Headlines from the 2013 Big Africa SummitPublished November 22, 2013 by OCR Editor
The headlines from the 2013 Big Africa Summit held in the beginning of the month.
After two event-packed days, the 2013 Big Africa Summit concluded a very big success. Organized by Eventus International Ltd., the summit took place between the 4 th and 6th November 2013 in the Indaba & Hotel Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Technology's Impact on the Gaming Industry
The summit took a close look into the subject of technological progress, trying to understand the lightning speed in which gaming technology advances today. With this in mind, it was the summit's aim to use the knowledge to assess the impact of all the rapid changes and make an attempt to forecast what will come in the future. New technologies in the gaming industry which are slowly coming into play nowadays were examined with the aid of experts and market leaders on these subjects.
Gambling in South Africa and its Regulation
Legality issues specific to the South African market were discussed as well, with the keynote opening presentation delivered by Advocate Themba Ngobese, CEO for the Casino Association of South Africa (CASA). Adv. Ngobese gave an in-depth review of South Africa's gambling industry and regulation, stating that CASA has succeeded in creating, in excess, 63,000 direct jobs in the country, employing people with no previous work experience.
Speaking on South Africa's gross gambling revenue, Nikki Forster, leader of the Hospitality and Gaming industry at PricewaterhouseCoopers, showed that South Africa has much to earn from the gambling market as it already had in 2012 - a 13.4% revenue increase to R20.9bn.
What Does the Future Hold?
The statistics shown by Forster ignited a discussion on where exactly does the gaming and gambling industry stand. Andrew Crone, IT Portfolio and quality manager at Sun International, talked about these issues determining that "Gaming companies need to link IT strategy to the business strategy and start driving the innovation curve." Crone stressed that companies should shift their focus to what the customer wants and how they can implement new technologies to answer these specific wants - at the same time lessening legacy thinking common in companies.
2014 Big Africa Summit
Summing-up the summit, Eventus International project director Yudi Soetjiptadi said that the event's importance was in bringing together industry players from all over the world to discuss new challenges and their solutions in the world of online gaming.
Planning for Big Africa Summit 2014 is well underway - stay tuned for more information about the summit as it comes.