It is hard to believe that we last did a Topboss update in December 2010 – time certainly flies!
What has Topboss been up to during the past 6 months? Quite a lot actually – there has been some good and some bad, but let us start with the bad so that we can end off on a positive note!
Simply put – Our industry is in turmoil at the moment – The online gambling industry was left reeling on April 15 2011, which has been dubbed as “Black Friday” when The US Justice Department unsealed an indictment against the founders of 3 of the largest poker rooms – Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and Poker Stars, seizing their domain names, freezing accounts and shutting them down. A week later they seized various bingo and casino sites which were all allowing USA players. In many cases they arrested the owners and charged them with money laundering offences under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act ( UIGEA )
As a result, American gamblers were left without a legitimate place to bet online and were left wondering if they will ever see the money they have in accounts tied to the now frozen websites. This resulted in many other online casinos closing their doors before they were next on the grizzly Department of Justice list.
One of the programs which closed down was Best Casino Partner, but the problem is that they shut down their affiliate program and did not pay affiliates ( including ourselves ) but they continue to operate their casinos and are still taking deposits from players!! Read more about this at Topboss Affiliates.
We also had a blow of our own by having to hand over our white label casino – 32 Royal.com to 32 Red PLC who threatened to sue us if we did not hand the domain over to them as they apparently have a trademark on the number “32” . What Judge in their right mind can grant a trademark on a number???? But be that as it may – it was not worth fighting them as 32 Vegas who are owned by William Hill suffered the same fate after a long drawn out court case. The worst of it is that 32 Red had the cheek to send out a press release announcing the seizure of our domain, which makes our blood boil further!!
On the South African front – Piggs Peak announced the date for the appeal of the judgement against them which will determine whether it will be legal for online gamblers from South Africa to play at their casinos. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they win their appeal.
Now onto the good news!
In March 2011 we changed our name from Topboss Online to Topboss Media, as this is what we are about – media and advertising. We launched our new website – Topboss Media and our aim is to get a bigger presence on social media networks. You can now find us on Facebook – Topboss Media ( still a work in progress ) and Topboss Group and Twitter – Topboss and Topboss Media.
Did you know that Topboss also does Internet Banner Design ? We already design banners for many of the online casinos – static banners and flash banners, but we offer banner design for any industry – If you have a website and want to advertise your business on other websites – you need banners! Contact us for a quote. Our rates are reasonable.
We haven’t launched as many new websites as we normally do as we have been spending our time revamping and updating our existing websites, but of course we couldn’t resist adding a few new sites to our portfolio so here they are:
We have a new addition to our team – Tamaryn who is the Personal Assistant to the owners and does all of our video editing. Welcome to Topboss Tamaryn!
Well thats all folks – until our next update ……
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