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R. Franco’s IRIS platform is “perfect match” for digital development in Africa

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R. Franco's IRIS platform is "perfect match" for digital development in Africa
Mario Benito, Head of Sales at R. Franco Digital
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R. Franco Digital, the leading provider of global gaming solutions for online and retail operations, has heralded the first edition of ICE Africa (Sandton Convention Centre on 24-25 October 2018) as a “huge opportunity” for the company as it prepares to expand its online betting platform, IRIS, across the continent.  The Spanish-based company’s decision to exhibit its omnichannel platform, land-based terminals and extensive library of video-poker, reel, AWP, video-bingo, roulette, casino and mini-games at the upcoming ICE Africa brings the number of exhibitors to 91, strengthening the event’s growing reputation with all those interested in developing the African gaming industry in a strategic and sustainable manner.

Discussing their decision to back the inaugural edition of ICE Africa, Mario Benito, Head of Sales at R. Franco Digital, said: “Africa is a huge opportunity for us, providers of technological solutions with extensive experience in emerging markets helping operators who wish to turn their land-based operations into online or mixed operations.  We can contribute to the successful development of these operations, just as we have already done in countries like Spain and Colombia, tailoring technological developments to the requirements of each jurisdiction.”

He continued: “ICE Africa is an opportunity to better understand the African market and to be able to show our products and services to potential partners interested in implementing solutions hand-in-hand with an experienced company such as ours.  We believe in direct relationships and we want acquire on-the-spot knowledge of all the relevant players in the African continent.”

ICE Africa will see R. Franco Digital showcasing its IRIS platform, which the company believes will be an essential component of any online betting or gaming operation in the region.  Benito explained: “We believe that IRIS can be the perfect match to promote the development of different types of businesses in Africa, either via online gaming web pages, casinos, sports betting, arcades or betting terminals.  It combines in one sole platform all an operator needs, because it is designed to consolidate monetary activities and to allow the business to run and grow.  As it is modular and scalable, it can be tailored to small, medium-sized or large operations and may be used to manage online, land-based or mixed operations.”

R. Franco Digital will also be exhibiting its catalogue of games, alongside the IRIS Power Vault service and the RF OnMix touch-screen multi-game terminal, to the entire African market as part of both the country and the company’s ongoing expansion.  “In general, the whole African market will expand online operations, although we are attending this show focusing particularly on South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia,” Benito continued.  “ICE Africa will help us roll our products out and establish relationships with relevant actors interested in meeting a sound partner with more than 50 years’ experience in gaming.  We put all our resources, human and financial, at the service of our future partners to jointly enjoy the success we already have in the gaming and leisure market.”

He concluded: “We are sure that Africa is one of the world regions where the gaming industry will grow the most in the next few years.  It seems a wise decision that Clarion bet on Africa and we look forward to ongoing business ventures at ICE Africa and then again in London in February.”

To register for the first ICE Africa and the learning, training and networking opportunities it offers, visit: www.iceafrica.za.com

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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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