Vegas Technology Casinos Shut Down

Published on: May 31, 2011 

Vegas Technology is one of the leading software providers to online casinos. When the UIGEA was passed in the United States in 2006, several software providers quit the American online casino market. But Vegas Technology stayed on. Thereafter events like the Kentucky domain name seizure case and the passing of the UIGEA rules continued to put pressure on online casino operators in America. But the Vegas Technology powered online casinos stood firm. However, the recent domain seizures by the Department of Justice proved to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. The two leading Vegas Technology online casino groups announced closure of operations.

The first to shut shop was the English Harbour Ventures group on the Casino Coins affiliate program. The online casinos in this group include Caribbean Gold, English Harbour, Millionaire Casino, Silver Dollar, Slots Galore, Super Slots and VIP Slots. Some of these brands were launched as far back as 1997 and have enjoyed excellent reputation since then. On May 16 Casino Coins sent a brief message to the affiliate watch dog agencies that stated that the affiliate program will no longer be accepting new customers with immediate effect across all brands. The message added that affiliates that are on a revenue share model will be paid on a quarterly basis. Affiliate Guard Dog posted the message in full at its web site with the remark “We’re in for a rough ride”. There was nothing in the message to suggest that this statement of intent ensued from the seizure of online gambling sites in America. This led to speculation that English Harbour Ventures was shifting from an affiliate based marketing strategy to a more direct one. This seems to be borne out by the fact that the online casino web sites are functional.

Ten days later the affiliate program Best Casino Partner sent a similar message. This program promotes online casinos like Go Casino, Online Vegas, Grand Vegas and Crazy Slots. This message had an indirect reference to the domain seizures in America. The message read, “In light of recent events we regret to inform you that effective Friday May 27th, 2011 all tracking links for partner casinos will become inactive and you will no longer be able to promote these brands.” The message went on to say that the promoted online casino brands would be working with the software provider Vegas Technology to disable player registrations.

When other software providers in the past felt the heat they only shut down shop in the United States and continued accepting new players in other jurisdictions. The problem with these two Vegas Technology groups is that their clients are almost totally from the United States so it is not worth the effort to keep the affiliate programs running in other jurisdictions.

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