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Why are many older slot games still among the most played?

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Playing casino games to stay entertained in our spare time is something that lots of us like to do now. Although old classics such as poker and blackjack remain a big draw, slots are arguably the most popular casino game. This is certainly true when you think about the top online slots that people love to try out.

Why are slots so well-loved by gamers though? To begin with, they are very accessible. You will not have to spend long hunting for casinos that offer them – especially online. They also come with awesome graphics and sound. When thinking of slot games that people like to play, the natural urge is to assume that it is the latest, newest examples.

This is not always true though and older games remain among the most played globally. Play’n GO’s Book of Dead is a case in point – this slot is as played now as it was when it first launched. For more details on what this title offers, check out the bookofdead.net website today. It brings together all that you need to know about this awesome slot in one handy place.

Why are these games still among the most played though?

Simplicity is king

In business, the KISS acronym describes the merits of keeping things simple. This can be applied to many sectors, and simplicity is certainly one of the major reasons why older slots (such as Book of Dead) are still popular. They tend to have a simpler design and easier-to-grasp gameplay than the latest games. This is appealing to lots of people who might prefer the more traditional reel design of older slots or want something that is quick to pick up.

Familiarity and nostalgia

Older slots still get people coming back for more due to the familiarity they offer. This is especially true if players have been enjoying the same games for years. Many people like the comfort of something they know and not having to learn how a new game works. Of course, retro gaming is a popular trend and many people love the nostalgia hit they get from sticking with older slots.

Fun themes and cool bonuses

Older slot games are among the most played still because they are fun and come in a variety of cool themes. From the vampire-themed thrills of Blood Suckers to the safari-inspired japes of Mega Moolah, there is an older slot to keep everyone entertained. These games also usually pack in lots of cool bonuses and some interesting bonus rounds to enjoy. This helps to keep them engaging to play and also potentially lucrative.

Older slots are still getting much love

Although slot fans will always have one eye on the latest hot game to try, many will also regularly return to older slots. As the above shows, this is not a surprise when you see what these types of games offer. Due to this, casinos such as the brand-new Rapid Casino from PressEnter are sure to include older slots in their catalogs.

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

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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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How Scalable Blockchains Can Change the iGaming Affiliate Industry for the Better

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Recently, iGaming pioneer Calvin Ayre called on the online gambling industry to go all-in on BSV blockchain. This blockchain is the original blockchain protocol restored and is associated with Ayre and the man who he believes to be Satoshi Nakamoto, Dr. Craig Steven Wright.

Ayre and others have outlined how BSV, or blockchains in general, can have positive impacts on the iGaming business. In this piece, we’ll zoom in on how it could impact the iGaming affiliate sector.

Immutable Audit Trails

As the hype around blockchains dies down, and speculation on token prices reaches what may well be the peak, many are beginning to figure out what this technology is and how it can be applied to industries to make them better, more efficient, and more honest.

“Blockchains are essentially distributed databases,” said Leo Twin from GamblersPro.com. “They have the potential to end disputes between affiliate program operators and affiliates themselves over shaving players, failing to report accurately, etc. Everything would be time-stamped and visible on public blockchains, giving affiliates the ability to track and verify player activity for themselves.”

Immutable audit trails have wider implications than this. They could help operators flag compliance violations in real-time and make evidence easy to find and present when they’re wrongly accused of violations by regulators. This could lead to a lot of savings in terms of both time and money for both parties.

Real-Time Payouts

Wouldn’t it be amazing if affiliates could receive commissions on a per-bet basis rather than days or weeks after the end of the month? That’s possible on blockchains with micro-fees.

On blockchains like BSV, the average fee is $0.0001 per transaction, and the fees can get a lot lower as miners lower their fee per byte in the face of demand. This makes it possible to distribute the profits of each wager to multiple wallets in real-time, with the affiliate getting their 20% on the spot rather than waiting for the cashier to clear it at the end of the month.

Of course, there are still issues to solve here. How would negative carryover work, and would it even be economically feasible for casinos to pay bets on a per bet basis? “I don’t see why not,” Leo Twin told us. “When you think about it, deciding that the cutoff points are at the end of a month is arbitrary. Why not every week or quarter? It’s up to the program to decide and solve the associated problems.”

While real-time payments might not work for everyone, it’s easy to imagine how automated payouts combined with faster payouts for affiliates would lead some programs to gain a competitive edge over others.

“When micropayments become possible, it opens up a world of new avenues we can go down,” Twin told us. “The only limit is your imagination.”

Summary

These are only two of the ways in which scalable blockchains can revolutionize the affiliate industry. There are plenty of others. If even these two changes were implemented, it would change things for the better for all stakeholders; affiliates, program managers, and regulators would all save time, money, and energy. For that reason, it’s worth it for forward-thinking affiliate programs to assess their options and plan for the future in the blockchain revolution.

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