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Mind Sports South Africa’s (MSSA) 2023 Gauteng Online Championships held on 11 March 2023 showed sterling results.

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The championship was a last chance for many esports athletes to qualify for MSSA’s National Team Trials to be held on 25 March 2023 at which the team will be selected to officially represent South Africa at the African Qualifiers which lead up to IESF’s 15th World Esports Championships to be held in Lasi, Romania in August 2023.

All Registered Players who have finished in the top three places, or the top 20% – whichever is greater, are entitled to enter trials.

However, it must be remembered that all players must have a valid passport at the date of entry.

It was indeed exciting to watch just how much all the female teams have improved.

White Rabbit Gaming Club’s (WRG) female team astounded all with their skill and sportsmanship. The team demolished all the female opposition and narrowly lost to the male team which ultimately won the premier event.

It is expected that the selection process for the esports title will be hotly contested.

Other female teams that excelled are:

  • Roedean College – League of Legends, and
  • Northcliff High School – Mobile Legends: Bang, Bang

The high standard of play saw a number of Registered Players being awarded Provincial Colours. Only Limpopo and Northern Cape did not have rRegistered Players who did not earn provincial colours.

The winners are as follows:

Title Name of player/team Club Provincial Colours awarded
Clash of Clans – Premier Christo van Zyl Point High School Western Cape
Clash of Clans – Hgh School Martin venter Hoër Volkskool
Clash Royale – Premier Jimmy Swanepoel Point High School Western Cape
Clash Royale – High School Norrice Le Roux Point High School
CS:GO – Premier
ZAG CS ZAG Academy
Josh Chapman Western Cape
Sebastian Montoya-Pelaez Western Cape
Michael de Villiers Western Cape
Josh Orelowitz Western Cape
Thomas Venables Gauteng
Ayush Singh (sub) KwaZulu Natal
CS:GO – Premier – Female
White Rabbit Gaming White Rabbit Gaming
Karla Grewar Gauteng
Kaylee Ludick Gauteng
Rochelle Elizabeth Noortman Free State
Roelien van Dyk Gauteng
Jessica Eleez Greeff KwaZulu Natal
DotA – Premier
ZAG DOTA 1 ZAG Academy
Suhail Khan Gauteng
Travis John Waters Western Cape
Mark Kilian Lehle Gauteng
Mohammad Dhooma Eastern Cape
Nicholas Dammert Gauteng
DotA – High School
CCL Knights Crawford College Lonehill
Howie Chen Gauteng High School
Srivar Premjeeth Gauteng High School
Arav Harrielal Gauteng High School
Ashen Naidoo Gauteng High School
Tej Kistasamy Gauteng High School
eFootball – Premier Ridah Hendricks PES Society Western Cape
FIFA 23 – Premier Rethabile Masangane NWU
FIFA 23 – High School Antonie Botes Hoër Volkskool
HearthStone Kyle Vorster ZAG Academy Gauteng
League of Legends
TuksEsports TuksEsports
Thomas Stephanus Swanepoel TuksEsports Gauteg
Hein van Rooy TuksEsports Gauteng
Jason Harris TuksEsports KwaZulu-Natal
Johannes Gysbert Du Preez TuksEsports Gauteng
Fabio Spazzoli TuksEsports Gauteng
League of Legends Female
Roedean Paladins Roedean
Hannah Schreiber Roedean Gauteng
Ireoluwatomiwa Iluyemi Roedean Gauteng
Aadilah Noorbhai Roedean Gauteng
Abigail Adonis Roedean Gauteng
Caitlin Newman Roedean Gauteng
League of Legends – High School
Grotto Middies
Lu-Zelle Kruger Mpumalanga High School
Xavier de Beer Mpumalanga High School
Patric Nel Mpumalanga High School
Dylan Putek Mpumalanga High School
Calvin Kok Mpumalanga High School
Mobile Legends Premier
MOMS Legends Masters of Mind Sports
Leone Loftus (Captain) Free State
Joost Loftus Free State
Leonard Loftus Free State
Adriaan du Plessis Gauteng
Dewald Greyling Gauteng
Mobile Legends Female
Pr0NHS Northcliff High School
Kennedy Cassells (captain) Gauteng
Isabella Lawrence Gauteng
Siann Richardson Gauteng
Beverly Makhafola Gauteng
Sadie Rennie Gauteng
Rocket League – Premier – 1 v 1 Ngwazi Mathebula Middies Mpumalanga
Rocket League – High School – 1 v 1 Nathan Jacobs Middies
Rocket League – Premier – 3 v 3
MIGHTY TEDDY BEARS King Edward VII School
Liam Hughes King Edward VII School Gauteng
Emilo Dos Santos King Edward VII School Gauteng
Judah Dos Santos King Edward VII School Gauteng
Tekken 7 – Premier Jonathan Brown Team PlayBell Western Cape
Sportsmanship Award Jessica Eleez Greeff White Rabbit Gaming Club

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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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INCENTIVE GAMES PARTNERS WITH ODIBETS TO RELEASE NEW SUITE OF CRASH GAMES

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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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