With Slybet, sorry, Skybet pulling their affiliate program this week and robbing affiliates' lifetime rev shares under the banner of "regulatory" concerns, there's no doubt more programs will probably follow once the dust settles on this one. There probably is some truth that regulatory bodies are putting pressure on operators to control how they advertise, and yes it does seem that the authorities are going after operators and not affiliates. Put that way, how can operators run substantial affiliate programs with the risk of millions of pounds of fines hanging over their heads. Too much risk? Another thing that might come out of this is affiliate programs shutting down on the back of this because they've wanted to for a long time. Ladbrokes for example - the CEO is already saying that they want to be more selective with who they work. William Hill are saying similar. It's a perfect excuse to stop x million pounds in commissions going out of the door each month to pesky affiliates that are draining the bottom line. Worrying times, and we should have seen it coming. Yes, affiliate programs come and go all the time, but Sky has shaken the industry. I know of a few affiliates who are already closing down and quitting.