This week has been one hell of a week, and unfortunately it's not all good. The system is broken. Really - people, it is.
This week, we discovered that a prominent casino group - AffPower - have a number of casinos that host pirated games from Netent. They are using their own gaming servers, and we have screenshots of the proof here in the rogue section.
The casinos that are running these fake games are able to do so because they are licensed in Curaçao. Curaçao has four master license holders - and the license holder for these Affpower casinos is Cyberluck (aka curacao-egaming.com). I am the one who notified the license holder. This was several days ago - they acknowledged my notification, said that they were looking into it, and that was that.
But at press time (Friday, May 13th), the games are still live, still able to take bets, and the customer service reps at these casinos are ensuring players, "not to be afraid...that the games are legit."
Now I could understand this happening if this were the year 1999 when the online gaming industry was in its infancy, and Costa Rican clipshot joints were not the exception but the rule. But it's not, it's 2016 - the industry has matured, there is strict regulation in Europe and well as in the States. For this to occur is a slap in the face to anyone who is professionally involved in this industry.
If I were a casino operator, I would be livid - you are tarnished by association.
If I were an affiliate of Affpower, I would ask for an explanation - and drop these casinos like a hot potato. If they are ripping off players, what do you think they are doing to your affiliate account?
If I were a player, I would be disgusted knowing that I was lied to, duped, and probably cheated. I would demand an audit and take possible legal action against those who allowed this to happen.
But really - the only people who really seem to care are the folks at Netent, the Malta Gaming Authority (Affpower has casinos licensed there), and a handful of players and affiliates. No one else seems to give a flying rat's ass.
Affpower's offices are located in Israel, which is becoming the "new" Costa Rica clipshot joint haven. I asked for a public statement from them, but so far not a peep.
So where is the due diligence? The compliance? There is really no excuse that these games are still live - that these casinos are allowed to operate without proper regulation. My trust and confidence has just dipped down to a near all time low. That is saying a lot.
Next month is Casinomeister's 18 birthday, and I was hoping that we could mark this occasion with a review on how Casinomeister has made a mark on this industry by outing the rogues, and pushing towards proper regulation that protects players, not just the casinos' bottom line. Looks like we are back to square one.
NEWLY ACCREDITED CASINOS!
THESE CASINOS HAVE BONA FIDE GAMES THAT ARE NOT PIRATED!
A man went on a business trip to China and wanted to buy some gifts for his kids. He went to a shop and found a nice looking CD player. Wary of buying inferior goods, he asked the shopkeeper, "What would happened if this does not work?"
The shopkeeper quietly points to the only sign in English that reads, "GUARANTEE NO BROKEN".
Feeling assured, he paid for the CD player and returns to his hotel. He tried to use the CD player after returning to the hotel but it would not even switch on.
He quickly return to the shop and asked for a refund or an exchange for another unit. When the shopkeeper refused to give either, the man points to the sign assuring him of a guarantee.
The shopkeeper then said, "Brother, you are in China. We read from the right to the left."
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