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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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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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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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Krishna Gurung has today joined Mutuel Play to work alongside Paul Spencer on the front end development of the games portfolio. Krishna and Paul have worked together at GECO in the past with great success having developed Geco/Playtech’s ‘Double Juicy’ game, which is a top performer on The Sun Bingo.

Rhys Owen, Director at Mutuel Play had this to say on Krishna joining, “Krishna and I worked together at GECO and I was impressed by Krishna’s determination to deliver and appetite to learn. He’s still young and I feel he has a lot to offer a new start up company like Mutuel. He has also done some app development in the past, which I feel will prove valuable to us as we expand our portfolio.”

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Kerim El-Hakim has today joined Mutuel Play to lead the design of a number of projects. He has worked in the gaming industry for quite a number of years and his experience will be invaluable to Mutuel in it’s early stages. Kerim led a number of platform revolutionary projects at Virtue Fusion/Playtech most notably the design of their new reactive Tablet and Desktop HTML5 bingo client.

Rhys Owen, Director at Mutuel Play had this to say on Kerim joining, “Kerim always impressed me whilst at VF/Playtech with his ability to lead and manage a project from concept through to delivery. He has a knack for delivering exactly what is right for the consumer. In this infant stage of the start up I know I can rely on Kerim to take hold of a project and take the design lead. He’s a very talented designer and knows the industry well, I couldn’t have found a better person to join the team.”

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Paul Spencer has today joined Mutuel Play as the first ever employee alongside Founder and Director, Rhys Owen. Paul has a vast amount of design and front end development experience in the gaming sector from his time at Dynamite Ideas which was acquired by GTech and then at GECO Gaming. Paul built a number of front end components within the GECO framework including a seamless wrapper for all the development partners as well as some great content.

Rhys Owen, Director at Mutuel Play had this to say on Paul joining, “it’s fantastic that Paul has put faith in me to join Mutuel Play as it’s first employee. Paul and I worked together at GECO Gaming and I was impressed by how well he and Krishna delivered Double Juicy on time and with little or no issues. That gives me great confidence that the underlying code he is producing is robust and decent. What’s great is I know he has so much experience in gaming that I can let him get on with it and I just make sure all the pieces of the puzzle align to not hold anything up.”

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Today Rhys Owen has founded a new business, Mutuel Play Ltd, with a view to bringing to life his New Product Ideas and getting them out to market. Rhys has a wealth of experience in the gaming sector and feels now is the right time to start up something on his own.

Rhys Owen had this to say about the new company, “It has always been my dream to start up a new company, I’ve tried a few in the past that didn’t really go anywhere but this time feels like everything is lining up perfectly. I have already managed to get a deal to produce a suite of bespoke titles and work on a new interface. Having just left GECO Gaming after Playtech merged the office we had with their other London business units I decided it was time to move on rather than take up another permanent role. I have lucked out as a few former colleagues were also on the hunt for a new job and they have just the right skillsets that I need to deliver the initial set of projects.

I am dead excited about the prospects of the business and where it can eventually go. I want to be a disruptor and launch all sorts of new and exciting games whilst also bringing about new features to existing games. The hard work starts here!”

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