Police forces former NHL tough guy to quit affiliate business
Former NHL player quits his casino affiliate business just weeks after starting it
Former NHL player Sami Helenius has quit his casino affiliate business. Helenius launched his first affiliate site Kasino Curt in the end of October, but he quit his business after the Police of Finland contacted him.
Helenius run his business from Finland, where only three organizations, which merged in the beginning of this year, are allowed to run gambling operations under the Lotteries Act. To avoid legal problems Kasino Curt did not publish marketing materials in Finnish. Instead Kasino Curt decided to target Swedish casino enthusiasts with Swedish marketing materials.
Of the legal problems, Helenius said, “I decided to quit my business, when the Police of Finland sent me a request for clarification. They suspected that we are really marketing to Finns, not to Swedes. After reading their message I immediately understood that there was no way for me to convince them that we are not targeting Finns. Among other things they wanted to know, if Finns could gamble on the gambling sites we wanted to advertise in kasinocurt.com. Finland does not block gambling sites, so of course it’s possible. Finland defends its monopoly very, very aggressively, even when the “aggressor” is not targeting Finnish casino enthusiasts. This is very disappointing and frustrating, as I had big plans for Kasino Curt.”
Sami Helenius (born January 22, 1974) is a retired Finnish ice hockey player. Known for his role as an enforcer, Helenius played for Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks during his time in NHL. Helenius became known as the “Fighting Finn,” as he was the first Finn in NHL known as an enforcer. Kasino Curt was named after Swedish ice hockey coach Curt Lindström, who coached the Finnish men’s national ice hockey team between 1993 and 1997, winning Finland’s first Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal in 1995.
Vahe Khalatyan appointed new PartnerMatrix CEO
PartnerMatrix, an award-winning affiliate software provider in the iGaming industry, is proud to announce the appointment of Vahe Khalatyan, previously PartnerMatrix Chief Technical Officer, as its new CEO.
Since day one, Vahe has played a crucial role in the development and success of PartnerMatrix in the last eight years, proving to be a key asset and leader within the team.
His appointment follows the recent departure of previous CEO and co-founder Levon Nikoghosyan who left the business to pursue his own personal projects.
Vahe Khalatyan, CEO of PartnerMatrix, said: “I am excited to take on this role and lead PartnerMatrix into the future. I have been with the company since day one and have developed a deep understanding of its operations and the market.
“In 2023 we will continue to lead the way in iGaming affiliate marketing and focus on new tools and updates for affiliate security, providing a bespoke approach to every client.”
Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix, added: “Vahe takes over the position with a wealth of knowledge about the company and the industry and has some exciting, innovative ideas he will implement in the months to come.
“This is a significant step, both for Vahe and PartnerMatrix, and I’m delighted he has stepped up. This is fully deserved and I’m confident his efforts, ideas, and skills will continue to bring great success to the company and the group.”
PartnerMatrix was awarded Best Affiliate Software at the EGR B2B Awards 2022, demonstrating its commitment to providing the best solutions in the industry. Under Vahe’s leadership, the company will continue to innovate and provide exceptional services to its clients in the iGaming sector.
iGB Affiliate London opens in style
The 2023 edition of iGB Affiliate London opened today (9th February) with visitors participating in the biggest edition of the show on record.
The annual event is this year occupying a record 11,800 square metres (net) with the demand for space from both new and existing exhibitors underlining iGB Affiliate London’s status as the flagship event for stakeholders and the ‘not to be missed’ business appointment of the year.
Jay Todd of exhibitors APCW described the show as being “..easily the most significant affiliate event of the year offering tremendous value from education to networking.”
Anthony Telesca, of GPWA said the show was “…an absolute must” and constituted the “..most valuable conference for new business and for strengthening existing relationships.”
A total of 31 brands are making their debut appearance on the show floor, with the newcomers drawn from a total of 18-nations comprising Malta (4 first time exhibitors), UK (4), Ukraine (3), Israel (3), Hungary (2), Australia (2), Cyprus (2) and one each from Bulgaria, Denmark, Poland, Japan, Serbia, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Greece, Estonia and Portugal.
Naomi Barton, Portfolio Director responsible for iGB Affiliate London, believes the balance between established long-time supporters and businesses which are new to the show represents a compelling proposition for visitors and delegates. She stated: “Alongside the provision of new business strategies, new tactics, new technologies, new thinking and new trends it’s really significant that we can also provide visitors with access to a host of new exhibitors who want to be a part of the iGB Affiliate London show experience.”
She added: “Attracting a community of new exhibitors who represent nearly one in four (23.8%) of the show floor total, has enabled us to grow iGB Affiliate London to the extent that this year’s show occupies three of the halls at ExCeL London for the first time.
“Joining the community at iGB Affiliate London provides an opportunity to engage with over 5,000 affiliates, advertisers, networks and tech suppliers, as well as network with non-gaming affiliates and find out how what works in other sectors can be deployed in gaming.”
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.”
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