GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 49 - April 2021

the mood of the customers, family and business partners. What do you think the industry will look like in five years? It will grow, for sure. The amount of websites and gaming companies has grown significantly since 2011. A lot of new entertainment has been created for both sides. Players got cryp- to-based games, esports betting. Companies have more payment options, new providers and new business opportunities. I think that in the next five years, gambling will become on the spot. If an 18-year-old friend told you he or she wanted to become an iGam- ing affiliate, what would your advice be? First of all, I would recommend start- ing to research the market. Get known with a different types of products. Learn more about affiliate marketing in gener- al — how it works, and how it changed in the last decade. The next step will be to decide how you will get your traffic. There are several ways to get it — SEO, PPC, social media ads, push-notifications, etc. The iGaming niche isn’t the easiest one, so the best way to start is to join some other teams as a trainee. As soon as you become more confident in what you are doing and earn a decent amount of money, you can start thinking about your own business. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you both personally and professionally? Luckily, only in a positive way! Since I had a network of the websites with some traffic, my income increased a bit. I’ve concentrated on researching new markets and SEO strategies for my web- sites and PBNs (private blog networks); did several tests. Besides speaking about opportunities, much more people started looking for jobs online, which gave me a chance to find several awesome people for my team. Do you gamble online? My first at- tempt with gambling was with online pok- er. I’ve never played card games before, but I cashed out with around $4,000 in 2011. Of course, I spent a lot of time reading rules and testing games. It was a part of my self-education while working with an iGaming company. Right now, I know that it was more luck rather than a level of experience. So, I wouldn’t recommend gambling if you are not confident in what you are doing. Besides, always remember to play carefully, don’t underestimate gam- bling problems. As for brick-and-mortar casinos, I don’t have a lot of experience in them. But I spent some time in them while I was visiting Monaco. It was a wonderful experience with my friends during a trip to Europe. I even have a plan to visit Las Vegas once again and to gamble there! games for one hour. As a gamer, even now, I try to stay informed about everything in this niche. Of course, I even tried to work in Ga- meDev. In 2014, I sold all my websites in the iGaming niche and switched to Ga- meDev as a game designer. It was a really cool experience, and I will definitely repeat it when I become much more experienced. If someone from out of town were visiting you, what’s the one place you’d definitely take them to see? Well, if people don’t mind, I would orga- atrust99 The iGamingniche isn’t the easiest one, so the bestway to start is to join some other teams as a trainee . As soon as you become more confident inwhat you are doing and earn a decent amount ofmoney , you can start thinking about your ownbusiness . What do you do to stay in shape – both physically and mentally? Organize yourself. Build a plan. I know that all these plans don’t work properly in most cases, but being able to schedule your life and everything related to this will help you in a lot of situations. I wouldn’t call myself a good advisor at all, but reading books is the best option for good mental health. Personally, I read one new book each week. It helps me get some further cool info about something that is getting my attention, whether it be science or just casual novels. When you were a child what was your dream profession and why? I was hoping to become a game designer. I got my first PC when I was super young, and my father is an all-around tech guy. So lucky me, I got a chance to experience all old-school goodies. Of course, my parents were strict and didn’t allow me to play the entire day, so we had a deal, that for every two hours of reading books, I could play nize a trip to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. People should know what progress can look like in a different and horrible way. Visiting this place would teach people to care more about the place we live in, our home planet. It is a good lesson for the whole of humanity. If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, Gabe Newell, Christopher Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. These people have influenced me my entire life. So I would like to say thanks in person. Name two things that people reading this magazine don’t know about you. 1. I have my own workshop where we create props and costumes for movies. 2. I participate in historical reenactment activities and play a lot of tabletop games. So my free time is full of emo- tions and hobbies. 55 G P W A t i m e s . o r g