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1xBet The New Official Sponsor Of The Confédération Africaine De Football Tournaments

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1xBet bookmaker company officially announces its partnership with some of the most prestigious African football competitions.

 

The partnership will see 1xBet sponsor CAF’s main events across Africa through the Clubs tournaments (Total CAF Champions League, Total CAF Confederation Cup, Total CAF Super Cup) and CAF’s flagship tournament the Total Africa Cup of Nations.

1xBet bookmaker company will activate its sponsorship on CAF’s official digital platforms as well as official stadiums of the competitions.

The 1xBet brand will be integrated on the CAF website, social media, LED panels, 3D carpets, and can also be seen in the interview areas and on the reserve benches.

“CAF is engaged in the support and development of international football on the African continent and we are very excited and proud that our cooperation with CAF has started. Supporting key sporting events is a key strategy for us to engage football fans across the African continent and people from all over the world,“ the 1xBet press office commented.

“1XBet, a fast-growing company, has changed the image of online betting, just as CAF has also started this change in African football. Thus, for the Confederation, a partnership with one of the key players in online sports betting is obvious, “said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad. “This simple and user-friendly platform will help raise the profile of African teams and especially clubs outside the continent,” he added.

 

About 1xBet:

1XBET is an international bookmaker company with more than 10 years of experience and is one of the most rapidly developing companies in the betting industry. 1XBET has the largest number of markets in pre-match and live and accepts more than 250 payment solutions worldwide with the added comfort of customer support in over 30 languages. The company provides 24 hour Casino, slots, live casino from main providers and also develops in-house white label solutions and unique products for betting operators in addition to an extensive affiliate programme. 1XBET encourages responsible gambling.

About CAF:

The Confédération Africaine de Football is the governing body of African Football and was founded in 1957. The founding members are Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa. The 54 members associations are organized in six zones across the continent. The head office is located in Cairo, Egypt. CAF’s main objective is to develop the most popular sport in Africa: football. Women’s football, youth football, beach soccer and futsal are just as much a concern for CAF as for Interclubs – Total CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup – and Total AFCON. The Total Africa Cup of Nations, CAF’s flagship event, will inaugurate in 2019 its new formula with 24 selected teams. CAF is also committed to the development of Africa and has chosen as the theme of social responsibility for 2018 and 2019: education.

For more information, visit www.cafonline.com

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Frank Schuengel Appointed as ILGL’s COO

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Quanta, the Isle of Man based Blockchain Lottery pioneer, is delighted to announce the appointment of Frank Schuengel as it’s Nigerian subsidiaries new Chief Operating Officer.

The current focus of Quanta is on streamlining its business activities and rolling out an updated version of its innovative Blockchain Lottery product throughout Africa starting with Nigeria. Quanta’s new strategy calls for the fast introduction of the newly enhanced product to the market, paired with greatly improved operational efficiencies en-route to achieving its goal of operational profitability in the very near future. Quanta’s board of directors made the decision to appoint Frank as the new COO after a thorough analysis and review.

“I am delighted to welcome Frank as our COO,” Quanta’s CEO, Harmen Brenninkmeijer said. “Experienced management will be vital for the success of Quanta. Frank is an e-gaming industry veteran whose global expertise and technical knowledge will benefit the company on its road to commercial success. I am confident that his extensive skillset and proven leadership will help us to focus on our goal of delivering value for our clients and shareholders.”

Frank started his career with Isle of Man online gambling pioneer betinternet almost twenty years ago and has since held senior positions at major companies including 188BET and Intralot. Most recently, Frank founded the first Isle of Man licensed Bitcoin-only Sportsbook and Casino – btb88. Now, Frank is leading the charge when it comes to bringing the ground-breaking Quanta Blockchain Lottery to its Nigerian customers.

 

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“Land-based Casinos Should Crisis-proof Their Operations and Diversify Online” – WinPrincess’ Guven Eraslan

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“Land-based Casinos Should Crisis-proof Their Operations and Diversify Online” - WinPrincess' Guven Eraslan
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After announcing its partnership with WinPrincess, whereby the principal retail casino in Tanzania will be diversifying its operations, incorporating the digital channels to its retail business strategy, leading iGaming platform provider BtoBet meets with Guven Eraslan, Executive Coordinator of the WinPrincess Group, to understand key market traits.

Coming from the casino vertical, do you intend to stick to your core brand strategy or diversify and grasp the opportunity that other verticals keep in hold?
Our core business is the operation of land-based casinos. At heart we are a family owned traditional bricks and mortar company with strong values. But like any other company we need to grow in order to continue to remain relevant.

Therefore, we cannot afford to miss any of the opportunities that lie ahead of us, and our focus will be on all verticals within the iGaming industry. Our mid-term strategy is to be online in all the countries where we operate land-based casinos already. With marketing being key to the success of the online business, we believe that we can create a synergy through our already existing physical presence, knowledge of the culture and manpower on the front.

You have targeted Tanzania for your first expansion to online gambling. Why Tanzania?
Tanzania’s betting industry has more than doubled in the last three years. Moreover three of the fastest growing cities in the world are in Tanzania. Dar Es Salaam has a population of 6.7 million people and is projected to grow by 100% to 13.4 million by 2035.

Apart from this it is important to note that all of the fastest growing 15 cities in the world are found in Africa. We believe that Africa is a safe bet if you need a good start. And that is exactly what we need, if we are to tackle and master diversification within a traditional casino company such as ours.

From a global perspective land-based casinos have been slow to shift or expand their operations to the digital channels, and thus providing a more complete betting experience where all the channels are interlinked. Why do you think is there such a reluctance from retail casino operators to transform their business strategies?
I think people are reluctant to change in general. We are talking about two totally different cultures as well, with the online branch of the business considered as the disruptor in our traditional casino world, where until recently people always needed to be physically present in a brick and mortar casino in order to place their money on bets. Thus there always needed to be a live interaction and it was more like a personal experience.

That is not required anymore, with online casino bringing about a clash of cultures, if you will. Well it is quite clear that it is us, the land-based casino operators, the ones that need to change and adapt. Diversification can only be made in the direction of progress. Business diversification is definitely something that all land-based operators need to address in the short term. We are up to the challenge, and with the right vision and the right partners such as BtoBet we will get there.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about never before seen measures requiring social distancing. How has this effected the retail casino business?
All but 12 of our casinos are closed at the moment. So we are talking about 20 closed casinos of which we do not know yet when they will be allowed to reopen. The best business model is a crisis-proof one, and there will be a lot of analysis from all industries on how they can achieve this.
Nonetheless I dare say that if we could have achieved a diversification to online more early, and by doing so hedged our investments, we probably would have not been hit as hard.

Do you think that the pandemic will eventually change the players’ behaviour?
We cannot foresee with certainty what the player behaviour will look like after the crisis. People might be more hesitant to go to a casino but on the other hand once normality returns I believe that social interaction will be a key element that will characterize people’s lives.

My guess is that everything will go back to normal once the pandemic is under control. People have a tendency of wanting to forget bad times. After all social interaction is what makes us human, so we will not easily give up on that.

What elements made you choose BtoBet’s Neuron 3 platform as the technological core of your online business?
When I did my own research for iGaming and sports betting platform providers, which are active in Africa it was amazing that under every stone I turned I found BtoBet. When a company of our size wants to go online there is a lot of demand for working with us. And although we had contact with all the main companies in the online gaming business, our decision in the end was quite easy. Knowledge, expertise and trustworthiness are key elements that distinguish BtoBet, and we look forward to work with them on other similar projects.

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Carry1st Raises $4.0 Million to Catalyze Mobile Gaming in Africa

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Carry1st has raised a Series Seed round of US$2.5 million led by CRE Venture Capital with participation from Perivoli InnovationsChandaria CapitalLateral Capital, Transsion’s Future Hub, and Kam Kronenberg III, among others. This round brings its total capital raised to $4.0 million. Proceeds will go to recruiting top-tier talent, investing in platform technology, and publishing new content. Pardon Makumbe, Managing Partner at CRE, and Henry Lowenfels, Chief Product Officer of One Team Partners (former Scopely SVP), will join the board.

Carry1st is the leading mobile games publisher serving the first generation of African smartphone users. Since launching in 2019, the company has reached over 1.5 million users across the region. Carry1st Trivia was ranked the #1 free-to-play Android game in Nigeria and Kenya; and was named the Best Media & Entertainment Solution for 2019. The company plans to partner with international studios to launch multiple games in 2020 and scale its audience to over a million monthly active users.

“Social gaming is the largest and fastest-growing form of mobile media, grossing more than three times all other app categories combined. Our mission is to bring this world of interactive content to Africa and likewise to connect Africa to the world,” said Cordel Robbin-Coker, Carry1st CEO and former Carlyle dealmaker. “Our belief is that building a local publisher, with differentiated tech and operating capabilities across marketing, distribution, and monetization is the way to be this bridge. We are pleased to partner with CRE and our investor group to accelerate this vision.”

Founded by Cordel Robbin-CokerLucy Hoffman, and Tinotenda Mundangepfupfu, the company addresses key challenges in Africa for consumers and content producers alike. Carry1st serves the world’s fastest-growing market, set to add over 350 million smartphone users and increase data consumption by 17x by 2025. By providing tailored content, localized engagement, and payments solutions, Carry1st aspires to accelerate the growth of the African mobile content market, which is already projected to increase by 400% over 5 years.

CRE Partner, Pardon Makumbe said: “We are excited to partner with the world-class team at Carry1st to take the pain out of distributing and monetizing games across Africa. The continent is young, vibrant, and mobile-first — by focusing on the building blocks, we believe Carry1st is well-positioned to define the category, and catalyse the development of the industry for Africa’s over 1.3 billion consumers.”

Lucy HoffmanCarry1st VP of Operations added: “It’s really exciting to be part of developing a new industry in an emerging region. In doing so, we will stimulate thousands of jobs and drive digital inclusion. When people come online for the first time, they want to connect with people and have fun. In these unusual times we are reminded of the power of games to delight, to educate, and ultimately to unite.”

 

SOURCE: Carry1st

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