After launching remarkably successful B2B and B2C bingo offerings in the form of GlobalCom and Wink Bingo, Eitan Boyd and Darren Sims are back with Stride Gaming, a new listed bingo operator. Boyd tells Gaming Intelligence why he believes there is still huge opportunity for growth in a crowded sector.
They may not be as well-known as Cashcade’s founding team or Mandalay Media’s Richard Skelhorn and Alex Holt, but Darren Sims and Eitan Boyd have been every bit as successful – perhaps even more so. The pair arguably helped the bingo industry become what it is today.
Back in 2002 they launched GlobalCom, a UK-facing bingo platform and the first to offer a 90-ball bingo game. It attracted brands such as Foxy Bingo, Wink Bingo and Think Bingo to launch on the platform, prompting interest from 888, which snapped up the B2B business for $32.4m in 2007.
Today it is known as Dragonfish and alongside Playtech’s Virtue Fusion it remains one of the largest bingo suppliers in the sector.
Having conquered the B2B market the pair then turned their attention to B2C, building up a range of brands such as Wink, Posh and Tasty Bingo. In 2009, 888 swooped back in to acquire the sites for £60m.