Wednesday 12th December saw the annual Mutuel Play Christmas shindig and this year the team got treated to a bit of fun at the Team Sport go-karting track in Farnborough followed by a Christmassy, and some not-so-Christmassy meal at the Kingfisher on the Quay.
The first session was a bit of disaster for the Mutuel Play contingent present, possibly with the team finding their feet and learning the ins and the outs of the track. The second session proved to be much faster and exciting with the Mutuel Play guys coming in 3 of the top 4 places.
Best driver and most improved between the sessions was Joseph O’Neill finishing with a lap time of 50.34 seconds, an improvement of 6.3 seconds on his earlier fastest time. Congratulations to Joe who takes the inaugural Mutuel Go Karting Championship, back to the circuit for the rest of us.
There is a short 2K video clip from Kerim’s helmet for those interested.
The 6-8th February 2018 saw this years London ICE exhibition held at ExCel arena, which is the largest Gaming EXPO in the sector. It was a special year for Mutuel Play as we were shortlisted to speak at Pitch ICE.
The team enjoyed their day at the show on Wednesday 7th February, looking at all the latest gaming content and picking up some free goodies. The team even partook in the Microgaming 3D surround photo booth. You can take a look at the video here.
Rhys Owen had this to say about the show, “ICE is a great opportunity to discuss roadmaps and ideas with all the big operators in the sector. The National Bingo Game demo we had developed was well received and hopefully it will lead to some firm commitments from the various bingo platforms in the UK. It was interesting to see new suppliers looking to enter the bingo market so that tells me other companies have realised the growth opportunity in this area. Hopefully with our background, knowledge and contacts we are best placed to reap the rewards.”
We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted with 17 other startup businesses in the sector to present our products and business to a panel of experts.
We submitted our application just before Christmas which included a 2 minute video that Kerim El-Hakim had spent two weeks putting together.
Mutuel will be up against some other new startups in the sector across a wide range of fields including sports betting, cryptocurrency, fantasy sports, messenger betting to name but a few. Click here to view the full list
Rhys Owen, CEO at Mutuel had this to say. “This is an amazing opportunity to showcase our content and business strategy to not only a group of investors but also to prospectus customers. ICE is the largest exhibition focused on the gambling sector and to have the chance to get up on stage in front of hundreds of people is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am so pleased that we have been shortlisted as it shows that what we want to achieve has some potential.”
We will be presenting on Wednesday 7th February at the London ExCel exhibition centre at the Pitch ICE area at approximately 13:20. Anyone is welcome to come along for free to watch.
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!
Opened a bottle of Champagne with out office neighbours
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!
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.
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.
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.”
London ICE 2017 Phil Taylor
Michael Van Gerwen, Raymond Van Barneveld, Phil Taylor
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.