15 February 2017 GPWA Times Newsletter

Congratulations to iGB Affiliate Award Winners
A big congratulations to affiliate program members of the GPWA community that won awards at the recent iGB Affiliate Awards ceremony. Additionally, Graeme Levin, who announced he was retiring from the gaming industry at LAC, and an affiliate for 20 years, also received an award for his long history and early involvement in the industry as the person behind the original gambling.com portal site. Please read this thread for more details.

Industry News
APCW: ActiveWins an active accomplice to theft?
Reports saying that the ActiveWins Affiliate program will pick up where Cashcade left off have been confirmed. Webmasters are left with the sad realization that GVC Holdings has stolen their players and commissions. . . again.

Cash prizes on offer at bet365 Bingo
For every 10 euros staked on qualifying games, players can earn prize draw tickets and a chance to win a share of 1,000,000 euros.

NoLimit City moves into Asia
The casino platform and games developer has entered the Asian market for the first time with a deal to provide QTech Games with its HD slots.

Codeta named Newcomer of the Year
At the Casino.SE Awards 2016, the live casino was crowned for its excellence in the live table game sector.

NetEnt to produce emoji-themed slot
The supplier will add to its games portfolio Emojiplanet, a slot based on the universally popular icons.

Play'n GO wins Slot Provider of the Year
The online slot provider snagged the distinction at the International Gaming Awards.

Playtech enters partnership with Featurespace
The gaming content and software supplier has agreed to a strategic partnership that will see Featurespace's ARIC technology solutions integrated into Playtech's player management system.

Realistic Games releases Time is Money online slot
The supplier's latest slot game features an innovative free spins round that aims to boost player engagement.

Kiron Interactive officially joins Rombet Association
The virtuals provider has become a member of Romania's gambling trade association, which works directly with the government to develop the latest regulatory framework for land-based and online operators.

Ganapati plans game release with major Japanese artist
The slots developer will launch an online slot game based on the hit Japanese single "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen," released by singer-songwriter Pikotaro.

Upcoming Conference

Nordic Affiliate Conference6-7 April, 2017
Nordic Affiliate Conference
The Nordic Affiliate Conference will take place in Stockholm and is expected to bring together the key affiliates, media agencies, advertising networks and operators working within the region.

GiGse26-28 April, 2017
GiGse attracts over 700 delegates to examine the legislative progress, commercial strategies and partnership opportunities for all the key stakeholders to enter iGaming and achieve the first-mover advantage in this lucrative market currently undergoing a significant regulatory change on a state-by-state basis.

Amsterdam Affiliate Conference11-14 July, 2017
Amsterdam Affiliate Conference
The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is part of the iGaming Super Show and is expected to be a huge success, with over 3,200 delegates and 1,800 affiliates in attendance. This event mixes business with pleasure and is one you cannot afford to miss.
Did You Know?
Over the past 12 months, mobile gaming has become the main platform for online gambling in the European market, with some operators reporting over 80% of revenues coming through that channel, according to the European Online Gambling Industry Report.

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