A milestone in gambling and ecommerce history took place 25 years ago this month when Intertops became the first company ever to accept an online bet.
The Austria-based operator’s brand new Intertops website handled a $50 wager, placed by a Finnish punter, on Tottenham Hotspur to beat Hereford United in an FA Cup fourth round tie on January 17, 1996.
At odds of just 1.04, the Premier League side’s 5-1 demolition of their lower-league opponents meant the punter profited by just $2, but it was a game-changing day for the betting industry, which until that day had been restricted to in-person and telephone wagering.
That $50 wager was the first of billions placed in the intervening quarter of a century, during which time Intertops has remained at the forefront of online betting. In 2000, the operator, responding to the growing potential of cell phones, launched the first-ever mobile betting site, and two years later introduced live betting.
In the years since 1996 Intertops has expanded beyond sports, with the creation of Intertops Casino in 1998 and the launch of Intertops Poker in 2003, thus always ensuring that its valued players can enjoy a full range of online gaming entertainment.
Intertops marks a quarter of a century of online betting by this year launching its new, redesigned in-play Sportsbook.
“We remain proud of our unique place in gambling history,” an Intertops spokesperson commented. “Gambling in one form or another had been around for millennia, yet Intertops brought it into the digital world in January 1996 thanks to our foresight and pioneering spirit, which remains the same today.
“In the years since that historic day, we have striven to stay at the head of the gambling sector, offering entertainment to millions of players each year through our comprehensive Sportsbook, Poker and Casino platforms.
“We will always be the first, but the introduction of our new Sportsbook will also ensure that we remain the best.”
Intertops was actually established in London back in 1983, and initially offered bookmaking services to players in Germany through a combination of telephone interactions and cash sent through the post.
It relocated to Austria almost a decade later to avoid British postal delays, but even in 1992 the World Wide Web was still more than a year away from common usage. Pizza Hut is considered to be the first company to complete an online transaction through the sale of a large pepperoni pizza in 1994, and it was Intertops that soon after took gambling into cyberspace.
“After all the years of success in the past, we remain committed to the future and providing players with the games they love to play,” the Intertops spokesperson added. “Here’s to 25 more years of a fun in a safe gaming environment.”
Affilka by SoftSwiss launches new module for sportsbook
Affilka by SoftSwiss recently announced the official launch of its new module designed specifically for sportsbooks. Now the innovative affiliate platform provides its services not only to online casino projects but also to the sports betting industry.
Affilka expanded its functionality by adding an additional Sportsbook module, which may be turned on and off, depending on the availability of a sportsbook within a particular project. The new module includes an upgraded API, which enables raw data collection on multiple player activities within sportsbook solutions from iGaming brands.
In addition to such player activities as Visits, Registrations, First deposits, Deposits, and Cashouts, Affilka now also collects the following data on sports betting activities on a player level: Sportsbook bets, Sportsbook cancelled bets, Sportsbook wins, Sportsbook GGR (gross revenue), Sportsbook bonuses, Sportsbook balance corrections, Sportsbook third party fees, Sportsbook NGR (net revenue).
Anastasia Borovaya, Affilka Product Owner at SoftSwiss, commented: “We’re excited to be launching this new module for the sports betting industry and therefore expanding our services to more exciting new projects. The sports betting industry is developing at an exceptionally rapid pace. More and more of our customers who operate online casinos are expanding by establishing sportsbook solutions. We couldn’t stand aside, therefore we decided to offer our current and future clients a new option that expands opportunities and helps to increase their efficiency.”
Moreover, significant improvements were made to the commission constructor for CPA and RevShare deals within sportsbook projects. In terms of RevShare deals, sportsbook operators can share a percentage of their net revenue with their partners. The percentage of revenue payable to affiliates may be fixed or may be defined by various performance tiers. For example a percent of revenue may depend on the number of FTDs, number of deposits, or sportsbook net revenue tiers. As for CPA deals, an operator may set the rules for player qualification based not only on their deposits but sportsbook bets as well. Hybrid deals are also available and include the same settings as the CPA and RevShare models.
As for postbacks, similar to Casino NGR postback, Affilka added a new postback event – Sportsbook NGR. This postback is sent with Sportsbook NGR amount for each player (for a particular period). In addition to that, the parameters of Sportsbook bets were added to several types of qualifying postbacks.
Affilka is an affiliate marketing platform developed by SoftSwiss. A reliable, safe, and trustworthy tool allowing iGaming operators to manage and analyze their affiliates and their marketing performance. The solution offers automated payouts to affiliates via built-in payment processing methods, an advanced commission constructor, powerful reporting, and in-depth analytics.
Bojoko crowned Affiliate of the Year at EGR Nordic Awards
Popular online casino listing site fends off stiff competition to take home the trophy at prestigious awards ceremony
The Bojoko team is celebrating once again after being named Affiliate of the Year at the prestigious EGR Nordic Awards 2021.
This is the second EGR award that Bojoko has taken home after being crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year at the hotly contested EGR Operator Awards 2020.
Bojoko fought off stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the affiliate industry including AskGamblers, Better Collective, Blexr, Catena Media and the Gambling.com Group.
EGR judges said it had been “another excellent year” for Bojoko and that its SEO performance and overall conversion “really shines”.
The EGR judges added: “A more unique idea than most affiliates with great growth and sustainability. A very clever and new type of affiliate that is showing great success. Well done!”
Bojoko allows online casino operators and game developers in the Nordics to create their own dedicated listing page and tell their story through their own words, images and videos.
Bojoko members, of which there are now 30,000+, then rate and review each casino and game and share their honest opinion about the experience they receive.
During the judging period Bojoko built out its team dedicated to the Nordics which led to a 10x increase in unique site visitors and a 25x increase in registered Finnish players.
Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko.com, said: “We will need to find more space for our trophies after scooping our second EGR award in as many months but seriously, the entire team is thrilled how have been recognised for our work in the Nordics.
“The Nordics remain a key focus for us and we see plenty of opportunity to drive growth from the region by providing players with our award-winning online casino listing product and service.
“Our mission from day one has been to help players quickly and easily select online casinos through transparency and community feedback and it is a concept that has proved to be hugely popular.
“I would like to thank the EGR judges for recognising our efforts and successes in the Nordics by crowning Bojoko Affiliate of the Year 2021.”
Cellxpert is BET Gaming Network’s Solution for affiliate program in the Crypto Casino Space
BET Gaming Network has chosen Cellxpert’s platform to help manage its new and upcoming crypto casino affiliate program.
The BET Gaming Network (“BGN”) is a group of innovative blockchain protocols and platforms committed to pushing the boundaries of iGaming technology. BGN is a subsidiary of Aurora Tech N.V., a Curacao licensed company.
Cellxpert offers a competitive advantage with strategic commission models and automated conversions for the Crypto Industry. With over ten years of experience, Cellxpert puts forward best practices both in the technology and operational aspects of the crypto industry. Cellxpert excels in regulatory compliance as well, which has become a key area for focus in the gaming crypto space – especially in terms of marketing practices.
Mark Lee, COO, BET Gaming Network , said “We’re delighted to be working with the team at Cellxpert to provide our partners with best in service affiliate tracking, transparent reporting and innovative technology to help build sustainable marketing and commercial relationships with affiliates as we grow and scale the BeTheHouse.com casino brand”
Assaf Dor, Cellxpert’s CEO, commented; “ As great innovators ourselves, We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with an innovative blockchain group such as The BET Gaming Network. We are confident that this partnership will equip BET Gaming Network with all the tools it needs in order to create a successful affiliate program in the crypto space”.
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