Sports betting comes to X (Twitter), but not yet live in Kenya

Elon Musk’s X, formerly Twitter, has hit a home run with a new partnership with sports betting giant, BetMGM, marking a significant shift in the landscape of live sports betting. This deal, which is much more than just a US-centric play, hints at a global ambition for X to become the go-to platform for live sports betting across the world.

Imagine the possibilities of die-hard football fans cheering on their team and seamlessly placing bets through X, all within the familiar interface they love. This is the vision that partnerships like the one with BetMGM could bring to life, and it wouldn’t be the first time X has defied expectations. It isn’t long ago that KOX were celebrating receiving Elon’s dollars, although this facade has since faded away like it never existed.

It’s public knowledge that Musk’s ambitious plan for X goes beyond mere social media. He envisions an “everything app” that integrates news, entertainment, shopping, and now, even gambling. This strategic alliance with BetMGM is a crucial step in that direction, potentially unlocking new revenue streams for X and attracting a wider audience, perhaps including the many gamblers I see every match day on my X timeline.

Think about it: X is already a hotbed for sports conversations and commentary. With live betting woven into the fabric, X could become the ultimate destination for engaged sports fans around the world. Industry experts like BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt see this as a golden opportunity to tap into a passionate global audience, and it’s hard to disagree.

“X is the center of the sports world’s conversation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Being directly accessible within that forum is an unprecedented opportunity to expand our reach to a passionate and engaged audience. We look forward to adding intel and content that enhances the platform’s interaction around sports.”

– said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt.

Linda Yaccarino, CEO of X, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating,

“Sports never sleep on X, and now with our strategic partnership with BetMGM, fans are practically in the front row. We’re bringing sports fans on X even closer to the action so they can cheer, and now bet, on their favorite teams.”

Of course, questions remain. How will X handle potential regulatory hurdles in different countries? Will local betting companies like Betika and SportPesa become partners or competitors? These are details only time will answer, but gamblers will certainly be watching X’s next move with bated breath.

It’s worth noting that X hasn’t said if and when live sports betting is coming to markets outside the U.S. But given how big sports is across the world coupled with the massive discourse on X with every sporting event, I bet it won’t be long before this feature becomes available in more markets, perhaps even including Kenya. This is just an educated guess, though, so don’t come for my throat if it doesn’t materialize.


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