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ESA Gaming debuts in Africa in landmark deal with 888AFRICA

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ESA Gaming, the innovative games provider, has entered Africa for the first time after taking its non-traditional content portfolio live with 888AFRICA.

Founded in March 2022, 888AFRICA licenses 888 Holdings’ world-class betting and gaming brands with an ambition to expand across Africa’s regulated online markets. Its consumer brand, 888bet, offers a unique betting experience, providing locally relevant products and features for players in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.

On 888bet’s platform, ESA Gaming will integrate its pioneering EasySwipe™ games portfolio, which is designed to marry up with the wants and needs of local players in Africa through a range of ultra-lightweight, mobile-first titles.

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Its portfolio includes highly popular titles such as Fruitz & Spinz, Basketball Mine and Goal Mine, as well as the World Cup-centred sequel, Goal Mine World Edition. A range of classic casino content is also available and the recently launched Rocket Racers, ESA Gaming’s first EasySwipe™ crash-style game.

The expansion into Africa comes as ESA Gaming has strengthened its position across Europe and Latin America, signing a number of key deals in Italy in particular, as its offering grows markedly in popularity.

Thomas Smallwood, Head of Marketing at ESA Gaming, said: “888AFRICA is a brand with huge ambitions on the continent. We’re delighted to begin working with the team and are looking forward to playing our role in its exciting growth journey, while showcasing the strength of our highly relevant and adaptable offer.

“We firmly believe that our EasySwipe™ portfolio will enhance 888bet’s existing content and surprise and delight customers that are being introduced to the brand for the first time.”

Christopher Coyne, CEO of 888AFRICA, said: “We want to create a truly unique betting and gaming experience at 888AFRICA, and partnering with the very best content suppliers is critical to delivering that.

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“We believe that the EasySwipe™ portfolio is perfectly suited to our platform and will strengthen both our sports and casino offer as we look to build market-leading positions across Africa. We look forward to working with the ESA Gaming team in the months ahead.”

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BMM Testlabs Continues Its Expansion in Africa with New Licenses in Botswana and Nigeria to Test Land-Based and Digital Products

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BMM Testlabs (BMM; or the Company), the world’s original gaming test lab renowned for exceptional product compliance and certification services, today announced that it has been approved to provide compliance testing, inspections, and certification services for the African countries of Botswana and Nigeria.

The Botswana Gambling Authority and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission in Nigeria, the official gaming regulatory bodies in those states, granted BMM licenses for the land-based and digital gaming markets in the two African countries.

BMM, which opened its office in South Africa in October 2004, is now able to provide comprehensive compliance testing and inspection services for most regulated markets across Africa.

BMM`s Senior Vice President, Africa, Zeena Rossouw said, We are honored that the gaming authorities in Botswana and Nigeria have demonstrated their trust in BMM to license us for product testing and certification. As regulation gains momentum across the continent, the African gaming market offers even more promise for BMM. With a focus on safeguarding the African gaming industry and all its stakeholders, BMM looks forward to working with suppliers and operators to accelerate the deployment of new technologies and products.

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KingMakers’ Nigerian operating business, BetKing, selects Genius Sports to power growth with in-play trading services

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New partnership sees KingMakers’ BetKing business benefit from Genius Sports’ leading portfolio of in-play content in Nigeria, including football, tennis and basketball

Genius Sports Limited has today announced a new agreement to supply KingMakers, one of the fastest-growing group of betting operators in Africa, with a range of in-play trading services.

The deal sees BetKing power its live betting product with ultra-fast venue content for the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, English Football League, FIBA basketball and every other major European and South American football league.

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Genius Sports will also provide BetKing with its market-leading trading services which include modelled odds feeds for major football competitions.

With in-play sports betting growing rapidly across Africa, fast and accurate odds are vital to maximising revenues by increasing the availability of betting markets.

Tim Smeets, Trading Director at Kingmakers said “We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Genius Sports. Their trusted trading solutions, including low-latency in-play content on crucial football leagues like the Premier League, will enable us to offer market-leading betting experiences for BetKing users in Nigeria.”

Will Westcott, Head of Business Development at Genius Sports said “Every year, we continue to invest in delivering the highest-quality trading services for the African market. With the value of in-play betting growing across Africa, we’re excited to help BetKing execute its online sports betting vision in Nigeria, by providing it with the fastest, most reliable live content on the market for major sports.”

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‘Supa’ Celebration as Hacksaw Gaming Takes First Steps into South African Market with Supabets

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After nearly a year in making, both Hacksaw Gaming and Supabets are reaping the rewards of their partnership this week! As of the 30th March 2024, Supabets’ players now have access to a  plethora of Hacksaw games at their fingertips, and their platform currently stands as the only place players can access our games in South Africa.

The South African market has been on our radar for a while now, but like all good things, this partnership took time, refinery and hard work from both parties. A relatively new market to our expanding industry, but with the potential to be one of the most lucrative we’ve seen in a while. Needless to say, we are thrilled to now be a part of it!

Household Hacksaw names such as Chaos Crew, Wanted Dead or a Wild and The Bowery Boys are now available for Supabet users, and we’re ‘supa’ excited for South African players to immerse themselves in the true Hacksaw experience for the first time ever. But we’re not stopping there. As a homage to this new partnership, we’re planning on increasing our portfolio to over 30 of our games by August, and there are even whispers of game exclusives for South Africa in the future.

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Supabets, founded for the people, have been at the forefront of promoting innovative and dynamic experiences for their customers since 2008. Head of Product at Supabet, Bavu Mpama, couldn’t contain his excitement on this recent launch – “What a ride it’s been trying to make this all possible, with the help of the Hacksaw team we are now able to launch one of the best providers in the market at Supabets. It’s been incredible to see the growth of the iGaming industry in South Africa. It’s a huge moment for Supabets, our customers and the iGaming industry in South Africa. We cannot wait!”

“It’s a thrilling expansion into a new region for Hacksaw Gaming, one that I’m confident will see mutual growth of both Hacksaw and Supabets.” Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming stated that “as always, our focus remains on delivering the Hacksaw quality we’re known for. Supplying unique and innovative content  that is not only visually stunning, but provides players with inventive mechanics that they know and love us for.”

Looking towards that stunning South African horizon, we’re certain that this is just the beginning of what we can provide to this new region of Hacksaw Gaming enthusiasts.

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