The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing websites.
The sites include Casino Moons, Winnerama, Extra Vegas, Win Paradise, LegitGamblingSites and Gamblers Lab.
The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 568 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.
Over 170 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.
First Look Games and Bragg Gaming join forces
Bragg to utilise the power of affiliate marketing to access First Look Games’ network of over 800 publishers
The First Look Games platform is delighted to welcome power player, iGaming technology and content provider, Bragg Gaming. Bragg has engaged First Look Games for the purpose of affiliate and B2C game promotion for both its in-house and partner studios.
Bragg Gaming is a one-stop-shop for operators, offering technology solutions and support services as well as a packed portfolio of content from its owned and third-party providers.
The deal with First Look Games will allow the iGaming provider to distribute information and assets for the purpose of gaining B2C traction and visibility on game launches from its in-house studios, including Atomic Slot Lab and Indigo Magic, as well as selected powered by Bragg partners. All of whom gain access to more than 800 approved affiliates and publishers around the world.
As a First Look Games partner, Bragg Gaming can upload game sheets, logos, images, videos and even demo games for each of its slot titles to a dedicated library. These assets can then be downloaded by First Look Games-approved affiliates, either individually or in bulk.
Publishers use this information to create game reviews and other traffic-generating content about the studio and its game portfolio, which are then published across a combined global audience of more than 20 million players.
First Look Games puts the power in the studio’s hands, allowing it to manage all information and assets via its Studio Management Centre. Here, developers can highlight any operator exclusivity agreements and even add or remove jurisdictions for each game.
Bragg can also decide what information it shares with affiliates and when that information is made available to them. Compliance is ensured via a suite of tools, including a free age-gate for relevant markets and the automatic accuracy monitoring of published content.
Tom Galanis, Founder of First Look Games, said: “Bragg Gaming is a major iGaming content provider, and we’re thrilled to be helping to ramp up the promotion of games developed on its Remote Gaming Server via our network of 800+ approved publishers.
“Affiliates present a massive opportunity for studios to drive awareness of their titles among huge audiences of engaged online casino players around the world. First Look Games does much of the heavy lifting, allowing the likes of Bragg to engage this significant audience easily and cost-effectively.”
Niklas Mravlje, Director of Product Marketing at Bragg Gaming, added: “This is an important step for Bragg Studios and for our studio partners from the Powered by Bragg range, allowing us to ramp up the visibility of our rapidly expanding games portfolio to an even bigger audience.
“Competition for player attention is incredibly fierce among studios, and First Look Games will help us to be heard above the noise being made by our rivals and to drive awareness of the Bragg name, our collection of studios and the thrilling titles that we produce.”
Slots Temple Launches Real-Money Slots Tournaments
Slots Temple is the only affiliate site offering tournaments for cash prizes in the UK
Leading free online slots platform and affiliate marketing site Slots Temple has begun offering paid-for slots tournaments to complement its existing range of free-to-play competitions with cash prizes.
Now, for small, affordable buy-ins, players can compete against each other to climb a live leaderboard based on wins,
consecutive wins/losses and hitting big win multipliers.
There will also be spot prizes for lower positions to ensure the excitement lasts right to the end of the tournament.
The paid-for tournaments will allow Slots Temple to offer bigger prize pools and deeper payout structures, but there is no obligation to buy in. Fans of free-to-play tournaments will still be able to enjoy the same range of free games boasting big cash prize pots for absolutely no outlay whatsoever.
Slots Temple became the first UK affiliate marketing site to offer cash prizes for free tournaments last year, after it was awarded a license to do so by the UK Gambling Commission. With these competitions proving to be wildly popular, the new buy-in tournaments were the next logical step on the roadmap, says Fraser Linkleter, CMO at Slots Temple.
“Bigger prize pools add even more stickiness to the site and attract new players, which should swell the prize pools even further. So, it’s about adding an extra layer of excitement. But at our core, we remain the go-to destination for fun free slots play,” Linkleter said.
Slots Temple enables slot aficionados to try the latest and best slots content. The site has built a burgeoning community of slots players who can chat, leave reviews, and exchange opinions about their favourite games.
Ringier Sports Media Group Launches Digital Sports Media Platform Sportal.gr
The Ringier Sports Media Group (RSMG) has launched sportal.gr, a digital sports platform offering sports fans in Greece video-first based news, commentary, analysis, interviews, statistics and live results, bundled in a state-of-the art product experience.
The content focus of sportal.gr will stretch beyond football and basketball to tennis, volleyball, athletics, motorsports and more. The digital platform is based on the strategic expertise and technical solution of RSMG, which since its incorporation in May 2022 includes Sportal Media Group in Bulgaria with sportal.bg and Sportal365, Gazeta Sporturilor (GSP.ro) in Romania, sportal.rs in Serbia, sportal.hu in Hungary, sport.sk in Slovakia and Pulse Sport in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a strategic partnership with the globally leading LiveScore Group. The RSMG’s mid-term goal is to build sportal.gr into a leading media player in the Greek sports market.
Sportal.gr will be technically based on the internationally leading content management system Sportal365 and will be adapted in terms of design and user experience to the successful sports platforms GSP.ro, sportal.rs and sportal.hu.
Stilian Shishkov, Senior Partner of RSMG and CEO of Sportal Media Group: “I am very pleased that RSMG is today further expanding the presence of its media brand sportal beyond CEE and Africa, in Greece with the launch of sportal.gr. We will offer Greek sports fans very rich sports content combined with powerful customization and loyalty tools, all powered by our Sportal365 content management system.”
Christos Christou, former General Manager of the leading Greek sports platform Sportdog, will build up the ambitious project from scratch as Managing Director of sportal.gr. Together with well-known editorial leaders and a highly motivated young team of around 25 journalists, he will position the sportal.gr brand in the top tier of the Greek sports media market.
Christos Christou said: “I am excited that the RSMG joins the Greek market with a strategic vision for sports media in general and for sportal.gr in particular. The RSMG combines high quality sports journalism and media knowledge with tech-driven publishing solutions. This, combined with our experience in Greek sports media, will transform sportal.gr into a leading digital brand for all the sports fans in Greece and a valuable partner for the sports segment advertisers. Greece has an excellent sports culture and a large, passionate fan base. We are highly motivated to establish sportal.gr as a new brand in a highly competitive environment and to reach a top position among sports media in the country. Sportal.gr will offer novel and creative marketing and advertising solutions for various customer groups and companies – also in conjunction with the other eight sports platforms belonging to the RSMG.”
Robin Lingg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RSMG, said: “From a global perspective, sports media are increasingly a kind of melting pot for sport-savvy audiences, sports gamers and advertisers. Swiss-based Ringier AG is investing in this highly attractive segment and wants to become a top player globally by uniting leading digital sports media brands under the umbrella of the RSMG. Today, these are Sportal Media Group in Bulgaria with sportal.bg and Sportal365, Gazeta Sporturilor in Romania, sportal.rs in Serbia, sportal.hu in Hungary, sport.sk in Slovakia and Pulse Sport in Africa. Our investment in the British LiveScore Group at the end of 2022 was a decisive step to develop innovative products based on common technologies in the future and to benefit from the exchange of know-how. We believe in a growing sports media market in Greece. I am very much looking forward to seeing sportal.gr grow.”
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