The online sports betting industry in Uganda is expanding and while many internationally recognised brands jostle for market space there are a few up-and-coming platforms worth a look.
Fortebet.ug is a decent-looking portal, with scope for growth. The lay-out is neat, professional looking and there seems to be a variety of game-play.
The site offers an online casino, live in-play betting, a seasonal football jackpot, virtual play and a sizable welcome deposit bonus.
The platform strives hard to be taken seriously and based on the evidence it could prove to be a popular destination for Ugandan punters.
The art of as top-notch online sports betting web and mobi site is to tick all the right boxes with regard to major staples such as football jackpots, casino and virtual play and fortebet offers these and more.
The site is top-heavy on football, and this is no surprise given the mass support from the bet-community worldwide for the sport.
There are a few tennis matches that appear on the live in-play betting, but other than that it seems like soccer is their major bet-market.
The main landing page gives the punter an overall handsome outlook, given the breadth and scope of the site, and straight of the bat the menu directory screams variety and quality.
The comprehensive football bet-market can be seen by all the leagues and competitions globally that are offered, and these run down the left hand flank.
The banners on the main landing page are clear, well presented and show off some of the sites best features, namely the welcome bonus (of up to 1 million Ugandan Shillings) and the top-quality virtual play.
The VP is football-centric though, but given the theme of the platform is geared towards soccer this is understandable.
Clicking on the jackpot icon shows that there are no pools available off-season, but ostensibly there is one running during the European campaigns.
The site has a link called ‘best shots’ which shows all the latest big winners. There is a banner showing how one winner earned almost 10 million shillings with a seven leg accumulator, showing that there are big winners.
The slot play on the online casino is varied, with 26 games offered, but there is no table games like blackjack, poker or roulette.
There are three methods to make deposits or withdrawals, with punters being able to use any of fortebets’ physical retail shops or play with airtel and MTN Mobile Money.
The detailed information of how to deposit and withdraw can be found at the very top of the main landing page, under the icon marked ‘deposits/withdrawals’.
With airtel the minimum deposit is 500 Shillings and the maximum is 5 million.
The minimum deposit on MTN Mobile Money is 500 Shillings and the maximum is 4 million.
The site’s terms and conditions are not as well-detailed as many competitors and there is no mention of the jackpot win-amounts or minimum bets.
The bet-market per sporting event, particularly in football is not as large and diverse as many other online sites, but this could be because the owners are still making the transition from physical retail-run business to a fully integrated online operation.
Once the fortebet.ug site increases the variety of the bet-market, adds an all-year round football jackpot, more sporting events, different sport codes, major tournaments and of course offers more promotions, then it could become really popular in Uganda, especially if it already has a footprint in the market (which it does based on their retail presence and five year operational experience).
There is plenty to like about the ambition of the site, but there is work to be done if they are to compete toe-on-toe with the really big brand names.