8 January 2014 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES January 8, 2014
Recognition for 2013's most active members
Now that the new year has begun, it's time for us to give a very special cheer to our members for their participation in the forums in 2013. We're giving an extra special thanks to Universal4, our most active participant in 2013. His site will be shown on the home page of the GPWA website for the next month as the featured member site of the year.

Recognition for 2013's most active AMs
Now that the new year has begun, it's time for us to give a very special cheer to our affiliate program representatives for their participation in the forums in 2013. We're giving an extra special thanks to Renee, the most active affiliate program representative during 2013. She will be the featured affiliate program representative of the year on the GPWA home page for the next month.

New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is pleased to welcome 10Bet Affiliates as new sponsors of the GPWA. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as members of our community.
Industry News
AGA revamps management team
American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman said the organization is placing an emphasis on proactive, campaign-style trade association advocacy.

Ifrah shares predictions for iGaming in 2014
Online gambling expert and attorney Jeff Ifrah predicts that Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada will begin sharing liquidity with their online poker rooms this year.

Betfair offering 200-pound match bonus
The online casino will provide a 100 percent match to players who buy in to a table game with 20-200 pounds.

Colossus Bets offering new welcome bonus
Players who register, deposit and bet a minimum of 10 pounds in any pool or game will receive a 10-pound bonus.

All Slots offering 200 percent first-deposit bonus
Players who signed up during the site's initial "free 33-pound" promotional period in December but did not deposit can now take advantage of this new bonus until Jan. 19.

Crazy Vegas hosting 25,000-euro freeroll
The slot tournament, played on Gold Factory, will have a whopping 5,000-euro first prize.

Bingo Hall introduces new games and tournaments
Players who participate in the month-long New Year's Dawn tournament can win a new espresso machine.

7Spins offering new promotions throughout January
The site's Dawn of Prizes tournament will have a total prize pool of $100,000, giving players the opportunity to win a $35,000 first-place prize.

IGT launches three new games
The company released Battleship, Cluedo Classic and Dungeons & Dragons: Treasures of Icewind Dale.

ICE 2014 to hold Bitcoin seminar
The seminar will provide an in-depth look at the Bitcoin trend and discuss what regulatory considerations and commercial opportunities it has for gaming.

Skrill agrees to ICE 2014 sponsorship
The conferences, which run alongside ICE Totally Gaming, offer an influential learning and networking program.

Upcoming Conference

Virtual Gaming ShowJan. 21-22, 2014
Virtual Gaming Show
The Virtual Gaming Show is an online meetup of gaming professionals from all over the world. It takes place in a conference setting, where people like you network and do business together.

ICE Totally GamingFeb. 4-6, 2014
ICE Totally Gaming
Showcasing compelling innovation and expertise, ICE Totally Gaming is proud to be the largest and most comprehensive B2B gaming exhibition in the world. Bringing together international operators and suppliers from the betting, bingo, casino, lottery, mobile, online, social and street gaming sectors over three days, ICE Totally Gaming offers unrivaled opportunities to visitors and exhibitors alike.

London Affiliate Conference (LAC)Feb. 6-9, 2014
London Affiliate Conference (LAC)
LAC's conference sessions aim to provide a wealth of information with panels, presentations and exclusive insights from expert speakers. The relaxed atmosphere of these events encourages the open exchange of ideas and experiences. With 3,000 attendees expected, you will have plenty of opportunities to network with affiliates, affiliate managers, operators and speakers.

iGaming North AmericaMarch 19-21, 2014
iGaming North America
This year's conference will feature expert panels, lectures and workshops providing a thorough, comprehensive program covering opportunities, challenges, strategies and expectations related to the North American gaming industry's ongoing transition into the digital space.
Did You Know?
More than 33.5 million people now play fantasy sports in the U.S., according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Affiliate Manager Interview
Stephen Croft

When we talked to Stephen Croft for Issue 26 of the GPWA Times Magazine, he had just joined the Affiliate Edge affiliate management team, though he'd worked for the company for several years. He told us what it was like to attend the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, learned that his theme song would be the Benny Hill Theme, and got him to tell us what he's been putting in Martyn Beacon's shampoo for the last three years.
Read the interview

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From The Forums
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