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Sun International goes live on Bede platform

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South African Casino Group Goes Live For World Cup Glory

 

13th June, 2018 – Bede Gaming, an award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, is pleased to announce that The Sun International Group has last week re-launched its Sunbet site on the Bede platform. Signed at the end of 2017, Sun and Bede have been working tirelessly together to support the group’s new digital strategy with Bede as its exclusive platform partner.

The partnership sees Sun International capitalise on Bede’s industry leading tools to bring their Kambi sportsbook offering to life.  Using the platform specialists’ multiple open APIs, Sun International have been able to create a truly bespoke offering to their customers, which perfectly matches the high standards of the retail experience their players have come to expect.

The new territory launch is timed to coincide with the FIFA World Cup, which starts tomorrow, to provide Sun International with a digital platform from which to create new opportunities surrounding this global event and momentum beyond it.

Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming said: We’re delighted to be working with Sun International to support their digital ambitions in South Africa and the relaunch of Sunbet on our platform is a really exciting offer.  At Bede we recognise the importance of being a dependable technology partner and we’re proud to have that underlined by a global resort like Sun.  This is the start of many great things to come and we look forward to continuing working together to maximise what can really be achieved online.

Martin Sack, Group Manager for Online Business Development, Sun International, commented: This partnership is exactly what we were looking for – collaborative, inspiring and solution-focused, where we work together to find the best solution for our objectives. We’re excited to be part of the Bede family and are looking forward to growing our business to its maximum potential, using the innovative technology stack that Bede provides.

 

More about Bede:

Bede Gaming is a leading supplier of software to the online gambling industry, powering some of the sector’s biggest brands and processing hundreds of millions of transactions per month. Bede provides operators with innovative solutions to achieve significant digital ambitions.

The Bede platform is flexible, scalable, modular and fully open meaning operators can integrate any third party software required into the platform or use its bespoke solutions. Bede’s platform also integrates into land based systems, offering operators a genuine omni-channel convergence solution.

Bede Gaming, which is headquartered in Newcastle upon-Tyne, UK, is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and is an approved supplier of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

 

More about Sun International:

Sun International is one of South Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming groups with a diverse portfolio of world-class resorts, luxury five-star hotels and contemporary, well-located casinos. The group, which pioneered gaming in southern Africa in the 1970s, continues to be the leader in the field. It also sets the standard for hosting large-scale international and local events.

Sun International has a presence in Latin America that began with the opening of the Monticello Grand Casino in Chile in 2008. Following a merger with Dream S.A. (Dreams), Sun International is now the largest gaming company in Latin America with operations in Chile, Peru and Panama. In 2013, the company launched its sports betting platform, Sunbet.

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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South Africa intensifies online gambling crackdown

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South Africa is planning to move ahead with its effort to tackle unauthorised internationally licensed online gambling operators active in the country.

In 2016, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a draft National Gambling Policy document, describing the government’s intention to ensure that “no new forms of gambling” would be permitted in the Africa continent’s largest gambling market.

Last Friday, DTI issued a notice of intention to introduce the National Gambling Amendment Act 2018 into parliament during the legislature’s second term of 2018. The bill further restricts South African gamblers’ ability to access online gambling products not available to them via locally licensed operators, who are limited to offering sports betting only.

Among the new restrictions are explicit warnings to financial institutions that they “must not process payment transactions for any gambling activities that are not licensed” under the country’s existing gambling rules.

As previously stated, individual South African bettors who dare to wager with unauthorised international sites will have their winnings forfeited to the National Gambling Regulator (NGR), the new overseer of South African gambling following a proposed “repositioning” of the National Gambling Board.

The NGR will keep a “register of unlawful gambling operators,” and anyone tagged with this scarlet letter will be prohibited from seeking a South African license for five years following the day of their listing.

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) will be given authority over regulation of all lotteries and sports pools and will “prescribe a maximum limit of licenses” for betting on lottery results and sports pools.

The government also plans to ban both dog racing and wagering on dog races, while allowing the horse racing industry to create a “self-regulating body” whose activities will be overseen by the NGR. Race betting operators will be required to kick back a “reasonable amount” of their race wagering revenue to “the development of the horse racing industry and usage of products belonging to totalizator operators.”

The amendments also plan to regulate electronic bingo, require gambling venues located in public spaces (shopping malls, arcades, etc.) to ensure that their entrances are “separate” and “hidden,” and ban the installation of automatic teller machines in or around gambling venues.

Operators have also been tasked with achieving “broad-based black economic empowerment targets in the gambling industry,” while provincial licensing bodies must impose these empowerment targets in their licensing conditions, meaning licenses can be suspended or withdrawn if these targets are not met.

The last few years have seen stalwart efforts by some South African legislators to attempt to shift the government away from its prohibitionist online stance, but these efforts have failed to gain much traction and the government appears intent on doubling down on its head-in-the-sand approach. Good luck with that.

 

Source: calvinayre.com

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South Africa gambling operators react to new casino bill

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South African legislators are about to relocate the country’s casinos to Trade Bay, much to the sadness of many local gambling operators.

The move was opposed by the local gambling operators, which would be an enactment of the Western Cape Nineteenth Gambling and Racing Amendment Bill, 2018, and this would lead to a serious downfal in revenue as jobs as well.

The bill was intended to amend the existing Western Cape Gambling and Racing Act, 1996 (Act 4 of 1996), giving the Western Cape government the authority to compel existing casinos in five district municipal regions of the province to transfer to other areas.

While the bill has yet to be tabled before the legislative committee, South Africa-based casino operators like Sun International and Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd. have expressed mixed opinions over the possible impact of the proposed bill to their operations.

Tsogo Sun CEO Jacques Booysen said the company would support the proposed relocations of casinos in Western Cape, as long as it “is done in a manner that makes commercial sense” for them.

South Africa’s biggest hotel and casino operator had been under pressure lately to temper its mounting debt by putting the brakes on acquisitions and business expansion. Tsogo Sun also reduced its spending in the most previous fiscal year by 8%, dropping it down to $261.5 million.

Tsogo Sun planned to submit its comments on the proposed bill before July 31 after seeing the draft legislation, according to Booysen.

Sun International, which operates the GrandWest Casino, was up in arms over the proposed relocation of their competitors, saying it might lead to lower profits and more layoffs in the future. The company’s chief executive, Anthony Leeming, estimated that GrandWest could see a gross gambling revenue decline of 24 percent while “headcount” will drop by 15 to 20 percent.

“The majority of job losses will be from the casino, but a drop in footfall will result in additional and similar job losses in the supporting… operations at GrandWest, as many of these businesses are entirely dependent on footfall generated by the casino,” Leeming said, according to the news outlet.

 

Source: CalvinAyre.com

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BetConstruct attends Sports Betting West Africa

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On July 24 – 26 BetConstruct will be joining the Sports Betting West Africa summit.

Taking the chance to attend the 4th edition of the event, we will join the lively discussion of the West African market diversity with the peers. Ready to offer its solutions tailored for the region, BetConstruct will have its products showcased at Stand 1006. The provider’s innovative and proven offerings include Sportsbook with industry-leading coverage of 30,000 live matches and 55,000+ pre‐match events each month, SMS Betting channel, Fantasy Sports with enhanced graphics, RNG Casino Suite with 4,000+ games, Live Dealer Casino with new gaming features and halls, and many more solution.

For operators willing to get all BetConstruct products as well as services and start their gaming and betting right away, we will demonstrate how our business management platform, SpringBME, works.

Alongside with the products we will also tell more about our data feed solutions provided by FeedConstruct and its sports video market, Friendship Platform.

 

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions with development, sales and service centers in 16 countries.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include an extensive range of products and services, including Sportsbook, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Solutions, RNG & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more. The latest addition is the industry-first complete management infrastructure, SpringBME (Business Management Environment).

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring platform with its powerful back office tools and all-inclusive services that empower operators’ growth and help contain their costs. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unfettered opportunity to succeed.

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