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Vita Media Group partners with SmartSoft Gaming to start a new era on Ekstrapoint

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Vita Media Group partners with SmartSoft Gaming to start a new era on Ekstrapoint

 

Vita Media Group, a Top 20 Power Affiliate according to EGR Global, is excited to announce a new partnership with one of the pioneer gaming providers, SmartSoft Gaming.

This new partnership represents the latest efforts from Vita Media Group to modernize and optimize its loyalty and rewarding platform Ekstrapoint.com. The collaboration between the two sides will result in implementing modern and interactive games developed by SmartSoft on the Ekstrapoint.com platform.

Rasmus Hansen, Chief Sales Officer at Vita Media Group, believes that this collaboration expands the company’s offer in multiple layers and will ultimately benefit iGaming advertisers and Ekstrapoint users in many ways.

“The EkstraPoint platform was brought to the world in 2018 with the idea to create an iGaming hub that connects players and advertisers most uniquely – by rewarding loyalty. We wanted to challenge the conventional way of thinking of affiliation within the gambling sector by implementing principles to retain users on the page for the benefit of an increased lifetime value. A strategical partnership with SmartSoft Gaming represents a historic turn for EkstraPoint as it will allow us to provide our users with a wide portfolio of new and modern games. Additionally, this implementation proves the scalability and depth that this product has to offer, which makes it an important milestone in our pursue of seeing EkstraPoint be the platform that gamblers and advertisers can’t see themselves without” said Mr. Hansen.

SmartSoft Gaming is a company managed by a team with 20 years of experience in the Igaming industry, hence that is a factor that will benefit the Ekstrapoint platform. The Chief Marketing Officer of SmartSoft Gaming, Luka Namoradze, shared his thoughts on the new collaboration with Vita Media Group.

“We are glad that our games are now available on a very special and interesting platform. We are looking forward to a very successful collaboration, which on one hand will increase the awareness of our games and on the other hand bring Ekstrapoint players a whole new level of excitement. We hope that the journey in the dreamworld of SmartSoft Gaming will be entertaining for everyone.” stated Mr. Namoradze.

The first game that the Ekstrapoint players will taste is Samurai. This video slot will offer the players:

• The feel of an Asian adventure

• An overall advanced graphic experience with cutting-edge imagery

• increased Level of quality entertainment on Ekstrapoint.

The Samurai slot is now fully integrated with all the key components of the Ekstrapoint platform such as the Leaderboard where players can check their score and compete for top prizes, as well as the Personal Dashboard where players can go through all of their Ekstrapoint achievements and activity.

Ekstrapoint.com is the first and only loyalty and rewarding platform in the Igaming industry designed and developed by Vita Media Group. The platform offers free casino games and free ekstra points every time a player plays one of the games or participates in the competition. The unique iGaming model of Ekstrapoint tends to reward players with ekstra points that they can later use to play at real casinos or to buy products from the Ekstrapoint shop. Ekstrapoint is enjoyed by the Igaming community with an excellent score of 4.8 on TrustPilot.

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

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

 

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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Lottery.com Announces Hiring of Greg Potts as Global VP of Affiliate Success

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Lottery.com Announces Hiring of Greg Potts as Global VP of Affiliate Success

 

Lottery.com Inc., a leading technology company that is transforming how, where and when the lottery is played,  announced that Greg Potts has joined the Company as Global Vice President of Affiliate Success.

Mr. Potts has over 25 years of strategic marketing experience, including the implementation of growth strategies for consumer brands and their channel affiliates through targeted, local marketing efforts using co-op funding mechanisms. At Lottery.com, he will be leading the execution of the Company’s B2B growth strategy and will oversee the recently launched Global Affiliate Marketing Program. His responsibilities will include developing multiple recurring revenue streams for the Company by adding new master affiliates and sub-affiliates, and providing them with tools designed to accelerate the sales of Lottery.com products.

Mr. Potts most recently served as a Senior Sales Executive for Vericast, where he oversaw the channel affiliate program and specialized in co-op marketing, customer activation, and integrated media campaigns. Prior to his work at Vericast, he focused on helping brands deploy the technology needed to fully support their B2B2C marketing programs.

In addition to executing its B2B strategic growth initiatives, the Company anticipates launching its previously announced targeted customer marketing campaigns before the end of 2021. These multi-media campaigns include paid social media advertising, search engine optimization, and interactive display advertising. In preparation for the launch of these campaigns, the Company has been focused on maintaining its favorable customer acquisitions costs, which have averaged approximately $4 per user since the first quarter of 2020, and improving gross profit per transaction, which increased to $1.69 in the third quarter of 2021 from $0.93 in the prior year period.

“On behalf of the entire team, we’d like to welcome Greg. We expect that his experience and track record of successfully implementing affiliate market programs will be significant assets as we execute our strategic plan to expand and grow our B2B2C segment. Combined with our targeted marketing campaigns in our B2C segment, we anticipate reaching a wider audience and accelerating growth in both segments in 2022 and beyond,” said Tony DiMatteo, CEO and Co-Founder of Lottery.com.

“I am thrilled to join Lottery.com, which has already developed an impressive B2B business, including several blue-chip affiliates and easily-integrated API software. With the recent launch of the Global Affiliate Marketing Program, Lottery has the opportunity to greatly expand its B2B2C user base, and I look forward to helping the Company realize this growth,” Mr. Potts added.

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PartnerMatrix and SlotsCalendar sign partnership to raise security awareness

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Affiliate marketing software provider, PartnerMatrix, and SlotsCalendar, the IMDb of online slots, have just signed a partnership, raising awareness about the tools operators and affiliates can use to create a more secure environment.

PartnerMatrix and SlotsCalendar will launch various marketing initiatives, covering topics such as security in affiliate marketing, player orientation in affiliate marketing, the latest tools and techniques in enlarging affiliate presence, and more. The partnership will allow both teams to initiate marketing campaigns, reach new audiences and promote affiliate solutions.

Levon Nikoghosyan, CEO of PartnerMatrix, says: “This partnership holds great importance because it allows us to raise awareness of important topics. We remember how SlotsCalendar entered the market a few years ago and seeing the company reaching such high ranks in affiliate marketing is very motivating. The SlotsCalendar team continues putting tremendous efforts into creating a robust network of iGaming enthusiasts and business representatives, and thanks to this, they have a bright future ahead of them.

“However, SlotsCalendar doesn’t hold interest only for players- many big casino operators and B2B companies are very interested in appearing in the SlotsCalendar’s directories. For PartnerMatrix, this is an excellent chance to create a dialogue within a quality audience and promote our tools and solutions to a bigger audience.”

Viorel Stan, CEO of SlotsCalendar, comments: “The lack of active dialogue on specific topics has led to the vulnerability of some niches. We deal with numerous risks daily, and as soon as we figure out how to deal with some challenges and get used to them, other issues appear. Our partnership with PartnerMatrix will create a more dynamic platform for solving problems related to security, payments, transparency in doing business.

“We will continue to raise important topics and share the experiences of both of our companies. I am sure that our cooperation will bear fruit not only for both of our companies but also for many other industry players.”

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