affiliate programs changing terms
With the US market now
gone for most online casinos, the affiliate programs
representing them are looking for new ways to save a buck. The
latest edition is retroactive (and some non-retroactive) changes
to the terms and conditions of the casino affiliate programs.
Many casino affiliate programs now require the webmasters to
send a minimum amount of players in a given period in order to
keep their earnings for the traffic they have previously sent
towards the online casinos.
This comes as another blow to the already fragile gambling
industry. Many webmasters have already left the market, due to
the question for legality of online gambling. And after almost
all of the online casinos decided to leave the US market - there
is a small piece of the pie (Europe and Asia) left for a lot of
hungry companies to share. Left with that decision, many
webmasters saw themselves unable to compete with their already
established foreign peers; others saw the potential for earnings
way to small, compared to the US players they had forever lost.
With the E.U. gambling market focused mostly on sports betting,
and Asia - almost no interest at all - there is not much choice
left for the gambling webmaster, but to either leave the
industry or see a huge downsize of their earnings.
Although the future will never be clear, one thing is sure -
this, once a lucrative online industry, is diminishing slowly
and no "fresh blood" will be seen for a long, long time.