The 5th Annual Betting & iGaming Africa Summit (BiG Africa Supershow) brought together the African Gambling Industry for its fifth annual showcase.
Members of both the online and offline gaming sectors engaged in two days of thought-provoking discussion November 7-8th at the Palace of Dreams Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.
BiG Africa covered among its topics the wealth of new opportunities for growth in the gaming sector, new changes in legislation, and cutting edge gaming technologies, with a full range of Africa’s leading operators, service providers, legislators and regulators among the presenters.
The festivities kicked off with back-to-back regulatory presentations from Director of Gambling Law and Policy at the Department of Trade & Industry dti Mr. Nkoatse Mashamaite and dti. Shadow Minister Mr. Dean Macpherson, who discussed new amendments within the context of the National Gambling Act of South Africa.
The day continued with presentations from leading local operating companies such as Sun International; Evolution Gaming; South African Bookmakers Association; TurfSport; BetGenius; Oulala Games; Bravado Gaming; Sportsbookcloud; and Clickabet.
The key topic was the prospects for adaptation of Daily Fantasy Sports and E-sports, two increasingly popular activities in Europe and America that have blossomed into a multi-billion-dollar sport.
The BiG Africa panel discussion on ethical growth of the industry one of the liveliest and most engaging events of the conference as legislators and operators hotly debating the most sustainable control measures.
Preventative Techniques Stifling Match-Fixing
Another fascinating discussion was provided by Director of Sport Integrity at FDJ (Française des Jeux) Theirry Pujol’s presentation of his organisation’s techniques for identifying fixed matches before the fact to catch match-fixers red-handed. Pujol further identified the most prevalent regions for match-fixing is and demonstrated how sports betting operators can defend themselves against such threats.
Africa Investment Strategies
The discussion Factors to Consider When Starting Your Operations in Africa offered foreign investors localised strategies for launching in the African market. Turnkey solutions for land-based operations were provided from Betting World COO Dean Finder, COO of Betting World, while Gail Petrie addressed contextual challenges by region in Africa, and Felix Mukaxe discussed the licensing process in Mozambique.
Illegal Gambling Official
Linpopo Head of Compliance and Enforcement Mr. Philemon Masogo addressed the problem of illegal gambling operations and money laundering.
The key takeaway from the event was the demonstration of Africa as a true land of opportunity for iGaming, beckoning to all European operators as an ideal untapped resource.