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UK Game Developer Kwalee Surpasses 100 Employees In Year of Explosive Growth

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UK Game Developer Kwalee Surpasses 100 Employees In Year of Explosive Growth
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  • Leamington Spa-based mobile game developer and publisher hits milestone with overseas studios in Bangalore and Beijing underway

  • Kwalee has grown rapidly in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, recruiting globally while embracing remote work for the first time

  • After tripling in size over the past two years, Kwalee sets sights on more hit games and more growth, with 60+ current vacancies

 

Kwalee, a leading developer and publisher of hyper-casual mobile games, has expanded its team to more than 100 people after maintaining a rapid rate of growth throughout 2020.

Despite the company’s Leamington Spa headquarters lying empty for much of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kwalee team adapted quickly to temporary remote working measures and released multiple hit games in 2020, including Bake It, Line Up: Draw the Criminal and Let’s Be Cops 3D.

This facilitated growth across all disciplines and departments, from Publishing Managers to Game Designers, with Kwalee welcoming team members from as far afield as Turkey, the Philippines, India, Spain and China. And while Kwalee has always recruited internationally, 2020 was the year in which the company cemented its global outlook by permanently opening several positions to remote workers and committing to open new studios in Bangalore and Beijing. Across all locations, Kwalee has more than 50 open positions.

Founded and led by games industry legend David Darling CBE, a co-founder and former CEO of Codemasters, Kwalee has become one of the UK’s biggest gaming success stories while specialising in hyper-casual games – a style of mobile games that are defined by their accessibility and designed to be played in short bursts. Kwalee has become a leading developer and publisher in this space and has racked up nearly half a billion downloads worldwide.

Kwalee has also earned itself a reputation for being a rewarding workplace, not least for the weekly ‘Creative Wednesdays’ where anyone in the company can pitch their game ideas and vote on which ones get made. This also ties into a generous profit share bonus scheme, which surpassed £1 million in payouts in February 2020.

“We’re extremely proud to have expanded the Kwalee team to more than 100 people – particularly in such a challenging year,” said CEO David Darling. “Our rate of growth has been phenomenal and we all look forward to that continuing, both in Leamington Spa and internationally.

With so many vacant positions still open and big plans for 2021 and beyond, we can’t wait to welcome many more great people to help us release many more great games. Between remote working and the overseas studios we’re building, there are now more options than ever for the world’s best talent to work with us, which is very exciting indeed.”

Jithin Rosh, based in Bangalore, became Kwalee’s 100th team member. Joining as Marketing Artist & Animator, he commented:

“Working for a gaming studio like Kwalee is truly exciting! All my life I’ve been playing games – now I’m part of that process, making games with fun and talented people. I’m very happy to be here and to be Kwalee’s 100th employee!”

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Zitro’s Link King is Now Being Played in Macedonia

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Zitro reports its entry into a new European market. This time around, the successful game Link King is the first Zitro game to hit North Macedonia. This is one more step in the ambitious growth plans, which Zitro is committed to accelerating, as the world moves past the pandemic.

The multigame Link King is satisfying both the operator and the players, as Soren Dano, General Director of Casino Apollonia has stated: “Our Casino is full of gaming options that no slot lover should miss, but Zitro’s Link King has been brought in to complete the Casino’s games offering, giving our clients an eye-catching spectacle of games, fun, joy, and excitement, thanks to its frequent prizes”.

For her part, Nadège Teyssedre, Zitro Sales Director for EMEA, comments: “We are very proud to have reached Macedonia, with a game like Link King that has surpassed the most established brands around the world. Being present at the Apollonia Casino is a new milestone for us. One more achievement in our expansion on the European continent. On behalf of Zitro, we want to convey our gratitude to the incredible team at Casino Apollonia for their trust in us”.

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AdmiralBet to offer NSoft’s virtual games

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AdmiralBet Serbia now offers NSoft’s premium content to its players on admiralbet.rs. The engaging content pack includes draw-based Lucky Six, Lucky X and Next Six together with Dog races and Virtual Greyhound Races, Virtual Horse Races and exciting Virtual Motorcycle Speedway.

“We are very excited to welcome AdmiralBet. This operator is a name in the industry with significant market share and they already have very engaging content to offer to the players. We believe that our games will help them boost their business even further. It is always exciting to watch how the engagement of the players develops with different operators and different markets,” stated Dalibor Ostojić, Regional Sales Manager at NSoft.

Working with nearly 200 clients across 44 countries, NSoft has created the suite of products that are easy to integrate to all platforms, customisable by client needs, and release lightning fast to production. This claim is supported by clients’ growth in 2020 by 47.4%.

“We always strive to offer the highest quality service to the players. The market is very competitive which is good as it ensures that we all want to give an added value to our clients.

One way to achieve excellence is by doing business with the top industry suppliers. NSoft is for sure one of them,” Bojan Kesić,  Head of Development and IT at AdmiralBet.

He also stressed that AdmiralBet, as a part of the Novomatic group, a global leader in the industry of games of chance, heavily invests in every aspect of its business.

“We always have in mind the customers we interact with. This is why we collaborate closely with a multitude of content creators that capture the imagination of users around the world, and through cutting-edge technology, we provide the tools and mechanisms to bring their dreams to reality,” concluded Mr Kesić.

AdmiralBet operates in more than 200 bet shops in Serbia together with the online business offering for casino and live casino, sports betting, virtual games wagering and slots.

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Betsafe Officially Launches in Kenya

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Bet High Kenya Ltd. is pleased to announce the official launch of its online sports betting brand, Betsafe, with a demonstrable commitment to Kenyan football, responsible gaming, and an exceptional sports betting experience.

“Our Responsible gaming program is unlike any other in this market with the safety of the Kenyan sports betting fans in mind. Our online site contains unique control and safety features directly on the site. Our communication will initially be focused on responsible gaming messages and we will furthermore support “Gamehelp” an organisation that supports Kenyans with gaming problem behaviour. We are also the first gaming company to hire a Responsible Gaming Officer who will be dedicated to pursue and improve us in this area,“ noted Alex Kobia, Acting Managing Director of BetHigh Ltd.

“Betsafe’s commitment to football was demonstrated even before our launch when we signed a three-year sponsorship deal with both Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards in June 2020. We are very glad and proud to be able to support two of Kenya’s top-tier football clubs. With two of the largest fan bases in the country, these exciting partnerships provide Betsafe with the perfect platform to engage football fans with our unique offering. This will be followed up by investments and commitment to the progress and positive development of grassroots football and infrastructure that will literally provide the breeding grounds for Kenya’s budding football stars,” Alex Kobia continued.

“In terms of product, our ambition is to deliver an industry leading sportsbetting experience. Quick payouts are essential for both us and our customers and we will do our utmost to ensure that over time we are the best in the industry here. Our brand Betsafe is proven in more than +20 countries, but we have also been working hard to tailor our product to the Kenyan market. In terms of SMS betting, we have a revolutionary innovation that will allow our customers to easily make a bet through SMS without a gameID. Just SMS your bet and stake to #23333 and the bet will be placed. If the customer changes his or her mind the bet can be cancelled within a time window after the bet is placed. We will also be launching this service via Telegram. In the next couple of months, several new product features will be added and launched, such as a jackpots offerings.

“As a Company keen on responsible gaming, we wish to commend and appreciate the recent efforts made by the Kenyan Government in the last couple of years through the Regulator, Betting Control and Licensing Board, to introduce regulations to further regulate the industry and wish to confirm that we will strictly adhere and fully support the Regulator in its objective of ensuring responsible gaming is achieved in the market. We are indeed glad to be entering the market during this interesting time under this new environment that has been enabled by the Regulator.”

“We also wish to highlight that it is our intention to provide jobs in the Kenyan market in this industry which is largely driven on technology, and our objective is to provide jobs to at least 150 Kenyans within the next two years which in our estimation will have the domino effect of providing livelihoods to about 1000 Kenyans.”

“In essence, our ambition is to deliver a trustworthy product with safe and quick pay-outs, innovative betting services, passion, and commitment to Kenyan football, responsible gaming, and outstanding customer support,” Alex Kobia concluded.

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