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Better Collective acquires leading Brazilian sports media Torcedores.com

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With the vision of becoming the leading digital sports media group, Better Collective strengthens its position in the South American region through the acquisition of leading national Brazilian sports media platform Torcedores.com. Adding the first Brazilian sports media brand to the group, Better Collective will leverage its best-in-class digital expertise in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

Better Collective continues its M&A strategy fuelling the sports media group’s expansion in the Brazilian market. The company acquires Torcedores.com, a leading Brazilian sports media platform with an extensive content generation network, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With the region’s vibrant sports culture, particularly around soccer, the sports content is naturally focused more on this sport, but does also cover others such as basketball, volleyball, tennis and esport.

Simon Hovmand-Stilling, CEO of Better Collective South America: “I am truly excited to be welcoming Torcedores.com as our first sports media brand in Brazil. The sports brand complements our strategic position in the region and will expand our reach and sports content production – which in turn will make us even more relevant to our partners. South America, and more specifically Brazil, is an important growth driver for Better Collective and fits perfectly with our vision of becoming the leading digital sports media group.”

During the last 12 months, the media has averaged a monthly audience of more than 12 million sports fans with a high percentage of returning users. Torcedores.com has experienced very strong growth on social media, with a large Facebook following and diverse audiences across YouTube, TikTok, Twitter/X and Instagram – reaching millions of sports enthusiasts with its tailored sports content.

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The deal includes other smaller assets in the Torcedores.com portfolio, and Better Collective will be taking over all operations.

Synergy highlights

  • Acquiring a leading national sports media with a strong brand in a strategically important region is an important step for Better Collective and enables the group to increase its presence and leverage its position as a leading media partner to advertisers in Brazil.
  • Torcedores.com provides access to a skilled network of content providers throughout Brazil.
  • Better Collective will utilize its diversified toolbox of revenue streams, as Torcedores.com has only been monetizing through traditional advertising (CPM) up until now.

The acquisition comes as Better Collective significantly ramps up its presence in the Brazilian market, investing strategically to establish a dedicated organization in the country, while moving into a new office in Rio de Janeiro in September. Hence, with the acquisition of Torcedores.com, Better Collective will cement its strong presence with its offices in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.

“The Brazilian market represents significant growth opportunities for the Group, as we are looking to apply our M&A and market entry strategy proven to be successful in both Europe and North America to grow our presence in the Brazilian sports media market. To build a leading position, localization and strong media brands are key ingredients – acquiring Torcedores.com fits perfectly into that strategy,” says Simon Hovmand-Stilling.

Transaction details
The parties have agreed that details of the transaction remain undisclosed. Better Collective discloses that the group will finance the transaction with cash. The 2023 financial targets remain unchanged following the acquisition.

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Better Collective Acquires AceOdds

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In a strategic move to strengthen its foothold in the UK, digital sports media group Better Collective has acquired sports betting media AceOdds for a total consideration of 42 mEUR implying 4x last twelve months EBITDA.

AceOdds, a versatile multi-language sports betting brand, offers a comprehensive range of betting tools, odds, reviews and streaming schedules through its web and app based platforms. With a robust presence in the UK market, Better Collective’s global reach through local expertise aligns perfectly with AceOdds’s vision of expanding its influence outside the borders of the UK. Following the acquisition, Better Collective upgrades its 2024 full year financial targets.

Ian Bowden, Better Collective’s Senior Director for UK & Ireland, said: “I am thrilled to announce the addition of AceOdds to the Better Collective group. This strategic acquisition brings us a robust owned and operated sports betting media brand in the UK market, poised for global scalability. Aligned perfectly with Better Collective’s overarching strategy of acquiring leading sports media brands across various niches, the AceOdds brand fills a crucial gap by offering a vital sports betting affiliation brand in a pivotal growth market for the Better Collective group, along with an app benefiting from hundreds of thousands installs to further increase the reach we can provide our partners.”

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Established in 2008, AceOdds was founded with the aim of providing UK sports enthusiasts with an easy-to-use betting calculator. Over the years, the brand has expanded, offering a well-regarded web platform featuring a range of betting tools, comparison features, live streaming schedules, an odds and parlay calculator, and more. Additionally, AceOdds has introduced a popular app.

The acquisition aligns with Better Collective’s strategy of owning the full range of sports media across key regions, spanning from traditional sportsbook comparison brands to general sports media, social media content creators, podcast producers and beyond.

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AskGamblers Launches AskGamblers Sports

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AskGamblers, a renowned affiliate in the iGaming industry, launched the highly awaited sports betting section of AskGamblers, ushering in a new chapter in the affiliate’s quest for bringing online bettors closer to reputable and trustworthy iGaming platforms.

Relying on over a decade of experience in online casino affiliation, AskGamblers decided to take the next logical step in the website’s development and venture into sports. Over a year later, the AskGamblers Sports section is up and running and ready to welcome sports bettors.

In creating the new section, AskGamblers took a holistic approach, designing a one-stop shop for online sports bettors, with a simple idea to guide visitors towards a safe and secure betting experience.

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Dijana Radunović, General Manager at AskGamblers, said: “AskGamblers Sports is the result of the hard work of the entire AskGamblers team, and I believe I’m speaking on everyone’s behalf when I say we couldn’t be more proud of it.

“We spent countless hours fine-tuning the sports betting section to make it as appealing and helpful to players as possible. We did an amazing job, and I am certain today’s launch will strengthen AskGamblers’ position as the leader in iGaming affiliation.”

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47 New Brands in Q1’24: Affilka by SOFTSWISS Results

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Affilka by SOFTSWISS, a leading affiliate management software provider, is approaching a new milestone of 360 brands in Q1’24. 

The first quarter of the year brought remarkable achievements to the Affilka by SOFTSWISS team. The Asian gaming community recognised the company’s affiliate management software as the Best Affiliate Marketing Solution on the market. 

This year, Affilka’s team participated in iGB Affiliate London 2024 with a dedicated stand for the first time. During the concurrent iGB and ICE events, the team had nearly 200 meetings over several days. First agreements quickly followed and were signed shortly after the exhibition period.

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Affilka by SOFTSWISS experienced substantial growth, adding 47 new brands to its partner network, bringing the total to nearly 360 brands in Q1 2024. More than 33 thousand new affiliate accounts were registered during this period, marking a 118% increase compared to the previous year’s last quarter. 

 

The rise in new affiliate accounts has led to an acceleration in new player registrations, exceeding 7.4 million over the first quarter of the year. Compared to the last quarter of 2023, this metric demonstrated a 106% increase.

The number of unique clicks on referral links with Affilka by SOFTSWISS during this period showed 115% growth and reached almost 436 million in absolute numbers. The rising metrics underscore the crucial role of effective affiliate management in achieving success within the iGaming industry.

 

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Moving to the financial metrics of Affilka by SOFTSWISS, stable growth is evident over the first quarter of 2024 compared to the last quarter of 2023. The affiliate GGR revealed a 112% increase, while the player deposit amount showed a 113% enlargement. The growth within affiliate payments amounted to 117% in Q1’24 compared to the previous quarter.

Anastasia Borovaya, Head of Affilka by SOFTSWISS, summarises: “The recent product performance showcases a steady and continuous growth trajectory, a testament to our ongoing investment in innovation and user experience enhancement. Acknowledging affiliate marketing’s crucial role in the iGaming ecosystem, we prioritise delivering exceptional service to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

The global affiliate marketing industry is expected to double in size within the next five years. Finding a reliable affiliate marketing platform provider ensures a competitive edge in the rapidly expanding market.

The team is ready to share valuable industry insights and unveil the upcoming updates at the SiGMA Americas Summit in San Paulo on 23–25 April. Clients and potential partners can book a meeting with the Affilka team at stand i70 on the SOFTSWISS events page.

 

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About SOFTSWISS

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

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