets, a leading force in the African gaming market. Their commitment to providing an exceptional player experience aligns perfectly with our vision at Incentive Games. We’re confident that our innovative crash games will provide an entirely new level of entertainment and help solidify their position as a top gaming destination in Africa.”

Wilson Gichuki, Head of Product at OdiBets, said, “We are thrilled to join forces with Incentive Games. Their expertise in gamification will significantly enrich our platform, offering our users more interactive and enjoyable betting experiences. This alliance aligns with Odibets’ goal to deliver cutting-edge gaming solutions and diversify its entertainment options for its customers and the gaming industry.”

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Booming Games and Aardvark Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership



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Booming Games, a leading slot provider in the gaming sector, has announced a strategic partnership with Aardvark Technologies. This collaboration combines Booming Games’ innovative game creation approach with Aardvark’s expertise in commercial development to enhance the gaming landscape in Africa.

This partnership reflects our commitment to delivering exceptional gaming experiences to players. By integrating Booming Games’ cutting-edge titles into Aardvark’s platform, we aim to provide a diverse and immersive gaming experience for their customers.

The companies are dedicated to redefining the gaming experience and setting new standards of excellence. Together, they look forward to offering players a wide range of top-tier gaming content, ensuring thrills, excitement, and endless possibilities.

Arijus Denisovas, Commercial Director at Aardvark Technologies, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership with Booming Games, stating: ‘Booming Games has showcased a remarkable commitment to innovation, a value that deeply aligns with our ethos at Aardvark. It’s crucial for us to consistently integrate high-quality and immersive content to provide our customers with the finest gaming experiences, enabling them to present top-tier games to their players.’ This collaboration underscores our collective dedication to elevating the gaming industry and delivering exceptional entertainment to players worldwide.

Solomon Godwin, Head Africa at Booming Games, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Aardvark Technologies to our ever-expanding client base in Africa. Booming Games supply Casino games to leading operators in the most highly regulated markets in Africa. With players’ entertainment, protection and sustainability being top priorities for Booming Games, this partnership represents an excellent opportunity for us to expand our presence on the continent.”

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