Affilka by SOFTSWISS is pleased to share its results for 2021. During this period, the affiliate marketing platform grew significantly across the board, including crossing the 100 affiliate brand mark. The results presented reflect the financial and business metrics of the team’s work from January to December last year.
In 2021, the Affilka team expanded its client list with 60 new companies, up 92% from 2020 with a score of 65 live brands at the end of the year. As a result, Affilka ended 2021 at 125 live brands, 76 of which support crypto. Among these, about a third operate on third-party online casino and sportsbook platforms. Affilka is flexible in that clients can take advantage of the affiliate marketing platform regardless of whether they operate on the SOFTSWISS Online Casino Platform or use their in-house solution.
“Any online casino or sportsbook can rely on the flexibility and professionalism of our team to launch their affiliate program on our software. Affilka has extensive experience with both SOFTSWISS Online Casino Platform clients and with those companies that use third-party platforms or proper solutions. Therefore, our experience allows us to safely claim the highest customer focus available in the gambling market”, commented Anastasia Borovaya, Product Owner of Affilka.
There is also a positive trend in the increase of affiliate programs. Since 2020, the growth rate increased by 79% and amounted to 86 affiliate programs by December 2021 compared to 48 a year earlier. The total GGR of all casinos and sportsbooks brands using Affilka increased by 122% to more than 390 million EUR.
“The year 2021 has shown a resurgence in the iGaming industry. On the one hand, gambling representatives have become increasingly aware of the importance of affiliate marketing and its convenience in promoting their brands. On the other hand, affiliates have also become more active in considering cooperation with iGaming companies: in 2021 alone, their number increased by 39%. Such a trend suggests that in 2022 investment in affiliate marketing will only keep growing”, said Anastasia Borovaya, Product Owner of Affilka.
Some of Affilka’s important innovative achievements as part of the product’s development includes:
- Access to merchant accounts not only for clients operating on the SOFTSWISS Online Casino Platform, but also for those using third-party platforms.
- Ability to) Record payments for non-integrated payment systems, making it easier for Affilka clients to interact with affiliates.
- Development of a poker module that will soon allow Online Poker Sites to take advantage of Affilka unique capabilities.
“This year was an important milestone in the development of Affilka, which has been highlighted as a standalone product in the SOFTSWISS portfolio. It’s branching out into a complete solution is marked by the iGaming industry’s demand in quality affiliate marketing software, which Affilka/SOFTSWISS is happy to meet . All information about Affilka features and benefits can now be found on our website at www.affilka.com. I also can’t help but mention our clients, who have entrusted the Affilka team with growing their businesses. In 2021, that number exceeded 100 companies! And that’s the best motivation for even more high-profile achievements, which you will no doubt hear about in the nearest future”, summed up Anastasia Borovaya, Product Owner at Affilka.
Affilka by SOFTSWISS is an affiliate management platform for iGaming operators. The platform enables operators to manage affiliate partners across multiple brands, optimise marketing spend, and analyse player ROI from partners.
SOFTSWISS is a widely-acclaimed iGaming expert, supplying certified software solutions for managing online gambling operations. The company has an international team, which counts 1,000+ employees and has an official presence in Malta, Belarus, Poland and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences, including Curacao, Malta, Estonia, Belarus, Belgium, Sweden, Nigeria, Ghana, Serbia and Greece. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013 SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.
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.”
Nordic Affiliates Joins Norwegian Online Gambling Trade Organisation
Nordic Affiliates has become the first affiliate to join the Norwegian Online Gambling Trade Organisation (NBO).
Nordic said it hoped its decision will encourage other sections of the Norway-facing gambling industry to join the lobby group, which campaigns for an end to Norway’s two-company gambling monopoly controlled by Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto.
Havard Lehn, co-founder of Nordic Affiliates, said: “Politicians talk a lot, but there is no real change for people who are struggling with gambling problems. Being Norwegian myself, and having spent over a decade in the industry, I strongly believe that Norway must regulate its internal gambling markets.
“Going forward, we all must unite behind NBO for the benefit of both the Norwegian society and the industry.”
NBO was established in 2019 by Betsson, Comeon Group, Kindred and Gaming Innovation Group.
Carl Fredrik Stenstrøm, Secretary General of NBO, said: “It’s not a matter of if the Norwegian gambling market will be de-monopolised, but when.
“However, the change is slow, and a successful regulation depends on continuous public affairs work. The more power we can assemble behind this task, the faster we will reach our goals. We have achieved more progress in the last three years than the previous 20. That’s a testament to the industry’s determination, but we want more companies to engage.”
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