On 3 April 2016, Catena Media acquired the acknowledged and highly regarded affiliate website AskGamblers.com for EUR 15 million and thereby consolidates its position as Europe’s fastest growing company in lead generation. The transaction is the largest in Catena Media’s history and its third strategic acquisition thus far this year.
On 3 April 2016, Catena Media plc’s fully owned subsidiary acquired the affiliate website AskGamblers.com (“AskGamblers”). AskGamblers operates one of the markets most highly visited web portals for player reviews and rankings of online casinos. The company also provides players with the unique opportunity of trying online casino-related disputes via the portal and, to date, this has resulted in more than EUR 5 million being repaid to players. Players across Europe utilise AskGamblers with the UK being the company’s largest market. At the prestigious iGB Affiliate Awards, AskGamblers has won the Best Casino Affiliate for three consecutive years, most recently in 2015. The transaction includes all affiliate accounts, domains, mobile apps and social media accounts.
AskGamblers’ sales in the first quarter of 2016 amounted to approximately EUR 810,000 with a profit margin surpassing 80%. The revenue stems from organic traffic under revenue sharing agreements and is expected to generate at least 25,000 new depositing clients each year. Revenue will accrue to Catena Media from and including 1 April 2016.
AskGamblers’ development centre is based in Serbia and comprises a team of 30 employees, all of whom will be offered continued employment by Catena Media. This will give the company access to a talent pool of skilled employees in technical development and programming. Accordingly, Catena Media now has approximately 130 employees and has offices in three countries.
“We are incredibly proud of acquiring AskGamblers which is one of the best brands in the affiliate market and whose operations are a perfect fit for Catena Media. AskGamblers is an extremely important site for casino operators and, through its stringent requirements for certified casinos, contributes to creating a better iGaming industry. The transaction is the largest in Catena Media’s history and in line with our strategy of growth through acquisitions in a fragmented market. In parallel, we are strengthening our team with a number of highly skilled individuals and this transaction provides us with the opportunity to build the office in Serbia into an extremely cost-efficient development centre for Catena Media,” says Robert Andersson, CEO of Catena Media.
The purchase price amounts to EUR 15 million, which will be paid in three tranches: EUR 3 million will be paid on completion of the transaction; EUR 8.25 million will be paid when all assets have been transferred to Catena Media and EUR 3.75 million will be paid six months after the acquisition has been completed.
“Catena Media has grown into one of the most interesting actors in our industry and it feels particularly exciting that AskGamblers will now enter the next phase together with them,” says Igor Salindrija, founder and previous owner of AskGamblers.com.
About Catena Media
Catena Media was founded in 2012 and is engaged in performance marketing and lead generation predominantly within the iGaming industry. The company thereby attracts substantial numbers of online players through various products and services, and directs them to a number of B2B customers, mainly consisting of iGaming operators. Catena Media focuses primarily on customers who operate online casinos on their own websites. Customers typically use a network of marketing partners, known as affiliates, to promote their products and services and, thus attract more online players to their websites. iGaming operators remunerate Catena Media for each online player that it generates for the operator through such websites as www.johnslots.com/sv/ and www.rightcasino.com. Catena Media’s core markets are Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The company has approximately 100 employees. The Group’s headquarter is located in Sliema, Malta.
For further information, please contact:
Robert Andersson, CEO +356 770 329 28
Soft2Bet launches a new affiliate management system ReferOn
A new, feature-filled affiliate management system powered by the platform provider
Soft2Bet, a top-notch online platform provider has recently announced that it has gone live with top of the art affiliate management system, ReferOn.
This boasts a broad array of affiliate marketing services that are key to the partners they assist. ReferOn’s system has the ability to manage large networks of companies in one comprehensive system. Flexible and adaptable in accordance with the individual needs of each affiliate.
ReferOn offers the most advanced features including an effective rewarding engine which offers rewards at the individual, more customised level, making its management much easier for admin users. It also keeps track of the payments and invoices for all accounts, in a quick and efficient manner. This is also true for the data and statistics that are accumulated.
The affiliate management system offers organised reporting on numerous levels allowing for full control over your data, in addition, you can customize what data you choose to share with your partners. Grouping variations can also be calculated according to brand, company, campaign and even geo levels through ReferOn. Reporting is also made extremely easy and allows for toggled groups and effective date breakdowns. ReferOn also makes use of multiple widgets, filters and statistics at every level which make the data accessible for the admin to explore and make informed decisions.
When using ReferOn, brands can be integrated into the system seamlessly and your support and account management are all under one roof. The system can connect the data points to your data provider. ReferOn dashboards are now clearer and easier to view and access, allowing for much more flexibility for users.
Accounts with multiple affiliate logins within other competitive software enable statistics to be grouped at a ‘master’ level. This makes payments and data management much simpler.
Vladyslav Bondarenaiko, Product Manager at Referon said: “ReferOn‘s highly-advanced features change the way we view affiliates and admin needs through. Seeing as this system is not only for internal usage, this creates an additional revenue stream for the business and allows a more streamlined process of integration and access.”
Betsson Group Affiliates named sponsor of iGaming Club London ’23
Affpapa, the ultimate iGaming directory connecting affiliates and operators, can today announce that Betsson Group Affiliates has been named a sponsor of its upcoming iGaming Club London ’23 event.
Betsson Group Affiliates, home to industry-leading brands such as Betsson, Betsafe, NordicBet is recognised for combining the finest practices of the dynamic online gaming sector with the foundation of a traditional business-led approach.
The iGaming operator is a “long-time partner” of AffPapa, having developed several connections with affiliates through the AffPapa directory.
The company has now secured the exclusive sponsorship ticket, which in addition to sponsoring the headline event during ICE, also grants the operator access to the AffPapa directory, the companies’ partnership is extended for yet another solid year.
Shakyra Jonsson, Senior Affiliate Operations Manager at Betsson Group Affiliates, stated: “Betsson Group Affiliates are excited to extend their partnership with AffPapa, one of the most exciting new directories within our industry.
“Our experience has been top and the team at AffPapa have been amazing and supportive. We look forward to another great year ahead in collaboration with AffPapa.”
Triston Smook, Head of Affiliates at BGA, added: “iGaming Club was a resounding success in Amsterdam, and we are excited to see what this organisation can deliver in London this year! Networking between top professionals is always at the highest level at this event and is an experience not to be missed.”
Yeva Avagyan, Head of Commercials at AffPapa, commented: “Betsson Group Affiliates has been a long-time AffPapa partner, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to iGaming Club London as one of the event’s official sponsors! We’re looking forward to taking this partnership with the BGA team to the next level.”
iGaming Club London is part of a global series of events powered by AffPapa, featuring the biggest figures in iGaming, with the sole objective of building business relationships among participants of the sector.
Exclusive dinner and drinks, with iGaming speed dating designed to help attendees get connected with potential partners quickly. Affiliates, operators, and B2B companies can use this chance to showcase products/services, build relationships and create business opportunities.
PartnerMatrix inks new affiliate channel deal with AdmiralBet
PartnerMatrix is proud to announce a new partnership with the established Serbian sports betting and casino platform, AdmiralBet.
Together with PartnerMatrix, AdmiralBet has launched its secure and modern affiliate channel, allowing partners and affiliates to raise the brand’s awareness by showcasing its products to a broader audience and engaging relevant traffic.
AdmiralBet is famous for its rich and modern gaming platform, gaining popularity in the Serbian market with its cutting-edge online sports betting offers. The brand also covers casino verticals while keeping clients active with numerous interesting bonuses and tournaments.
Levon Nikoghosyan, CEO of PartnerMatrix, comments: “Thanks to this agreement, PartnerMatrix is not only partnering with an established and respected brand but also entering the Serbian market, which already has a developed and legislated gaming market. With our latest features and system updates, we are looking forward to a productive cooperation with AdmiralBet’s team.
“AdmiralBet is well-known for its dynamic and modern sports betting solutions, and with the help of PartnerMatrix, I believe the company will create a more efficient traffic generating strategy, greatly expanding their audience.”
Milan Djurmez, Head of Online Gaming at AdmiralBet, adds: “Affiliate Marketing is a new channel for us, but one that we reckon is an absolute necessity for enhancing our outreach. PartnerMatrix seemed to be the software that fit our needs the best and ticked all the boxes. We’re all-in with this, and I’m sure that the results will be worthy of all efforts and investments.“
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