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Additional sponsors signed for AffiliateFEST 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) — Following the announcement that keynote speaker Ben Jeffries will be headlining the fourth annual AffiliateFEST agenda, organisers Affiliate Insider have confirmed three new principal sponsors for the event, which is being held at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia on Wednesday 19 September.

Among the sponsors already agreed, newcomers Novibet, Videoslots and affiliate site YourFreeBet are joining this year’s line-up in support of affiliate education and entrepreneurial iGaming skills development.

Valuable insight
As part of the agenda, networking between affiliates, operators and service providers offers an opportunity to share insight and goals and YourFreeBet are delighted to be involved as the official networking sponsor.

Nick Gower founder of this new affiliate site which is a community based sports betting and casino portal recognises the value of networking at this particular event.

“We’re sponsoring the evening networking at this year’s AffiliateFEST because we want to establish great relationships with other iGaming businesses and get better connected in the iGaming community,” Nick Gower stated.

“As a new brand to market we have a vested interest in learning about digital disruption, which is exactly what AffiliateFEST covers, so this is a great fit for us and our business.”

The networking events provided at this year’s event allows delegates to get the perfect opportunity to meet and greet with influencers who are invested in the concept of building their affiliate business. This is such an important part of the day and one that has been recognised by the fact that an affiliate has stepped in to sponsor it.

“AffiliateFEST offers a unique opportunity for affiliate entrepreneurs to get a depth of insight about the iGaming and the broader digital industry we work in. We offer in depth insight as to the opportunities that are present for revenue growth. This is aided by our personalised networking offered in a comfortable relaxed environment which makes it easy to do real business,” said Lee-Ann Johnstone CEO at Affiliate Insider.

“Affiliate Insider Bootcamps are an opportunity to work ON your business, not just IN it.”

Plenty of business networking
Completing the current sponsorship package are Novibet and Videoslots, who are also delighted to be adding their expertise and support for affiliate delegates attending this content-rich event.

“AffiliateFEST is a great opportunity for us to meet affiliates that are serious about their business growth,” added Robert Wegert, U.K. affiliate manager of Novibet.

“The affiliate channel is a key part of our business and therefore we always invest in opportunities to establish personal relationships with affiliate business owners directly. AffiliateFEST offers an opportunity for our team to discuss the latest digital trends in betting and we are looking forward to networking and exhibiting here in September.”

“Lee-Ann from Affiliate Insider is inspirational. She’s developed a unique conference in the AffiliateFEST Bootcamp that we are extremely happy to invest in,” Miles Saacks, Head of Affiliates at Videoslots concludes.

“I am convinced the conference will be empowering and powerful for all those that do attend. I am looking forward to one of the best networking opportunities available today as it will be highly educational, fun and worth the time and investment we have made to be there.”

Structured content that promotes affiliate growth
This year’s AffiliateFEST is running alongside the Betting on Sports conference week so those in attendance can benefit from a broad spectrum of content specifically designed to help their businesses to grow.

The sessions within AffiliateFEST are designed by affiliate marketing experts in order to give delegates a stronger understanding of how to get ahead of the competition while attaining a deeper understanding of opportunities in the iGaming sector

Along with Ben Jeffries, other confirmed speakers include CEO of RefToken Jan Sammut, Founder of Miratrix Nick Duddy, Harris Hagan Partner John Hagan, Mishcon Partner Nick Nocton, Joakim Renman – Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group, BGO CMO Allan Turner, Blockchip COO Diana Rotaru and former Google SEO expert Fili Wiese from Search Brothers.

Source: GamingMeets.com

Schedule for first Sports Betting Symposium announced

(PRESS RELEASE) — Global Gaming Expo 2018 (G2E), North America’s premier international gaming trade show presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organised by Reed Exhibitions, released the speakers and full schedule for its first Sports Betting Symposium taking place in Las Vegas 8-11 October.

The Sports Betting Symposium will provide gaming professionals with the tools they will need to consider business operations that best capitalise on the Supreme Court’s ruling decision to overturn the failed federal ban on sports betting. Sessions will cover the business and legislative aspects of sports betting and offer an interactive, guided tour of the G2E expo hall to connect attendees with the top suppliers of sports betting technologies.

“As states and sovereign tribal nations consider whether or not to enact legalised sports betting, the Sports Betting Symposium at G2E will offer the world’s foremost experts, business leaders and operational solutions to build a thriving legal market in the United States,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association.

Tuesday, 9 October
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
SCOTUS Decision: What the Ruling Actually Said and What It Means – Speakers include Sidley Austin Supreme Court and Appellate law expert Jonathan Cohn, who previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas; and AGA’s senior vice president of public affairs, Sara Slane.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
How States and Tribes Are Preparing for Legal Sports Betting – Speakers include Director of Gaming Affairs for the Chickasaw Nation Matthew Morgan, who also previously served two terms as the gaming commissioner, and Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck, who was nominated by Chris Christie in 2011 and was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate in 2012. Moderator: AGA’s Vice President of State Affairs Mandy Hagan.

Wednesday, 10 October
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Business of Sports Betting – Following the morning keynote, Scott Van Pelt, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, will moderate a session that includes diverse viewpoints on the business of sports betting from panelists Kenny Gersh, executive vice president of gaming and new business ventures for Major League Baseball; Stephen Master, managing director of Americas, Nielsen Sports and commercial director of Nielsen Esports; and AGA’s Senior VP of Public Affairs Sara Slane.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Finding the Right Partner: An Interactive Exhibit Hall Tour – Exhibit participants will have an opportunity to experience an exclusive tour of the expo hall and meet relevant partners that will demonstrate their gaming technologies. The guided tour will be led by Coloring Up Limited Director Alen Lang and AGA’s Senior Director of State Policy Will Green and Senior Member Services Director Jonathan Michaels.

Thursday, 11 October
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
How Sports Betting Works in a Regulated Market – Learn from the sports betting experiences of mature, regulated markets across the globe. Speakers include Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity Association); A.G. Burnett, partner at McDonald Carano and former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board; and Gambling Industry Analyst and Managing Director at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Chris Grove. Moderator: Jennifer Roberts, associate director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation and adjunct professor at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
U.S. Sports Betting: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters – Speakers include CEO of William Hill U.S. Joe Asher; CEO of SBTech Richard Carter; and Vice President of Mobile, PlaySpot and North America Sports Betting at IGT Charles Cohen. Moderator: AGA’s Senior Director of State Policy Will Green.

The 2018 G2E expo hall has more than doubled the number of Sports Betting exhibitors since the 2017 event and continues to add more daily.

Source: GamingMeets.com

DraftKings launches sportsbook in New Jersey

(PRESS RELEASE) — DraftKings Inc. announced today the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook, becoming the first company to offer legal online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey. As the world’s largest daily fantasy sports platform, DraftKings leveraged its best-in-class technology, advantageous positioning and extensive knowledge across sports to bring their Sportsbook product to market just a couple months after officially filing for a sports betting license with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter in our story by officially launching what I believe to be the most innovative, mobile sports betting product in the U.S.,” said Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings. “We have put immense thought and significant resources behind the development of DraftKings Sportsbook and I’m confident that sports fans in New Jersey will enjoy using it to make the experience of watching the games even more interesting and thrilling.”

The launch of DraftKings Sportsbook is the culmination of almost a year of intense preparation, with countless engineering, design, research and development resources all geared towards creating the best and most enjoyable mobile sports betting product for U.S. consumers. Through its unrivalled insight into the habits and preferences of American sports fans, DraftKings has tailored its Sportsbook app and online platform to offer sports fans in New Jersey the ability to place multiple types of bets, including live in-game bets, on major and niche U.S. and international sports. Moreover, DraftKings Sportsbook app and website allows consumers to seamlessly toggle between DraftKings’ Fantasy Sports and Sportsbook platforms, allowing consumers to place their bet and then draft their lineup with one click. Through its partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., announced earlier this year, DraftKings can now offer sports fans in the Garden State the opportunity to place bets.

DraftKings’ introduction of legal online and mobile sports betting begins in New Jersey, but the company is prepared to act in response to future legislative decisions in other states across the country. Earlier this year, DraftKings announced it entered into an agreement to provide a physical sportsbook at the del Lago Resort & Casino located in Waterloo, N.Y., which enables both partners to create a mobile and online sports wagering option in the Empire State should legislation authorise online sports wagering.

Sports fans in New Jersey can now place their bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online.

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

AGA adds sports betting provisions

(PRESS RELEASE) — The American Gaming Association (AGA) kicked off the 21st annual Responsible Gaming Education Week by updating its Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming to incorporate sports betting and add new provisions regarding responsible advertising.

AGA’s Code of Conduct guides industry efforts to build a more cohesive dialogue on responsible gaming. The updated code expands its guidelines to include wagers on sports, as well as new advertising provisions to ensure casino and sports betting marketing is targeted to an age-appropriate demographic with tasteful content and reasonable frequency.

“The American Gaming Association and its members are committed to fostering a gaming environment that focuses on education, well-being and responsibility,” said Sara Slane, AGA’s senior vice president of public affairs. “As gaming enters a new landscape, our industry is prepared to be a proactive partner in how we approach responsible gaming, highlighted today with our updated Code of Conduct that spells our obligations to our patrons, employees and communities.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

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Malta introduces new Gaming Act

(PRESS RELEASE) — The new Gaming Act, approved by Maltese Parliament on 8 March 2018, together with the subsidiary legislation and Authority-issued binding instruments which establish the detailed processes and procedures constituting the holistic regulatory framework for the gaming sector, came into force today 1 August 2018 after undergoing the EU Technical Regulation Information System (TRIS) process, in line with European Union Directive 2015/1535.

The new framework elevates the jurisdictional profile of Malta from a regulatory perspective by strengthening the MGA’s supervisory role, specifically the Authority’s compliance and enforcement functions to better achieve its regulatory objectives. This is in line with concurrent developments relating to anti-money laundering and combating the funding of terrorism.

The new regulatory framework also empowers the Authority to be more agile in its decision-making, by removing unnecessary regulatory burdens not conducive to the regulatory objectives, whilst simultaneously strengthening supervision and focusing the regulator’s efforts on areas which present a higher risk profile.

Furthermore, the reform enhances consumer protection standards and responsible gaming measures, while promoting a risk-based approach towards regulation. It provides the MGA with wider powers in the fields of compliance and enforcement and establishes objective-oriented standards to encourage innovation and development.

Underlining the importance of this milestone the MGA’s Chief Executive Officer Heathcliff Farrugia stated that: “Today marks one of the most important days in the history of the MGA. Years of hard work finally come to fruition. I would like to thank all those involved in making the new regulatory framework a reality, in particular my predecessor Mr. Joseph Cuschieri for the foresight to initiate this project, Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Silvio Schembri and the Maltese Government at large for their ongoing support and commitment, and especially the MGA’s personnel for their relentless work in developing and implementing the new legal regime.”

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in Maltese gaming regulation. One which builds on the foundations of the previous laws, and which empowers the Authority to further strengthen the way it regulates the industry, and to continue being a thought leader for the years the come.”

Subject to the transitory provisions envisaged therein, this framework is applicable for remote gaming operators as of 1st August 2018, whereas land-based operators shall become subject to these new laws as of 1st January 2019.

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

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