Online gambling on the rise throughout Africa

Published on July 21, 2016 in Industry News

African online gamblingThe phenomenon of online casinos has become increasingly popular in places such as Europe and America. It attracts players and visitors from all over the world and it gets more popular by the day. Countries such as Australia, China, and even Africa have shown interest and are quickly becoming part of the massive online casino family.

Many people find it surprising that Africa is getting involved with online casino development as it is mostly known for the wildlife, safari tours, and diamond mines. Unfortunately, poverty and other socio-economic factors also leave Africa in a negative light. However, things are changing for the better and there are third world countries in Africa that are developing at an accelerated rate. While still behind most European countries, Africa’s online entertainment is definitely up to date and on par. 

“African countries such as Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, and South Africa are all looking to join in on the global phenomenon of online gaming.”

The progress is quite slow but these countries are heading in the right direction. Over the years, online gambling has slowly been introduced into society via activities such as horse racing, the lottery and land-based casinos.

Online casino restrictions

In 2004 the National Gambling Act included a lot of restrictions when it came to gambling and these restrictions prohibited online games. It was only for a short while because in 2008 the amendment was brought in to change this which resulted in the creation of a gambling board that provides operating licenses to online casinos. After that online casinos were available in Africa but with specific regulations that accompany it.

The online casino industry is slowly but surely growing and expanding in African countries and it has become quite popular among Africans from all walks of life. The most popular casino games include video slots, blackjack and poker.