GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 50 - August 2021

AFFILIATE MANAGER INTERVIEW SERIES João Vaz BetWinner Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and where did you grow up? I’m from Portugal, from an inland town called Castelo Branco, but I lived in Barcelona for almost 15 years, in Mexico and I have lived in Malta since 2015. I basically like warm climates and I fell in love with Malta and its climate. How did you get started in the iGaming in- dustry? How has your past experience helped you in your current role? I have been working in this industry since May 2015. With my past as a journalist and sports commentator, I have always seen the growth of sports betting and the way they came in either as sponsors of programs or through marketing with clubs and I have always had a strong interest in this industry. I had the opportunity to enter this world via Betclic, working in the trading department. Being a local trading specialist helpedme learn the local offer marketing strategy, which helpedme learn the product well. I continued in Portugal with SkyInfoTech with a project for India, Betbarter and one for Brazil, as project owner. All of this communication and product experience, plus my background and scouting and working with players’ agents, gave me a background of network communication in the journalism, sports and iGaming agencies and providers. What do you like most about working in the iGaming industry? It is difficult to explain what this industry represents, but in my case, being able Illustration by GoodStudio/Shutterstock G P W A t i m e s . o r g 64