Engaging Discussions and Promising Insights at Day Two of SBEA+ 2023 Summit
Day Two of the 8th Annual Edition of the Sports Betting East Africa 2023 Summit concluded on a high note, leaving participants buzzing with excitement and brimming with new insights.
The event, held in Uganda's capital city of Kampala, brought together industry professionals from East Africa and beyond to explore the thriving sports betting scene in the region.
The day began with Thomas Buckley Opar Owuor, the Chairperson of the summit, delivering impactful opening remarks that set the stage for a day filled with engaging discussions. Wendall Kaba, Senior Gaming Technology Advisor from Gaming Laboratories International, emphasized the importance of gaming regulation and certification in the industry, shedding light on their significant role.
Simon Pepper, Chief Product Officer of Tola Mobile Ltd, captivated the audience with his presentation on "Mobile Money integration across Sub-Saharan Africa." He highlighted the benefits of a unified API for mobile money integration, underscoring the vast opportunities that lie within this approach.
A highly anticipated panel discussion on newly implemented tax payouts in Kenya took center stage. Gaming professionals Alessandro Pizzolotto, Balton Omwodo, Toddy Thairu, and Emily Asava engaged in a lively debate, moderated by Najib Balinda from Genius Gaming Consult. Participants eagerly posed questions to the panel, highlighting the industry's challenges and seeking expert insights.
Bring the operators together, we form an operation, then we can have a uniform voice and maybe also combat the negativity that is currently affecting the industry.
The summit further explored the emerging eSports sector in East Africa through an engaging round-table discussion. Industry experts, including Thomas Buckley Opar Owuor, Duncan Ndegwa, and Gregg Rathbone, shared their perspectives on capitalizing on the increasing popularity of eSports and its potential for local engagement.
If you have a betting company in a country in East Africa, these big [Esports] events work really well, like big events in Korea for example. They could work in East Africa, but you need to go away from the betting element initially.
Insights on Innovations & Responsibility
Cryptocurrency, as a trend or a future payment method in the gaming industry, was the topic of the subsequent panel discussion. Moderated by Frank Deya of Coin Gaming Network (CGN.co), the experts engaged in an insightful conversation about the role of digital currencies and their impact on the industry. Thomas Buckley Opar Owuor and Tumaini Maligana provided valuable input during this discussion.
Emily Asava, Sales Manager at TVBET, led a significant topic discussion on combating the adverse effects of gambling in East Africa. The industry professionals, including John Kamau Kungu, Oyindamola Michaels, Joshua Araali Nyakairu, Duncan Ndegwa, and Toddy Thairu, addressed the importance of player protection and mental well-being support.
The final panel discussion explored the prospects of mobile gaming and why apps are considered the future of the global iGaming industry. Brian Ondieki from Tabro Solutions Ltd moderated the discussion, joined by Geoffrey Muindi and Oyindamola Michaels. The speakers provided valuable insights into the evolving landscape and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
As the summit concluded, Thomas Buckley Opar Owuor expressed his gratitude to all the speakers and attendees, urging them to leverage the knowledge gained during the two-day event. Attendees echoed their positive experiences, emphasizing the collaborative and forward-thinking nature of the summit.
A Foundation for a Promising 2024
Looking ahead, the organizers announced the dates for the 9th Annual Edition of Sports Betting East Africa. Set to take place from 1 - 2 July 2024, the event promises to continue its tradition of connecting industry professionals and fostering growth in the sports betting landscape. Industry enthusiasts are encouraged to mark their calendars and join the summit in Kampala, Uganda, to be at the forefront of East Africa's ever-growing sports betting industry.
The success of the 8th Annual Edition of Sports Betting East Africa 2023 Summit underscores the importance of such gatherings in driving the industry forward, fostering innovation, and creating opportunities for collaboration.