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”).”
Latam Affiliates Confirmed for June 30, 2022
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.
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.”
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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