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

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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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GLI Africa Recognised for 20 Years of Accreditation

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) in Africa has been awarded a certificate of recognition from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) for maintaining its continuous accreditation for more than 20 years.

SANAS is recognised by the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act, 2006 (Act No. 19 of 2006) as the sole national accreditation body for providing an internationally recognised and effective accreditation.

GLI Africa is accredited by SANAS for Performance Testing (ISO/IEC 17025) and Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020), and the certificate recognises 20 uninterrupted years of accreditation for Performance Testing.

Devon Dalbock, General Manager of GLI Africa said, “This is a fantastic achievement for GLI Africa and demonstrates the extremely high standards the GLI team in Africa and globally consistently work to. This is also great news for our clients and suppliers looking to certify their products for the South African market. By trusting GLI with their compliance testing requirements, they can be assured of the highest levels of integrity and secure in the knowledge that their products will conform to local technical standards.

“The GLI team in Africa has continued to expand throughout the last 12 months to meet the global demand for GLI services with the introduction of 43 new team members, bringing the total to more than 90. We have also launched the GLI complete suite of Integrated Compliance Solutions, which provides companies of all sizes with the tools they need to comply with their regulatory and technical obligations, all in one place.”

GLI is recognized by accreditation bodies worldwide for accreditations to ISO standards for testing ((ISO/IEC 17025), field inspections ((ISO/IEC 17020), product certification (ISO/IEC 17065) and certification of information systems management systems (ISO/IEC 17021). This global scope of accreditations allows GLI the flexibility to serve our customers 24 days hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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MERKUR sun shines over the roof of Africa

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Gauselmann employees from Serbia climb Kilimanjaro

To experience the sunrise from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro: this was the goal of four employees from Gauselmann subsidiary MERKUR Games d.o.o., which consolidates the Group’s activities in Serbia. During a six-day expedition, together with ten other adventurers, they climbed the highest mountain on the African continent – to be rewarded with a breathtaking view from Uhuru Peak, at 5,895 metres above sea level.

“It was an incredible battle of wills, with the forces of nature, patience and our own endurance,” says Branko Kokir, Managing Director at MERKUR Games d.o.o. and initiator of the expedition, looking back on the feat. Climbing for six to eight hours, the team covered ten kilometres on foot and overcame a difference in altitude of 1,000 metres each day. From grasslands, alpine meadows and tropical rainforests, moorlands and desert plateaus, to snow- and ice-covered regions: day by day, the team pressed onward through different climatic zones in their quest to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. At an altitude of 4,700 metres above sea level, the adventurers set off on the final leg: the ascent to Uhuru Peak. In the final nighttime push, the team covered 5.8 kilometres in 7.5 hours before reaching the cross on the summit in time for sunrise just before 7 a.m. and proudly displaying a flag with the MERKUR sun symbol over Uhuru Peak.

A cameraman who documented the expedition with his camera and interviews was also part of the 14-member team. The material is being broadcast in six 30-minute episodes on “Sport Klub”, the leading sports channel in the Balkans. The MERKUR sun also features as a faithful companion on the trek to Africa’s highest peak: during the entire journey, the team members wore T-shirts, sew-on badges, caps and carried flags. The local population was thrilled to be given T-shirts and footballs with the MERKUR sun as a gift from the Gauselmann Group. “Climbing Kilimanjaro is a remarkable feat of will. I am immensely proud that our Serbian employees took the MERKUR sun along for the trip and shone it over the roof of Africa,” says company founder and Chairman of the Management Board Paul Gauselmann.

The Gauselmann Group is represented in Serbia by its MERKUR Games d.o.o. subsidiary. The company opened the first gaming arcade there in 2012 under the MERKUR Automat Klub brand. In 2017, business activities in the Serbian market were systematically expanded through strategic partnerships. With a 50 per cent equity holding respectively in the two companies Balkan Bet and MERKUR Xtip, the Gauselmann Group is optimally positioned with some 140 land-based venues as well as online in the Serbian Republic.

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NEW TOURNAMENT: AFRICA CUP NATIONS

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GoldenRace, Virtual Sports and Betting Technologies provider, is presenting its brand new tournament for the African market: the Africa Cup Nations.

This championship is a new and important addition to the company’s already extended list of worldwide leagues and championships. It is already available for retail and online, and has been added to the company’s satellite channel 3.

“We are very excited and proud of this new release, as the African market has always been a key target for our company. We believe in the tremendous possibilities of the gambling industry there, and wanted to create a virtual football tournament especially for our players on the continent,” said Martin Wachter, GoldenRace’s CEO & Founder.

With six groups made up of the 24 national teams that won the qualifiers, a group stage will leave only the best of them to go through to the knockout stages (round16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final).

GoldenRace’s virtual football is the winning product of our portfolio. Day after day, millions of players enjoy its realistic odds and 3D animations, motion-capture technology, high-quality FX, real camera angles, voice-over from professional commentators and familiar layout.

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