More domains of US facing sportsbooks, casinos and poker rooms were seized, more gaming companies are switching to .eu and .ag, QuickTender is closed for business and Casino Coins and Best Casino Partner closes their affiliate programs to new players.
Doylesroom.com, Bookmaker.com, BetED.com and more domains seizedThe following domains were seized on May 24th, 2011: Doylesroom.com 2BetDSI.com Bookmaker.com Funtimebingo.com Goldenarchcasino.com Betmaker.com Betgrandesports.com Betehorse.com Beted.com
In anticipation that more domains would get seized, other companies are now switching domains.
Bodog.com, Doylesroom.com and bookmaker.com now using new domains
Many gambling sites that take US players have informed affiliates to update their links on their affiliate sites to redirect to a new domain.
The domain changes involve a few brands that are changing from .com domains to .eu .co.uk and .ag domains that are probably out of the reach of ICANN and the Department of Justice.
If you are promoting any of these brands be sure to update your links:
Bodog.com switching to Bodog.eu
Bookmaker.com switching to bmaker.ag
Doylesroom.com switching to doylesroom.ag
Casino Coins closed for new players
On May 16th Casino Coins emailed their affiliates to inform them that no new player signups will be accepted.
It isn't understood if this means that new players are accepted but just not through the affiliate program or if all new players cannot signup at all.
Existing players are still able to play and affiliates can still earn commissions on them however affiliate payments are now made on a quarterly basis instead of monthly.
If you are a casino affiliate promoting any of their brands such as English Harbour, Caribbean Gold, Super Slots, Millionaire Casino, Vip Slots, Slots Galore and Silver Dollar you should inform players that new registrations are not accepted and to replace links and banners on your site with other brands.
Best Casino Partner closed for new players
Best Casino Partner (BCP) uses the same Vegas Technology software as Casino Coins and it wasn't too surprising to see BCP announce that they are not accepting new casino players.
BCP is the affiliate program for Go Casino, Grand Vegas, Crazy Slots and Online Vegas.
QuickTender US payment processor shutdown and closed for business
The news about QuickTender has been quiet but their website is updated with a blank screen with this short message:"With regret, the QuickTender service has been discontinued. All account holders will be notified by email"
Many affiliates had money in their QuickTender accounts but it seems they might not possibly get their money back.
Many affiliates are jumping ship but perhaps now is the time to be diversifying your affiliate portfolio and starting websites outside of the gaming industry or to focus on non US markets.