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888 to shut down UK affiliate programme?

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888 to shut UK affiliate programme?

888 has denied it is shutting down its UK affiliate programme after a number of affiliates received emails yesterday stating they must no longer target UK traffic and 888 would no longer pay them commission for newly generated players.

 

In an email seen by iGaming Business, affiliates were told: “As you may be aware the regulatory landscape for affiliates is constantly changing and evolving, especially in the UK. In order to help ensure that we work with our affiliate partners in a compliant manner, we are seeking to exert greater control on the traffic which is generated from the UK.

As a result, from January 29th 2018, you must not target UK IP addresses and/or any persons located in the UK. Therefore, we shall no longer pay you any commission with regard to money players in the UK which you generate.

Some posters on the GPWA (Gambling Portal Webmasters Association) forum interpreted the email to mean the programme was shutting down. “Unless I’m reading things incorrectly with my dodgy eyes…bye bye then!” said one.

When contacted by iGB, the operator said: “888 takes the issue of responsible gaming very seriously and has taken a number steps to ensure its marketing complies with the Gambling Commission’s LCCP and ASA’s advertising codes.

In order to monitor the actions of affiliates more closely, 888 has already terminated its relationship with a large number of affiliates and will continue to close and terminate accounts in order to work with fewer affiliate partners and have better oversight of their activities.

Duncan Garvie, who runs affiliate and mediation site ThePogg, said he hadn’t received the email as he no longer works with 888, but that it didn’t surprise him.

I’ve been anticipating this particular move for a while now. With the punitive approach the UK authorities have been taking towards operators and affiliates we’ve already seen a number of programmes close up completely or implement very aggressive terms.

I was fully expecting one of them to work out eventually that they simply had to stop accepting UK traffic from affiliates rather than close or destroy their reputation with really questionable terms.

Another poster on the GPWA forum pointed out the email did also contain the following line: “If you do wish to continue working with us in the UK please contact us, through this link: http://affiliates.888.com/contact-us.htm.

His take on it was: “I think if you are prepared to work closely with them, accept the UK marketing guidelines and make any changes they request you to, that you can still carry on working with them.

Operators have come under fire for their marketing activities, including those carried out by affiliates, over the past year and 888 was one of several operators to receive a warning from the Advertising Standards Authority over an advert run by an affiliate partner.

As a consequence, operators have been placing more and more compliance demands on affiliates. Bet365 recently carried out an overhaul of its programme and Paddy Power unveiled a ‘one-strike’ policy for affiliates in September.

In September, Sky Bet controversially announced that it was shutting down its affiliate programme altogether, although some have been cynical about its motives.

In a recent interview with iGaming Business’ sister publication iGB Affiliate magazine, Gambling.com’s Charles Gillespie said: “Let’s be clear — Sky still works with strategic media partners. My take on the Sky situation is that it was a set of unique circumstances — they are preparing for a listing this year, private equity owns the business, the owners and the management of the business are being very aggressive on hitting targets and what can be easier than turning off a bunch of legacy rev share and using compliance as an excuse?

The 888 email suggested, however, that it will be taking a less heavy handed approach to historic traffic than Sky Bet, with the email also having stated: “The aforementioned shall not apply with respect to non-UK money players or to money players which you have generated in the UK prior to such date, subject to the Uffiliate terms and conditions found at http://affiliates.888.com/terms-and-conditions/ (the “Terms”).”

 

Source:iGB

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Meet the first four speakers of Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference!

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Speakers of Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference: discussion of gaming affiliate programs and traffic in Russian and foreign networks

On November 15, Kyiv will host iGaming Affiliate Conference. The industry representatives will discuss the latest gambling and affiliate marketing trends as well as take an opportunity to establish new business partnership within the networking area. Meet the speakers of the event that have already confirmed attendance. They are e-business professionals and world-class experts on affiliate marketing.

The event will gather representatives of iGaming business and affiliate marketing. The platform consists of a conference, an exhibition, and a networking area. It will take place at Vsi. Svoi D12 (12 Desatinna St.), a popular center of cultural and business life in the city’s old town section.

Conference: space for expert’s presentations addressing affiliate marketing and iGaming.

Exhibition: a venue for iGaming representatives from across the globe. The companies will present software and hardware products.

Networking: business representatives will enjoy the enjoyable atmosphere with a VIP zone available to special guests.

 

Conference speakers and their presentations

iGaming is a highly competitive niche, which has to be taken into account while developing marketing strategies. Vladimir Luchaninov, Head of Acquisitions at Firelink Media, will tell about the pitfalls of eSports affiliate programs and provide the criteria of affiliate program choosing. He will also touch upon the challenges of risk assessment as well as advise on how to reach the highest profit from an affiliate program.

Kostiantyn Novofastovsky, Head of ClickFrog, will also cover the peculiarities of gaming websites. In his presentation titled ‘Buying traffic in gambling. How to avoid bots’, the speaker will feature the popular resources and compare CPM banners with ClickUnder.

Dmitry Petrenko, Head of SEO at Edu-cash.com Ukraine, will dwell on promotion in foreign networks. The speaker took part in website promotion to top positions in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, and the CIS. He will reveal the secrets of leadership on foreign competitive websites emphasizing on grey promotion and organic traffic.

Myroslav Liaskovez, Founder at LeadMarketing and an author of the online course ‘Facebook Without the Fluff’, will shed light on traffic arbitrage techniques in social networks. The attendees will have a chance to find out about the frequent mistakes made by beginning arbitrage managers and effective advertising strategies for Facebook.

 

New speakers are coming soon! Visit the website Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference to follow the announcements.

Register to keep up with the trends of gambling affiliate marketing.

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Login Casino raffles one VIP ticket for Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

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Login Casino raffles one VIP ticket for Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

Login Casino, the media gambling-sponsor of Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference, is raffling a free VIP ticket for the event.

 

The conference will be held on November 15 at a popular local platform TAO Event Hall, Kyiv, Ukraine. In order to take part in the raffle one has to fill in the registration form on the Login Casino website, having indicated the name and e-mail address from 9.10.2018 to 04.11.2018. The winner will be determined on November 5 via a random number generator.

The VIP ticket includes:

  • separate registration at the entrance;
  • comfortable VIP zone with the best level of service and networking opportunities;
  • access to both conference and exhibition area;
  • access to the after-party;
  • gifts from the event organizers.

What is going to be at the conference:

Both local and foreign experts of the sector will take part in the event. The conference will bring together iGaming business representatives as well as stakeholders of the affiliate marketing industry – one of the most accessible ways of brand promotion. The platform will give the visitors and speakers the opportunity to get new business contacts and listen to a number of useful reports.

During the event, the industry experts will take the floor in section № 1. They will cover the following topics:

  • revenues from the affiliate programs;
  • correct paid traffic redirection to gambling website;
  • which resources outside of the Runet can be useful for operators;
  • how exactly the work for the World Wide Web is carried out and many more.

The special guest for the event is the head of the advertising traffic audit service ClickFrog.ru Konstantin Novofastovsky. He will dwell on how a successful gambling-related traffic purchase is carried out as well as about the most popular traffic channels to gambling websites. The expert will also explain how to avoid bots, what to choose – CRM-banner or ClickUnder and many more.

One more speaker at the platform for presentations in section № 1: Conference will be Vladimyr Luchaninov, Procurement Director at Firelink Media. He will explain the criteria for choosing an affiliate program, which risks and pitfalls can be connected with it.

The event organizer is an international company Smile-Expo.

Register: https://bit.ly/2QE5peS

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Betsson Group Wins Top Online Gaming Affiliate Award

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Betsson Group Affiliates – Best Affiliate Programme – EGR Italy Awards 2018

Betsson Group is proud to announce that it has received one of the highest accolades when it comes to the online gaming affiliate arena, with its affiliate offering named ‘Best Affiliate Programme 2018’ at the prestigious EGR Italy Awards.

Hosted at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, in the heart of Rome, the fifth edition of the EGR Italy Awards brought together the largest online gaming operators and service providers operating in the Italian market. This is the first time that the EGR Italy Awards has introduced the ‘Best Affiliate Programme of the Year’ category, meaning that Betsson Group is truly leading the way with its affiliate programme in the Italian market.

Jesper Svensson, CEO for Betsson Group said, “We’re very proud to receive this award as the entire team has worked really hard to deliver excellence in everything that we do. It’s encouraging to see that the efforts done behind the scenes in offering our affiliate partners the highest possible level of service are being recognised.

Our multi-region and multi-brand offering gives our affiliate partners unrivalled flexibility to promote what works best for them and this award proves that our affiliate management teams are doing an amazing job.”

To learn more about the award-winning affiliate partnerships programme by Betsson Group, visit www.BetssonGroupAffiliates.com.

About Betsson Group

With 17 brands, including Betsafe.com, Betsson.com, NordicBet.com and CasinoEuro, offering Sportsbook, Casino and other games, Betsson Group is one of the world’s largest gaming groups, at the heart of entertainment for over five decades. The company’s vision is to provide the best customer experience in the industry – listening to, and learning from, its customers, and then exceeding their expectations. Betsson Group is wholly owned by Betsson AB – listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap.

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