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Sports Betting Growing Worldwide

Let’s face it, with nowhere to go and few places open during the global pandemic, it’s been tough to find something to do in your spare time, of which most of us have had plenty. Even professional and recreational sports bettors had few options after the North American leagues shut down in mid-March. No NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, and to make matters worse, football wasn’t even on the horizon.

It was a desolate wasteland and those who wanted to scratch their itch couldn’t even find a casino open to roll some dice, spin a roulette wheel, pull a slot, or play a little blackjack. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention and soon sportsbooks began offering eSports, simulations, and video game battles, like League of Legends, to sate the appetites of its starving clientele.

And suddenly, there was rabid interest in Taiwanese paddle ball, Belarusian soccer, Japanese baseball, cockroach racing in Istanbul…okay, the last one was a bit of hyperbole but you get the drift. If there was an event that was being listed by the books then there were plenty of people willing to wager on the outcome.

If we scour the betting industry news and listen to those who are considered experts in the field, we soon realize that the advent of legalized sports betting both in the United States and around the world has been a boon to the market.

The sports betting stigma of decades ago has increasingly dissipated, to the point where it has virtually vanished, now that millennials have embraced fantasy sports which broke down the door for sports betting in particular. What’s the difference if you bet on a player versus the team he plays on? Nothing.

And that reality became so painfully apparent that even the most hypocritical of all, Roger Goodell and the National Football League, could no longer take a hard line after they partnered with DraftKings to get a piece of the lucrative DFS market. The NFL has been sports betting’s harshest critic, stating its very existence could impeach the integrity of the game, yet has been its biggest beneficiary due to the soaring ratings that having a vested financial interest by the bettors who watch it, renders.

The sports betting market was estimated at north of $85 billion last year and despite the dearth of betting options for the five months that the North American leagues were dark, not to mention a lack of preseason NFL games, coupled with a staggered U.S. economy, the global numbers will again be enormous. But whether it even approaches last year’s number, it’s quite possible that 2021 – assuming things return to pre-pandemic normal – will be the biggest sports betting year of all.

Sportsbooks Rely on Affiliates

Whether the sportsbook is located offshore or based in the good, ol’ USA, they need customers, like any other business, to keep the wheels spinning. And a major part of attracting customers is through either direct or affiliate advertising. Affiliates are simply websites that promote these sportsbooks and often provide the reader with incentives to click and join.

Below is a DraftKings affiliate program and what to expect if you are interested in becoming an affiliate in a booming market segment which includes both daily fantasy sports and sports betting.

  • The DraftKings Affiliates Program is free and there is a DraftKings Sportsbook & DraftKings Daily Fantasy program.
  • DraftKings is already a leader in the daily fantasy sports industry.
  • They are a visible name in the sports world, with direct partnerships with professional sports leagues.
  • DraftKing’s websites continue to explore innovative technological improvements.
  • They too provide a secure website with pages that are easily navigated on a desktop or mobile device.
  • The commission structure pays 40% of the net gaming revenue inside the first 30 days and 25% from 31 days on.
  • You can choose to be paid your earnings by check or through PayPal.
  • Links and materials are provided in your DraftKings Affiliates account.
  • You cannot, however, use outside promotional codes or referrals that are not approved by DraftKings.
  • The DraftKings Affiliates Program is both managed and paid internally by DraftKings. There are no third-party fees or associations.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Alpine Esports transitions to Alpine Sim Racing, announcing partnership with G2 Esports

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  • Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing in a commitment to the sport.
  • A brand-new partnership with G2 Esports formed, sharing similar goals and values to compete in an expansive range of competitions in sim racing.

A New Beginning:

With the 2023/2024 F1 Sim Racing World Championship concluded. Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing to further showcase a commitment to the sport. This change will elevate the competition as the team looks to compete in an expansive list of other Sim Racing titles alongside F1.

Alpine Sim Racing x G2 Esports

This revolutionary partnership with G2 Esports will further support the commitment to Sim Racing, allowing the team to drive results at the top of the grid across multiple sim racing programs.

“It’s a very exciting time for the newly branded Alpine Sim Racing Team, this new collaboration with G2 symbolizes a new era and new hope where combined our focus will be on constant progress, a shift in priorities and vision of the past, our aim is to project Alpine Sim Racing into championship contention in the coming years” said Daniel Ritchie, Global Director Sponsorship Acquisition, at Alpine.

“This partnership promises to elevate Alpine Sim Racing’s performance and competitiveness, fuelled by G2’s expertise and Alpine’s commitment to excellence” – said David Gendry, Global Marketing & Communications Director at Alpine

“At G2 Esports, we strive for competitive excellence and we see those values mirrored in Alpine, which is why we’re excited to announce our partnership together as we work towards the future of Sim Racing. Sim Racing is an incredible opportunity for not only gaming and esports fans, but also general fans of F1 and it has the unique ability to bring multiple communities together for the love of the race and motorsports. This partnership is a turning point for G2, we believe in the future of Sim Racing and Alpine will enable us to keep bringing trophies home, with an incredibly passionate, data-driven, and technologically advanced partner by our side.” – said Alban Dechelotte, CEO, G2 Esports

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with Alpine F1. As two like-minded, forward-thinking and ambitious brands within our respective sports, It was evident from the very beginning of our conversations that the synergies between Alpine and G2 are numerous. Sim Racing is the perfect vehicle to connect fans of wider esports with the worlds of motorsport, car culture and cutting-edge technology, all of which Alpine excel within.

Alpine matches our desire to win, our desire to disrupt and improve every space we operate within, and our desire to elevate racing in all forms, whether in a digital or real-world arena. Our track record within F1 Esports is one of success and we are looking forward to returning to the grid alongside Alpine and delivering them a programme to be proud of.” – said Nathan Tague, Head of Sim Racing, G2 Esports

 

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Meridianbet (Golden Matrix Group, Inc) Launches AI-Powered Online Casino Game Recommender

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Meridianbet, sports betting and iGaming operator and part of the Golden Matrix Group (NASDAQ: GMGI), a developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, today announced the launch of an AI-powered casino game recommender.

This tool is designed to optimize user engagement and gaming experience and boost player loyalty.

Personalized iGaming Powered by AI

Meridianbet’s AI Casino Recommender uses advanced AI to offer personalized game recommendations based on player behavior, previous activities, demographic data, and individual preferences.

How It Works

The AI engine analyzes extensive data to identify unique player patterns and preferences, providing recommendations in two sections:

  • Games You’ve Tried: Highlights games that players have already played.
  • Games You Might Like: Introduces new games based on player behavior and preferences.

Ongoing Model Updates

The AI model is trained daily to stay current with player behaviors and preferences, ensuring accurate and engaging suggestions.

Success Metrics

Key metrics from the first month of use show:

  • 3% increase in user engagement with recommended games.
  • 9% increase in engagement with new recommended games.
  • 12% decrease in engagement with unrecommended games.

Upcoming Upgrades

Future improvements will include more detailed demographic details and playing patterns to enhance search functionality.

Unique Competitive Advantage

Meridianbet’s AI casino recommender focuses on enhancing user experience and platform ergonomics, making the gaming experience more enjoyable.

Strategic Fit and Market Potential

This feature aligns with Golden Matrix Group’s strategy to leverage advanced technology for user engagement and growth. The broader ecosystem includes:

  • Meridianbet’s sports betting and iGaming services across 18 markets.
  • RKings’ tournament business in the UK and Ireland.
  • Mexplay, an iGaming operator in Mexico.
  • GMAG, a B2B aggregator service for over 800 online casinos worldwide.

 

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MERKUR Community support England Hockey’s Olympic Legacy vision

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The MERKUR UK Community project which is funded by the company and its high street customers is supporting an initiative aimed at identifying the nation’s Olympiads of the future following a £10,000 award to promote England Hockey’s ‘Pick up a Stick’ campaign whose motto is Play: Celebrate: Inspire.

With the opening ceremony of the 2024 summer Olympics taking place 26 July in Paris, England Hockey is aiming to harness the momentum and profile of the Games to drive awareness of the sport and in the process to create an Olympic legacy based on increased participation at all levels.

Tony Boulton, MERKUR UK’s Director of Public and Political Relations has overseen the launch and implementation of MERKUR Community. Confirming the latest award, which takes the total generated by MERKUR Community to over £60,000 since its launch in January 2024, he said: “As a global celebration featuring athletes from 196 nations participating in 329 events across 32 sports the Olympic Games provides an unrivalled opportunity to engage with current, lapsed and most importantly generations of new players.

“England Hockey oversees the sport’s management and development, spanning from grassroots initiatives to elite-level activities and the MERKUR Community funding will go towards facilitating coaching courses so clubs can train additional members to deliver hockey sessions in the local community providing equipment for the ‘Adopt a School’ campaign and developing a tool kit of interactive digital resources.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to help fund the work of England Hockey and encourage greater numbers to play the game regardless of their previous hockey experience.”

 

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