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Tombola shocks affiliate world: Dutch affiliates forced to pay 1125 for compliance check

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Tombola, one of the largest online bingo sites globally, has decided to require affiliates who want to promote the Tombola bingo site in the Netherlands to take a compliance check with a legal consultancy firm. In the first year, this compliance check costs 1125 euros per website. Tombola is the first company in the industry to operate in this way.

Affiliates cannot choose by whom they want to conduct the compliance check. Tombola only accepts the compliance check of the legal consultancy firm XY Legal Solutions BV.

XY Legal has set up the KVA seal of approval as a brand for their compliance check. The KVA seal should not be confused with the KSA, the Dutch Gaming Authority. The KVA has nothing to do with the KSA, and is not accredited by the KSA.

XY Legal charges 1125 euros per website for their commercial KVA quality mark. After the first year, affiliates must pay another 725 euros per year per website to remain compliant.

Jan Westerhoff, Dutch igaming specialist at Nieuwslog.nl explains that this means an extra cost of tens of thousands of euros for affiliate companies with a large number of websites.

Marc Smit, country manager Netherlands at Tombola, indicates that this set-up was chosen because Tombola has no Dutch affiliate compliance employees.

“We do indeed set the KVA seal of approval as a condition for starting an affiliate program at Tombola. We believe that an affiliate partner should be tested,” says Marc Smit.

XY Legal indicates that their compliance check is not quantitative and that not the entire website will be checked. The general terms and conditions clearly state, “This means that not the entire website gets a full check.”.

Mr Steven Vrolijk of XY Legal indicates, “As mentioned, we always emphasize in communication that providers do well to also maintain their own compliance checks.”.

Therefore, it is unclear why Tombola seems to sail blindly on the expensive seal of approval of XY Legal and thus drives affiliates to high costs.

Jan Westerhoff says: “Tombola is the only provider with a Dutch KSA license that imposes this requirement. All other operators on the Dutch market, such as Bet365 and Betcity, do their own compliance check, and those companies do not charge affiliates for this.”.

“As far as is I known, Tombola.nl is unique in the igaming industry with their way of forcing affiliates to buy a seal from a commercial consultancy firm.”.

It seems that Tombola is trying to cut back on their compliance costs by making the affiliate pay for these costs. Marc Smit confirms: “Tombola will not pay for this (the compliance check, ed.).”.

Tombola’s decision created shockwaves in the igaming world. According to Jan Westerhoff this will create an unworkable situation in the affiliate market if other operators follow. “Imagine all the extra costs involved if every operator would require a compliance check from a different consultancy firm. This would mean gigantic bills for affiliate companies, and the only winners would be the money-grabbing consultants who want to make a quick buck.”.

The KVA seal of approval is not entirely uncontroversial. Several affiliates who have the seal are mentioned as customers on the website of XY Legal Solutions. Entanglement of interests seems to be lurking. The legal consultancy firm does indicate that every affiliate website must meet the same requirements. The question is how they guarantee this.

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Latam Affiliates Confirmed for June 30, 2022

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The first edition of the Afiliados Latam – São Paulo event is confirmed for June 30th and will take place in São Paulo. The event will be the day after the BiS (Brazilian iGaming Summit), which will take place between the 28th and 29th of June, at the same location.

This year, both events will be held at Espaço JK, which is located on one of the most prestigious corners of São Paulo, at the intersection of Av. Juscelino Kubitscheck and Av. I would do Lima. In addition to a select venue, the event will also feature high quality content and renowned speakers in the iGaming industry.

Among some of the names that will be present, are confirmed, Pedro Lucas Trindade, Pedro Feitosa, Juliano Fontes, Fernando Verchai, Abelardo Dantas, Rodrigo Loco and other famous figures who will soon have their names released.

The event that covers the iGaming market, which in turn includes sports betting, casino games, bingo, poker and other modalities, should also cover topics about digital marketing in general, in addition to affiliate marketing. In addition to this publicity content, we will have issues regarding crypto, tokens and NFTs being covered on stage.

The complete agenda will be published on the official website of Afiliados Latam until the beginning of June. Until then, stay tuned to the event’s digital channels to follow the names of confirmed participants and the companies that will be there.

For the time being, the expectation is that there will be panels dedicated to the hottest issues of the moment, such as the possible situation of affiliates after a regulation of the sports betting market and the possible opening of the market in general after the bill that was passed in Congress earlier this year.

““The initiative will give voice to affiliates who bring years of experience in their luggage, to share during the event, so that the audience can take advantage of important tips to start or improve their operations” – commented Alessandro Valente, co-founder of Super Afiliados and creator of the event.

Since December, plans were being drawn up so that the event would take the form it needed to reach both the more experienced public and those who are not yet used to working in this sector.

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Blexr Acquires Prime NZ Casino Review Site for Seven Figures

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Blexr Acquires Prime NZ Casino Review Site for Seven Figures

 

Lead generation company Blexr has bought the New Zealand-based website CasinoReviews.net.nz as part of its ongoing drive to expand its portfolio.

The site provides honest and thorough reviews of reputable online casinos which accept players from New Zealand, helping people make better online decisions.

Blexr, which has its headquarters in Malta, plans to make the website the most comprehensive casino resource for Kiwi players.

Blexr acquired https://www.casinoreviews.net.nz/ for a seven-figure sum, demonstrating its commitment to owning properties that will further enhance its offerings to its customer base.

Koen Bongers, Blexr’s Head of Marketing, said: “We believe this acquisition will blend very well into our existing product portfolio while increasing our presence in our target markets.

New Zealand has a high interest in slot machines – called ‘pokies’ locally – and our bespoke free casino games technology allows us to create a highly localised offering in the market that will stand out from the competition.

“We have big plans for this website and are excited to see how it will grow in the coming months.”

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AffPapa and Bspin.io join forces in a new partnership

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AffPapa and Bspin.io join forces in a new partnership

 

AffPapa is excited to reveal its new partnership with Bspin.io, officially welcoming the iGaming operator to its ultimate directory.

Bspin.io, which launched in 2018, has since set up a dedicated community of returning players who enjoy a variety of benefits that we’ll go over in a bit.

The iGaming operator, which employs Bitcoin as its exclusive currency, allows its users to deposit, play, and withdraw Bitcoin with no extra conversion in their accounts – same with opening and exiting the games.

Bspin.io commented on the partnership:
“Bspin.io is very pleased to have started cooperation with AffPapa to continue delivering one of the purest forms of entertainment made transparent, safe, and with the players in mind. The joint effort will help to continue operating globally developing the proprietary casino platform on top of crypto adoption.”

Bspin.io is constantly upgrading its appearance and introducing new games. Over 600 titles are available on the website, ranging from jackpots to slots and table games. Daily rewards and one-time bonuses keep gamers intrigued and returning for more.

The operator covers popular GEOs, including Australia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela.

Yeva Avagyan, CCO at AffPapa, stated:

“I am very delighted to see Bspin.io go live with us – AffPapa. With their generous bonuses, one time offers, and 600+ thrilling games, Bspin has secured a loyal fanbase. I’m sure our crypto affiliates will be pleasantly surprised by our new operator being listed in the directory as well.”

When it comes to feedback and customer support, the operator states that every opinion and suggestion is evaluated. Their team of experts feel that this is the ideal strategy for having satisfied consumers.

With reliability, lightning-fast performance, and huge offers, Bspin.io is now open for direct messaging and exciting collaborations!

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