The men behind 888's Dragonfish platform, Stride Gaming founders Eitan Boyd and Darren Sims, have an outstanding bingo pedigree. In a market where few see any opportunity for growth, they have carved out space to establish themselves in the market.
Net gaming revenue almost doubled to £89.9m in its 2017 financial year, with the acquisitions of Netboost Media, Tarco and 8ball all contributing to growth from brands hosted on its proprietary platform.
It has also made massive strides in developing its mobile offering, with two-thirds of revenue now coming from the channel.
At the core of Stride is a 10-man team, led by Boyd and Sims, which has been together since GlobalCom, the platform now more commonly known as Dragonfish. The pair have been able to retain and motivate a talented team.
While Boyd and Sims' previous bingo ventures have been snapped up by 888, Stride has already grown to the point where it could acquire the sort of companies that would have once seen it as a target. Even Jackpotjoy’s management will be looking nervously over their shoulders.
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GIA 2018 Winners:
Sports betting operator of the year - Sky Betting & Gaming
Poker operator of the year - PokerStars
Casino operator of the year - PokerStars Casino
Social casino operator of the year - Aristocrat Leisure
Lottery operator of the year - La Française des Jeux
One to watch – operator award - VideoSlots
Operator innovation award - The Stars Group - Stars Rewards
eSports operator of the year - Pinnacle
Marketing campaign of the year - LeoVegas - Hitta.se
Social casino supplier of the year - Scientific Games
Sports betting supplier of the year - SBTech
Poker supplier of the year - Playtech
Bingo supplier of the year - Playtech
Marketing solutions provider of the year - Beehive
Casino supplier of the year - NetEnt
Game of the year - Playtech - Age of the Gods
Supplier innovation award - Scientific Games OneVoice
Lottery supplier of the year - Scientific Games
One to watch – supplier award - Red Tiger Gaming
eSports supplier of the year - Betgenius
Responsible gambling operator of the year - NO ONE