Online Sports betting from all key markets in Africa

Sports have always been a big thing in Africa. Our continent is consistently plagued with issues surrounding poverty, drought, famine, sickness, and criminal activity. One can argue that living in Africa can be quite difficult. That’s why locals are constantly looking for ways to enrich lives and make them happier. Sports are a perfect example of an escape for people of our continent. Not only does it provide an avenue for people to be distracted from their problems, but it’s also an opportunity to pursue personal growth, fulfillment, and enjoyment which in turn has facilitated the huge growth of sports betting.

This article is fully sourced from GEOPOLL with key highlights that we believe will further broaden your perspective as far as online sports betting in Africa is concerned.

Betting, especially on mobile is a widespread pastime (and sometimes a highly perceived income generator) among the youth in Africa. Over the years, GeoPoll has conducted surveys, both in-house and on behalf of clients, that point to the importance of the gambling topic across the continent. The first of such surveys was a rapid survey they conducted in May 2017 to assess gambling among the youth in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

In December 2021, they ran the same survey in the same countries, and below were the results;

Most Africans have placed bets, but Kenya still leads in betting

Overall, 72% of the respondents answered in the affirmative when we asked if they have participated in betting or gambling. As with the GeoPoll 2019 study, Kenya led with 83.90% of Kenyans saying they have ever tried their hand at gambling or betting, followed by Nigeria (78%) and South Africa (74%). This percentage grew despite the Kenyan government taking far-reaching measures to curb betting in the country.

Gambling frequency

For the respondents who affirmed that they had ever placed bets, we followed up with a question on how often they were gambling. While on average 44.4% in the other countries said they bet only about once a month, the largest portion of Kenyan respondents said they bet at least once a week. Consequently, Kenya had the highest percentage of people betting once to several times a day (34%), followed by their East Africa neighbors, Tanzania (31%) and Nigeria (30%).

88% of those who bet do so on mobile phones

Football betting is the most popular

We also sought to know what people bet on most. Across all countries except South Africa, football (soccer) stood out, with 53% saying they mostly bet on football. In South Africa, lotteries (lotto) slightly edged football (29.3%).

While the majority of bettors across all age groups preferred football overall, lotteries gain more popularity with increasing age.

Average monthly spend

When we asked about average monthly spending on placing bets, a big majority (80%) said they spend below $5 USD. On average, Nigerians had the highest average spend, followed by Kenya and South Africa. Please note that we used rounded local currency amounts in the survey and used approximate USD bands only for context.

About this survey

This GeoPoll rapid survey was conducted in December 2021 among 3,463  youth in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania using the GeoPoll mobile app. The sample was not demographically representative and naturally leaned towards younger people in urban areas. The sample consisted of 70% males. Age groups were distributed as follows: 16-24 (35%), 25-34 (52%), 24-44 (11%), and Over 44 (2%).

Source: GeoPoll –


We kicked off with a banger at ICE London in February which was one of the biggest Clarion events show we have attended so far, the previous one wasn’t so productive following its absence during covid-19 times and then postponements that forced some tier-one companies to cancel their attendance, nevertheless, we attended, this was followed by SBC summit North America and then Last week headliner by the Casino Beats summit which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julian’s, Malta.

So, what next after Casino beats? If you are looking to expand your knowledge, check out new products & services, get new clients, explore new trending technology innovations, and make new connections there are a couple of similar events to look out for as mentioned below;

  • Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia) is renowned as a key gaming and entertainment business hub across the continent. It is a must-attend marketplace for the Asian gaming-entertainment industry, offering a one-stop platform for industry professionals to network, forge fresh connections, source new products and solutions, and gain a deeper insight into the latest global industry trends. Every year, over 95% of Asian casino operators attend G2E Asia to look for cutting-edge products and solutions and gather upcoming industry trends. G2E Asia is the ideal hub where professionals network and conduct business. It will take place from the 30thof May to the 1st of June, 2023 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

  • SBEA, the 8th Annual Sports Betting East Africa+ Summit will be taking place from 13 – 14 July 2023 at Kabira Country Club, Kampala, Uganda. Sports Betting East Africa+ has been vital summits and exhibitions for African operators, regulators, manufacturers, payment and software providers, and other stakeholders to meet, share experiences, see the very latest gaming innovations and contribute to the overall development of the gaming industry across the region for the past 7 years.

  • Canadian Gaming Summit is the premier annual conference and trade show for gaming and betting professionals that offers the leading platform to network, share ideas and conduct business with key industry stakeholders from Canada and beyond. It will take place from the 13th– 15th of June 2023 at Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Canada.

  • The All-American Sports Betting Summit presents a unique opportunity for businesses to expand their network, learn about emerging market opportunities, and engage with C-level professionals in the industry. Over three days, the summit will bring together key speakers, including leading authorities, operators, investors, and advisers from the gaming ecosystem, to share insights on the latest regulatory updates, the current state of the U.S. gaming market, and emerging trends within the industry. It will take place from the 27th– 29th of June, 2023 in San Diego US.

  • iGB L!VE 2023, is the only show that connects and celebrates the entire gaming community. Connect with 6,000+ of the industry’s best Affiliates, Suppliers, and Operators and take your iGaming business to the next level.  From 11th July 2023 – 14th July 2023 in RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • SiGMA Asia.With an eye toward new horizons, the SiGMA Group heads to Manila – connecting the sharpest minds in the sector, and bringing our vast network in the West closer to Asian suppliers, operators, and affiliates. From 19th July 2023 – 22 July 2023 Manila, The Philippines.


  • SBC Summit Barcelona is a leading global betting and iGaming show with a comprehensive high-level conference, a program of major product launches, and a 300-booth expo. From 19th September – 21st September 2023.


  • Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Exhibition (BEGE Expo).BEGE is a meeting place, marketplace, debating forum, networking, and social hub for the gaming industry involving the demand and supply side, regulators, third parties, opinion formers, and industry leaders. Annually BEGE gathers more than 5000 visitors from 60+ countries. From 22nd November 2023 – 23rd November 2023 Inter Expo Center, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS).EEGS is the annual gaming conference, which keeps you on track with the latest regulatory and technological developments from the gaming and entertainment industry in the European region.

Tanzania igaming licensing requirements and costs

Who is the regulator of the gaming business in Tanzania?

The gaming industry in Tanzania is regulated by the Gaming Board of Tanzania (the “Gaming Board”) established by section 4 of the Gaming Act CAP 41 Revised Edition 2019. The Gaming Board is responsible for overseeing, monitoring, and regulating gaming activities in Tanzania. It has the duty and powers to carry out operations and management of the gaming activities which includes issuing different types of gaming licenses and certificates in accordance with section 26 of the Gaming Act and Regulation 12 of the Gaming Regulations GN. No 385 of 2003.

Types of gaming in Tanzania that are regulated and licensed by the Gaming Board?

Sports betting (Retail and Online) is the major type of gaming in Tanzania followed by online and land-based casinos, virtual games, retail & SMS lottery, and street slot machine operations.

Types of legal online gaming accepted in Tanzania?

  • Sports betting
  • Online casino games
  • Virtual games
  • Scratch cards

Types of gaming licenses provided in Tanzania?

  • Casino license for conducting table games and slot machines;
  • Slot machines license for promotion of slot machines business in a shop;
  • Manufacturer’s certificate for manufacturing of gaming equipment including its spare part;
  • Seller’s or distributor’s license for supplying, selling, or servicing gaming equipment;
  • Accreditation license for a person engaged in non-gaming activity within gaming premises;
  • Support license, required for a person employed in the gaming activities or a gaming employee;
  • Online casino license for conducting casino games through remote devices with an internet connection;
  • SMS lottery license for conducting SMS Lotteries
  • Principal license for sports betting and slot machines operations;
  • Online sports betting license;
  • Retail sports betting license;
  • National lottery license to conduct national lottery;
  • Lottery licence issued pursuant to section 41(3) to conduct business lotteries;
  • Service provider license to provide services on gaming operations;
  • Gaming consultancy license;
  • Virtual games license

  Application and gaming license fees

Type of license Application fee per year License fee per year
Online casinoTZS 1,000,000USD 40,000
Landbased casinoTZS 1,000,000USD 40,000
Online sports bettingTZS 500,000USD 30,000
Retail sports bettingTZS 500,000TZS 1,000,000
Route operations
(Slot machines in shop premises)
TZS 50,000TZS 500,000
Slot machines (clubs and bars)TZS 10,000TZS 30,000
Forty machines siteTZS 100,000TZS 4,000,000
SMS lotteryTZS 500,000USD 30,000
National lotteryTZS 1,000,000USD 50,000
Service providerTZS 500,000TZS 1,000,000
Key employeeTZS 10,000TZS 50,000
Support employeeTZS 10,000
Manufacturer certificateTZS 500,000TZS 1,000,000
Sellers/distributors/suppliersTZS 500,000TZS 1,000,000
Retailers on gaming premisesTZS 100,000 Casino

TZS 20,000 Forty machines

TZS 10,000 Slot shops & bars

AccreditationTZS 10,000

Key Notes

  1. Amount only applicable to casinos in Dar es Salaam (At the moment casino licenses aren’t issued for Dar es Salaam). In other regions of the country, the amount is USD 15,000
  2. Amount only applicable to casinos in Dar es Salaam. In other regions of the country, the amount is TZS 2,000,000
  • A company that already has a license to promote lottery for business purposes (not national lottery) and decides to apply for the national lottery as well the amount is USD 40,000

Eligibility criteria for obtaining a gaming license

An applicant for a gaming license has to meet the following criteria under Regulation 3 of the Gaming Regulations:

  • Has never been previously denied a gaming license in Mainland Tanzania or any other country
  • Has never had a gaming license revoked or suspended nor have they withdrawn an application for any gaming license in Mainland Tanzania or any other country;
  • The applicant must have a clean criminal record;
  • The applicant must provide evidence of adequate funding available to pay all obligations and gaming operations;
  • Must possess gaming premises that are deemed suitable by the Gaming Board. Unsuitable locations for gaming activities are places in the immediate vicinity of any school, place of worship, hospital, national security, residential areas, places allowing minor clientele, and places difficult to police;
  • Must comply with all the provisions of the Gaming Act and the Gaming Regulations.

The process of obtaining a gaming license

                                         The process to obtain a gaming license
 Steps Activities Timeframe
1.Submit documents to the Gaming Board to process the application1.     Two copies of the Business Plan/Feasibility
. Should contain a clear statement of project objectives, applicants’ profiles, details
of investment costs and how the proposed investment will be financed (name the specific sources of funds and their contacts, terms
and conditions of the loans if applicable), sources of technology if applicable and gaming equipment, market study, expected employment generation,

projected financial and economic analysis including projected annual balance sheets and income statements for the first four years, proposed implementation schedule, and

any other information that will useful for the determination of the application.

2.     Duly filled application forms and application fees paid


3.     Duly filled Personal Declaration Form for each Director


4.     A copy of the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association


5.     A certified copy of the Certificate of Company Incorporation.

6.     Evidence of sufficient financial capital5 available for the implementation of the project.

7.     Proof of citizenship of every incorporator/ subscriber, and every director and senior officer. This includes a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a photocopy of the first five pages of a passport, a passport-size photograph, and historical background.

8.     Audited Balance Sheets and Income Statements of every incorporator/subscriber and every director and senior officer.

Within 30 days from the date of receipt of an application, Gaming Board will approve/ disapprove the application

Key Notes

  • All application fees are non-refundable
  • There should be a minimum investment capital for a foreign company of USD 500,000 proven to exist for the investment in Tanzania. Minimum investment capital for a local company of USD 300,000 has proven to exist for investment in Tanzania.


9. Tax Clearance from the Income Tax office of the country of origin of the applicant and every director and senior officer.

10. Statement from two persons (not relatives) vouching for the good moral character and financial responsibility of the incorporators/ subscribers and the proposed directors and senior officers.

11. Company Board of Directors’ resolution to invest in Tanzania.

For an internet gaming license, the addition of the following documents;
12. Anti-bribe pledge form.
13. Responsible gaming guidelines.

14. Application forms prescribed in the Internet Gaming Regulation for each director or shareholder with 5% of ownership or controlling interest in the applicant company.

15. Detailed information about the service provider, structure and equipment, and services to be offered.

16. Description of the technology and its source.

2.On receipt of the application, the Gaming Board will undertake an investigation to determine the applicant’s suitability1.     A vetting process of the shareholders, directors, and business

2.     Applicants (except support employee’s licenses) are to pay for the investigation costs6 as determined by the Gaming Board

3.     In addition, applicants shall pay to the Gaming Board for transportation and its related costs together with significant office expenses and other related expenses until the conclusion of the investigation.

The investigation shall be concluded upon the issuance of an initial order of grant or denial of the license by the Gaming Board.
3.Gaming Board to grant Gaming License1. On condition applicant has met all requirements including payment of fees and costsThe Gaming license shall be valid for one year subject to renewal.
  • The applicant shall deposit to the Gaming Board such amount as may be sufficient for that purpose.

Gaming Taxes for all types of gaming in TZ

The Gaming tax is charged on these types of gaming namely; Casinos, Sports Betting, SMS Lottery, National Lottery, Street slot Machines, Forty Machines Sites, Virtual games, and other gaming products.

  1. Sports Betting, online and retail is taxed at the rate of 25% of Gross Gaming Revenue with 15% on net winnings of players. The 5% of the tax remitted shall be allocated to the Sports Development Fund.
  2. SMS Lotteries, Forty Machines Sites, and Internet Casino operations are taxed at the rate of 25% of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) with 15% on net winnings;
  • Street slot machines are taxed TZS 100,000 per machine per month with 15% on net winnings;
  1. National Lotteries is taxed 20% of Gross Gaming Revenue with 15% on net winnings;
  2. Casino operations are taxed at the rate of 18% of the weekly Gross Gaming Revenue and all land-based casinos are taxed at the rate of 12% on net winnings.
  3. Virtual games are taxed at the rate of 10% of the Gross Gaming Revenue and a 15% rate on net winnings.
  • Other gaming products under section 51 are taxed at the rate of 10% of the Gross Gaming Revenue and 15% on net winnings.

Additional features can be found in our complete feasibility market reports which we can arrange at a request that includes but are not limited to;

  • Estimated Market overview
  • Main players, their products, and models of operations
  • Taxation frameworks
  • Repatriation of funds policy
  • Double Taxation agreements (DTAs)
  • Regulatory frameworks (Existing, new, and upcoming)
  • Business plan based on the type of gaming

Source: Shikana Law Group


Summary highlights of the Nigerian Sports betting industry

Yesterday was a weekend mixed with emotions for all Arsenal fans across the world as they lost to Brighton their only ticket to the English Premier League title realm, it’s such football matches that have always made sports very unpredictable, entertaining, exciting, and very profitable on the other hand.

As the saying goes signed, sealed, and delivered.…… that we did yesterday to the title” As usual let’s take you on another tour in Africa this time we are in Nigeria.

 Nigeria is a West African country bordered to the north by Niger, to the east by Chad and Cameroun, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by Benin.  Nigeria is not only large in area, larger than the U.S. state of Texas—but also Africa’s most populous country with a population of over 200 million people so sports in Nigeria is big business.

The Draft 2020 National Sports Industry Policy estimated that the industry could generate 2 trillion Naira ($4.7 Billion) in average annual revenue, provide 5 to 10 million direct and indirect jobs and contribute about 1.5% to 3% of GDP over 10 years. The sports betting industry in Nigeria has enormously contributed to the growth of Nigerian sports, especially football that even some of the betting companies offer odds on matches played in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). But the majority aren’t because they are still skeptical or cautious about the competitive nature of the NPFL.

With over 52 licensed sports betting companies – Bet9ja, NairaBet, BetKing, Betway, Betpawa, Sporty Bet, Winners, and 1xBet are some of the key players fighting to have the biggest shares of the market where over 60 million Nigerians aged between 18 and 40 years spend about $5.5m on sports betting daily, or $2 Billion annually which explains the potential of the market even with over 47 licensed sports-books.

Key Highlights

The increasing adoption of technology by betting companies supported by progress in digital penetration across the country is stimulating sports betting among the educated and the middle class with widespread unemployment in has been and continues to be the main reason for increased sports betting.

  • Over 33% of working-age Nigerians have no jobs. Among young people, 63.5%, or over 19 million, are either unemployed or under-employed according to the country’s statistics office.
  • Many people made sports betting a source of their livelihood.
  • Poverty in Nigeria cuts across the young and old, rural and urban dwellers, and men and women. Nigeria has 70 million poor people, over 30% of the population so many have found relief in sports betting and the hope of a big win.

The percentage of those who bet with N500 ($1) to N1000 as against bettors who spend far higher tells you that sports betting is largely fueled by poverty, the state of the economy, and the need for people to make ends meet.

iGaming in Ethiopia

While rich markets promise healthy revenues, smaller markets have their own appeal. Less competition means there’s plenty of room for new operators to get their foot in the door. With only a handful of domestic operators, Ethiopia is still a wide-open field.

Emerging markets in Latin America and Africa have been one of the biggest stories in iGaming in the past few years. Growing economies and a wave of liberal regulation are creating opportunities for established brands looking to expand as well as new entrepreneurs looking for the right market.

When it comes to Africa, most eyes slide over Ethiopia on their way to countries like Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Kenya and Nigeria have, in some ways, modeled what the Ethiopian market could become in a few years. Both have larger economies (and in Nigeria’s case, a much larger population) but there’s a similar love of sports and betting.

Challenges but Potential: igaming in Ethiopia

Success is possible for online casinos in Ethiopia, but the road to get there is very bumpy. Despite being one of the world’s poorest countries, Ethiopia’s economy has grown by an average of 10% over the last 15 years, and overall poverty levels have been decreasing, however, it still lags behind other African nations that have taken their place on the international iGaming stage. Ethiopia’s GDP per capita ($936 in 2020) is half that of neighboring Kenya, but with a population of over 115 million, there are over twice as many Ethiopians to potentially place a few bets.

Sportsbook operators facing the Ethiopian market would have to count on players betting far less than the average in other regions, though maybe with a higher frequency. This falls in line with the main betting habits that operators can expect from players in this part of the world; a high volume of low-value bets. In Kenya, for example, players wager much less than in European markets but do so a few times a week or even several times a day.

Internet penetration also presents a challenge. Only an estimated 25% of the population is connected to the internet, and less than 40 individuals per 100 have mobile cellular subscriptions. This puts a limit on the number of possible players, though this should be viewed in the context of the country’s sizable population; 25% of 115+ million is still a significant audience.

Recent liberalization in the payments sector is creating more room for decentralized payment options, a positive development in a country where only an estimated 38% of adults 25 and over have an account with a financial institution or a mobile-money service provider.

Gambling Regulations in Ethiopia

Basically, Ethiopia is a classic gray market for online gambling. While land-based casinos and sportsbooks are legal, online gambling in Ethiopia is still in the gray-market stage of its development.

The National Lottery Association is responsible for setting regulations and issuing licenses. Reportedly, there is only one licensed casino, in Addis Ababa, that slot or roulette lovers can go to. That leaves the door open for online casino operators, either domestic or offshore; most potential Ethiopian players simply don’t have many options.

The only lottery is a state monopoly. However, as with casino betting, players aren’t prevented from playing lotteries run by offshore companies.

Ethiopian bettors

The balance between online sports betting and online casino gaming tilts decidedly in the former’s favor.

Sports bettors — an estimated 60% of the country’s gambling audience — usually log on to local online sportsbooks or online branches of land-based bookmakers. Casino players, without any domestic options, frequent offshore platforms, often looking for a Curaçao license to verify the brand can be trusted.

A gambling license from Curaçao will let your casino cooperate with financial institutions and leading software developers, as well as give it legitimacy in the eyes of the players.

It’s even possible that Ethiopian bettors prefer the Curaçao license to that of the country’s official regulator. While the charges were eventually dropped, several members of the National Lottery Association were accused of corruption in 2015.

As yet, there are only a handful of domestic operators. Some of the most popular local sportsbooks are Harifsport, Hulusport, Axumbet, Bestbet, and Gihon Betting.

Ethiopian punters primarily bet on football, but tennis, basketball, and (surprisingly) ice hockey can all be found on Ethiopian sportsbooks. Cricket, boxing, and MMA are also popular. European leagues like the Champions League, the Premier League, and Bundesliga all have their odds displayed on the front page of Ethiopian betting sites, and scrolling further down will yield even more worldwide options.

As always, localization is key. Most betting sites will be available in the local language, Amharic, as well as in English. Some sites offer other languages, such as Turkish or Portuguese, as well.

As mentioned above, operators would have to adjust their business model and expectations to players’ average income. With a GDP per capita of just over $900, Ethiopians simply don’t have much disposable income, and as such, the average bet will inevitably be lower.

Botswana gaming industry

Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa with a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta with a small population of 2.3 million, the country was annexed by Great Britain in 1885 and remained a colony until 1966. On the 30th of September of that year, the first general elections took place and marked the establishment of the Republic of Botswana. The country’s gaming industry is famously known for its brick-and-mortar casinos. Most of them are housed by hotels or resorts making them a popular destination for both locals and tourists.


Most casinos open for 24 hours while others open for limited hours. Common casino games just like in most casinos worldwide are blackjack, bingo, Baccarat, Roulette, poker, and slot machines. Plus, almost every casino in Botswana offers live poker games. Casinos in Botswana are majorly clustered in two popular towns–Gaborone and Francistown. Gaborone Sun Hotel and Casino is the largest casino found in Botswana. It is located within the Grand Palm Hotel Casino Convection resort with its doors open 24/7.

The Sediment and CrestaThapama Hotel is a renowned casino located in Francistown. The casino is open for a limited time—11 am to 2 am. Other licensed physical-based casinos include Syringa Casino, King’s CasinoMarang Hotel and Casino, Moonlite Casino, Menateng Casino, Sedibeng Casino, and Letsatsi Casino. Sun International Group ran most of these casinos.


The industry is regulated by the Gambling Authority which exists as an entity under the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI). According to the Gambling Authority of Botswana, the industry will have a strong external focus with a market that is largely outside Botswana’s borders by the year 2036. The authority affirms that this will be realized through an economy that is diversified, competitive, and private-sector-led, with sustainable business opportunities. This intent is further supported by the National Development Plan 11 which aligns with the national vision and commits to developing diversified sources of economic growth as one of the priority areas in the long term. Vision 2036 aims to transform Botswana from an upper-middle-income country to a high-income country within the next 15 years. This Vision identifies the following four key Pillars as the foundation of the principles it espouses: Sustainable Economic Development, Human and Social Development, Sustainable Environment, and Governance, Peace, and Security.

The Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry contributes to the Vision 2036 pillar ‘Prosperity for All’ and the NDP 11 ‘Economy and Employment’ thematic area. Therefore the Ministry drives policy formulation and strategies that seek to diversify the national economy through the creation of a conducive business environment, and diversified industries in addition to creating sustainable employment for Batswana by facilitating domestic and foreign direct investments. The Ministry also promotes the development of an entrepreneurial culture. These priority areas seek to address key national challenges such as poverty, unemployment, income inequality, and slow economic growth. Given the fact that the Authority is a regulator, its role in this transformation agenda is effectively facilitating the growth of the gaming industry. A position that was endorsed by both the NSO and the MITI.

Sports betting opportunity

As mentioned earlier the industry is occupied mainly by brick-and-mortar casinos with a few betting companies and the majority of international online sportsbooks that avail their offerings to this country meaning regardless of their population being small it’s a sweet heaven for small sportsbooks that would like to expand into Africa as a starting nest. Less investment reasonable business opportunity

By Najib Balinda attributed to the Gambling Authority of Botswana



The Rise of Virtual Sports in Africa

The African gambling industry has changed substantially over the last two years which notably arose due to the unprecedented outbreak of covid-19 that led to the growth of virtual sports far beyond what we all imagined since there was a time when all sports leagues were shutdown leaving sportsbook providers with no sports games playing to generate odds feeds from for their clients thus forcing punters to resort to only virtual sports and Esports.

The events in virtual sports are usually shorter than live sports events, lasting 3 – 5 minutes, and are depicted with extremely realistic graphics of the games made/created from real major sports leagues or races. Aside from realistic graphics and probabilities, realistic outcomes are possible in virtual sports events same as most betting markets in real Prematch and live sports betting.

 Thanks to technological advancements, an increase in both internet and mobile phone penetration, and a burgeoning population with a passion for sports, notably football. African bettors are growing aficionados of virtual sports in addition to regular sports betting across all popular betting sites and also in retail networks.

Why are virtual Sports Popular among African punters?

Virtual sports are appealing to football fans who wish to place larger numbers of modest wagers. This occurs to almost precisely coincides with modern African bettors. When you consider the age of the players and their fondness for technology, it’s easy to see why virtuals are so popular.

African demographics are characterized by youth. According to UN-Habitat figures, roughly 420 million people, or 35% of the continent’s population, are between the ages of 15 and 35. Sports bettors are typically younger over the world, and much more so in Africa. As many as 54% of sub-Saharan Africans aged 17 to 35 had at least tried betting Mobile betting is popular among African gamblers. According to GeoPoll, 75% of bettors use their mobile phones to place their wagers. As mobile adoption rises across the continent, sports bettors in some nations are more likely to have a mobile phone than a laptop

Virtual sports may be the first sports betting encounter for younger generations who have grown up in a world of high-definition graphics and video games. Betting on virtual sports can be utilized as a learning tool for people who are unfamiliar with the puzzling odds concept. Virtuals offer a larger frequency of betting possibilities, allowing punters to become familiar with the odds systems.

Virtuals provide skilled gamblers with the endless betting alternatives they’ve always wanted. Virtual sports bettors usually stop watching the event after a few weeks; the long-term attraction is the excitement of staking and winning money instantly after a few minutes. Playing the odds and putting their gut sense to the test is something many punters enjoy almost as much as the sport itself

In Africa, the great majority of sports bettors wager frequently but in small amounts. In Kenya/Uganda, for example, the majority of gamblers wager at least thrice a week, if not every day. According to a three-year-old IPSOS survey, the typical Kenyan resident aged between 18 and 29 spends $14 every month on betting. Virtual sports betting is well-suited to the low-volume, high-frequency betting habit. There’s also the issue of legal standing to consider. Games of skill, for example, are legal in Nigeria, but games of chance are banned. Because evaluating the odds before placing a wager requires ability, Nigerian punters can legally bet on virtual sports at any time

Finally, virtual sports appeal to the lifestyle and mindset of young, punters, which is why they are gaining popularity in Africa and worldwide. There’s never a shortage of events to wager on with 24/7 availability, thousands of events every day, plus the fact that virtual sports have no off-season

What are the forecasts for the future?

Any recipe for success must regard each country as an individual. Providers can also adapt their products to the market using virtuals. Football is a no-brainer, but the mix of other products, such as greyhound, horse racing, and Spin & Win (Virtual Roulette) will be determined by regional preferences

Virtual betting’s high-frequency, short-duration choice corresponds to most punters’ fast-paced lifestyles. It’s no surprise that operators consider Africa a strong market for virtual sports betting, given technology advancements, increased sports betting revenues, and a young and growing population In fact, gambling experts believe that virtual sports will outperform regular sports betting in terms of income. The moderating effects of virtual sports on the sports wagering business on the internet can be compared to the impact of streaming technology on the entertainment sector. With so much entertainment available at their fingertips, going to the movies for a new film has become more of a chore than an experience. Similarly, with virtual sports events available at all times, young African bettors may consider waiting for a live match to be a waste of time

When assessing the possibilities for virtual sports betting (or any other product) in Africa, it’s critical to avoid making assumptions about how development will proceed in other parts of the world. Understanding the future of the African betting market will rely on a thorough examination of its existing situation, rather than attempting to duplicate the growth of markets in Europe or Asia

African markets are expected to develop at their own speed, according to investors. The first thing that comes to mind is communication. Mobile adoption is surging across the continent, with Kenya surpassing 100% and other countries approaching comparable levels. While the Western world adapted to traditional telephones before moving on to the next stage of the technological revolution, the landline was rendered obsolete for many Africans even before it was deployed

The rising popularity of Online casinos in Africa

Although Africa does not have a uniform set of gaming laws that govern the entire continent, online gambling is experiencing an incredible rise, and at the moment, the focus is on mobile. More and more gamblers are using their smartphones for wagering, and thanks to that, the online casino industry is expected to surpass traditional land-based gambling in revenue.

The Growth of Online Gambling In Africa

The growth of online gambling in Africa is mostly backed by the increased availability of smartphones on the continent and the increase in internet penetration which blew out during over 24 months of lockdown across most African countries that came as a result of covid-19 outbreak. By the end of 2020, there were close to 495 million smartphone owners, which is almost half of the population. Moreover, the rise continued during the pandemic, as the third quarter of 2021 faced the arrival of 26 million smartphones to the African continent.

The increased smartphone ownership boosted the growth of online casino gaming, especially in countries like South Africa where the mobile device penetration is expected to reach 67% by 2026, the region is also experiencing more stable internet connections than ever, especially in countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Egypt where the coverage is booming. For example, in 2020, there were 154 million internet users in Nigeria only, and the number continues to rise.


What’s making online casino games so Popular?

Online casino games are getting more attention from African players than ever, mainly because the majority were forced to bet online for over 24 months as all retail operations in most markets were shut down to reduce the spread of covid-19 paving the way for online casino games and also tremendously increased both internet and mobile phone penetration.

Convenience Using a mobile app for online gambling allows the players to enjoy their favorite time on the go, any time they want, which is totally different from retail/land-based gaming where a player would have to dedicate time to go and visit a physical venue. Moreover, going to a land-based establishment sometimes also means waiting in lines to get a seat at a particular table or a slot machine, which is not the case with gaming on mobile phones. Digital gambling has no limits when it comes to the number of seats and the availability of games. As long as players have a proper mobile device and a stable internet connection, they can have fun whenever they wish. Also, internet gambling adds more privacy and a greater feeling of security to the whole experience, since players don’t have to be surrounded by fellow punters as they play.

Attractive Bonuses

Mobile gamers enjoy the incredible offerings of bonus rewards and promotions. From the moment a punter opens up an account, they continuously receive different prizes, and some of them do not even require real money deposits. All the top casino sites continue racing to attract new users and keep the existing ones with promotions like deposit bonuses, free spins, cash rewards, and many others. Some platforms also developed VIP programs where the members are treated with premium rewards that cannot be claimed by regular users. However, each operator has its own set of rules that control the use of bonuses, and before punters claim any of the rewards, they must follow all key terms and conditions.

Variety of Games

Players who stick to land-based establishments are always limited to the selection of games available on the floor, which may not be an issue for gamblers who can access a large list of online casino games from various providers, from classics like pokers, roulettes, slots, and blackjack, to more advanced options like video poker and live dealer sessions, everything at fingertips.

The future of mobile gaming in Africa definitely looks bright, and the continent is likely to continue pursuing its passion for gambling through smartphones and other devices. As technological advancements continue to boost mobile penetration on the continent, even more Africans will be able to enjoy the convenience and all the amazing benefits of internet gambling.

Conclusion: Africa is the future hub of online casinos