Friday November 2, 2012 : MULTI-PLATFORM ONLINE POKER COMPANIES AT WAR?
Confusing accusations and counter-claims between PIVGame and Muchos Poker
Over the past two days it has become clear from website notices and message board postings that there is serious conflict between the PIV and Muchos Poker multi-platform referring networks.
Some reports suggest that litigation has already commenced, although the genesis for the dispute is uncertain at present, with confusing informal claims from both sides regarding player deposits, royalties, Interpol involvement, affiliate clashes and company responsibilities for payments.
Industry posters impacted by the dispute report that Muchos has advised them that its contract with PIV was terminated on October 29th, although no reasons were given.
Some reports suggest that PIV shut down Muchos banking facilities a month back to channel player deposits to itself, but this has not been confirmed.
Muchos has apparently stopped promoting the PIV poker platforms and is now promoting a range of its own which includes 888, Boss Media, Instadeal, Ongame, Revolution, Merge and iPoker tiers 1 and 2, with Microgaming listed as a forthcoming attraction.
Several affiliate marketer sites report being told by Muchos Poker that their players would no longer be able to access PIV skins, but that a new and improved range of skins are open to them following the termination of the Muchos-PIVGame partnership at the end of October.
Muchos allegedly recommended that affiliates withdraw their account balances from PIV and persuade their players to sign up with it on terms and conditions similar to those they had previously enjoyed.
Players are again left in the no-man's-land between the warring factions and await more clarity on the issue.