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uk gambling commission
Christmas has well and truly come early for Mutuel Play Ltd as we received confirmation from the UK Gambling Commission that we had passed the necessary due diligence to be awarded with our first set of licenses including a Personal Management Licence for Rhys Owen, a Remote Gambling Software licence and a Remote Bingo Host licence.
Rhys Owen, CEO and Founder of Mutuel Play Ltd had this to say, “It feels like an age since we put all of our application documentation together but looking back there was a lot of hard work that went into it from everyone in the business. This is a great way to end the year, it certainly feels like everything is started to come together in terms of the products, commercial deals and now our licence. It’s a great platform to drive us through 2018 and it’s nice to feel like the hard work is paying off. Onwards and upwards.”
With the UKGC licenses in place this now means Mutuel Play are now able to provide content to any UKGC licensed operator. If you are looking to add great games to your offering, get in touch, email us at [email protected]
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Christmas Dinner
Mutuel Play celebrated their Christmas meal together at the Sovereigns pub in Woking, just down from the office today. Everyone went with the Christmassy options of Turkey with all the trimmings, except István, who went with the very festive ‘Sea Bream’ ?. Apart from a few dried out brussel sprouts and some dodgy cracker jokes, everyone had a great time. We even managed to get some darts out, which is something we have sadly missed since moving offices.
The highlight of the afternoon was sticking on the bar mats that had the glittery moustaches on; some people were pulling off the look far too well!
Christmas Cheers

Opened a bottle of Champagne with out office neighbours

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner with our office neighbours

Paul Moustache

Paul Moustache

Krishna lips

Krishna lips

Kerim Lips

Kerim Lips

Christmas Dart game

Christmas Dart game

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Christmas party
It’s that time of the year again and the Mutuel Play extended family got together for a few drinks and nibbles. Fun was had by all and everyone left feeling rather full. Kerim and his fiancee Tali were crowned the inaugural winners of the Christmas ‘logo’ quiz, doing particularly well in the beer, food and car manufacturer rounds.
We were rewarded with a performance from the three children who came along, Evie (7), Alex (5) and Suki (4). The gymnastics on show was at an extremely high level, there were definitely signs of potential future Olympic performances among them. It was sadly cut short after an injury to two of the performers after a clash of heads. They were brave enough to continue onto the ‘After Eights’ competition where everyone performed well (sadly no photos of that one).
Hopefully the Christmas family get together in 2018 will include a few more team members and children!
Mutuel Play Team Family

Mutuel Play Team Family

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Doughnut cheers
Today marked the one year anniversary of Mutuel Play, as well as a year since Paul Spencer joined the company. It has been an adventurous year of operation and the company has come a long way. We have almost secured certification for our first two slot games, we are close to receiving our UK Gambling Commission licence and we have received a UK trademark for one of our games.
Rhys Owen, CEO, had this to say about the celebrations, ” I’m so pleased with our progress so far. We have come a long way and although we are not officially live with anything yet the groundwork achieved by the team is commendable. We have set up a well thought through initial framework architecture that will help us rapidly deploy new content throughout 2018. The next year will be extremely important to our short term success and I am overwhelmed at the efforts by everybody in the company in the last year including the employees, contractors and third parties who have supported us. Bring on year two!”
The employees were treated to donuts, hopefully for Mutuel’s second birthday we will require a lot more than one box of donuts to share with the employees.
year's progress

Recap on the year’s progress

Doughnuts to celebrate

Doughnuts to celebrate

Doughnut

Doughnut

Going for it

Going for it

Doughnut cheers

Doughnut cheers

Mutuel Play team

Mutuelplay team

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office computer developer
After the Labour party decided to sell their property to the local council Mutuel Play needed to find a new home. After about 20 viewings we found a flexible and relatively cheap office split over two rooms above a shop selling clothes for the larger man.

We now reside at 7 York Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7XH and whilst we might have lost room for our dart board we still have some space for a small seating area so happy to accommodate any visitor who might want to pop by and say hello.

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packing box - darts board

The start of March marked an important milestone for Mutuel Play, not only was it our 4 1/2 month birthday but we wanted to recognised how far we had come in such a short space of time. Games are progressing well as well as other projects we’ll be sharing throughout the year.

It was time for the employees to let their hair down and enjoy a night of pizza, beers and darts. Krishna once again proved that tactics is everything when it comes to darts and managed to win quite a few games over the night. We also welcomed some old colleagues from Geco Gaming over to say goodbye to the office as it is due for demolition.

There is still a long way to go but it is always important to put a flag in the ground, recognition your achievements to date and look forward to the future both short, medium and long term.

Well done to everyone in the Mutuel Play team and our contractors who support us.

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london ice 2017 phil taylor

They also stole the show by inviting visitors to watch a British versus Dutch Darts battle to show off their new super hero based darts themed slot. The Mutuel team queued afterwards for their very own signed dart board from one of the top players of our generation. Rhys was seen waiting for over an hour so he could get a picture with Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld.

It was great to see new an exciting content from both NetEnt with their VR Live Roulette product and IGT’s skill based racing games. The future it would seem lies with more a more immersive and engaging gaming experience where players can not only get a better look and feel at the game but also influence the outcome.

Rhys Owen had this to say about the conference, “this was my 10th year at ICE, and although a lot doesn’t change year on year, it did feel like a lot had moved on. Somethings will never change like slots will always be the Cash Cow of the casino industry but there is a growing presence of companies looking more at BI and AI. I think it bodes well for the consumer as the race will be to find ways of continually tailoring the products to meet individual needs rather than the needs of the masses or the segment. I hope that next year Mutuel Play will have a bigger footprint at and eventually within the next 3-5 years perhaps have a small stand of our own.”

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Mutuel Play employees let their hair down a bit to attend the EAG conference at ExCel, London on the 18th January 2017. The trip had two primary goals, firstly to give everyone the chance to see the latest retail pub fruity, AWP and SWP games and secondly, to sample the latest arcade games.

Mutuel Play is in the midst of developing some new online games with a view to converting those games for retail and it was a worthwhile exercise reviewing the latest content from the likes of Projectcoin, Blue Print, Reflex Gaming, Electrocoin, Astra, EntNet and many more. Rhys Owen, Director had this to say about the games on offer, “I’m a big fan of old skool pub fruity’s having played them a lot when I was younger. Things tend to move a bit slower in this area compared to video slots but I suspect there’s a lot of innovation happening in the back end. I was particular impressed with Ace Technology’s three C category games linked via a B3 feature reel on top. It is great to see disruptors thinking of ways to enhance the gaming experience for players whilst giving licensees more £500 jackpot machines.”

The team also participating in the Sega Olympics where they pitted themselves against one another in ‘Archery’ and ‘Sprinting’. Rhys took victory in both events before crashing out early in the Daytona race by accidentally going into the pits.

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