This week's reviews:
A couple of re-reviews and reviews of the new properties in the Condor Malta Ltd group. We've had issues with the way this group has managed complaints in the past, but the complainant in question had a history with us that left us unwilling to base a judgement solely on their account. That previously left them at Needs Work status. However, over the last ~12 months this group has introduced some terms that to our mind are absolutely predatory - play to get paid hostage terms, arbitrary deadlines on ID submission (just highlighted as a negative practice by the UKGC, withdrawal caps on progressive jackpots - any one of which would be enough to justify their current Not Recommended status:https://thepogg.com/casino-review/24bettle/https://thepogg.com/casino-review/b-bets/https://thepogg.com/casino-review/big5-casino/https://thepogg.com/casino-review/casino-sieger/https://thepogg.com/casino-review/rembrandt/
Moving on we have the Alea Gaming Ltd group. This is an interesting group that's widely recommended at other sites. Are issues here are two fold. In the first instance this group is involved in the operation of another property (Tropezia Palace) that used to run on the same aff program as Slots Million (Affiliate Republik). They broke Tropezia Palace away from the main group (it appears to be used now to access markets other than those of their main properties). When they did this they took the chance to add Negative Carry Over into their aff contract. Because Tropezia Palace was moved to run on a totally new affiliate program the argument could be made that this was not a retroactive addition of a new term, but this is semantic in nature. The reality is that affiliates who had already provided traffic to this partner under a payment agreement then received less than the agreement. If we can't trust a group to treat their partners right why would we trust them to treat their players right? Regardless, this would have only resulted in a Needs Work status by itself.
The second issue that clinches the deal for us is that the new Alea Affiliates program carries an aggressive gagging clause that stipulates that if the contract is cancelled for any reason the affiliate isn't just required to remove commercial content (adverts, links etc), but all mention of their brand. This effectively means that, for instance, we could manage a complaint against their brand and ultimately feel that the player is in the right. When we go to rule in favour of the player the operator could then cancel our contract and force the removal of any mention of the complaint. This type of gagging clause is intended for the suppression of factually accurate information to cover-up actions that operators take that they don't want spoken about. Programs will argue that this is there to prevent affiliates distributing inaccurate information, but this is already covered by libel laws. We won't work with programs that would force this type of term on us and this tips the balance in this case to Not Recommended:https://thepogg.com/casino-review/lady-lucks/https://thepogg.com/casino-review/slotsmillion/
More positive, we have Royal Slots - sister property to Casino Land who run on the MT Secure Trade (Gaming Innovation Group) platform. As soon as they've got their aff program ready, and presuming friendly terms, they'll be moved to Recommended:https://thepogg.com/casino-review/royal-slots/
And another couple from the SoftSwiss platform - these two owned by SoftSwiss themselves:https://thepogg.com/casino-review/joo/https://thepogg.com/casino-review/n1/