Technamin appoints Hmayak Manukyan as Regional Director

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iGaming and sports betting solutions provider Technamin has appointed Hmayak Manukyan as Regional Director Africa.

The experienced salesman will head up the company’s expansion in markets across Africa, where it is looking to fuse in-depth industry knowledge with the latest available technologies.

Welcoming him to his new role, Technamin Founder and CEO Suren Khachatryan said: “Hmayak brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Technamin which will serve us well in the months to come.

“The growing markets throughout Africa are a golden opportunity for us and I am confident we have just what it takes to provide operators with an innovative and cost-effective alternative to what is currently on offer.”

Hmayak Manukyan added: “I’m very eager to explore this opportunity at Technamin as the company is currently one of the most exciting ones in the industry.

“I cannot wait to see what comes of our collaboration as the African region is full of untapped potential which is crying out for better products and services.”

Manukyan will join fellow Technamin team members at this year’s ICE London, where visitors can find them at stand S2-120.


Bitville Gaming South Africa Expands Its Product Bouquet through TVBET

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B2B provider of live games TVBET acquired a certificate of suitability in the province of the Western Cape, South Africa.  It has also undergone integration into the Bitville Iframe Solution and has passed BMM testing for all nine provinces in South Africa.  TVBET is a live Games provider and is, therefore, able to render its live lottery and numbers games in all of South Africa’s jurisdictions.

TVBET is ecstatic to bring fresh content to SA and in doing so extending its footprint into South Africa. Bitville Gaming is a well-established B2B Igaming Platform, Aggregated Products, Bespoke Lottery and custom software solutions company.

Emily Asava, TVBET Business Development Manager in Africa, states: “TVBET continues its cooperation with Bitville Gaming, and we are happy to reach new achievements within our partnership. Getting the license by WCGRB confirms our straight decision to expand in Africa and deliver our products to new markets in the region. And we’re happy to do that together with Bitville Gaming.”

Bitville Gaming CEO Andrew Von Hoesslin says: “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to work for Bitville Gaming South Africa, a company that is dedicated to keeping content relevant and fresh. The Company prides itself on being a Level II BBBEE manufacturer in SA; in addition, we are striving to keep the online and retail products fresh and new, so we don’t find ourselves in a space where the one market cannibalises the other and TVBET is one of those products that effectively helps secure this.  If we don’t ensure that we preserve our land-based betting shops and keep them financially profitable by bringing exciting retail content, it will have a negative impact on the economy in South Africa. TVBET has wonderful retail and online content, so you could say it’s the best of both worlds.”


IESF Concludes Regional Qualifiers for World Esports Championships

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African Qualifiers Wrap Up with Five Countries Securing a Spot in Bali

After two thrilling days of competition, the International Esports Federation (IESF) concluded the African regional qualifiers for the World Esports Championships this weekend. Morocco, Nigeria, Algeria, Ivory Coast, and Namibia topped the podiums and will advance directly to the 14th WE Championships in Bali, Indonesia, in December.

The African qualifiers marked the end of the regional qualifiers after several months of action-packed esports competition, including the Panam, Asian and European qualifiers across six game titles: CS:GO, Dota 2, PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legend: Bang Bang, Tekken 7 and eFootball. The winning nations of the regional qualifiers will automatically advance to the finals and the remaining countries will participate in a play-in phase for the last chance to qualify in the finals in Bali.

The countries advancing in the Finals include:

CS:GO – Indonesia, Vietnam, Algeria, North Macedonia, Argentina

CS:GO Female – Poland, Indonesia, Namibia, Argentina

Dota 2 – Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Algeria, North Macedonia, Peru

PubG Mobile – Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Turkiye, Brazil

MLBB – Malaysia, Indonesia, Namibia, Slovenia, Argentina

Tekken 7- Indonesia, Italy, Dominican Republic

eFootball – Indonesia, Serbia, Mexico

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “After an exciting round of regional qualifiers, we can’t wait to welcome the World Esports Family to Bali. Thank you to all our amazing hosts who made this qualifying round a success. Congratulations to the African nations who have just secured their spots and every other nation who fiercely competed to make it to the World Esports Championships Finals. We can’t wait to see everyone in action in just one month. The stage is set for an incredible competition in Bali!”

African Esports Vice President Emmanual Oyelakin said: “The Africa Regional Qualifiers was the first ever and it gave African gamers an opportunity to compete for Bali. This event has now produced the best gamers Africa has to offer and we look forward to taking on the rest of the world and making Africa shine.”

The 2022 WE Championships Finals are scheduled to take place from December 1 to 12. The Finals will feature a record $500,000 prize pool, and it remains the sole international esports competition where players compete representing their countries. This year is expected to be the largest and most geographically diverse installment of the event to date.


TuksEsports nominates Letladi Lekolwane for MSSA Board position

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University of Pretotia (TUKS) has seen its students often dominate selection into Protea Esports Teams, of which Letladi is justifiably proud.

Letladi is the driving force behind Tuksesports, and is determined to ensure that Tuks students are further enabled to achieve greatness in esports.

With an impressive grounding in sport administration, Letladi promises to bring much needed skills and drive to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA).

Letladi is standing for the important Executive Officer position. MSSA has five such positions on its Board. Such positions take responsibility and oversight for:

  • Development,
  • Umpiring,
  • Events,
  • Liaison, and
  • National Team.

Even though, according to MSSA’s Constitution, MSSA President has to allocate the responsibilities, it is only done after consultation  with the various office-holders.

One thing is for sure, whichever responsibility Letladi assumes, she will be a great asset.


Liberia: Rep. Kolubah Wants Betting Legislated

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Montserrado County District#10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah, said he will shortly introduce a bill in the Legislature to legalise sports betting in the country.

Representative Kolubah made the disclosure on October 12 when he was seen cutting tickets at one of Winners Incorporated sales centres in his district on Old Road.

The opposition lawmaker, who is on annual break, was spotted placing his drill, ahead of the crucial UEFA Champions’ League group stage round three matches.

According to him, the bill will seek to regulate gambling in Liberia by legalising every aspect of the market, noting that would be nice for the country that is already struggling in poverty under the George Weah administration.

Thousands of unemployed youths across the country have gravitated to sports gambling, which has attracted several international sports betting companies to set up shops in Liberia.

They gather at these betting parlours to gamble on televised soccer matches. Some say it is a good source of income and occupation, but others are not so sure.

In Liberia, sports betting has become a real job opportunity for young people, who converge daily at various betting parlours in Monrovia, including Winner’s Incorporated, DOXXBET, and BETTOMAX Liberia, among others to watch soccer matches on flat-screen televisions via satellite, placing their bets and waiting for the results.

Few youths at a gaming centre in Monrovia said that sports betting for them have become the only option since, in fact, they are jobless and without any source of income.

Winner’s Incorporated marketing manager, Randall Kaybee, said sports betting is “transforming lives of Liberians” for just a few Liberian dollars per bet.

“As you just enter my office, you can see from this evidence. This is a ticket. Somebody bet 50 LRD and won 233,275 Liberian dollars,” Kaybee said.


South Africa Gambling Industry Report 2022: Current State of the Industry – Casinos and Online Gambling, Limited Payout Machines, Horse Racing and Sports Betting & the Lottery

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The “The South African Gambling Industry 2022” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets .com’s offering.

This report focuses on the gambling industry and includes information on the state of the industry including casinos and online gambling, limited payout machines, horse racing and sports betting and the lottery. It includes information on influencing factors such as regulation, major players and developments.

There are profiles of 23 companies such as major players in casinos Tsogo Sun Holdings, Sun International and Peermont Global, horse racing operators 4Racing and Gold Circle, lottery operator Ithuba and sports and online betting companies such as Netbet (Sportingbet) and various gambling boards and regulators.

The Gambling Industry in South Africa

The gambling industry is recovering from the loss of business during the pandemic when casinos and bars were shut. However, industry sources say casino and bingo revenues are still below pre-pandemic levels, with the rebound being driven by betting and limited payout machines. The effects of the lockdown resulted in a shift in market share, largely to online betting.

This trend is expected to continue, as the steady decline in the revenue market share of casinos has been going on for years. New products and the borderless online environment bring direct competition to traditional gambling establishments and deprive the country of licensing and tax revenue.


Some of the most popular forms of gambling in South Africa include casino betting, sports betting, and bingo. The industry is growing despite the poor economy, driven by online and sports betting. Illegal online gambling is difficult to monitor and regulate.

The popularity of horse racing has been declining in recent years in favour of sports betting. South Africa’s sports betting sector centres around rugby, soccer, cricket, and horse racing. Bets can also be placed on the top US sports leagues.

Key Topics Covered:


2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position
2.3. Size of the Industry
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points

3.1. State of the Industry
3.2. Key Trends
3.3. Notable Players
3.4. Corporate Actions
3.5. Regulations
3.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development



6.1. COVID-19
6.2. Economic Environment
6.3. Illicit Gambling, Fraud, and other Criminal Activities
6.4. Rising Operational Costs
6.5. Labour
6.6. Negative Social Consequences of Gambling
6.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation

7.1. Competition
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry
7.3. Barriers to Entry




11.1. Publications
11.2. Websites

Companies Mentioned

  • 190 Flamingo LLC
  • 3535 LV Corp
  • 3535 LV Parent LLC
  • 4Racing (Pty) Ltd
  • AC Conference Holdco
  • AJP Holdings
  • Anytime Power (Pty) Ltd
  • Aster Insurance Ltd
  • Ballys
  • Baluma
  • Benco Inc
  • Betcoza
  • Betsumor Gaming (Pty) Ltd
  • Betting Information Technology (Pty) Ltd
  • Betting World
  • BI Gaming Corporation
  • Biloxi Hammond LLC
  • Biloxi village Walk Development LLC
  • BL Development Corp
  • Boardwalk Regency Corporation
  • BPP Providence Acquisition Company LLC
  • Burlington Street Services Ltd
  • CA Hospitality Holding Company Ltd
  • Caesars
  • California Clearing Corporation
  • Cassava Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • CG Services LLC
  • CH Management Company Ltd
  • Chester Downs and Marina LLC
  • Chester Facility Holding Company LLC
  • Christian County Land Acquisition Company LLC
  • Cinderlane Inc
  • Consolidated Supplies Services and Systems
  • Corner Investment Company Newco LLC
  • Cromwell Manager LLC
  • CZL
  • Dagger Holdings Ltd
  • DCH Exchange LLC
  • DCH Lender LLC
  • Des Plaines Development Ltd Partnership
  • Desert Palace Inc
  • Durante Holdings LLC
  • East Beach Development Corporation
  • Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board
  • Edward Cavendish and Sons (Pty) Ltd
  • Egoli Gaming (Pty) Ltd
  • Emerald Safari Resort (Pty) Ltd
  • Euphorbia (Pty) Ltd
  • Ezeefun (Pty) Ltd
  • FHR Corporation
  • FHR Parent LLC
  • Flamingo
  • Foothills Trading and Investment (Pty) Ltd
  • Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority
  • Galaxy Bingo
  • Gauteng Gambling Board
  • GB Investor LLC
  • GCA Acquisition Subsidiary Inc
  • GNOC Corp
  • Gold Circle (Pty) Ltd
  • Golden Nugget Club Ltd
  • Grand Coffee House (Pty) Ltd
  • Grand Foods Bakery (Pty) Ltd
  • Grand Ice-Cream (Pty) Ltd
  • Grand Media Buying Inc
  • GRIPP Advisory (Pty) Ltd
  • HAC CERP Manager LLC
  • Harrah South Shore Corporation
  • Harrahs
  • Harveys
  • HBR Realty Company Inc
  • HCI
  • HCR Services Company Inc
  • HEI Holding
  • HET International
  • HHLV Management Company LLC
  • HIE Holdings
  • HLV CERP Manager LLC
  • Hole in the Wall LLC
  • Hollywood Sportsbook Holdings
  • HTM Holding Inc
  • Interbet (Pty) Ltd
  • Ithuba Holdings (RF) (Pty) Ltd
  • JCC Holding Company II Newco LLC
  • Jeddler Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • JGB Vegas Retail Lessee LLC
  • Johnnies Strategic Investment Holdings Ltd
  • Kaapse Wynprodusente Vereniging (Pty) Ltd
  • Koval Holdings
  • KwaZulu-Natal Gaming and Betting Board
  • La Concorde
  • LAD Hotel Partners LLC
  • Lakama Resorts and Casino (Pty) Ltd
  • Las Vegas Golf Management LLC
  • Las Vegas Resort Development Inc
  • Laughlin CERP Manager LLC
  • Laundry Parent LLC
  • Lexshell 94 General Trading (Pty) Ltd
  • Lifeboat Inc
  • Limitless Angel Fund (Pty) Ltd
  • Limpopo Gambling Board
  • Listed Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • London Clubs
  • LVH Corporation
  • LVH Parent LLC
  • Martial Development Corporation
  • Monte Cinemas (Pty) Ltd
  • National Casino Resort Manco Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • National Gambling Board
  • Netbet (Pty) Ltd
  • Nevada Marketing LLC
  • Niveus Invest11 (Pty) Ltd
  • North West Gambling Board
  • Northern Cape
  • O L I M P (Pty) Ltd
  • Ocean Showboat Inc
  • Octavius Linq Holding
  • OCZ Holdings Pte Ltd
  • Parball LLC
  • Parball Parent LLC
  • Paris CERP Manager LLC
  • Paris Las Vegas Operating Company LLC
  • Park Place Finance ULC
  • Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd
  • PH Employees Parent LLC
  • PHW
  • Playboy Club (London) Ltd
  • Players Bluegrass Downs Inc
  • Players Development Inc
  • Players Holding LLC
  • Players International LLC
  • Players LC LLC
  • Players Maryland Heights Nevada LLC
  • Players Resources Inc
  • Players Riverboat
  • Players Services Inc
  • Pocatello Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • Quad Manager LLC (The)
  • R A Corporate Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Reno Crossroads LLC
  • Reno Projects Inc
  • Rio CERP Manager LLC
  • Rio Development Company Inc
  • Robinson Property Group Corp
  • Roman Entertainment Corporation
  • Romulus Risk and Insurance Company Inc
  • Showboat
  • Slots and Keno Ltd
  • Sofiline (Pty) Ltd
  • Sportsman Club Ltd (The)
  • Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC
  • Sun International
  • Sunwest Tote (Pty) Ltd
  • Supabets (Pty)
  • Supaworld Gauteng (Pty) Ltd
  • SW Security and Fire Solutions

888 Holdings Launches 888bet in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia

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888 Holdings has launched 888bet in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia with local licences through the joint venture 888AFRICA.

Founded in March 2022, 888AFRICA licences 888’s world-class betting and gaming brands with an ambitious strategy to expand across Africa’s regulated online betting and gaming markets. It is managed by a team of highly respected industry leaders, led by Christopher Coyne, former CEO of GOAT Interactive and former CMO of The Stars Group.

“We are delighted to hit our target and launch into four regulated markets within 6 months of founding the business. This is an important milestone that provides us with fantastic opportunities for further expansion in the future. We have enormous ambitions and believe the strength, history and trust of the 888 brand gives us a real competitive advantage as we look to build market-leading positions across Africa. We look forward to introducing 888bet and its unique offer to new players across the region in the months ahead,” Christopher Coyne, CEO of 888AFRICA, said.

“It is great to see Christopher and his team successfully launch 888bet in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia and begin 888AFRICA’s growth story on the continent. As a region with significant potential, we are excited to watch 888AFRICA continue to develop its offer and launch new and exciting products for players over the coming years and months, while introducing consumers to the fantastic 888 brand,” Itai Pazner, CEO of 888 Holdings, said.


Selecting esports titles to be played in MSSA Provincial and National Championships

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Selecting esports titles is always an emotive issue.

All esports athletes have strong likes and dislikes, gamers always want their favourite esports titles to be given preferential treatment.

In order to make the process more objective and reduce the influence of any one member club and/or individual, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has a policy in place in order to ensure that there is a due process as well as a fair system in place in order to ensure that the correct titles are selected.

However, it should be noted that MSSA currently only selects 10 titles to be played at Provincial and National Championships.

Priority is given to the esports titles that are played at IESF’s World Championships and Global Esports Federation’s Global Esports Games (GEG) in order to assist MSSA deliver a national team.

Even though only 10 titles are so selected, that does not mean that the other titles cannot be held at MSSA events.

However, it should be noted that any approved title may be played at an official MSSA Regional Championships. In fact, it is at such Regional Championships that the popularity of various esports titles is tested in order to evaluate whether such titles should, in future, be included in MSSA’s Provincial and National Championships.

The full rules on how titles are selected are as follows:

  1. The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Not more than ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
  3. The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
  4. The remaining titles may then be selected.
  5. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  6. The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
  7. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
  8. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and there are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  9. For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.

All proposals for titles must be submitted to MSSA by 1 November 2022 for inclusion in the Agenda for the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).


BetGames marks latest African expansion with Sahara Games deal

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Innovative live dealer and betting games studio BetGames has signed its latest deal in Africa, by agreeing to supply the rapidly expanding Sahara Games Technology Corporation.

As part of the latest deal, BetGames has enhanced Sahara Games’ land-based offering by integrating its renowned product portfolio, including popular lottery titles Lucky 7 and Lucky 5 and the exciting Wheel of Fortune game.

Since its inception, Sahara Games has enhanced its position in the quickly growing African market. The operator runs successful operations in several key regions, and its provision of an optimal product mix for players is key to its accomplishments.

The latest deal sees BetGames further enhance its presence in important markets with the collaboration already live, delivering BetGames’ content to over 300 retail locations in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Mozambique.

Commenting on the deal, BetGames’ VP Sales, Africa, James Everett said: “We’re delighted to have reinforced our position in Africa, with this latest deal seeing us grow in four markets.

“Since its launch, Sahara Games has established itself as a fantastic operator, offering a host of sports-betting and casino products – with our content now adding to its thrilling collection.”

Mathew Halloran, COO at Sahara Games, added: We’re excited to have reached an agreement with such a prominent name like BetGames, the company’s presence in Africa speaks for itself.

“Striving to maintain the Sahara Games brand as a market leader, we always look to integrate the best in class, and we’ve done just that by taking on BetGames exciting collection of lottery games.”

After a hugely successful 2021, the latest agreement sees BetGames expand its global presence. Having recently rebranded, the company has recorded a surge in engagement as a result of its enhanced Lotto Reloaded studio.

BetGames’ latest flagship product is authorised across several key markets including those governed by the UKGC and MGA, whilst also satisfying the regulatory requirements in a variety of South African jurisdictions.


MSSA invited to send U20 esports team to Malawi

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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is held in high esteem and often receives invites to participate in events right around the world.

As such the Global Esports Federation (GEF) has informed MSSA of the inaugural Southern Africa Region Esports Championships 2022 (SAREC 2022) billed for Lilongwe, Malawi in December.

SAREC 2022 is a joint project of the GEF’s Africa Esports Development Federation (AEDF) and the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 and it will be a demonstration showpiece alongside of the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games which will be held in the same city on December 3rd and 4th , 2022.

This and many more initiatives are billed to unfold across Africa as the AEDF swings into action in a holistic development strategy for our continent through the values of the GEF – equality, diversity, fair play, inclusion and innovation.

The Game Titles to be played are eFootball and Street Fighter V.

The event will also see a SAREC Forum take place in which a convergence of esports, sports, tech and business stakeholder shall discuss the growth potentials of Esports in the region.

There is no doubt that this is a historic event that will further promote esports throughout Africa.

VIVA Lilongwe 2022!