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Quanta Expands Its Footprint In Africa

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Quanta is delighted to announce that it has secured a local license to operate lotteries in Zambia through the acquisition of a majority stake of local company Pleasure Sports Innovations Ltd. This is Quanta’s second lottery license in Africa following its majority acquisition of International Lottery and Gaming Limited, the operator of Naija Lottery in Nigeria. The introduction of Quanta’s innovative blockchain lottery and accompanying digital services provided via Quanta Pay is expected soon after the commencement of business operations in Q3 2020.

Pleasure Sports Innovations Ltd is licensed by Zambia’s Gaming Commission and is a fast growing betting and smart solutions company leveraging the power of blockchain to serve its customers. The company is also positioning to launch the first end-to-end blockchain lottery in the region following its cooperation with Quanta. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Quanta to develop and provide a social impact lottery that will contribute to selected good causes whilst creating value for Zambia and its citizens.” commented Darius Sinkamba, CEO of Pleasure Sports Innovations.

Quanta will use its core market in Nigeria as the basis to develop and launch innovative Africa-centric gaming and fintech products in new markets it secures across the continent. Quanta’s successful acquisition of Naija Lottery in 2018 established Quanta as the first blockchain lottery company to operate a traditional lottery, and is the basis for its ambitious growth plans for the region in 2020 and beyond.

Quanta’s acquisition of Pleasure Sports Innovations was led by Quanta Africa SVP John Kamara and Quanta CEO Harmen Brenninkmeijer from Quanta Africa’s base of operations in Nairobi Kenya. This acquisition sees Quanta expand its presence into the southern African state which has a population of almost 18 million and GDP of more than USD 25 billion. According to Zambian Watchdog, iGaming in South Africa is fast becoming a vast and lucrative market, with countries such as Zambia leading the charge. This has led to social impact from economic growth to job creation to increasingly mobile-friendly generation from the growing middle class Millenials (Gen Y). Unicef quoted that Zambia has an estimated median age of 16.7 years which is one of the lowest in the world with the vast majority of these Millenials potentially embarking on the latest technology. Improved mobile connectivity and lower data costs for Zambian have led to the number of mobile internet users reaching a new record high of 7.1 million users, with a vast proportion wagering regularly online thru a smartphone or tablet device. According to ZICTA statistics, the penetration of internet and mobile phone users was 62.7% and 97.2% respectively, one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa as investment growth in Information and Communication Technology is testament to the future of the new technologies.

Zambia has made significant achievements in the education sector since 2000. According to Unicef, enrolment in primary education reached 3.3 million in 2017, up from 1.6 million in 2000. Girls are now enrolling in primary school in the same numbers as boys. But there are an estimated 800,000 school-aged children that are out of school. Access to early childhood education is low with only 26 per cent of children entering Grade 1 with any such experience. One can imagine the unlimited possibilities for many children who decide to study and embrace the new blockchain technologies which is an area that Quanta is happy to work in cooperation with the education sector and communities.

Quanta enters into South African region along with its business roadmap. Besides, Quanta builds its local representative office, Quanta Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya in this quarter with John Kamara as SVP/Managing Director. John is an experienced marketing, business growth and market acquisition executive with over 20 years in the international gaming industry.

On the expansion into Zambia, Quanta Africa MD John Kamara: “We see the acquisition of Pleasure Sports in Zambia as a key step forward in our ambition to maintain Quanta’s position as the leading operator of blockchain-based gaming, lottery and fintech solutions in Africa. Zambia represents an exciting opportunity to expand our footprint in a smart young country with a stable currency whilst providing much needed revenue to good causes as well as the opportunity for players to win attractive prizes.”

Harmen Brenninkmeijer, CEO of Quanta, commented on the new business expansion. “The new entrance in Zambia will play a pivotal role for Quanta to build a blockchain network in Africa, with lottery at the core of our strategy. We will give an additional use case of our blockchain technology which will further support regional acceptance of the technology, our products and company.”

Following the establishment of business operations, Quanta plans to launch a lottery and a sports betting product, with both ultimately being supported via Quanta Pay, Quanta’s digital services hub that provides payments as well as additional digital services in the future.

“2020 is set to be a very interesting year for Quanta,” continued Brenninkmeijer. “We have worked hard to establish a rapid turnaround and are now starting to see the impact our focus has had on the outlook of Quanta’s new business development. As a blockchain technology company, we now have interests in two major African markets that typically would go to traditional technology companies. It is an enormous endorsement for Quanta, the team, our technology and products that we are able to make this announcement and we are excited to develop a product offering that Zambian customers can positively engage with.”

More is to come in the new roadmap: https://www.quantalottery.com/roadmap/

About Quanta:
Quanta is a pioneer in the development of blockchain solutions for gaming. In 2017, the company launched the first licensed blockchain lottery, fully utilising blockchain together with its NMI-certified random number generator, Randao, which is entirely built and operated on blockchain. Quanta’s utility token, QNTU trades on six renowned cryptocurrency exchanges including HitBTC and Bit-Z.

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UNIVERSITY Esports Masters Announcement

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UNIVERSITY Esports Masters (UE Masters) announces the launch of Season 2024, featuring competitive gaming tournaments for university students across Europe. The season includes tournaments in League of LegendsVALORANTRocket LeagueTeamfight Tactics, and Clash Royale.  

UNIVERSITY Esports Masters is the international competition for university students, where students from all over Europe compete for the title of European University Champion. The 2024 edition will be the 8th season of the competition, and will have a total prize pool of €14,000.  

More than just an esports competition

The main goals of UEMasters are to foster a sense of community among players across Europe, give them the opportunity to compete in high quality international tournaments and provide opportunities to the next generation to take esports further.

In addition to supporting players in a potential career as esports players, the event is an opportunity for many students to take paid organisation and broadcast roles – both on camera and behind the scenes. This presents the next generation of grassroots talent, not just players, with valuable chances to get their first professional experience in the burgeoning esports industry.

How can UK students qualify?

Open Tournaments

The single player games included in UEMasters – Teamfight Tactics and Clash Royale – are now open to students to sign up. To participate, students must be enrolled in universities registered with the associated national competitions (in the UK, this competition is UNIVERSITY Esports), and not be professional players.  

Registration is open until March 6th, and interested players can register via the following links:

Teamfight Tactics: https://uemasters.com/competition/tournament/university-esports-masters-2024-teamfight-tactics

The Teamfight Tactics competition will take place on March 9th and 10th, distributing a prize pool of €550 among its top players. The Clash Royale tournament will be held on March 16th and 17th, with a prize pool of €350 for the top players.

Team-Based Games

Teams will be formed from each country’s national qualifiers, allowing students to represent their country in the competition and vie for the European Champion title.

The teams representing Great Britain in League of LegendsVALORANT, and Rocket League  will be the winners of the Spring seasons of UNIVERSITY Esports, a competition organised in the UK by NUEL, and the British University Esports Championship, organised by NSE.

Teams from universities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are not able to qualify through UK competitions, but instead can qualify for UEM through the Ireland Collegiate Esports Series.

Rocket League

The dates for the Rocket League tournament are as follows: the Swiss Round will take place on May 4th and 5th, followed by the Playoffs and Final on May 11th and 12th. The prize pool for the top teams totals €2,100.

League of Legends and VALORANT

For the League of Legends competition, the Swiss Round is scheduled for April 20th and 21st, followed by the Playoffs on May 18th and 19th.

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888AFRICA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH INCENTIVE GAMES FOR NEW SUITE OF CRASH-GAMES

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Leading online betting and gaming operator, 888AFRICA, announces partnership with acquisition and retention specialist Incentive Games to develop its innovative new suite of ‘Velocity’ crash games – Velocity Classic, Velocity Turbo and Velocity Free. The three games are set to launch in Q2 2024 in five countries.

The suite of bespoke games is tailored with precision by expert developers at Incentive Games to ensure seamless integration and to enhance player engagement – providing an exciting opportunity for new interactive content across 888AFRICA’s platform. Once live, the Incentive Labs team – a collective of R&D, data and AI specialists who are passionate about turning data into unique solutions – will work behind the scenes to analyse user touchpoints and further tailor the games using smart segmentation and AI-rewards.

John Gordon, CEO and co-founder of Incentive Games, said of the partnership: “I’m delighted to join forces with Christopher Coyne and his team again. 888AFRICA is one of the fastest-growing brands in the region, and we’re honoured to help fuel their expansion. Their new crash games are different to everything else in the market and are shifting the gears of innovation!”

Christopher Coyne, co-founder and CEO of 888AFRICA, said: “At 888AFRICA, we’re on a mission to bring high-quality, entertaining and unique betting and gaming experiences to players across Africa. These exciting and dynamic games will help us do exactly that, while differentiating our portfolio of titles. We look forward to working with John and the team to integrate Velocity onto our platform and introduce players to these exciting titles in the months ahead.”

Customers must be aged over 18 and verified by 888AFRICA.

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SOFTSWISS to Present Strategic Advances at Sigma Africa

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SOFTSWISS, a leading technology company in the iGaming industry, announces its participation in Sigma Africa 2024 on 11–13 March in Cape Town, South Africa. This move highlights SOFTSWISS’ continuous expansion and targeted focus on the African market, particularly following its acquisition of a majority stake in Turfsport.

As a convergence point for companies involved or interested in the African iGaming market, Sigma Africa 2024 provides an ideal platform for SOFTSWISS to present its comprehensive product ecosystem. With the integration of Turfsport’s solutions, a recognised leader in the local market, SOFTSWISS  complemented its strong brand in South Africa and is ready to show new opportunities to stakeholders.

Despite its stringent regulatory framework, the African market holds considerable growth opportunities, underpinned by an extensive user base and rapid technological advancements in mobile connectivity and blockchain technology. Moreover, the rising interest in gambling within the region adds to its appeal to industry players.

SOFTSWISS is well-prepared to navigate this market, as evidenced by its recent acquisition of GLI-19 certification for the Casino Platform and the GLI-33 certification for the Sportsbook. These certifications not only underscore the company’s operational capabilities but also streamline the entry process for operators using the SOFTSWISS Turnkey Solution.

Victor Sekushenko, Head of Sales Sportsbook at SOFTSWISS, commented on the participation: “The Sigma Africa event is an excellent opportunity for SOFTSWISS to demonstrate its capabilities in the African market and the innovative potential through the collaboration with Turfsport. Our involvement in Sigma Africa is key to our strategy to grow our presence in South Africa and across the continent.”

Sigma Africa attendees are encouraged to visit Stand 25S to discover the products and services SOFTSWISS offers, including the Game Aggregator, the Sportsbook, and the Casino Platform. With over 15 years of industry experience and an expanded portfolio, SOFTSWISS aims to become an essential technical partner for entities, ranging from startups to established gaming operators,  looking to realise their iGaming business ambitions in the African market and beyond.

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

 

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