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Pitch Ice 2018
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.

The Pitch ICE presentation went well, although this year there wasn’t any voting or winners. Everyone’s a winner, as they say. The video will hopefully be uploaded here of Rhys pitching to an honest crowd
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.”
 Kabuki Dancer ICE 2018

Kabuki Dancer at ICE 2018

pitch ice 2018

Presenting at Pitch Ice 2018

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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.
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locked room team speedy
It’s exhibition season again and the year kicked off this week with the EAG conference in ExCel. The exhibition is slightly less focused on e-Gaming and more on retail but it is a great place to visit providers who focus on the AGC and Bingo retail clubs across the UK.
Mutuel also took the opportunity to have a mini team building event at ExCel with the new ‘Locked in a Room’ game. The team managed to get out of the room with 24 minutes to spare. Next time they will be booked onto the more difficult room. The lady who was working there said that the time achieved was the best they had seen so far this year….
team plan

Team plan

Game testing

Game testing

Fruit slot game test

Game testing

Atari Pong Game

Atari Pong Game

Slot games testing

Slot games testing

Games testing day

Research day out with the team at EAG

locked room team speedy

Mutuel Play team escaped the room in 23:31. A year record!

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joseph-oneill
The start of 2018 marked the completion of the final piece of the skills base puzzle Mutuel requires to run it’s operation. Joseph O’Neill has joined Mutuel Play as our DevOps Engineer to support, maintain and develop our hosting and infrastructure.
Joe has spent the last few years working locally to the Mutuel office at Lexis Nexis in a hybrid developer and DevOps role. He has a Batchelor of Science degree in Business Computing and Digital Media that he gained from Galway University.
Rhys Owen had this to say about Joe joining the company, “it has been very difficult to fill the role for many reasons but we are absolutely thrilled to have Joe come on board. There’s a lot to learn and pick up but Joe has all the necessary skills to become a very proficient DevOps Engineer and lead the development of our infrastructure and hosting solution.”
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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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