A West Midlands gaming firm says it will create up to 150 jobs over the next 12 months to support plans for European expansion, despite concerns about the effect of Brexit on the UK’s profitable online gaming industry.
Intouch Games is a leading digital eGaming company with over 2 million players across its various brands, and is parent company to popular bingo operator mFortune and casino site PocketWin.
The company launched in 2001 as a manufacturer and operator of leisure machines for pubs and bookmakers, but founder Simon Wilson was quick to see the value of the mobile internet and moved to diversify the firm with the launch of mobile gaming brand mFortune with four games in 2007 – the same year Apple released the first iPhone.
Over the last decade, Intouch Games has grown to become one of the UK’s leading games developers and continues to expand into European and international markets from its headquarters in Halesowen, near Birmingham, and satellite offices in Budapest, Hungary and Bucharest, Romania.
Licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and named by the London Stock Exchange as one of their annual 1000 companies to inspire Britain in 2014, the company has already created 39 jobs this year in the West Midlands. It plans to add more than 100 more across the business, with positions in design, game development, data analysis, finance, marketing, and development.
Head of recruitment Matt Evans told The Business Desk: “Our ongoing success comes from our ability to cover everything in-house, while constantly adapting to the challenges and opportunities our industry offers. We have continually invested in the local Black Country area and ensured that our unique people-focused culture is at the forefront of everything we do – regardless of how much we grow and develop our digital capabilities.”
It remains unclear how the UK’s future relationship with the European Union will impact the UK’s profitable online gambling industry, which the Gambling Commission estimates generates a gross gambling yield of £4.9bn each year.