Innovative live dealer and betting games studio BetGames has signed its latest deal in South Africa, by agreeing to supply newly launched operator LulaBet.
As part of the latest collaboration, BetGames has supplied its popular product portfolio to LulaBet’s platform, giving the operator access to the studio’s renowned live dealer and betting titles, as well as its captivating Wheel of Fortune game.
Based in Cape Town, LulaBet is an emerging sports and digital entertainment provider, with a focus on delivering world-class betting products, highlighting the significance of this recent deal as BetGames’ titles enhance the company’s offering.
With an impressive foothold across regulated African markets, this deal sees BetGames maintain its continental dominance, as well as expanding further in the ever-growing South African market.
BetGames’ content is already live on LulaBet’s website, giving more players across South Africa the chance to play some of the country’s most popular live games and betting content.
Commenting on the deal, BetGames’ VP Sales, Africa, James Everett said: “We’re always happy to strike more deals in Africa, as our titles have never failed to resonate with the continent’s rapidly growing online player base.
“We’re also delighted to have agreed a deal with LulaBet, a new player in our industry and one which we believe will accomplish many great things in the fast-developing South African market.”
Iain Gutteridge, Managing Director at LulaBet, added: “We launched LulaBet with the aim to deliver the best in quality to our players, and I can confidently say that we’ve done just that by reaching a content-integration agreement with BetGames.
“The studio’s titles have established themselves across Africa as one of the continent’s best performers. Therefore, we knew that this deal was a no-brainer and thus we’ve gained content from one of the most familiar iGaming brands in Africa.”
After a hugely successful 2021, the newest agreement allows BetGames to continue scaling 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.
Results: 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships
Even with load shedding causing frustration among both athletes and officials alike, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was able to still host a verys successful championship were all participants were able to compete and, most of all, have fun.
With the “competent” South African government stating that South Africa will have load shedding for the next two years, MSSA is already reviewing its policies in regard to load shedding and its online championships.
Load shedding has a huge impact on esports, and may end up causing online console and pc gaming to become elitist as only those who are substantially financially advantaged will be able to compete. It may also result in mobile esports becoming more popular.. A continuous and consistent electricity supply is vital to South Africa developing as a major esports nation.
Nevertheless, MSSA is more than happy with the results from the 2023 Northern Cape Championships.
There were no less than seven (7) provinces represented, and more importantly, there were more females participating since 2020. Of the 22 athletes who earned Provincial Colours, 7 of such athletes are females.
Special mention must be made of Karli Roodt (Middelburg Hoërskool) who is the first female champion in the esports title of Rocket League to earn Mpumalanga Provincial colours. Karli also qualifies for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team.
The female esports team, VYBN Females, also had a good showing in the CSGO esports title. The team has now earned Provincial colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team. Of course, CSGO is just one of the six titles which MSSA has entered to contest at IESF’s 15th World Championships.
IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:
- Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO)
- Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO) – Female division
- DotA 2
- Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
- Tekken 7
The winners of the 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships are:
|Title||Name of player/team||Club||Colours awarded|
|Clash of Clans||Martin Venter||Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom||North West|
|Clash Royale – Premier||John Kim||Middies||Mpumulanga|
|Clash Royale – Premier – Female||Leone Loftus||Masters of Mind Sports||Free State|
|Clash Royale||Tshwarelo Tshwane||Knights Mind Sports Club|
CS:GO – Premier
|Josh Chapman||Western Cape|
|Sebastian Montoya-Pelaez||Western Cape|
|Michael de Villiers||Western Cape|
|Josh Orelowitz||Western Cape|
CS:GO – Premier – Female
|Paula van Vuuren||Western Cape|
|Rialet van Jaarsveld||Gauteng|
|FIFA 23 – Premier||Antonie Botes||Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom||North West|
PUBGM – Premier
|Sulaimaan Musthan||KwaZulu Natal|
|Richard Henry||Eastern Cape|
|Rocket League – Premier||Nick Matzopoulos||ZAG Academy||Western Cape|
|Rocket League – Premier – Female||Karli Roodt||Middies||Mumulanga|
|Rocket League – High Schools||Maree van der Merwe||Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom|
|Tekken 7||Jonathan Brown||Team Playbell||Western Cape|
|Sportsmanship Award||Desiree Botha||Middies|
Technamin appoints Hmayak Manukyan as Regional Director
iGaming and sports betting solutions provider Technamin has appointed Hmayak Manukyan as Regional Director Africa.
The experienced salesman will head up the company’s expansion in markets across Africa, where it is looking to fuse in-depth industry knowledge with the latest available technologies.
Welcoming him to his new role, Technamin Founder and CEO Suren Khachatryan said: “Hmayak brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Technamin which will serve us well in the months to come.
“The growing markets throughout Africa are a golden opportunity for us and I am confident we have just what it takes to provide operators with an innovative and cost-effective alternative to what is currently on offer.”
Hmayak Manukyan added: “I’m very eager to explore this opportunity at Technamin as the company is currently one of the most exciting ones in the industry.
“I cannot wait to see what comes of our collaboration as the African region is full of untapped potential which is crying out for better products and services.”
Manukyan will join fellow Technamin team members at this year’s ICE London, where visitors can find them at stand S2-120.
SIS extends Africa footprint with Jolibet deal for Racing content
SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading provider of 24/7 live betting content, has secured an agreement with African operator Jolibet to deliver online its industry-leading horse and greyhound racing content.
Jolibet is now live with SIS’ premium live horse racing events from the UK and Ireland, as well as international meetings from Canada, Dubai, Germany, Hungary, Latin America, Mauritius, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and United States. In addition, the operator has launched UK, Irish and Mexican greyhound racing.
This latest commercial deal for SIS signals the growing demand from operators across Africa for its 24/7 live betting offering. Jolibet, which is accessible across multiple African and other international countries, will benefit from frequent betting opportunities that drives engagement and incremental revenues.
Jill Sone, Managing Director at Jolibet, said: “As we look to enhance our online offering and provide customers with a wide range of premium content to choose from, partnering with established suppliers such as SIS is crucial.
“With the company’s high quality 24/7 live betting services, we are in a commanding position to offer truly engaging content that our customers will greatly appreciate. This is an exciting period of growth for Jolibet and we value the support that the SIS team is providing us with.”
Joe Andrews, Head of Sales for Africa at SIS, said: “Partnering with Jolibet is another important step forward in our efforts to expand across Africa with our premium range of live betting content and services. It once again illustrates the ability of SIS to deliver cutting-edge and revenue-driving content to operators within this fast-growing continent.
“We are excited to be working alongside Jolibet to provide them with high quality live racing content, which we’re confident will be highly engaging for their customers.”
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