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NEWS 4 October 2017

First international operator receives casino and sportsbook licence in Colombia

By Robert Simmons
Online sportsbook and gaming operator GAMING1 has become the first international company to obtain a casino and sportsbook licence under Colombia’s new regulatory regime in a 50-50 share capital joint venture with local operator Vicca Group.

As part of the partnership arrangement, the companies have created Zamba.co, an online casino available on both mobile and desktop which offers a selection of games including roulette, blackjack and slots. The initial wave of titles is exclusively provided by GAMING1, with more certified providers to be added in the coming weeks.

Vicca Group has been active in the Colombian market for more than 25 years, operating in 16 locations with a presence in six major cities across the country.

In a statement announcing the licence award, Sylvain Boniver, GAMING1 CEO, said: “We are hugely proud to partner with Vicca Group in being awarded Colombia’s first joint online casino and sportsbook licence, and are sure that Zamba.co will prove a hit with players across the country.

“Colombia is setting the benchmark in Latin America, with its robust regulatory framework similar to those seen in the European market, and to be the first to launch a combined casino and sportsbook underlines the strength of our approach.”

Rodrigo Afanador, Vicca Group CEO, added: “GAMING1’s suite of products and services has impressed us immensely, and they are the perfect international partner to help us target the regulated online market in Colombia.”

Addressing the licence award, GAMING1’s Director of Latin America, Victor Araneda, stated: “Achieving this licence has been an exciting and rewarding process, and we appreciate the initiative and support of the regulator, Coljuegos, regarding the online legislation. We hope other regulators in the region will follow their lead.”
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