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How Vera & John became the market-leading online casino in Japan

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In most places of the world, gambling and casinos are outlawed. Likewise, under the law and regulation of Japan, gambling is prohibited as well. There is no availability of any physical form of casino or gambling in Japan.

People who live in Japan do look forward to such activities. Most of the population is a hidden fan of gambling or casinos due to the reasons for much better opportunities for earning money despite the fact that various laws prohibit the physical forms of casinos.

But no law bans gambling through online platforms. And due to such cases, Japan is now on the verge of becoming the best market for online casinos. It is also believed that the government of Japan will be turning Osaka city into a casino hub.

It will increase tourism and travel in the country. Which, in turn, will increase the profit and money flow into the country. This step has made online gambling successful and much of this is due to the efforts in recent years of Vera and John.

The main reason due to which the online casino has flourished in Japan is primarily due to the hard work of Vera and John who were one of the first online casino operators to enter the Japanese market.

 

How the Vera & John reputation was built?

Ever since their entrance into Japan, VJ (as they are commonly known in the industry) have been at the center of the online casino world. They built a platform that the local audience could connect with including a character with appeal to the Japanese graphical style, local language and support for the local currency – the Japanese Yen. 

They backed this up with payment and withdrawal methods that the Japanese would also be familiar with and are unique to Japan. And best of all, it didn’t take them long to develop this platform and offer all these services to their customer base. At its heart, Vera & John’s success could be said to be built on their understanding of the local market and creating a platform that speaks to their audience: 

  • Japanese language
  • Currency support
  • Marvelous graphics
  • Good customer support
  • Wide range of transactions. For example, e-wallets, debit, and credit cards. Allowance of international wire transfers, bank transfers, etc.

Not only that, VJ has all the best slot games and live casino options – many of which can’t be found in physical casinos. Plus, it constitutes many different popular video and traditional games.

Welcome offers and strong website user experience

Vera and John also have a generous welcome bonus. These types of welcome offers are now common in the industry and each online casino has its own version as a way of attracting new customers. However upon launch in Japan, VJ sat almost on its own in offering a generous amount of free spins when a customer signs up and deposits on their website. A simple marketing strategy that took advantage of the fact that not many people had seen this type of offer before from an online casino.

One of the other key aspects of Vera & John’s success was their easy withdrawal procedure. This option allows the users to collect their winnings whenever they want. There are no restrictions or long procedures to draw your cash. Unsurprisingly, within the online casino industry this is something that typically frustrates customers when they are unable to withdraw their earnings immediately.

Such initiatives are the reason for Vera & John’s popularity. Their market entry, localisation and timing was all aligned to make their efforts a success to date.

A final word on casino safety

For Japanese casino enthusiasts, they now favor an online environment for many reasons. Partly due to the strict laws and casino regulation around playing games in physical casinos – an online environment offers way more variety. Equally through the recent global pandemic, many online businesses have seen growth and the online casino space is no different, giving players the ability to play their favorite games from the comfort of their own home – online casinos don’t need to close for social distancing or any other virus related measure.

Vera & John have mastered the art of entering into a new market, a new culture and timing it to perfection and the results speak for themselves. Needless to say, competition has increased significantly of late as other casinos have seen the opportunity and appetite of the Japanese players. Only time will tell if Vera & John can stay top of the pile.

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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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