The world's biggest and leading poker site Pokerstars, has begun to terminate long-term affiliate partners due to them feeling that some affiliates are earning money on players that they have gotten paid too long a time on.
The reports started coming in on the popular twoplustwo poker forums, where some affiliates stated that they had been informed by Pokerstars that their affiliate accounts would be terminated in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement between the site and the affiliate.
“We have agreements with thousands of third-party websites (affiliates) to market our services to new players and encourage them to play at PokerStars,” Michael Josem from the Pokerstars Communications team stated.
“PokerStars routinely reviews its agreements with these affiliates to ensure that they are productive for the company. Earlier this week, PokerStars ended the agreements with a very small number of affiliates who were not recruiting many new players and who were doing little active promotion of our services.” Josem added.
What that means is that Pokerstars were not satisfied with the amount of new players that the affiliates brought to the site and thus didn't want to continue to make payments for year-old players. Several of the biggest affiliates in the world were affected by the termination and they are far from happy about the situation, as they feel that Pokerstars does it from greed and nothing else.
The move from Pokerstars will without a doubt make waves in the affiliate industry, but it probably won't change a lot for Pokerstars as a whole.