Gamesys celebrated the official opening of its office at 55 Athol Street last Thursday evening with Managing Director Ben Wood applauding the Isle of Man’s can-do attitude that prevailed even in a pandemic.

Speaking to the guests assembled at the office, part of the complex recently refurbished by the Tevir Group, Mr Wood said the past year had been a challenging time to start up a new office.

He said: ‘Three-week lead times very quickly turned into three-month lead times but we had incredible support from so many people. This included the Isle of Man Government, especially through the Digital Agency, as well as business services providers, technology and facilities providers and many other local suppliers.’

As a long-time Manx resident and certified ‘stop-over’, Mr Wood said he’d ‘been immensely proud and humbled” by comments from senior figures within Gamesys Group “praising our experiences with Government and the private sector on the island’. 

‘I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the successful launch of Gamesys since we first began our operations here in 2020 – and the Government for everything they have done in guiding our small island nation and allowing business to continue as best as possible given the circumstances.’

Mr Wood said Gamesys currently had 15 people working from the Isle of Man office with 10 more starting in the coming months and that he had ‘no doubt we will surpass our tentative target of 30 full time staff by the end of 2021 and we anticipate continued growth throughout 2022’.

Guests at the event included local service providers, suppliers and members of the Isle of Man gaming community who enjoyed food supplied by Isle Cook and drinks provided by local Manx distiller Fynoderee.

Guest of Honour was Chief Minister Howard Quayle who said the launch ‘officially marks the birth of yet another huge player in our flourishing e-gaming industry’.

Mr Quayle said there would be exciting opportunities for job applicants both on and off-island.  

He added: ‘The economic benefits will be enormous for the Manx people, and therefore as well as welcoming you here, I must also thank you for choosing the Island as your new home. I admire the ambition and drive that Gamesys clearly has to become established market leaders. I hope your new office here on Athol Street in Douglas can help make those dreams a reality and I wish you every success in all of your future endeavours.’

Mr Quayle also paid tribute to Gamesys’ focus on responsible gambling and player safety, as well as the work of the independent Gamesys Foundation, which gives donations to health and wellbeing related charitable causes. He said the £3.3m pledged to the Foundation since October 2019 was a ‘staggering achievement’,

Gamesys operates a suite of award-winning brands in the online bingo, gaming and casino arena and was named ‘Operator of the Year for 2020’ by EGR.

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