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Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference – Results of the First Event about Conduct of Online Gambling Business in Switzerland

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On June 21, the international firm Smile-Expo hosted the unique for Switzerland Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference. The event took place at Sheraton Zurich Hotel and was dedicated to gambling and affiliate marketing. It brought together participants of the gambling market that work in online and land-based segments.

The event featured specialists of world-renowned gambling companies including PLANZER LAW, Afilexion Alliance, Global Bet, Oryx Gaming, 1710 Gaming Ltd, PartnerMatrix, Expozive, GamblingCompliance, Endorphina, and many others. Attendees were representatives of affiliate networks, online and land-based casinos, affiliates, marketers, lawyers, members of regulating agencies, etc.

Relevant presentations, live discussions, and productive networking – all of it united conference participants.

Throughout the event, speakers and guests were talking, sharing experience, and establishing new business contacts. The official part of the event ended with the atmospheric Talks & Drinks afterparty, where participants could get to know each other closer, discuss different issues in the informal environment, present their brands, and agree upon further collaboration.

What did speakers discuss?

At the conference, speakers gave presentations sharing theoretic knowledge and practical experience of running, promoting, and scaling of their gambling businesses.

Dr. Simon Planzer, Partner at PLANZER LAW, spoke about the legal aspects of gambling activity. The expert explained how Switzerland regulated the online gambling market and reviewed prospects of this field.

Robert Toth, Key Account Manager at Global Bet, highlighted the use of innovative technologies in games focusing on virtual sports.

Reuben Portanier, Founding Partner of Afilexion Alliance, discussed the use of blockchain in the gambling industry. The specialist explained the prospects of the technology in the gambling field.

The event offered four panel discussions featuring Iris Sidler and Dr. Simon Planzer from PLANZER LAW, Dan Iliovici from Rombet, Joe Ewens from GamblingCompliance, Jovana Popovic from Oryx Gaming, Levon Nikoghosyan from PartnerMatrix, Nicc Lewis from Expozive, Jakub Kolomičenko from Endorphina, Chris Looney from Red Tiger Gaming, Reuben Portanier from Afilexion Alliance.

Experts delved into issues important for the gambling business:

  • personal data security in iGaming;
  • forming and maintenance of an attractive online offer;
  • distinctive features and differences of gambling markets in Switzerland and Belgium;
  • responsible approach to gambling.

As part of the discussions, specialists shared their opinions on different issues and presented real-life case studies.

We thank PLANZER LAW and its representatives Dr. Simon Planzer and Iris Sidler for their support on the conduct of the event.

Sponsors and media partners of the conference

We express special gratitude to the following companies:

  • Exclusive SponsorCasino 777.ch;
  • Media Gambling Sponsor – Login Casino;
  • Media Sponsor – YOGONET Gaming News;
  • Informational Sponsor – Focus Gaming News;
  • Special Participant – ORYX Gaming.

Besides, the organizer thanks all media partners of the event. It was nice to talk to representatives of the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association (GPWA) and affiliate company Kafe Rocks.

Guests, participants, and partners are pleased with the conference and highly appraised its organization.

The conference was great. The blockchain part was a bit complicated for me. The networking abled by the event was really interesting. Thank you again for the invitation,” said Casino Neuchâtel rep.

“Уour team is lovely. Everyone looked happy at the conference. Good job,” stated GPWA.

Conclusion

Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference became a place for the start of productive collaboration between participants of the gambling market from Switzerland and other countries. We are glad that the event managed to bring together major gambling business representatives from all over the world and highlight issues relevant to the iGaming niche.

The team of Smile-Expo thanks participants, partners, and sponsors, and will be happy to see everyone at the upcoming industry events dedicated to gambling and CPA networks.

On October 18, the Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference will take place in Tbilisi. Experts will discuss the subtleties of running a gambling business in Georgia, gambling regulations, and promotion of online casinos using affiliate marketing.

You can find more information and the program of the event on the official website of the Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference.

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All rise! King Billy is a Casino Rising Star

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SBC Rising Star

 

Well, the writing was on the wall. With 7 major industry distinctions in only 2 years of operations (6 of them in this year alone), King Billy Casino has truly cemented its place as one of the most promising new generation casinos. And one more recognition of the above is the casino being shortlisted in this year’s prestigious SBC Awards in two categories: Casino Rising Star and Affiliate Program.

We asked Volodymyr Harkusha, King Billy Casino CEO (and “First Lord of the Kingdom”, according to internal protocol) to share a few words with us about this remarkable feat. A very pleased Volodymyr had this to say:

“What can we say? 7 major industry trophies in only 2 years of operations are our own “Magnificent Seven”! How did we do it? With magnificent people in every department who have all played crucial roles in our success, from our Affiliates Team, to our Customer Support Team to our Marketing Department, to everyone within the company!

Since our launch on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017, with that date being no accident, up until our imminent expansion in Japan, and during our first 30 months of operations, there has never been a single month without us hitting an important milestone, making a new partnership or offering something special to our players.”

The SBC Awards, now in its 6th year, recognize the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across all major disciplines including payments, marketing, platform providers and data. The Awards will be held at Battersea Evolution, in the heart of London, bringing together 700 gaming industry delegates.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 5 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish and Norwegian and soon Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and an amazing variety of games providers and features. King Billy has built on creating a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

 

We should know by now that King Billy Casino was bound to be in the limelight for one more time. True to the words of the great Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”, King Billy does it for the third time in a row.

So, after being shortlisted at the prestigious iGB Awards (and from there, winning it all), being shortlisted again at the prestigious EGR Awards, the King Billy Affiliate Program has now also been shortlisted at the prestigious SBC Awards (event to be held on December 3). Moreover, the operator is also on the SBC Awards short list for Casino Rising Star.

We asked the mastermind behind this tremendous streak, Ruslan Legenzov, King Billy Head of Affiliates to share his feelings with us and a few words about this new distinction. He was, understandably, in a state of euphoria:

“This is beyond our wildest dreams! To complete the “Big 3” of the industry’s annual biggest awards shows, by being short-listed in each and every one of them fills us all with immense pride. At King Billy Casino, we set out with a single goal in mind: to move beyond the commission and offer to our affiliates a program never seen before. We are happy that our effort is recognized by both judges and Affiliates!”

The SBC Awards, now in its 6th year, recognize the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across all major disciplines including payments, marketing, platform providers and data. The Awards will be held at Battersea Evolution, in the heart of London, bringing together 700 gaming industry delegates.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 5 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish and Norwegian and soon Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and an amazing variety of games providers and features. King Billy has built on creating a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.

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First Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference: What Was Discussed at the Event?

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On October 18, Smile-Expo held the first Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference in Tbilisi. The event was dedicated to the specific nature of online and offline gambling business operations, Georgian gambling market prospects, and casino promotion using affiliate marketing.

The conference brought together casino managers, affiliate network representatives, government officials, webmasters, arbitrage experts, SEO specialists, as well as gambling regulation and taxation professionals.

Speakers’ presentations

Sviatoslav Slaboshpitskiy, Head of SEO at Digital Choo (DC), spoke on the topic: The Art of War in SEO: How to Win the iGaming Niche. The speaker stressed that one should develop niche websites to achieve efficient results. At the same time, it is significant to analyze the response and to evolve resources showing the best performance. Sviatoslav also talked about the rules of SEO team building. The expert recommended entrusting the content creation to single-discipline specialists as well as developing checklists and tutorials for newcomers.

Dmitriy Makarov, CEO at Zlodei Advertising Agency, and Gleb Sanzharevsky, CMO at Zlodei, made a collaborative presentation dedicated to ad placement on YouTube and Twitch. They explained that promotion via influencers could increase conversion better than direct advertising. The experts stressed that user stories and popular memes made ads more fruitful.

Nikola Minkov, CEO at Serpact, examined the application of the so-called Featured Snippets, zero blocks in the search results. According to the speaker, Google provides users with such snippets in 40% of the queries. They allow online resources to generate organic traffic and enhance the click-through rate.

The audience was intrigued by Ketevan Bitskinashvili, Chief Financial Officer at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. The speaker told them about the special features of the Georgian gambling market regulation. She mentioned that the cost of gambling permissions depended on a venue type, a target region, and a number of installed gambling machines. The same parameters affect tax rates.

Ms. Ketevan stated that Georgia had already issued 214 gambling licenses. 20 casinos are operating in the country now. 10 of them are located in Batumi and its suburbs, 6 in Tbilisi, and one each in Gudauri, Tskhaltubo, Kazbegi, and Sighnaghi.

Giorgi Gvenetadze from Adjarabet raised an issue of online casino customer acquisition. The speaker believes that the core feature of advertising banners used by Georgian casinos is the availability of luxury car images. Besides, promotion messages mostly appeal to senses of beauty, control, and simplicity.

Panel discussion

The conference featured a panel discussion titled ‘Offline and online casinos. Review of tools for the competition for user attention’. It involved:

Shota Amiranashvili, President of the Association of casinos in Adjara;

Levan Kavtaradze, Director of Gaming department at Pokermatch;

Giorgi Gvenetadze, Head of Product Marketing Department at Adjarabet;

Lavrentiy Gubin from Shangri La Casino, an invited guest.

Experts said that primary advantages of land-based casinos included reach experience of the gaming process, expensive surroundings, and staff attentiveness. Virtual gambling platforms are lack of these aspects. Therefore, discussion participants think that offline gambling venues will never shift to the online space.

Speaking about the most in-demand gambling entertainments, specialists highlighted simple and user-friendly games like roulettes. Moreover, they noted that poker was becoming less popular because of the high buy-in. Currently, we can see a crypto casino trend, as such platforms ensure anonymity.

Participants also focused on the state regulation of the gambling market. According to them, countries failing to regulate the gambling business lose money that could go to the government budget as taxes. One more fact specified: gambling advertising bans give an impetus to look for new audience engagement channels.

Afterparty

The conference ended with a party. Guests, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors were able to enjoy live music, Georgian sweets, beverages, and snacks. The afterparty allowed participants to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere and establish useful business contacts.

We express our gratitude to the Afterparty Sponsor, NOFLEAD gambling resource, helping to carry out the afterparty in an extremely comfortable environment.

Sponsors, exhibitors, and participants

Companies offering various iGaming goods and services introduced their solutions and services in the exhibition area. Event sponsors were exhibitors as well.

Badge and Bag Sponsor: Digital Choo, an international marketing agency with deep expertise in gaming.

Exhibition Area Sponsor: SoftGamings, a provider of advanced В2В solutions for online casinos.

Afterparty Sponsor: NOFLEAD, an online gambling resource aimed at both beginners and experienced gamblers.

Lanyard Sponsor: ZLODEI, an advertising agency with deep expertise in native advertising.

By the way, attendees were able to examine a stand by IBCCS TAX, an international company providing a wide range of fiduciary services.

Another event participant was Partners.io, an affiliate network for cryptocurrency gambling programs.

The Smile-Expo team expresses its gratitude to sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors for participation in the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the next events dedicated to gambling and affiliate marketing.

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