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    Post Silk Bingo "Investigation"

    Back in early 2012, Silk Bingo was sold. The players were tracked via Platinum Affiliates prior to the announced sale.

    A little over a year later, Silk Bingo is relaunched on the Gossip Bingo Network (United Bingo Affiliates) after "all player activity amounted to zero". During this time frame, it is claimed that players continued to play. However, there was no bonuses, no email promotions, etc.

    The claim is also made that during this 15+ month gap, there was activity and all affiliates were compensated "up to date". However, worth noting, active Silk Bingo players did not show in Platinum Affiliates after the "Sale" date and they did not appear at United Bingo either.

    My questions:

    Did anyone who promoted Silk Bingo have an active player base prior to the sale?

    If so, was anyone compensated at all between April 2012 and present?

    Did any players (to the best of your knowledge) receive bonus offers, reload offers, or have access to deposit bonuses, reloads, or any other promotions as a player?

    Please contact me via PM or post any info you have & feel comfortable sharing here, as I'm trying to gather facts related to this brand as an affiliate advocate.

    Cheers,

    Shay

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    I was thinking re the same question re this just never had time to post it. I guess the fact of the matter is that ownership of the brand changed and therefore any liability with regards to affiliate payments has gone. Not something i like or approve of, but it does seem to be the case here and seems to be on the increase in the gaming world.

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    G Man,

    The problem I have is that they fronted as if they were going to continue compensation and transfer players, etc. IF they deviated from their stated plans, I take issue.

    I'm trying to prove one way or the other though. I strongly suspect I know, but I'm looking for proof before passing judgement.

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    I hear you and totally agree with you, i never gave Silk Bingo much time and space and had very few players there - if i could be of more assistance i would. Good luck mate.

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    Giving this thread a little bump...

    Back when I started this thread, we entered into dialogue with the company who purchased Silk Bingo - climbing the latter in discussions from our affiliate manager to the CEO.

    The CEO asked us for proof that we had active players when Silk Bingo was with Platinum Affiliates. We provided proof of our player base and evidence of consistent activity. Said CEO claimed he'd look into this matter for us, "as everything about his company is transparent".

    Fast forwarding one month - we've not heard a single peep from him since presenting our evidence and getting the thanks... we'll get back to you soon.

    Amir, my patience is running very thin. Last time I'm asking nicely in public or private - make things right - not just for us, but also for everyone else who is owed whether they realize it or not.

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    I am giving this a bump now as well as it seems that this kind of thing is happening frequently with Bingo Affiliates.

    Shay have you heard back from the guys at United Bingo. If they accepted play and agreed that payment was to be made to affiliates i am not sure why the onus on proof should be yours. Luckily you did have proof but how many bingo webmasters would keep that kind of proof.

    Let us know how it pans out and perhaps we need to all start a blacklist for Bingo Affiliate programs to add to the Casino Affiliate Blacklists

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    As of this moment, we've still not heard back from them about this. We shipped another "friendly reminder" on Friday via email. However, they are off work Friday and Saturday. Generally, we get some sort of response on Monday at the close of business. I'll keep this thread updated, as it is my opinion that there are several affiliates (including us) who are being short changed by either the old owner's affiliate platform (Platinum Affiliates) or by the new one's platform (United Bingo).

    I've not contacted Platinum's CEO yet surprisingly, as I was certain when beginning this dialogue that I was going to be referred back to them to collect in classic "pass the buck" fashion.

    Regarding the player information, you're 100% correct - most affiliates do not track or even maintain player by player records. Fortunately for us, I guess, we had these records as I thought to save them when the sale was announced. Been burned a few too many times when properties are sold and affiliate programs change hands.

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