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888 to shut down UK affiliate programme?

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888 has denied it is shutting down its UK affiliate programme after a number of affiliates received emails yesterday stating they must no longer target UK traffic and 888 would no longer pay them commission for newly generated players.

 

In an email seen by iGaming Business, affiliates were told: “As you may be aware the regulatory landscape for affiliates is constantly changing and evolving, especially in the UK. In order to help ensure that we work with our affiliate partners in a compliant manner, we are seeking to exert greater control on the traffic which is generated from the UK.

As a result, from January 29th 2018, you must not target UK IP addresses and/or any persons located in the UK. Therefore, we shall no longer pay you any commission with regard to money players in the UK which you generate.

Some posters on the GPWA (Gambling Portal Webmasters Association) forum interpreted the email to mean the programme was shutting down. “Unless I’m reading things incorrectly with my dodgy eyes…bye bye then!” said one.

When contacted by iGB, the operator said: “888 takes the issue of responsible gaming very seriously and has taken a number steps to ensure its marketing complies with the Gambling Commission’s LCCP and ASA’s advertising codes.

In order to monitor the actions of affiliates more closely, 888 has already terminated its relationship with a large number of affiliates and will continue to close and terminate accounts in order to work with fewer affiliate partners and have better oversight of their activities.

Duncan Garvie, who runs affiliate and mediation site ThePogg, said he hadn’t received the email as he no longer works with 888, but that it didn’t surprise him.

I’ve been anticipating this particular move for a while now. With the punitive approach the UK authorities have been taking towards operators and affiliates we’ve already seen a number of programmes close up completely or implement very aggressive terms.

I was fully expecting one of them to work out eventually that they simply had to stop accepting UK traffic from affiliates rather than close or destroy their reputation with really questionable terms.

Another poster on the GPWA forum pointed out the email did also contain the following line: “If you do wish to continue working with us in the UK please contact us, through this link: http://affiliates.888.com/contact-us.htm.

His take on it was: “I think if you are prepared to work closely with them, accept the UK marketing guidelines and make any changes they request you to, that you can still carry on working with them.

Operators have come under fire for their marketing activities, including those carried out by affiliates, over the past year and 888 was one of several operators to receive a warning from the Advertising Standards Authority over an advert run by an affiliate partner.

As a consequence, operators have been placing more and more compliance demands on affiliates. Bet365 recently carried out an overhaul of its programme and Paddy Power unveiled a ‘one-strike’ policy for affiliates in September.

In September, Sky Bet controversially announced that it was shutting down its affiliate programme altogether, although some have been cynical about its motives.

In a recent interview with iGaming Business’ sister publication iGB Affiliate magazine, Gambling.com’s Charles Gillespie said: “Let’s be clear — Sky still works with strategic media partners. My take on the Sky situation is that it was a set of unique circumstances — they are preparing for a listing this year, private equity owns the business, the owners and the management of the business are being very aggressive on hitting targets and what can be easier than turning off a bunch of legacy rev share and using compliance as an excuse?

The 888 email suggested, however, that it will be taking a less heavy handed approach to historic traffic than Sky Bet, with the email also having stated: “The aforementioned shall not apply with respect to non-UK money players or to money players which you have generated in the UK prior to such date, subject to the Uffiliate terms and conditions found at http://affiliates.888.com/terms-and-conditions/ (the “Terms”).”

 

Source:iGB

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WPT GLOBAL JOINS GAMBLING PORTAL WEBMASTERS ASSOCIATION AS PLATINUM SPONSOR

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WPT Global, the online poker platform licensed by the World Poker Tour, has joined the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association as a Platinum Sponsor.

The newly-established partnership between WPT Global and the GPWA will help advance the relationship with affiliates even further. As the leading platform in connecting gambling industry professionals, the GPWA provides WPT Global with the necessary tools to reinforce the relationship between the brand and its affiliates.

Already carrying the name of one of the most respected brands in the poker industry, WPT Global adds even more credibility by adding the GPWA Sponsor Seal. This new certificate is further proof that WPT Global is committed to the shared values of integrity, respect, transparency and ethical business practices.

WPT Global’s affiliate program, WPT Partners, rewards the partner websites’ effort and commitment to promoting the brand. By working together with the WPT Global, affiliates enjoy a wide range of benefits, which include:

• Different deal types: revenue share, CPA and hybrid, which combines both.
• Sub-affiliates revenue share, up to 2.5%.

WPT Partners have a variety of market tools at their disposal. The WPT Global newsletter, which contains information on the latest campaigns, promotions, events, partnerships and system updates, will keep affiliates up to date with everything they need to know. WPT Global creates a close relationship between its products and the affiliate’s players, all increasing and optimizing customer conversion.

The recently launched WPT Global platform brings the World Poker Tour experience online. Already available in over 50 nations and territories, WPT Global offers the best possible online poker experience in a secure, fair and exciting package.

Players signing up for the WPT Global app will join the largest poker network in the world, with a variety of poker games available to suit all bankrolls and styles. WPT Global welcomes new players with a first deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,200.

WPT Global has fully embraced NFTs and the Metaverse, having recently partnered with GAMAVRS to create Poker Heroes Club, the world’s first NFT poker community. With 9,999 NFT avatars auctioned since its launch in February 2022, Poker Heroes Club also brings many exclusive benefits. Its members enjoy celebrity poker tables with WPT influencers, $100,000 freeroll tournaments, access to VIP WPT Global events and a private Discord channel.

Players of all levels can also learn from the best with Learn WPT. Starting at $5 for the first month of membership, players will undertake comprehensive workshops and learn from professionals on how to win at poker.

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HITSQWAD PARTNERS WITH FIRST LOOK AS IT UNLEASHES DEBUT GAMES

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First Look Games will enable affiliates to access HITSqwad’s action-packed jackpot titles

Challenger games studio HITSqwad has partnered with leading affiliate platform First Look Games as it prepares to unleash its debut Jackpot Theme, FIRST STRIKE.

There has been no announcement about being an online casino with no deposit bonus, but fans and newbies alike are hoping for something similar.

First Look Games is the ultimate platform for game studios to connect with iGaming affiliates and over 20 million casino players around the world. It gives publishers in the affiliate space access to game information, assets and content on the latest slots before anyone else. By connecting game developers directly with the publishers who promote their content to players, it increases the volume, quality and compliance of game marketing.

Formed by a team of industry veterans, HITSqwad’s Vision is to become a Market Leader in the supply of both Jackpot Technology & Jackpot Games to the Online Gaming Market.

The studio’s eagerly awaited debut jackpot games include the military themed BRAVO MISSION, and the Viking inspired RAGNAR, both of which are packed with action in the form of freespins, win multipliers and tiered bonus and jackpot features.

It’s the first of several completed HITSqwad games that will be released to the market via the Playzido Network in the coming months.

Interested affiliates can sign up, free of charge, at firstlookgames.com to learn more.

Charl Geyser, CEO of HITSqwad said: “We’re delighted to partner with First Look Games. HITSqwad is committed to working with the highest-quality partners to enable the entire industry and players to get the best from our exciting product range. The initial two games are locked, loaded and ready for action, and there are many more in the pipeline. Registered affiliates can see them first at First Look Games!”  

Tom Galanis, Managing Director at First Look Games said:HITSqwad are a really exciting new games studio and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen First Look Games. We think they’re going to make a real splash in the market, and we want to help them do that by delivering maximum exposure for their games.”

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LottaRewards Launches New Features for Enhanced Player Experience!

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LottaRewards is thrilled to announce that they have taken their brand experience to the next level. Many features across the Lotto247 platform have been enhanced for improved conversions and customer lifetime value, leading to increased player engagement with more games and offers to choose from. Income Access has been providing its industry-leading affiliate tracking platform solution to LottaRewards, but we are also excited to share the expansion of the existing partnership, as IA will now be managing the LottaRewards affiliate channel. The affiliate platform offers affiliates a wide range of marketing and analytics tools, flexible commissions, detailed performance tracking and support from a knowledgeable team of industry veterans.

About Lotta Rewards
LottaRewards is the longest running and best lottery affiliate program in the industry. Their core brands Lotto247.com, PlayHugeLottos.com, GrandesLoterias.com and PlayUSALotteries.com operate in more than 100 countries, and provide support in 6 languages including English, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and French. Their brands make it possible for players from all around the world to participate in the world’s biggest lottery jackpots, including the famous US Powerball, Mega Millions, Mega Sena, Euromillions and more.

Brands and Products
Affiliates can promote the different LottaRewards brands based on their traffic and targeted markets. Lotto247’s brand purpose is to serve up life changing fun for everyone and is positioned as an always-on, always open destination to try your luck, win BIG and live free. The site is slick and mobile friendly, offering a first-class lottery experience with a colourful twist. The brand also offers access to exclusive jackpots, a variety of payment mechanisms, continuous promotions, and generous giveaways.
PlayHugeLottos has been around for over 20 years and has built up a rock-solid reputation as a trusted place to chase the ultimate luxury lifestyle dream. The brand purpose is to help you dream bigger than ever before. The site has been designed to provide players with localized experiences and offers. Players won’t find generic promotions or campaigns here, PlayHugeLottos.com is the embodiment of VIP treatment. They also offer GrandesLoterias.com which is specially for the Latin American and Spanish audience whereas PlayUSALotteries.com focuses on the world-famous US Jackpot draws and is popular in all ROW markets.

Player Opportunities
New players on Lotto247 and PlayHugeLottos are treated from the get- go. The Players get an opportunity to take advantage of the following promotions:
• 50% deposit bonus within 72 hours after their FTD
• Discounted entries to international draws and Cashbacks after depositing
• Best lottery odds, free lottery entries, access to special Superdraws
• Surprise gifts for simply signing in and much more.

The product portfolio is extensive and caters to any player repertoire. All brands offer Lottery Betting, hundreds of Slots from all the top suppliers, eScratches, Table Games, Live Dealer Casino, Keno and coming soon: Sportsbetting.

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