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The 6th Annual Sports Betting West Africa (SBWA) Summit, which was due to take place in Lagos this November, has been moved to take place on 7-9 December 2020 at Kampala Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, alongside the 6th Annual Sports Betting East Africa (SBEA) Summit.

The decision to merge both events, SBEA and SBWA came after further discussion with our advisers and speakers in both Nigeria and Uganda. Given the circumstances, the mandatory 7 days self-isolation requirement to international travelers into Nigeria as mandated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, have made it impossible for most of our international participants to be attending the event in Lagos.

“The growth of the African gaming industry has been particularly exciting. With a combined SBWA and SBEA 2020 to be hosted in Kampala this year, it is going to be bigger and better than the previous editions and hence is a must-attend for anyone connected with the gaming industry,” commented Alessandro Pizzolotto, CEO at Stm Gaming Ltd.

As organizers, Eventus International is in constant discussion with key industry stakeholders to adjust how we deliver an event with the highest possible output and greatest value. Our ultimate goal is to create a platform for gaming industry professionals to meet and share ideas for business growth, and this should be the majority of the entire travel experience for each.

Tayo Atoloye, Country Manager, Nigeria at Panserve, added:

The African gaming industry has grown tremendously in the last couple of years and Eventus International has contributed immensely to this growth by creating an umbrella under which regional discusses are being held to chart a pathway for proper understanding of the different territories in Africa, bringing together all the relevant stakeholders – regulators, operators, providers and even punters, for the continued progress of the continent. The Sports Betting Regional Events has become a major schedule on the African gaming calendar. Looking forward to the next one in Kampala.”

Since the 1st of October 2020, Entebbe International Airport has reopened to commercial travel, with all passengers required to present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before boarding the aircraft. Those without valid test results will be denied entry. Land borders have also reopened. There are currently no quarantine requirements in place in Uganda for new arrivals, making it much easier for internationals and surrounding countries to travel to Kampala for business purposes.

Solomon Godwin, Pragmatic Play Africa Continent Manager said:

“SBWA and SBEA have in the past offered unraveled platform for iGaming operators in Africa to discuss challenges and profile innovative and lasting solution to the gaming industry. I am looking forward to this year’s merger and looking forward to explosive insight on how iGaming business should respond post COVID-19″

“The two Sports Betting events, SBWA and SBEA, have in the past offered much value to suppliers, operators, and regulators alike,” said Devon Dalbock, GLI Africa’s General Manager. “I am looking forward to this year’s combined conference, and I have no doubt that all delegates will benefit from the interesting discussion topics and knowledgeable speakers.”

The merge of Sports Betting East Africa and Sports Betting West Africa, will create a 3-day event offering more networking opportunities for all participants and at the same time offering more time to discuss pertinent topics on both East and West gaming ecosystems. We look forward to welcoming back our loyal and new participants to our first-ever Sports Betting East Africa and Sports Betting West Africa merger!

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What does the “new normal” for Africa’s sports betting look like post COVID-19?
  • Discussing how operators and regulators can work together while promoting responsible gaming
  • Effective strategies that work best when entering Africa’s gaming market
  • Developing resilient long-term plans to sustain and stay on top of your game
  • Strengthening frameworks through effective collaborate to maximise profits
  • Unlocking the growth potential of Africa’s mobile and social gaming
  • Analysing how mobile money revolutionised the gaming industry 
  • Identifying the right products to offer in Africa

Meet industry professional in both the East African market and West African market:

  • Abiodun Babalola, Snr. Manager – Business Development, 1XBET Nigeria
  • Aggrey Say, Country Marketing Manager, OdiBets
  • Austin Udu, Director of Sales – Africa, Global Bet
  • Devon Dalbock, General Manager, GLI Africa
  • Felix Mukaxe, Gambling Inspector, Mozambique Gambling Board
  • Gregg Rathbone, Head of Sportsbook, LionsBet
  • James Mbalwe, DG, Gaming Board of Tanzania
  • James Mpiirwe, Manager, Responsible Gaming, National Gaming Board, Uganda
  • Jean Claude Mushimire, Ministry of Trade Industry and East African Community Affairs, Rwanda
  • Jimmy Kenneth, Chairman, Tanzania Sports Betting Association
  • Johnson Foye, Executive Director, Western Sportsbet  Nigeria Ltd (Westernbet)
  • John Kamau, Co -Founder, Betconsult
  • Kaleb Stanislav, Head of Gaming Operations, Betika!
  • Solomon Godwin, Africa Continent Manager, Pragmatic Play
  • Tayo Atoloye, Country Manager, Nigeria, Panserve
  • Yahaya Maikori, Senior Partner, LawAllianz

Extra networking activities will include:

  • East Meets West Ice-breaker Cocktails – 7 Dec 2020, 18:00 – 20:00
  • SBEA & SBWA Poker Tournament (USD150 Buy-in Per Person) – 8 Dec 2020, 19:00 – 00:00
  • SBEA & SBWA VIP Dinner (USD100 Per Person) – 9 Dec 2020, 19:00 – 22:00

With all the necessary safety and social distancing measures in place at the conference, exhibition, and networking events, EVENTUS INTERNATIONAL will continue to offer platforms for industry professionals to meet, engage, and network responsibly within the international gaming industry!