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Nektan expands global footprint into Africa

George Miller

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Nektan plc, the fast-growing international gaming technology platform and services provider, is pleased to announce its entry into Africa using E-Lite, the Company’s B2B content distribution platform. Africa is an emerging, rapidly growing market and is one of a number of regions that Nektan is targeting as part of its global expansion strategy.

Following a quick and seamless integration of Nektan’s B2B platform E-Lite, two of Africa’s leading gaming companies, Betika and BetLion, have complemented their sports offering with the integration of hundreds of HTML5 developed slots and table games, now available via Nektan’s E-Lite platform across all desktop and mobile devices. Both operators have significant presence in Africa and are amongst the seven Kenyan operators who had their licenses renewed by the Kenyan Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB).

The launch into Africa marks another important landmark for Nektan’s fast-expanding and higher margin B2B division, which is attracting operators from across the globe with its leading proprietary technology platform and cutting-edge casino content. Nektan’s B2B division maintains an extensive pipeline of partners across multiple jurisdictions and emerging markets such as Africa.

Gary Shaw, Founder and Executive Director at Nektan, said: “Africa is an emerging market that is rich with possibilities and presents us with opportunities to build our international expansion. As we continue to grow Nektan’s B2B software division, deals such as this highlight how our proprietary technology is fit for purpose in emerging markets all over the world.”

Jaydeep Chakravartty, VP Commercials, at Nektan, said: “We’re thrilled to launch our E-Lite platform in Africa. As a nimble technology provider, we are able to efficiently integrate our content into large scale operator networks across the globe. Betika and BetLion will now be able to offer their customers a wide range of increasingly popular casino games.”

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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SportPesa Gears Up for Legal Battle with Kenyan Government

Niji Narayan

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Sports betting platform SportPesa has geared up for a protracted legal battle with the Kenyan government. The operator told that the government was deliberately politicising a dispute over tax to interfere with its Kenyan operations. This has left SportPesa unable to process mobile payments, prompting it to cancel all sports sponsorship agreements in the country.

On 1 July, Kenya’s gambling regulator (BCLB), declined to renew the licence applications of SportPesa and 26 other companies. The BCLB claimed it was owed a total of KES60.56bn in unpaid taxes, claiming that Kenya’s Gaming Bill states that the country’s 20% tax on winnings applies to both profit and to the bettor’s original stake.

“SportPesa is fully tax compliant in all of the markets in which we operate. We have been recognised by the KRA as such, receiving tax compliance awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018,” a SportPesa spokesman said.

The SportPesa spokesman said that the company secured a High Court order that overruled the regulator and prevented the authorities from suspending payment services and interfering with the company. However, on 10 July, the state ordered the telecoms company Safaricom to block banking services to the 27 companies. On 22 July, SportPesa opted to take legal action against the regulator to overturn the blocking order. The High Court is currently considering whether the authorities acted illegally in blocking access to customers’ accounts.

On 9 August, Sportpesa announced it was suspending all of its sports sponsorships in the country. On 11 August, SportPesa was also named in a Sunday Times investigation into the advertising of betting to children in Kenya. However, a SportPesa spokesman denied the operator was deliberately targeting minors.

“SportPesa takes its commitment to ensuring responsible gaming in Kenya extremely seriously. We do not advertise to children and are compliant with all advertising regulation in every market we operate in,” the spokesman said.

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Sportingtech expands in African market with BetOn in Uganda

Zoltan Tundik

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Sportingtech, igaming platform provider increases its African market share closing the deal with MENA Sports Consulting (U) Limited, trading as BetOn in Uganda. The full scope of the sports betting and gambling products and services are available through all delivery channels – online, mobile and retail.

The full scope of sports betting and gambling products

Pulse Platform is a multi-management platform that combines sports, technology, casino games and betting into a single solution.

After upgrading to Sportingtech’s state-of-the-art igaming offering, BetOn now has all the benefits of the platform, utilizing online, mobile and retail channel to run its country-wide betting operations.

It uses all the latest features and updates from risk analysis tools, content and sportsbook management, powerful CRM and CMS for online business, to the Cashier Application.

Cashier Application was specially developed for retail business. It is a completely web-based application – no installation required, simple to use and optimized to work with any hardware configuration.

Increasing African market share is paramount

We are extremely happy to widen our impact in the African igaming market. Entering the Ugandan market with BetOn is a vital milestone.

 We aim to support promising projects like BetOn in achieving their goals in setting the standard for online, mobile and retail betting excellence in Uganda.

 This is a great opportunity for both Sportingtech and BetOn to use and showcase the full power of our Pulse Platform”, expressed Vito Sesar, Business Development Manager at Sportingtech.

Vito Sesar, Business Development Manager at Sportingtech

Meet Sportingtech to discuss business opportunities

In case you want to meet Sportingtech’s team and find out more about its sports betting offering or other products, you can do so by sending an email to marketing@sportingtech.com or sales@sportingtech.com, and arranging a meeting, whether it’s a Skype call or a meeting in person at one of the upcoming igaming events.

To learn more about Sportingtech, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2TrVlrU.

 

About Sportingtech

Sportingtech is igaming platform provider bringing you advanced technology product package for running online and land-based betting and gambling operations for any market. With offices in Malta, Portugal and Curacao, the company strives to develop ground-breaking solutions for the operators, targeting some of the most demanding jurisdictions.

 

Knowing how sports betting and games of chance have progressed in the last decade as well as market demands regarding the software, information technology systems, legislation requirements, we at Sportingtech make it easier for you to overcome all these challenges.

 

About BetOn

BetOn draws upon the best practices in both Europe and Africa operating a full online and offline sports betting and lotteries product portfolio. The company is setting the standard for online, mobile and retail excellence in Uganda covering all the major sporting events across Europe and the world.

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NGB Data Show the Growth of Gambling Industry in South Africa

Niji Narayan

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NGB Data Show the Growth of Gambling Industry in South Africa
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Data from the National Gambling Board (NGB) have shown that gambling is one of South Africa’s biggest grossing industries. Gambling industry generated 30 billion rand in 2018. This is just from the 40 brick-and-mortar casinos licensed to operate in the country.

Online gambling is currently banned in South Africa but that has not prevented offshore operators from targeting the South African market nor has it deterred South Africans from signing-up at these illegal online casinos. NGB is highly concerned that the rise of illegal gambling is eroding the revenue of legal gambling operations.

The brick and mortar casino industry in the country is growing rapidly as it offers punters a variety of options like sports betting, horse racing, bingo and classic table games. The land base casino industry is expected to generate around 25 billion rand by 2021.

The South African government has been hesitant to legalise online gambling and give punters even more options. The Casino Association of South Africa claims that it is neither for nor against legal online gambling but it highlighted the fact that with the advancement of technology, online gambling is growing more popular by the day.

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