On 3 April 2016, Catena Media acquired the acknowledged and highly regarded affiliate website AskGamblers.com for EUR 15 million and thereby consolidates its position as Europe’s fastest growing company in lead generation. The transaction is the largest in Catena Media’s history and its third strategic acquisition thus far this year.
On 3 April 2016, Catena Media plc’s fully owned subsidiary acquired the affiliate website AskGamblers.com (“AskGamblers”). AskGamblers operates one of the markets most highly visited web portals for player reviews and rankings of online casinos. The company also provides players with the unique opportunity of trying online casino-related disputes via the portal and, to date, this has resulted in more than EUR 5 million being repaid to players. Players across Europe utilise AskGamblers with the UK being the company’s largest market. At the prestigious iGB Affiliate Awards, AskGamblers has won the Best Casino Affiliate for three consecutive years, most recently in 2015. The transaction includes all affiliate accounts, domains, mobile apps and social media accounts.
AskGamblers’ sales in the first quarter of 2016 amounted to approximately EUR 810,000 with a profit margin surpassing 80%. The revenue stems from organic traffic under revenue sharing agreements and is expected to generate at least 25,000 new depositing clients each year. Revenue will accrue to Catena Media from and including 1 April 2016.
AskGamblers’ development centre is based in Serbia and comprises a team of 30 employees, all of whom will be offered continued employment by Catena Media. This will give the company access to a talent pool of skilled employees in technical development and programming. Accordingly, Catena Media now has approximately 130 employees and has offices in three countries.
“We are incredibly proud of acquiring AskGamblers which is one of the best brands in the affiliate market and whose operations are a perfect fit for Catena Media. AskGamblers is an extremely important site for casino operators and, through its stringent requirements for certified casinos, contributes to creating a better iGaming industry. The transaction is the largest in Catena Media’s history and in line with our strategy of growth through acquisitions in a fragmented market. In parallel, we are strengthening our team with a number of highly skilled individuals and this transaction provides us with the opportunity to build the office in Serbia into an extremely cost-efficient development centre for Catena Media,” says Robert Andersson, CEO of Catena Media.
The purchase price amounts to EUR 15 million, which will be paid in three tranches: EUR 3 million will be paid on completion of the transaction; EUR 8.25 million will be paid when all assets have been transferred to Catena Media and EUR 3.75 million will be paid six months after the acquisition has been completed.
“Catena Media has grown into one of the most interesting actors in our industry and it feels particularly exciting that AskGamblers will now enter the next phase together with them,” says Igor Salindrija, founder and previous owner of AskGamblers.com.
About Catena Media
Catena Media was founded in 2012 and is engaged in performance marketing and lead generation predominantly within the iGaming industry. The company thereby attracts substantial numbers of online players through various products and services, and directs them to a number of B2B customers, mainly consisting of iGaming operators. Catena Media focuses primarily on customers who operate online casinos on their own websites. Customers typically use a network of marketing partners, known as affiliates, to promote their products and services and, thus attract more online players to their websites. iGaming operators remunerate Catena Media for each online player that it generates for the operator through such websites as www.johnslots.com/sv/ and www.rightcasino.com. Catena Media’s core markets are Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The company has approximately 100 employees. The Group’s headquarter is located in Sliema, Malta.
For further information, please contact:
Robert Andersson, CEO +356 770 329 28
Tipico U.S. Partners with Income Access for Affiliate Program
Soon to launch New Jersey-facing sportsbook to leverage Income Access’ platform and affiliate management services
Tipico U.S., a division of Tipico Group, one of the largest European sports book operators, today announced a partnership with Income Access, Paysafe Group’s marketing technology and services provider. The partnership will see Tipico U.S. unveil a new affiliate program in New Jersey for its imminently launching sports betting and iGaming brand, which will be managed by Income Access’ team of affiliate marketing experts, while leveraging the company’s technology solution.
Tipico Group, which possesses nearly 15 years of online and retail sports betting experience in Europe, is one of the few operators to use proprietary technology to power its gaming products. Regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), Tipico U.S. will officially unveil its new gaming brand to sports enthusiasts within the state in 2020.
Supporting affiliates with their acquisition and retention efforts is Income Access’ affiliate software, which features comprehensive tracking and reporting tools. As the upcoming Tipico U.S. program will also be managed by the company’s in-house affiliate management team, the brand will benefit from expert knowledge in affiliate recruitment, outreach, maintenance, payments and more.
The launch of the Tipico U.S. affiliate program will enable affiliates to develop and monitor digital marketing campaigns for the international sports gaming and entertainment company. Aiming to engage with active sports bettors, Tipico U.S. is a brand for players who want cutting-edge sports betting experiences. At launch, Tipico will offer simple enrollments via their mobile app, web and desktop platforms, as well as competitive player promotions.
Adrian Vella, Managing Director, U.S. Business at Tipico, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Income Access and look forward to the great work the company will be able to produce for our team. As part of our U.S. expansion, we’ve made sure Tipico is aligned with the best in the business, particularly those with deep experience in the regulated New Jersey market.”
Keith Gormley, Head of U.S. Marketing at Tipico, added: “This partnership will serve as a key piece in our marketing strategy for both our upcoming launch in New Jersey and our expansion into other regulated markets in the U.S. Through our collaboration, we’re anticipating driving high-quality players into the Tipico sports betting product.”
Tara Wilson, SVP and General Manager at Income Access, Paysafe Group, said: “Sports affiliates will soon be able to promote Tipico, a well-known brand in the gaming industry, thanks to our partnership. Both our platform and management services will help affiliates establish a presence in New Jersey, while also encouraging overall program growth.”
The Lottery Office Launches Affiliate Programme with Income Access
The Lottery Office, Australia’s premier online lottery operator, has announced the launch of its new lottery affiliate programme with Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider. The agreement will see the iLottery brand, which is regulated by the Northern Territory Government of Australia, leverage Income Access’ comprehensive affiliate marketing software to optimise programme growth and increase affiliate partnerships in Australia.
An established brand with over 16 years of experience in the global lottery industry, The Lottery Office employs a unique business model, whereby Australian players are provided with a matching ticket, at the lottery of their choice, for major lotteries across the globe once a ticket is purchased locally. The company’s portfolio includes seven of the world’s biggest lottery brands such as EuroMillions®, EuroJackpot® and US Powerball®.
Part of the Global Players Network Pty Ltd, The Lottery Office is also one of a select group of online lottery operators that are licensed by the Northern Territory Government of Australia to sell tickets to Australians, allowing customers to benefit from international lottery draws.
The integration with Income Access’ award-winning reporting and tracking technology will grant The Lottery Office and its affiliates access to key data and tools that can be leveraged towards their combined digital marketing efforts to maximise overall revenue growth. Furthermore, the platform features state-of-the-art ad targeting capabilities based on geo-location, time of day, device, browser and other criteria.
Qualified partners will benefit from the brand’s in-house affiliate team with the long-standing history and experience required to acquire and retain high-value iLottery players. In addition, affiliates will be compensated through competitive revenue commission schemes.
Jaclyn Wood, CEO at The Lottery Office, said: “The combination of Income Access’ leading affiliate software and dedicated affiliates, who will play an integral role in our advancement, gives us a powerful marketing advantage while aligning with our strategic growth plans.”
Tara Wilson, SVP and General Manager at Paysafe’s Income Access, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with a company like The Lottery Office, which has such a strong presence in the Australian online lottery market, in support of its affiliate programme launch. Through our software platform, we will provide essential marketing tools to support both the growth of its affiliate channel, as well as the brand’s overall exposure in Australia’s expanding iLottery market.”
BonusFinder.com granted Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) membership
Cements company’s commitment to social responsibility in UK gaming affiliate sector
BonusFinder.com has been granted membership of the Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) body in recognition of its commitment to responsible gaming and player safety.
RAiG’s mission is to raise standards in the UK affiliate sector around responsible gaming, to foster wider initiatives to promote social responsibility and help to create a safer gambling environment for consumers.
Before being granted its membership, BonusFinder.com successfully completed a third-party social responsibility audit, ensuring it fulfils the association’s entry criteria as well as being compliant with a range of existing statutory and non-statutory regulations.
As a member of the RAiG, BonusFinder.com has agreed to uphold the Code of Conduct set by the association around social responsibility, business ethics and regulatory compliance.
The association was founded in 2019 with founding members including Better Collective, Oddschecker, and the Racing Post.
Fintan Costello, Managing Director, BonusFinder.com, said: “Ever since we started the business a year ago we have been firmly committed to ensuring the highest levels of compliance and licensing, with player safety our number one priority.
“Being granted a membership to RAiG further cements this pledge and we look forward to working together with the association and its members to share knowledge and experience and to ensure that best practices and standards are upheld in the affiliate industry.”
Clive Hawkswood, Chairman of RAiG, said: “We are thrilled to welcome BonusFinder as a member as we continue our work to promote the socially responsible marketing of gambling products.
“Our members want to go beyond what’s required and recognise the role that affiliate marketing providers must play as part of wider industry initiatives in the UK to promote social responsibility and a safer gambling environment for consumers.”
BonusFinder.com was founded in 2019 with a simple goal to allow people to “play with more” at their favourite casino or sportsbook and operates in several European markets and holds affiliate licences in five US states.
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