While thus far igaming payments in Africa have largely been funnelled through mobile providers, the Kenyan clampdown has accentuated a growing awareness that other options are needed, says Joanne Christie.
Mathew Symmonds’ meetings with affiliate managers at conferences used to come to an abrupt end when he revealed he was generating most of his traffic from Africa. Not so today. We find out how he entered the affiliate business and established WinDrawWin and PredictZ as the leading portals focused on these markets
In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com's interview with Vermantia chief executive Filippos Antonopoulos, he discusses the importance of a diversified geographic footprint, and explains why he sees the supplier's majority shareholder Arena Racing Company as one of the most exciting businesses in the industry.
Possibly even more so than on the internet, payments are the key to success for mobile gambling companies. In this extract from the Mobile Report she wrote for iGaming Business, Aideen Shortt provides an introduction to the payment options available to mgaming firms and looks at the size of an m-commerce market which looks likely to grow massively in the next few years.
Mobile gaming and commerce has to a large extent taken root in developed/mature markets in Europe or the US, as users become increasingly familiar with carrying out daily tasks, including payments, on their mobiles. Africa however has not had the Internet push experienced by the US and Europe these past 15 years and in many African countries the mobile is often the only gateway to the web, thus offering great opportunities for m-commerce companies.
Prepaid, direct debit, real-time bank transfer, there is no standard definition of an alternative payment is. For the purpose of this report, it is any non-card payment type but the alternatives to standard credit card payments are vast comprise a large variety of schemes.
How do alternative and mobile payment methods stack up in terms of security against traditional payment methods? They are often pitched as a safer option than card transactions, but fraudsters are increasingly turning their attention to these methods.
Asia is both tech-savvy and very poor, the two features thus offering great opportunities for mobile payments and financial services providers. In Africa m-payment services are very rudimentary but they are also flourishing and mobiles are a lifeline to many poverty-stricken Africans who wouldn’t otherwise have any access to financial services of any sort.
From Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange) and Vodafone to the major US operators such as AT&T, Verizon and internet giants like Google or eBay-Paypal, the big mobile and web players are all preparing the field for m-payments.
Near Field Communications (NFC) are used in a wide range of settings (such as reloading your public transport card) and present obvious benefits for m-payments. iGaming Business's Payments Report provides the overview on NFC.
Payments are an integral part of the igaming experience and possibly even more so for the mobile gambling sector. Aideen Shortt gives an overview of the mobile payments industry, the issues to must to gain wider acceptance and how mobiles are perceived in different regions of the world.
A lot of hype surrounds everything related to mobile and payments are no different. iGaming Business runs through what mobile payments actually entail and the different platforms making headway at the moment.
iGaming Business filmed all the panels and sessions from the iGaming Executive Conference which includes opportunities in Africa, why the brain likes games, how to do major deals in Asia, recent M&A analysis, a cashless society, and eSports.