Industry message boards were buzzing over the weekend as the increasingly bitter competitive differences between Casino Affiliate Programs and the Gambling Webmasters Portal Association spilled over into violence at a London conference hotel.
A manager from one organisation, a resident at the hotel, was apparently forcibly removed from the hotel by security personnel at the request of a manager from the opposing company, which was holding a conference on the premises.
This already explosive situation was further aggravated by a confrontation between another two managers, which was fortunately calmed before more embarrassment was caused to the affiliate marketing industry.
Good sense prevailed in the end as executives of the two companies held discussions lifting bans and to some extent easing tensions, arriving at what appeared to be an informal truce that acknowledged the need for a better way forward.