We have a few important announcements for you so please read carefully!
Increasing the Affiliate Enrollment Fee
We are aware there has been some confusion about the increase in the Affiliate enrollment fee. Originally we stated that this increase would happen on September 15th, however, this message was more vague on our website. Because of this confusion we have decided to give you some extra time so that everyone is informed and prepared for this change.
We will be increasing the one-time Affiliate enrollment fee from $29.99 to$39.99 starting September 22nd. On September 22nd at 12:01am Pacific Time, to become a United Games Affiliate will require a one-time enrollment cost of $39.99 plus the $9.99/month technology subscription. Both of these fees will NOT be charged to their card until the app launches.
PLEASE NOTE: This does not impact Affiliates already enrolled. If you enroll before September 22nd at 12:01 am Pacific Time you will be charged the $29.99 price.
We are excited to announce that our United Games Fundraising Program has officially launched! If you’re interested in becoming a UGF Affiliate, please click on the “UGF” tab found in your Locker Room to learn more information about the program and to join.
PLEASE NOTE: This UGF enrollment is specific to those desiring to work with K-12 fundraising! Private organizations and charities can participate by contacting us at [email protected].
We are NOT Gambling
We have received a tremendous number of inquiries about the state of our game and why it is not considered gambling. We want to take a moment and provide a detailed explanation that should help you.
In order for a game to be considered gambling, three criteria MUST be present, and it MUST contain all three.
1. Consideration: payment in money, time, or anything of value in order to participate
2. Prize: a prize of tangible value offered in conjunction with the prediction or game outcome
3. Game of Chance vs Game of Skill: the determination of if a game requires skill or chance in order to win.
Let’s talk about consideration. We do have a FREE play option, but we also have the option to pay to play and that is consideration. So we have that one.
How about game of skill? While it can be argued that if you are better at sports or you know your team you will likely perform better in the game, it can also be argued that sports are always a game of chance because you cannot know the outcome. So we cannot rely on game of skill.
But what about prizes? This is where it gets simple….we don’t have them. Our game does not have prizes associated with the prediction or outcome of a game. Much like the more popular mobile games played today, players are awarded points for their performance and those points give them in-app benefits and value in the game, as well as recognition and rankings so they can compete to be the best.
Our game also contains a loyalty rewards program that is based on participation and purchasing. This is not unlike your local restaurant that gives you your 10th meal free because you had nine punches on the punch card! When someone participates in this game, whether they pay or play for FREE, they receive loyalty rewards. When they spend money in the game, purchasing Tokens, they receive loyalty rewards. This rewards program has tangible items like hats, t-shirts, socks, gift cards, travel, and more that are available for redemption. But this is NOT connected to the prediction or outcome of the game in any way – it is not a prize.
This affirms that we now have two out of three elements, but never ALL three, therefore, we are NOT gambling any more than your other casual games that you play where you can purchase virtual currency (consideration) and play a game (chance or skill) but you get points, not prizes.
The Affiliate Program Door is Closing
As has been announced previously, we are at the final countdown to participate with United Games as a UG Affiliate. We will be closing the door to enroll as a United Games Affiliate as of October 10th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
After this time, you will no longer have the ability to “Invite Affiliates” to participate in United Games and the “Invite Affiliate” button will be gone, as well as the Affiliate enrollment form. It will be time to completely focus on the game and we are going to need your help!
Starting October 11th, we want you to remove any and all websites as well as ALL content, including videos, documents, audio files or otherwise, that you have on websites, facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or otherwise that talk about United Games as an Affiliate opportunity. Whether it was produced by the company or not, it needs to be removed from online.
We will be supplying you with marketing materials, images, sharable tools, etc. to begin promoting the game with a complete focus on player pre-registration AS SOON AS Affiliates have removed all disallowed material from all internet or social channels visible to the public. So we need to act fast so we can give you the game details and the game pre-launch materials.
PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT be allowed to create ANY of your own materials for game promotion – we will supply you with these tools so please don’t spend your time and energy creating websites or tools that you won’t be able to use.
Great things are happening here at United Games and we appreciate all of your hard work.
Please help us spread this word so that the correct information is being shared. We do not want this information to shock or surprise anyone, so please start relaying this information to your teams so that we are all on the same page and are prepared for these upcoming changes.
UG Marketing Team