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The Outlook for UK iGaming Affiliate Marketing in 2021

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The iGaming industry can be quite lucrative for affiliates who know how to make the most out of available affiliate programs. UK online gambling brands from sportsbooks to casinos and everything in between rely on all types of online and offline advertising strategies to acquire and retain customers. Affiliate marketing is one such strategy that has evolved in importance over the years. This evolution is likely to continue in 2021.

Even though 2020 has been a rather rocky year due to COVID-19, iGaming affiliate marketing share in 2021 has the potential to grow with new online UK bookmakers establishing (and big-name online UK bookmakers re-establishing) a foothold in the profitable football betting market. Already, brand new bookies are starting to appear with the 2020/21 sports season set to begin. These new bookies mean the potential for more affiliate marketing opportunities because affiliate programs tend to be one of the most cost-effective methods for acquiring new customers.

 

Affiliate marketing spend has increased over the years

For sportsbooks and casinos, over the last decade, affiliate marketing has become an increasingly important marketing strategy for expanding their online reach to attract new punters via desktop and mobile channels.

According to a Regulus Partners report, in the past few years there has been massive growth in UK gambling online marketing spend, which increased form £376 million in 2014 to £725 million in 2017. As such, it comes as no surprise that this same report found that there was also notable growth in Affiliate marketing spend, with an increase from £274 million in 2014 to £295 million in 2017. This is quite the jump considering that affiliate marketing typically tends to be one of the least expensive forms of advertising.

It is highly probably that these figures will continue to climb higher into next year as more of Britain’s gamblers choose to bet online out of convenience, ease of mobile access and the pandemic crisis.

 

Current iGaming Affiliate restrictions

Presently, gambling online in the UK is at an all time high. According to the UK Gambling Commission’s gambling industry statistics covering the period between October 2018 and September 2019, gross gambling yield has grown. More specifically, some of the biggest increases have been seen in the remote (online) betting, bingo and casino markets. Focusing on betting specifically, the total gross gambling yield for remote betting during this time period was £2.1 billion, a 4.3% increase from April 2018 – May 2019.

However, while this may be good news for gambling operators and their affiliates, a growing concern about increased problem gambling and gambling addiction in the country, has lead to a call for tighter regulations to be placed on operators, specifically restrictions regarding advertising.

This isn’t the first time that restrictions have been placed on UK gambling-related advertising, including iGaming affiliate marketing. Three years ago, tighter regulations were placed on operators, making them liable for the actions of their affiliate partners to help try and curb advertising misleading information. This has resulted in betting firms being hit with fines rather than their affiliates when their affiliates advertised misleading information about the firm’s promotions.

These stricter guidelines were designed to motivate gambling operators to encourage their affiliates to stick to advertising regulations, otherwise the operator would be held responsible if the advertising was found to be in breach of Gambling Commission rules.  As a direct result of these rules, some firms closed their affiliate programs altogether, including Sky Bet, who didn’t want to take a chance with untrustworthy affiliates.

 

What the future could hold for iGaming affiliates

However, in spite of the current affiliate marketing regulation responsibilities placed on operators, some feel that this is not enough. It is possible that, in the future, the UK government may take the next step and regulate iGaming affiliates directly. If this should occur, it could mean that affiliates would be required to register or license their operations before deals can be made to promote legal sportsbooks.

These changes could impact affiliates by introducing new:

  • Regulation costs – A fee may need to be paid by affiliates to be regulated.
  • Legal requirements – Affiliates would be required to ensure regulatory compliance, meaning that if they breach rules they would also be subject to a fine along with the operator.
  • Increased acquisitions – Smaller affiliates are not likely to survive with the new regulatory changes, making it easier for larger affiliates to purchase them, reducing competition.

There is no question that if the Gambling Commission chooses to crack down further on affiliate marketing, this would have an effect on iGaming affiliate market share in the future. However, as it stands now, with new online bookmakers popping up onto the scene and the new football season ready to start, the outlook seems bright for iGaming affiliates in 2021.

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L&G esports team founded by Alona Shevtsova won the national Dragon EC Cup tournament

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Ukrainian esports team L&G won the Dragon EC Cup tournament, held on the 20th of April by Dragon Esports Club. Four teams competed in the tournament’s final: Lazer Cats, L&G, which received a direct invitation to the final stage, EsportsBattle, and ThunderFlash, which had open qualifiers. During the Grand Final, the L&G team competed with Lazer Cats on Mirage, Anubis, and Vertigo maps.

“This victory is a testament to the exceptional talent and commitment of our players, as well as the collective effort of our coaching staff and support personnel,” said Alona Shevtsova, founder of L&G Esports. “We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and grateful for the unwavering support of our fans.”

L&G is among the top 5 Ukrainian teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It was founded in 2021. The previous name was Leogaming, and it was created on the initiative of the famous Alona Shevtsova from the fintech sector.

The team began competing in top tournaments and almost immediately made it to the Advanced division of the ESEA League Europe competition. The team also participated in and took prizes in European tournaments such as the SCL League, WhiteBit Crypto Open, Phoenix League, and local competitions. The team players are marat2k, r0ublE, kr1vda, kL1o, OneUn1que, rji (coach).

The winners received a 50,000 UAH prize. Dragon Esports Club also prepared a 15-skin giveaway for the broadcast’s viewers.

It is worth mentioning that the L&G team created its merch items, which are available for order worldwide. To get more information about the team, visit the L&G Instagram page, Twitch, or Telegram Channel.

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WA.Technology Launches WA.Affiliates

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WA.Technology, an award-winning B2B iGaming solutions provider, announces the launch of WA.Affiliates, a next-gen iGaming affiliate management platform. WA.Affiliates empowers operators to manage and optimise their affiliate programs for enhanced profitability, broader market reach, and streamlined, successful operations. 

WA.Affiliates combines an intuitive user interface with a clean, functional design, facilitating simple affiliate performance management. The platform solution is built on real-time optimisation and informed analytics so operators can expand their reach, increase traffic, and boost revenue with maximum efficiency.

Key features include personalised and customisable agreements for each affiliate, integrated user tracking for intelligent insights, and an optimised iGaming-oriented back-office. WA.Affiliates’ support includes zero setup fees alongside free panel transitions and integrated wallets for transaction security and straightforward migration.

Operators can reap the benefits of effortless management thanks to WA.Affiliates’ user-friendly dashboard configuration. Around-the-clock support offers real-time assistance and uncomplicated navigation, giving operators the upper hand in the global marketplace. Hourly insights, detailed reports, and in-depth analysis perfect data-driven decisions for improved acquisition and retention strategies. WA.Affiliates also motivates affiliates via its engaging gamification system, and intelligent user-tracking provides accurate information on campaign performance.

Tim Scoffham, CEO of WA.Technology, shared his enthusiasm for the launch, saying, “With WA.Affiliates, we’re forging a new path in the iGaming industry, creating a platform that not only meets but anticipates the needs of our partners. Our focus on innovation and customised solutions makes WA.Affiliates a key player in driving growth and profitability. We’re simplifying affiliate management to deliver tangible results, demonstrating our commitment to leading the way in digital excellence. At WA.Technology, we’re not just following the path to excellence – we’re creating it.”

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Affiliate Roulette Introduces Affiliate Brain AI – A Comprehensive AI Tool Suite for Affiliate Marketers

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Affiliate Roulette Introduces Affiliate Brain AI - A Comprehensive AI Tool Suite for Affiliate Marketers

 

New Platform Streamlines Content Creation, Social Media Management, and Performance Optimization

Affiliate Roulette, a leading provider of iGaming affiliate networking, announced the launch of Affiliate Brain AI, an advanced AI tool suite designed to assist affiliates and affiliate managers in enhancing their marketing efforts. This platform offers 60 AI-powered tools to simplify various aspects of affiliate marketing, including content creation, social media strategies, and performance analysis.

Affiliate Brain AI aims to address the challenges faced by affiliates in the dynamic digital marketing landscape. Having been trained specifically for affiliation, this platform enables affiliates to generate high-quality content, visuals, and social media posts efficiently. From AI-driven article assistants and adaptive content capabilities to intelligent writing tools and code generators, Affiliate Brain AI equips affiliates with the resources they need to create compelling, brand-consistent content tailored to their target audiences.

“We are excited to introduce Affiliate Brain AI, a practical solution that addresses the evolving needs of affiliate marketers,” said Edward of Affiliate Roulette. “Our platform utilizes AI technology to provide affiliates with a comprehensive toolkit that streamlines their operations, enhances productivity, and drives better results across all aspects of their affiliate marketing efforts.”

Key features of Affiliate Brain AI include:

Content Creation Tools:

·       AI Article Wizard: Simplify content creation with a guided template for generating keywords, titles, outlines, and more.

·       Brand Voice Integration: Maintain consistent brand identity across all content by integrating your brand’s voice and style.

·       Intelligent Writing Assistant: Generate high-quality text content with an intuitive interface and robust editing capabilities.

·       Custom AI Models: Create tailor-made AI models for generating content that aligns with your unique affiliate marketing needs.

Visual and Multimedia Tools:

·       AI Video Enhancements: Transform static images into engaging, motion-based affiliate promotion videos.

·       AI Image Generator: Create stunning visuals and graphics in seconds with advanced AI image generation capabilities.

·       AI Voiceover: Convert text into natural-sounding audio with customizable voices and languages.

Coding and Development Tools:

·       AI Code Generator: Accelerate coding processes and bring projects to life more efficiently with AI-generated code.

·       AI Web Chat: Analyze web page content and generate relevant information or responses based on the provided URL.

Social Media and Marketing Tools:

·       Social Media Post Generators: Access post, caption, and hashtag generators for platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

·       Email and Newsletter Generators: Automate the creation of emails, newsletters, and other affiliate marketing communications.

·       SEO Optimization Tools: Improve search engine visibility with AI-generated meta descriptions, titles, and keyword-optimized content.

Productivity and Efficiency Tools:

·       AI Speech-to-Text: Transcribe audio recordings into text format with high accuracy.

·       File Analyzer: Extract key insights or generate summaries from documents like PDFs, Word files, and CSVs.

·       Advanced Dashboard: Track data, manage documents, and monitor time saved with a centralized control panel.

Affiliate Brain AI also offers tools specifically tailored for social media management, such as post generators, caption creators, and hashtag optimizers for platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

With its flexible pricing model, including a free plan with unlimited word tokens for active Affiliate Roulette users, Affiliate Brain AI is accessible to affiliates of all levels, enabling them to optimize their marketing strategies and drive better results in the competitive digital landscape.

Affiliate Roulette is a networking platform that offers a free iGaming affiliate directory to make it easy for operators to find affiliates. Affiliates and operators can create a company profile, find new customers, and grow their reputation in the iGaming industry. And now with Affiliate Brain AI, Affiliate Roulette is the only platform that provides a full arsenal of tools and networking site to ensure their success.

 

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