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Plenty of reports have surfaced in recent times over the increase in the number of people taking to online gambling sites during lockdown across the world. Yet, what hasn’t been touched on just yet is the number of illegal platforms that have cropped up recently, too. Yet, Australia has just released details of the increase in the amount of illegal online betting sites springing to life during these tough times.

Despite Australia’s government going all out in a bid to block such sites from penetrating through to the country’s gamblers, it seems as though offshore sites are once again targeting such players in their masses. According to analytics from SEMrush, the number of searches for “online pokies” within Australia went through a swift leap in April to 40,500, which is massive in comparison to February’s result of 12,100.

Even more than that, an increase in the search for “online casino Australia real money” spiked by 540%, showing that the country still has quite the desire to gamble, despite strict gambling laws being in place there.

It was only a few months prior that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) ordered its internet service providers (ISPs) to block 52 illegal online casino sites. Those platforms remained blocked to Australia gamblers, but this hasn’t stopped numerous other offshore and illegal casinos and sportsbooks to appear during lockdown.

Australia Fighting a Losing Battle?

Some might suggest that the Australia government is fighting a losing battle when it comes to blocking access to offshore online gambling sites. There are so many in existence, that by the time they finish blocking them, plenty more will have opened their virtual doors. While it’s not specifically illegal to play online casino games in the country, it is illegal for websites to provide Australians with that sort of service.

This is different to nearby country New Zealand, where online casino gambling is licensed and regulated. That’s why it’s possible to find various lists of the best bookmakers in New Zealand, as these are fairly commonplace to residents. Yet, Australia is a bit more conservative when it comes to the accessibility of such. Could Australia learn from New Zealand’s setup? Well, possibly. But, it does seem like Australia has a bigger problem with people becoming addicted to gambling, in general.

That being said, research does suggest that the number of people in Australia participating in online gambling declined during the months of March and April this year. However, those who were accessing gambling sites did actually end up spending more money than normal at them. This doesn’t fare well for the industry in general where Australia is concerned, as the government estimated that last year, citizens lost around $400 million by participating in online gambling expeditions.

However, statistics did display that participation in gambling at offshore platforms prior to the pandemic had been on the decline. Unfortunately, that seems to have now become a little irrelevant with more Australians looking to satisfy their gaming needs while having nothing better to do with their time at home.

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Slotsjudge Awarded Slots Review Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024

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Securing the Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024 marked another crucial milestone in the expertise and professional growth of Slotsjudge. The reward from one of the most prestigious iGaming award ceremonies in the world did not only acknowledge the current achievements of Slotsjudge but also encouraged its further development and aspirations.

The Achievement and Its Significance

Slotsjudge took an honorable spot among the winners of the Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award. This achievement acclaimed Slotsjudge’s mastery and expertise in the iGaming industry, fueling the company’s development and future incentives for providing first-rate online entertainment to customers and enhancing their knowledge of the iGaming trends.

The Essence of the Award

The 3rd annual AffPapa iGaming Awards ceremony took place on May 27th, 2024 in Malaga, Spain with the main goal of honoring the industry’s leading affiliates, operators, and B2B providers and rewarding their dedication to improving the iGaming sector and introducing breakthrough approaches to online entertainment.

AffPapa is a major trendsetter in the iGaming industry, whose acknowledgment stimulates the growth of international online entertainment providers and lays out the right courses of action for everyone involved in enriching and diversifying the online gaming experience for customers.

Future Outlook

“The Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award is a sign that Slotsjudge is doing a great job at keeping customers up-to-date with innovations in the iGaming field, which is constantly changing and evolving,” stated Jekaterina Dubnicka, the Marketing and Communications Manager at Slotsjudge. “It gives us a powerful incentive to move forward and constantly broaden our expertise.”

The award is not only a prestigious and valuable acknowledgment but also a powerful stimulus to the operations and services provided by Slotsjudge and other acclaimed slot review affiliates.

“In this award, we see an opportunity to prove ourselves to the public once again, to show that Slotsjudge lives up to the title of the Slots Affiliate of the Year and that our work largely contributes to the industry’s advancement,” remarked Pauls Spakovskis, a game expert at Slotsjudge. “Our main goal is to show that we are doing everything to move the iGaming sector forward, and the AffPapa award is the best indicator of that.”

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E2 Communications next one to join Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates

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Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates was launched recently. QMRA is a Quality Mark for international iGaming affiliates, servicing the following markets: The UK, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Ontario, Estonia, Poland, Belgium and USA Michigan.

Various websites and companies joined us already. Game Lounge, Applied Digital Media, Gaming Innovation Group, Leadstar Media, Betterworldcasinos, Place2Bet and more.

Today, E2 Communications applied for QMRA. E2 Communications is a privately owned international digital agency with a focus on sports and sports betting. The company’s service portfolio comprises an international marketing portfolio, the technical infrastructure for the distribution of digital adverts as well as a portfolio of innovative social gaming products, which allows for addressing a target group with a strong interest in sports.

The QMRA Compliance team will conduct compliance checks for the offered websites. E2 Communications is known for a highly responsible approach when it comes to regulatory compliance, which makes this a logical decision.

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2025 editions ICE and iGB Affiliate will be the biggest gathering of gambling professionals of all time

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Following what it’s describing as an ‘unprecedented response’ to the unique exhibiting opportunities available at The Gran Via, Barcelona Clarion Gaming has confirmed that January’s edition of ICE/iGB Affiliate will be the biggest meeting of the global gambling industry on record featuring 1,000+ exhibitors occupying 120,000 sqm of space – 20% bigger than at London 2024.

In an update to stakeholders Clarion Gaming Managing Director Stuart Hunter said: “The 2025 editions of ICE and iGB Affiliate are already reaching capacity despite the show floor being 20% bigger than in 2024 which itself established a new record.” He added: “As part of the Barcelona bid to host ICE/iGB Affiliate, we ensured that we had access to the entire Gran Via campus comprising over 200,000 sqm, allowing the opportunity  to secure more space as and when the industry required.

“Whilst we had the option to utilise more space for 2025, we have taken the strategic decision to cap the size of the 2024 show at 120,000 sqm in order to pursue a structured and sustainable growth plan in line with our customer’s needs and which is also designed to deliver optimum visitor density.

“There has been a huge demand for space both from existing exhibitors and those businesses wanting to show at ICE/iGB Affiliate for the first time. Whilst Clarion is a commercial organisation, we also recognise that as partners to the industry we carry numerous responsibilities which in this case means expanding the show but in a controlled and measured manner and in line with the growth of the industry. This is a continuation of the strategy implemented when the first edition of ICE to take place at ExCeL in 2013 comprised 31,000 sqm. Each year we have grown the show floor in line with a campaign to grow the buy-side attendance and therefore increase return on investment for all participants.”

Addressing the composition of the show Hunter added: “As well as their physical size we are curating the make-up of the exhibitions ensuring that they reflect the industry covering every sector. Our overarching objective is to ensure that ICE and iGB Affiliate reflect the needs of the totality of the global industry and the migration to Barcelona enhances our ability to deliver this.”

ICE/iGBA 2025 will occupy 120,000 gross sqm of The Gran Via across Halls 1 (iGB Affiliate) and 2-5 (ICE). An additional 120,000 sqm has been reserved exclusively for ICE/iGBA across the five-year tenancy.

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