The term ‘Africa’ often oversimplifies the continent, neglecting its true diversity of 54 countries, a collective population of 1.47 billion, and a linguistic landscape of nearly 3000 languages. Entering iGaming sectors across Africa requires a nuanced approach, making the ‘one size does not fit all’ mindset a differentiator between successful business expansion and falling short.
Key questions need to be raised including changing regulations, political shifts, emerging sectors, required investments, technological advancements, and strategic partnerships. The need for product offerings to adapt to local preferences and culture is essential and glocalisation needs to be at the forefront of gaming business models.
Spanning the vast South, North, East, and West regions of Africa, Eventus International is set to host a world-class African event lineup in 2024. Expertly tailored for gaming professionals and serving as all-encompassing guides to emerging African markets, upcoming events aim to seamlessly merge local insights with global trends, transforming regional potential into breakthrough success for all who attend.
The BiG Africa Summit 2024
25 – 27 March 2024 | Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa’s iGaming market leads the African industry, with a tech-savvy population and 43 million internet users as of 2023, the market holds significant potential for digital expansion. Despite offshore exploration, the surge in online sports betting and casinos shows substantial domestic demand. South Africa’s iGaming sector lays a robust foundation for an exciting future market evolution.
Recent powerful partnerships are making headlines in the sector. Shape Games, a prominent B2B provider acquired by Kambi, strategically collaborates with SunBet under the Sun International Group, expanding its presence in South Africa. Additionally, the introduction of Valorant servers amplifies the local Esports scene, potentially propelling South African teams onto the international stage. With over 40% of the population actively engaged in iGaming and an annual revenue of approximately $1.8 billion, South Africa’s gaming landscape remains ripe for prospecting.
As Eventus International’s flagship event and longest-running summit, the 10th Annual Edition of the BiG Africa Summit returns to Johannesburg in March of 2024. This milestone summit promises to be the largest conference and exhibition since its inception, emerging as a standout gathering on the iGaming calendar. Drawing gaming experts from various African regions and beyond, the event fosters valuable face-to-face interactions with key industry decision-makers, making it a unique and essential convergence for all stakeholders.
Don’t Take Our Word For It:
“Thank you Eventus International for putting on such an amazing event and bringing great networking opportunities to the industry. I am happy to say that I made connections with many people from all over the African continent and farther!” – Nikola Crnjac, Regional Sales Manager Africa, NSoft
“It was great to be part of the BiG Africa Summit in Johannesburg this week. We had fantastic key speakers from leading authorities, connected with key customers, partners, operators, investors, and advisers in the gaming ecosystem.” – Ferhat Eren, Strategic Enterprise Account Executive, Cloudflare
Gaming Event Francophone Africa 2024
23 – 24 April 2024 | Accra, Ghana
Amidst economic stability and cultural tolerance in Ghana, the nation’s iGaming sector is experiencing a noteworthy surge, propelled by increased internet penetration and a growing preference for online gaming. With a growing 23 million internet users in 2023 and 80% of Ghanaians utilising mobile wallets, the market emerges as an alluring destination for international investment.
Notable recent entrants in Ghana include Gaming Corps, strategically partnering with Betway Africa to expand its offerings across four African countries, including Nigeria and Ghana. Pragmatic Play also strengthens its presence in Africa through a key collaboration with Ghana’s Soccabet, offering Soccabet customers access to a diverse slot game portfolio. PrideBet has also partnered with Global Pools Ltd and has introduced exciting soccer jackpot games.
Explore all this and more at the 2nd Annual Edition of Gaming Event Francophone Africa. Bridging the gap in the French-speaking African territory, including Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and more, the summit aims to unite Francophone African countries and address the unique needs of a niche industry set to become a powerhouse in the African iGaming market.
Hear from Past Attendees:
“The Gaming Event Francophone Africa is an important event for sportsbooks and gaming industry professionals who are interested in entering or expanding in the Francophone Africa’s gaming market. It is a platform for them to come together and discuss the latest trends, technologies and requirements for the industry.” –Ife Akintaju, COO, Mobile
“For the first time, there will be an industry event dedicated to African French speaking countries. This is a stepping stone for vendors, operators, regulators and investors to grow within this vibrant market.” – Marc Alexandre Saba, Executive Board Member and Co-Founder, Moja Group Inc.
Sports Betting East Africa+ Summit 2024
1 – 2 July 2024 | Kampala, Uganda
Uganda is one of the latest African countries to endorse online gaming. The inclusive regulatory environment in Uganda has allowed iGaming operators to establish a robust presence, offering a diverse array of betting options and casino games to the Ugandan player base. The comparatively small African nation saw 11 million internet users in 2023, contributing to the growing popularity of online gaming. East Africa as a whole is witnessing a rising trend in mobile sports betting, reflecting players’ preference for the convenience of placing bets via smartphones.
In addition to the thriving online gaming scene, betPawa Uganda has announced its official partnership with the nation’s fastest-growing indoor football activity, futsal. Similarly, popular sports betting company, GSB Uganda, has become an official partner of Uganda’s national Netball team, the She Cranes. These strategic partnerships not only signify a shift in international recognition of Ugandan sports betting but also showcase the growing popularity and passion for sports in the nation.
The 9th Annual Edition of Sports Betting East Africa+ Summit promises a pivotal gathering, uniting stakeholders in East Africa for networking with influential figures at both local and international levels. Attendees can expect key business-building insights and cutting-edge trends, making this summit an essential platform for all with vested interest in the East African betting and gaming sector. It’s a unique opportunity to stay ahead, foster collaborations, and gain a competitive edge.
“A great platform to engage with the most prominent minds in the sports betting industry from the continent and beyond.” – Ronald Louis, Tanzania Country Manager, Parimatch Africa
“Truly inspired and invigorated by the dynamic energy and vibrant spirit that I encountered. Great speakers and insightful discussions around taxation, growth and innovation in the industry around Africa. Very well organised and managed by Eventus International.” – Priyank Shah, International Sales, Bwise Media
Sports Betting West Africa+ Summit 2024
21 – 23 August 2024 | Abuja, Nigeria
As a frontrunner in West African iGaming, Nigeria has become a central hub for both online sports betting and casinos, driven by its vast population, a digitally inclined population and hosting a robust $2 billion online sports betting industry with approximately 60 million active participants, according to Bet9ja
As the continent’s largest economy, Nigeria’s iGaming market is reaching new heights, particularly in the sports betting sector. Supplier 7777 Gaming fortifies its foothold through a strategic portfolio integration with BetBonanza. In a noteworthy development, Denmark-based affiliate Better Collective forges a media partnership with leading Nigerian news media company, Punch. The immense popularity of La Liga Santander and the English Premier League fuels betting activities, providing Nigerians with an immersive connection to their favourite sports.
Despite the rapid growth, Nigeria’s iGaming market faces regulatory challenges within an evolving legal landscape. Anticipating the new year, the 9th Annual Edition of Sports Betting West Africa+ Summit returns to Nigeria, this time in Abuja. The three-day summit promises participants insightful discussions on upcoming regulatory shifts, gaming technologies, and crucial market dynamics, presented by a robust lineup of speakers and featuring leading gaming solutions experts on an exciting exhibition floor.
What Participants Say:
“SBWA+ Summit has always been of great impact on the development of the Gaming Industry in Africa. The event is definitely connecting, eye-opening and learning.”
– Adesoji Babatunde, Head Products/Research & Training, LuckyBet
“SBWA+ Summit was colourful and engaging. Interesting speakers and panellists brought valuable insights and ideas. Enjoyed reconnecting with colleagues and friends. Always something to learn at these events.” – Jide Lawrence, Director, HD Networks Ltd
Unlock Key Insights and Master Market Entry in Africa
Picture this— a convergence of industry leaders, an electrifying exchange of insights, and the birthplace of collaborations that redefine the industry. Setting the stage for breakthrough success, these upcoming summits aim to merge up-and-coming African markets with global trends and perspectives. Don’t just witness the change, be the change and secure your pass at one or more of our African events.
Contact Eventus International’s Chief Operating Officer, Lou-Mari Burnett, to grow your business in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and beyond with our sponsorship and exhibition packages for the listed events.
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Eventus International has been in the business of connecting industries for over a decade. With a proven combination of networking, industry insight, and knowledge sharing each event brings an industry closer together and closer to achieving a collective goal.
We take pride in using our platforms to offer bespoke sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that can easily position a brand to a targeted audience of professionals, and deliver a high ROI to companies looking to enter a market and/ or strengthen their brand presence.
We believe in quality over quantity and set out to gather the “right” audience for companies to “shake the correct hands”. By focusing on connecting a C-Level audience, all attendees can network with like-minded professionals, growing their businesses and international relationships.
The high standards that we set for ourselves are responsible for the success of events such as the BiG Africa Summit, Sports Betting East Africa+ Summit, Sports Betting West Africa+ Summit, Gaming Event Francophone Africa, SPiCE India, SPiCE Philippines, SPiCE Sri Lanka, SPiCE International, iGaming Crossroads Summit, Gaming & Affiliate Marketing Event, iGaming Germany, Online Casino Summit Italia, London LRC, Scandinavian Gaming Show, iGaming Central America, MEGA Mexico Gaming, All American Sports Betting Summit.