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Genting partners Rightlander

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Genting Group has become the latest tier one operator to partner with affiliate landing page tracker, Rightlander, as it looks to improve affiliate compliance and  strengthen its responsible gambling measures.

Rightlander’s technology scans affiliate websites, simultaneously building a list of locations where an operator’s brand is mentioned or linked to while also searching for certain events and conditions defined by the operator.

These can be inclusive or exclusive and specific to the individual operator. The technology also captures images and the content of anchor text used to link to the operator’s brands and creates a variety of custom reports and alerts for the operator

This will help Genting discover affiliate websites linking to its brands that they are currently unaware of, allowing it to ensure the affiliates sending traffic to its sites are acting responsibly.

Rightlander also allows operators to set automatic “compliance violation events” that notify these whenever they occur on any of the websites linking to their brands.

By using Rightlander, Genting can demonstrate to the UK Gambling Commission and other regulators that it is doing all it can to ensure the affiliates sending traffic to its websites are acting responsibly.

Ian Sims, founder of Rightlander, said: “Compliance is a key consideration for operators now and moving forwards. The Rightlander platform makes this process easy and efficient, and ensures operators can be confident that the affiliates they are working with are fully compliant with the rules and regulations they must adhere to.

Robert Wakeham, head of affiliates at Genting, said: “We take compliance very seriously. This has allowed us to improve our monitoring process, and to significantly boost compliance as a result.”

The partnership with Genting comes shortly after Rightlander striking similar deals with the likes of LeoVegas and GVC, as well as with ALEA for its SlotsMillion and LadyLucks brands, the bgo Group for its roster of online casino sites and the Kindred Group.

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GiG adds Matching Visions to its growing list of partners for GiG Comply

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GiG adds Matching Visions to its growing list of partners for GiG Comply

 

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has signed an agreement with Malta-based ​​affiliate network, Matching Visions, recently acquired by Acroud AB, for the provision of its B2B marketing compliance software, GiG Comply.

GiG’s automated marketing compliance solution allows operators and affiliate networks like Matching Visions to scan web pages for content, links and iGaming code red words. The rules engine based software analyses snapshots from advertising campaigns and provides insights in real-time of the content, which is being used by affiliates to promote operators brands.

As more markets regulate, the excelled need for brands to have a strong digital presence has resulted in heightened advertising regulations. It’s now more important than ever that operators and affiliate networks alike invest in marketing compliance software.

GiG Comply will support Matching Visions with its compliance strategy, helping to ensure that responsible gaming measures are visible on relevant pages, and terms and conditions are correct and up to date throughout all markets, it operates in.

Jonas Warrer, CMO at GiG, said:  We look forward to supporting Matching Visions in its efforts to enhance its affiliate marketing compliance. The excelled demand for GiG Comply is a clear sign that more and more affiliates like Matching Visions are placing strong value on creating a more responsible and sustainable gaming movement – this makes us very proud.

Dennis Dyhr-Hansen, CEO at Matching Visions, said: It’s extremely important for us to ensure we remain 100% compliant no matter which geo or brand we are sending traffic to. We want to be completely transparent to all brands that work with us that we take compliance very seriously and will do what it takes to be at the forefront of compliance. We are proud to partner up with GiG Comply to make this happen!

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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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Rightlander.com unites with The Pools

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Leading sportsbook & casino operator to improve affiliate compliance with suite of innovative tools

Compliance specialist, Rightlander.com has put pen to paper on a deal that will see it provide online sportsbook and casino operator The Pools with its innovative technologies.

The Pools will now use Rightlander’s advanced solutions to take its compliance procedures to the next level. The technology which encompasses a comprehensive range of affiliate compliance tools will scan the sportsbook and casino affiliate websites, monitoring all activity which mentions or links to their brands for compliance related breaches, whilst also searching for certain events and conditions defined by the operator.

This puts the power in the operator’s hands, allowing it to ensure that all affiliates sending traffic to its sites are doing so in a compliant and responsible manner.

Nicole Mitton, Head of Customer Success at Rightlander.com, said: “Rightlander has had the privilege of working with The Pools since the recent launch of their affiliate programme and it’s extremely encouraging to see affiliate advertising monitoring being implemented right from the start. We look forward to working helping them improve their affiliate compliance initiatives”

Andrea Foley, Marketing Manager at The Pools, said: “We have been growing digitally, inventing new games for new audiences, while remaining faithful to our heritage.”

“As a responsible operator it is important to us that any affiliates promoting our products are fully compliant and meet industry guidelines. Working with Rightlander ensures that all activity linked to our brand is monitored and any breaches are quickly brought to our attention.”

Rightlander offers compliance checks across 35 territories including the United Kingdom helping top operators and affiliates stay compliant across multiple regulated jurisdictions.

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