Uganda Gaming Board in collaboration with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) says integration to the central monitoring system by all iGaming operators is must or their 2024 licences won’t be renewed

Yesterday the Uganda Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board of Uganda (LGRB) held an engagement at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Head Quarters in Kampala a meeting that was headlined by the CEO of Gaming Board Uganda Mr. Denis Mudene, Commissioner General URA Mr. John Musinguzi Rujoki along their senior managers in their respective capacities and of course, our team was also invited.

The engagement kicked off at 8:30 and saw the majority of the Gaming Operators attend, see highlights that were in this engagement;

From the Operators

A major raised issue was that the URA and the Gaming Board should collaborate with lawmakers and amend the Withholding Tax (WHT) from being accrued on all customer winnings as it includes stake but rather be implicated onto the only won amount exclusive of the stake.

In addition, other Operators suggested that the WHT should be scrapped and a small percentage should be added onto the Betting Tax as it was implemented on the Gaming Tax while others believe scrapping it is the best but again without any added percentage on the betting Tax. See below the current status of Taxes for the gaming industry in Uganda FYI

Tax TypeRate
Betting Tax20%
Gaming Tax30%
Withholding Tax- Betting15%
Withholding Tax – Gaming0
Withholding Tax – Local supplies6%
Withholding Tax- International Payments15%
VAT – on imported services18%
PAYEPer schedule

The Operators also requested that the Gaming Board collaborate with the Bank of Uganda along with the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) of Uganda on the Anti Money Laundering (AML) Act which they claim has caused their banishment from most tier 1 and tier 2 Banks which they believe is rather over-exaggerated in some cases causing disruptions in operations where Bank accounts are frozen, then unfrozen or banished. 

From the Gaming and Lotteries Regulatory Board (LGRB)

The CEO emphasized the iGaming Operators coming forward with the right API integration documents to allow for integrations into the central monitoring system which will ease tax collections as taxes will be collected in real-time and warned that all that won’t be integrated by the end of this year won’t get their licences renewed for next year.

Mr. Denis Mudene (CEO of LGRB) also informed the operators that some amendments that included most of the raised issues by the operators were underway and promised to invite them and give their contributions before they are tabled into parliament.

The most interesting one was that these amendments include a request for the license’s timeline to be increased from 1 year to 5 years so that operators only file for their taxes and compliance requirements per year.”

He also requested the operators to join hands with the board on responsible gaming initiatives which he says are key to shifting the society’s and lawmakers’ negative perspective towards the industry which will be good for most of the requested changes to have a good listening ear from the lawmakers.

Finally, the compliance Manager of LGRB also explained the issue of the banishment of gambling companies’ Bank accounts from some Banks in line with the AML Act and Uganda’s position on the world level still being on the grey list being one of the key factors that cause all these frustrations but promised to have an engagement with the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) to see how some Tier 1 and 2 Banks could accept offering their banking services to the industry.

From the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)

The Commissioner General (CG) opened his remarks by thanking the operators for their great contributions through taxes which contribute a good portion towards the development of the country.

He asked all iGaming Operators to ensure that they are all integrated with the central monitoring system (CMS) which will ease tax collections allowing Operators a lot of time from auditing’s letting them focus on their other Operations developments.

The CG also emphasized the operators to use the waiver on penalties for under-declaration of taxes/Tax evasion through “voluntary filing of taxes” a new waiver that automatically protects the operators from any penalties that may be accrued on taxes defaulted for under-declaration or Tax evasion if investigations are carried out and they are discovered.

Ag. Manager Special Operations Gaming department for URA, Mr. Grace also presented a demo that included key infographics of taxes that were collected after investigations last year plus penalties those respective companies got, the current status of gaming tax rates, e-licensing, and explanations on the categories of revenues the Operators must always declare following their discovery that most operators weren’t declaring all revenues from all their products.

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SBC SUMMIT Finds New Home in Lisbon starting September 2024

Day one at SBC Summit Barcelona kicks off with big news of its move to Lisbon for its next edition in 2024, SBC’s flagship global event SBC Summit has a new home in Lisbon starting in 2024, in order to meet the demands of the industry’s fastest-growing gathering.

Previously known as SBC Summit Barcelona, the upcoming event will be named SBC Summit 2024, as the branding has evolved to better reflect the worldwide nature of the event.

Taking place over three days, the event is poised to occupy more than , square meters of exhibition and conference space, which is more than twice the size of the 2023 venue measuring , square meters. This capacity enables SBC to welcome 600 exhibitors, nearly doubling the number hosted at the 2023 edition.

With the expanded venue capacity, the SBC Summit will now accommodate , attendees at FIL. This diverse audience will include operators, affiliates, sportsbook and casino suppliers, regulators, payment providers, marketing agencies, associations, legal advisors, start-ups, and more.


 100,000 sqm Event Space

25,000 Delegates

600 Exhibitors

50 Meeting Rooms

8 Conference Stages

30 Food Trucks and Catering Stations

6 Coffee Bars

20 Networking & Business Lounges

20+ Hotels Next to Venue

Kenya marks Sh20 least betting amount in fight against gambling

The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) has proposed the minimum stake for online gaming and those using gambling machines.
Currently, gamblers stake less than Sh5, which has made betting cheap and fuelled rapid growth among the young and vulnerable persons hoping to win millions in prize money.

The Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) has proposed the minimum stake for online gaming and those using gambling machines.
Currently, gamblers stake less than Sh5, which has made betting cheap and fuelled rapid growth among the young and vulnerable persons hoping to win millions in prize money.

“A player in an online gambling activity shall not bet an amount of less than twenty shillings in a competition,” BCLB says in the draft

Gambling Control Bill, 2023.

“The minimum amount set above shall be inclusive of such a saving component for the player as shall be determined by the Authority in consultation with the Cabinet Secretary.”
Betting firms and gambling machine operators who flout this requirement will be fined Sh5 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years.
A few firms, including Betika and Milestone Gaming (trading as SportPesa), have fixed the minimum betting amount at Sh50 to make gambling relatively expensive for the unemployed and youth.
Gambling has grown over the years from a pastime to an activity for Kenyans seeking cash to pay daily bills.
A Central Bank of Kenya survey conducted in 2021 showed that 13.9 percent of respondents were actively betting, with those who perceive the activity as a source of income at 11.2 percent.
The survey also found that the average amount used for betting per week was Sh939 even as the government warned that more Kenyans apply for mobile loans to finance their gaming addiction.

Another research conducted across Africa in 2021 revealed that Kenyan youth topped their counterparts on the continent in betting, with over 80 percent of respondents saying they were taking part in the activity.
Experts reckon that the spike in betting addiction is being fuelled by the high rate of unemployment as youth turn to gambling in the hope of making quick cash.
Gambling in Kenya generally takes place online, allowing punters to stake and withdraw winnings on their phones without needing a bank account.
The craze has also led to the establishment of betting shops where scores of Kenyans go to bet on live sports events, mostly during the weekends.

BCLB’s push for minimum betting stakes is the latest weapon that the State has turned to as the betting craze grows unabated, defying heavy taxation on punters and gaming firms.
The State increased the excise tax on betting stakes to 12.5 percent from July 1 this year, adding to the 20 percent withholding tax that punters forfeit to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for every winning stake.

Punters placed a record Sh88.5 billion through online bets in the full year to June 2023, handing the KRA Sh6.64 billion in excise taxes in the period from the Sh5.1 billion raised a year earlier, highlighting the betting craze that has defied higher taxation.
Betting firms have also been on the increase, with 10 new firms joining the market from July this year, bringing the number of licensed operators to 71 despite the heavy taxes imposed on the firms.

The firms are currently taxed on the gross gaming revenue turnover minus winnings paid out – at a rate of 15 percent.

They also pay corporate tax on profits at a rate of 30 percent and income tax at the standard rate of 16 percent.
BCLB has also proposed a gambling tax to be charged at the rate of 15 percent of a betting firm’s gross gaming revenue and a further one percent monthly levy on the same revenue.

Source: Nation Africa (John Mutua)