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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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Special Offer: Combo Ticket to Two Affiliate Marketing Conferences

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Special Offer: Combo Ticket to Two Affiliate Marketing Conferences

 

A special offer for those interested in earnings on the gambling business and popular white niches.

Buy a single combo ticket and attend two events – Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference in Tbilisi and Affiliate Marketing Conference Belarus in Minsk.

Activities in Minsk
Conference topics: arbitrage in such sectors as commodities, finance, pharmaceutics, dating, and mobile apps. Speakers will provide case studies as well as reveal how to create advertising offers and monetize traffic.

The event is aimed at webmasters, affiliates, arbitrage specialists, representatives of СРА networks and affiliate programs, and everyone engaged in online marketing.

Activities in Tbilisi
Experts will talk about taxes and regulation of the Georgian gambling industry, advantages of the local gambling market, relevant tools for customer acquisition in land-based and online casinos.

The conference will be useful to those earning on the gambling business or desiring to set up their own profitable business.

Terms
Both events separately without an afterparty will cost approximately €200. The price of the combo ticket is €150. The first 10 tickets are available at the lowest cost – only €100.

The combo ticket includes:

  • access to the Business category at both conferences;
  • access to the exhibition area;
  • presentations by speakers involved in both events;
  • a discount on hotel accommodation;
  • access to the party in Tbilisi.

The offer is valid until October 17.

Use the unique opportunity and hurry up to buy the ticket at the best price.

The program and details of Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference >>>

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How to Stand Out on Georgia’s Profitable Gambling Market? Leading Experts to Discuss Best Practices at Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference

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Who Will Attend Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference? Honorable Participants of the Event (Infographic)

 

On October 18, Tbilisi will host a practical event called Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference (GiAC). Gambling operators, advertisers, marketing specialists, affiliates, and webmasters will share their experience in current earnings on gambling.

The conference aims to unite online and offline casinos as well as to provide conditions for contacts and experience exchange in order to earn more, carry out legal operations, avoid penalties, and expand businesses.

Live communication with core industry experts is the best way to improve yourself and your business within a single day: you will discover how to establish a casino in Georgia, find investments, increase the customer flow, and obtain traffic sources.

The program includes the following:

How to make an attractive online offer.
Levon Nikoghosyan, entrepreneur and developer. He founded PartnerMatrix, a user-friendly software for affiliates and agents: with API integration, flexible rights adjustment, automatic payments, built-in reports, and analytics.

How to attract players to your casino among other million venues. Affiliate marketing strategies with a focus on betting affiliate website and organic SEO.
Nikola Minkov, entrepreneur. He dealt with SEO until it became a mainstream. He has founded Serpact in order to help businesses to sell their services via content. Serpact has implemented 700 client projects since 2012.

Amendments in laws and regulation of Georgian gambling business. How to run business legally, avoid penalties, and earn more on your own activity.
Teona Shiukashvili has been issuing permissions for establishing casinos for more than 10 years. Currently, she is the Head of Gambling Business Regulation Division at Georgia Revenue Service.

Must-see: panel discussion with practicing online and offline casino experts. Review of tools aimed at user attention.
Shota Amiranashvili, President of the Association of casinos in Adjara. Briefly about 13-year experience in land-based casinos.
Giorgi Gvenetadze, Head of Product Marketing Department at adjarabet.com. A bet on youth and a creative approach to business allowed Adjarabet to conclude an agreement for $132 million with Paddy Power Betfair. They allowed Giorgi to win in the Marketing Category at Cannes Lions Georgia 2019.

Afterparty
The conference will end with an afterparty where speakers, sponsors, participants, and VIP ticket owners will keep talking with a glass of Georgian wine.

The party, as well as the whole event, is organized by Smile-Expo, an international company that has been holding business and high-tech events for 13 years.

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019.
Venue: The Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel.

Only 20 Business tickets left at the early bird price. Hurry up, the price will be increasing.

There will be no video recording of presentations and no online streaming.

Register to Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference at the lowest price right now.

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Matching Visions Opens Shop in Lithuania

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Matching Visions Opens Shop in Lithuania

 

It’s official, Matching Visions have opened their doors in Lithuania! With offices situated in Malta and Denmark, Matching Visions decided to broaden their horizons further by opening an office in Lithuania.

This began due to the company hiring quite a few Lithuanian employees and felt the need to grow at a speedy rate. First to join the Matching Visions team was Agnė Galvelytė in 2018. This opened the doors to the idea of hiring more people and opening an office.

Running the office in Lithuania, will be Matching Visions brand new hire, Alanas Ivšinas. This top affiliate manager joins Matching Visions from the successful Oddschecker Global Media. This is what he had to say:

“After few amazing years at Oddschecker Global Media (ex. iBus Media), it is time for me to take a new step and pursue other career opportunities in the gambling industry. Most in the gaming industry are very well aware about one of the best affiliate networks – Matching Visions, and knowing Dennis personally, made the decision that much easier to make the move.

Lithuania is an amazing country, known for its talented people who are looking for their next steps in the international market. There is no doubt that this market can help Matching Visions create some new ideas and find new opportunities.”

Currently, there are 4 great Lithuanian employees working for Matching Visions and we can only imagine this will strengthen them in many industries. What did, CEO, Dennis Dyhr-Hansen have to say?

“We are always on the look out for the best opportunities. Opening an office in Lithuania was definitely the next step for us as our team is growing quite quickly. We have secured a great spot and are pleased to announce the joining of Alanas Ivšinas to our team.

We have also hired some other great Lithuanian employees and can only see more success on the horizon!”
Matching Visions have officially opened their doors and are looking forward to conquering more in the future!

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