22 February 2017 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA Code of Conduct update
After careful internal discussion, we made a decision to update to the GPWA Code of Conduct. The update was made because we wanted it to be a more effective tool in combating criminal activities of hackers. All GPWA sponsor programs were notified of the update a month ago, and the new provisions are now in full effect. Please see inside this thread for more details.

2017 iGaming Pocket Directory free to GPWA members
The new 2017 edition of Casino City's iGaming Pocket Directory is now available online, and we will also mail a free copy of the print edition to any GPWA member who would like one. This 116-page guide to the iGaming industry includes sections covering bingo, casinos, financials, games, live dealers, lottery and more. Please read this thread for details on how you can obtain your copy.

Industry News
APCW: GVC Holdings shell game
Things start to get real this week as J. Todd devotes the entire show to GVC Holdings, which he says is fast becoming one of online gambling's most negatively viewed companies.

Players earn more on returns at bet365
With the Euro Soccer Bonus, placing accumulators on participating matches at the bet365 Sportsbook gains players up to 100% on returns.

Tipbet becomes an official betting partner of SK Sturm
Until the end of the 2016/2017 season, Tipbet will sponsor Austrian association football club SK Sturm Graz.

ICE 2017 sets new attendance record
The exhibition attracted 30,213 attendees, representing the sixth consecutive year of growth and a 5.7% increase from the previous record, set last year.

New York online poker bill back on track
A bill that would legalize and regulate internet poker passed the Senate Gaming Committee by a 11-0 vote last week and now moves to the Finance Committee for a vote.

Codeta names new Chief Technology Officer
With over 15 years of experience in the online gambling industry, Patrik Svensson will take on the newly created role.

Quasar Gaming introduces first biathlon event
The casino presents its first biathlon race, featuring four weeks of head to head competition between players.

Playtech solidifies deal with Captain Up
The company will integrate the engagement platform into its offering, using game mechanics, machine learning and behavioral economics.

GAN to distribute online games for Everi
The company will launch several Class II and Class III Everi slot titles online to U.S. Simulated Gaming clients.

Quickspin launches Hot Sync online slot
The Swedish supplier's latest HTML5 game transports classic symbols to a new, funky environment with 20 paylines and free spins.

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.

Affiliate Grand Slam27-28 April, 2017
Affiliate Grand Slam
The organizers behind SiGMA are packing up and heading to charming Tallinn, in the Baltics, for two nights of quality entertainment and networking restricted to 200 quality affiliates and five operators.
Did You Know?
The Spanish online gambling market experienced an increase in gross gaming revenue in the third quarter of the year of over 30%, compared to the same time last year, according to the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling Affairs.

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Will you be roguing foxy bingo and foxy casino?
The fact that GVC Holdings decided to shut down the CashCade affiliate program for foxy bingo while leaving the site open, effectively stealing affiliate earnings, has been the top complaint of affiliates in the GPWA forums over the past month. As a result, affiliate partners that have been promoting the foxy sites for years now find that GVC Holdings is firm in its view that the phrase "lifetime earnings" was pure marketing hype and did not represent any sort of commitment. So, for this week's poll we want to know if you marked these brands rogue based on the actions of their owner. Or do you have some other plan, or no plans at all?  View poll
Last week's poll results: Do you use a tls/ssl certificate and https on your sites? View poll
Buzzy's World
The BuzzBuzzy has been hard at work this week chasing down the latest industry rumors and gossip. Here's a quick look at Buzzy's top finds:
New MessageMaori-themed online game removed after protests
New Message'Holy Grail of Poker AI' dominates poker pros
New MessageBill to ban online poker in Australia is delayed
New MessagePinnacle exits Polish sports betting market
From The Forums
New MessageReturning to the affiliate game
allaboutthebets writes:
I sold my sites a few years ago and have had some time away from the industry. I am now getting back into it (slowly) and can't believe how much I've missed. How much has changed in the last few years? Is it now easier or harder to rank a site? Anything else major that I may have missed out on? read more
New MessageThe value of no-deposit bonus players
New MessageWhat happened to my Ahrefs URL rating?
New MessageConversion tracking lag
New MessageCarving out a new niche
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