Bede Gaming, the award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has had its commitment to diversity and wellbeing recognised with six nominations at this year’s Women in Gaming Diversity Awards 2019.
Bede is a finalist in the ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Employee Wellbeing’ categories, underlining its commitment to delivering a truly open and supportive environment for its employees.
Four members of the Bede Gaming team were also nominated in individual categories:
Having been named in Gaming Intelligence’s annual Hot 50, a list of the industry’s most influential executives, Sarah Hitchcock also played an integral role in Bede’s selection as the new digital partner of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in 2018. Bede’s biggest commercial deal to date.
The nominations come hot on the heels of Bede’s victory in the “Great Place to Work – Supplier” category at the International Gaming Awards 2019.
Alex Butcher, Managing Director, Bede Gaming, said: “We’ve worked hard to establish Bede as an inclusive employer, and have managed to attract some of the most talented experts in the industry. Putting people at the heart of what we do is fundamental to the ethos of the company. Our goal has always been to create a balance of challenge and support for our staff, whilst ensuring Bede is a fun place to work.
“It is fantastic that so many members of our team have been recognised with well-deserved nominations at this year’s Women in Gaming Diversity Awards, and we wish them the best of luck on the night.”
It’s no secret that 2018 was one of the best years yet for Bede and there’s no way it could’ve happened without the wonderful people who make up our workforce.
So we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at 2018 and give you a snapshot into our makeup and what the everyday world of staff at Bede looks like.
We Give Up Our Time
As a general rule, Beders like to give back. Whether it be mentoring students, championing tech or teaching skills, our people give up a lot of their time to things that are important to them. So as a company we like to make sure our staff are given the right environment to be themselves and enjoy what they do, whether that’s working hard or playing hard.
Last year, as well as hosting three hackathons, two awesome parties and numerous socials, we also made sure we supported an array of local charities and causes close to our hearts. We help young athletes work towards their dreams of being world champions through Sport Newcastle and over the course of the year we raised over £3000 from our tuck shop sales, and our seasonal initiatives such as St Paddy’s Day, Easter, Back 2 School and Christmas fun saw us add a whopping £2500 to that total.
None of this could have happened without our staff giving up their time and knowledge so a big thank you to all at Bede for eating cakes, quizzing and supporting these fantastic causes.
We Love To Eat
It seems without our snacks we might not be where we are today… over the course of the year, over both offices we’ve been fuelled by:
We Love Our Stash
We Love Bede
And if you’re not based in one of our offices then you certainly won’t miss out. To make sure remote workers know that out of sight certainly doesn’t mean out of mind, they receive a monthly care package – filled with seasonal treats, swag and beer!
Not ones to rest on our laurels, we have a lot things planned in 2019 for all Beders to enjoy so keep your eyes peeled – new year, new opportunities!
So, 2019, what else is in store?
We’re refurbing our peer-to-peer recognition reward scheme! This year we’re introducing the Bede Lotto. Same principle to our previous reward practices but new drawing system. Each month, employees are nominated by their peers for going above and beyond, and entered into our lottery, giving them the chance to win some huge prizes. The rewards for excellent work and extreme efforts range from top of the range headphones to holiday vouchers to Bede socks (yes, they exist!)
New year, new you? As well as top quality hardware devices for work, we also have some great health and wellbeing benefits at Bede, for all to take advantage of.
There are a fantastic range of socials to look forward to, from the theatre, to escape rooms to Halloween fright paths and even Bongo’s Bingo. We’ll also be keeping you fuelled with snacks throughout the working day and even throw in a free lunch every now and again!
Our flexible working policy ensures we are supporting you to perform at your best, whether you’re working from home or a desert island! And with our expanding list of international clients and offices, there are opportunities to travel to Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, South Africa and beyond!
Our focus on health & wellbeing remains paramount at Bede, and we’re continuously cultivating an open and supportive environment. In the last year, we’ve put a real focus on gambling awareness, not just for our industry, but also for the welfare of our staff – our workforce is made up by a majority of 18-35 year olds (74%), the highest risk group for problem gambling so it’s important to us to ensure all staff can work safely and know the signs, as well as who to talk to, should they need to.
Problem gambling and mental health are intrinsically linked so we also continue to develop a really open, supportive and understanding culture regarding Mental Health. Providing training for all our staff to better equip them on recognising signs of problems, and creating a health and wellbeing committee to cultivate collaboration on initiatives. It’s become a key part of our culture at Bede, not just an HR initiative, all managers take part in mental health training and actively normalise it throughout their teams. It’s a collaborative effort from all of us.
All our staff are provided with private healthcare, which can be extended to family members. We also offer discounted gym memberships and in-house sports teams (which get highly competitive!)
You’ll be hearing a lot more about our new initiative, the BU Programme, over the next few months. This exciting concept encapsulates all of our opportunities for young people and career switchers. Launched on 24th January, the BU programme offers bespoke and diverse opportunities for those with the drive and determination to succeed at any stage of their career – keep your eyes peeled!
To top it off, we’re thrilled to have won the ‘Best Place to Work Award’ at the International Gaming Awards in February. This is a fantastic achievement for us as both as an employer and as staff members, who all take responsibility for making Bede a great place to work.
We hope you’ll join us this year as we continue to work towards an even better 2019! Keep in touch.
Provider is building on established market presence with fully-licensed and scalable platform
Bede Gaming, the award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, is to kick-start 2019 with a concerted expansion in Spain.
The Bede platform is fully-licensed by the DGOJ, the Spanish gaming authority, and features a wide range of cutting-edge, proactive marketing tools alongside a portfolio of more than 3,000 games and two direct sportsbooks with Kambi and SBTech live on the platform.
Responsible gambling is central to the Bede platform, with deposit limits and automated flagging of players displaying signs of problem gambling behaviour setting it apart as the safest place to play.
Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming, said: “Spain is a core target market for Bede as we look to capitalise on the significant commercial momentum of our platform. Spanish operator groups are well placed to take advantage of the transformative impact our vast range of high-quality content and powerful automated marketing tools can have, and we are enthused by the possibilities as we push further into the market.”
“We are seeing more and more operators that are looking to expand their footprint but find themselves crippled by the resources required to service new markets while maintaining performance in their core markets. By offering a direct and single route into the Spanish market, we’re predicting significant growth for Bede and our partners in the months to come.”
The growth opportunity in the Spanish market is clear, with online GGR rising 30% year-on-year during Q3 2018 according to the DGOJ.
The provider’s technology is already live in the Spanish market with leading operator Enracha.
Bede has enjoyed a strong period of commercial growth, having been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in September 2018 to provide the lottery’s new enterprise-wide digital platform.
This agreement came alongside a series of recent content integrations with leading providers including Play’n GO and SBTech.
Gaming Intelligence kicked off their 2019 ICE campaign with their annual awards and Hot 50 list announcement and one of our very own was featured. Product Director, Sarah Hitchcock was singled out as one of the top gambling execs in the industry. See below for GI’s write up on the woman behind our products.
2018 was a transformative year for Bede Gaming, which landed its biggest commercial deal to date with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
Bede has always backed itself on its tech, safe in the knowledge its platform is in good hands with product director, Sarah Hitchcock at the helm.
Hitchcock has been instrumental in defining Bede’s product roadmap during her six years at the company – and has been rewarded with Bede’s emergence as a major player in platform provision.
Provider named the winner in “Great Place to Work” category
Bede Gaming, the leading supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has won the “Great Place to Work” award at the International Gaming Awards 2019.
The provider’s commitment to delivering an open and collaborative culture, coupled with an unparalleled range of packages and benefits for its employees was recognised by the judging panel.
Bede Gaming continues to develop initiatives to inspire its employees and future staff at all levels of the company. With the main focus being on mental health and career development. The provider recently launched its BU Programme initiative, which will see training and employment programs come to life for school-leavers, students and career-switchers alike.
Alex Butcher, Managing Director, Bede Gaming, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised with this award – it is a real testament to the hard work and excellent culture that everyone at Bede Gaming works hard to maintain.
“We empower people to do their best work at Bede, unlocking their potential with access to cutting edge technology and promoting a healthy work/life balance through healthcare provision, gym memberships and regular hackathons.”
The award continues a stellar period of success for Bede Gaming, having been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in September 2018 to provide the lottery’s new enterprise-wide digital platform.
Bede Gaming client, The Rank Group, has reported encouraging digital growth in its interim results for the six months ending 31 December 2018.
Despite significant headwinds in the UK, the group reported a 2.4% rise in like-for-like revenue during the period, alongside a 15.8% increase in digital revenue.
Bede Gaming provides its leading platform technology to Rank Group’s digital business, driving digital performance through its expansive range of content, advanced marketing and responsible gambling tools.
Alex Butcher, Managing Director, Bede Gaming, said: “We are pleased to see Rank Group’s excellent progress and congratulate them on the strength of their digital results as we move into 2019.
“While the retail side of the industry is facing more challenges, it is positive to see the uplift in digital. The majority of our clients are seeing this sizeable shift in growth since migrating to our platform and it’s great for us to see our clients benefiting from combining the power of our technology with their customer knowledge.”
Colin Cole-Johnson, Director of Digital and Cross-Channel Services at Rank Group, said: “Our H2 digital trading results have been encouraging, and we are delighted to see good progress being made on this side of the business.
“We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Bede Gaming since they became our digital platform partner in 2016 and look forward to capitalising on our progress as the year continues.”
Transformative platform software supplier completes major integration every month
Bede Gaming has had its most successful year since the business was founded in 2012, signing three new clients and completing a major integration on average for every month of 2018.
Fresh from announcing its biggest commercial contract to date, having been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to transform its digital platform offering, the award-winning software supplier has completed 10 integrations in 10 months in 2018, a 30% increase on 2017. This includes several major content integrations, as well as now offering two premier sportsbook with Kambi and SBTech.
Bede has completed each integration in an average of just four weeks, living up to its reputation of managing and completing some of the fastest and most efficient software integration processes in the gaming industry.
The supplier is also promising more integrations to come in the remaining weeks of the year and will continue to build on the application of its successful strategy into 2019 and beyond.
Content and sportsbook providers added this year include some of the most established and fastest growing brands in the industry, such as SBTech, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, Play’n Go and Habanero.
These suppliers have been added to Bede’s extensive library of premium quality content and sportsbook services that operators can immediately access via its cutting-edge platform services. They join a host of some of the biggest names in the industry including Novomatic, IGT, Evolution, NetEnt, Gamevy and Microgaming that are already available on Bede’s platform.
Once a supplier is integrated its products are instantly available to all Bede’s network of platform customers. No other supplier offers such a wide range of leading content providing Bede’s operator partners with the easiest access to the most choice on the market.
2018 has also seen Bede enhance and expand its range of configurable, automated platform marketing and responsible gaming tools; through the launch of Bede PLAY, its new content aggregation platform technology; and significantly extended its licensee portfolio across a range of regulated markets and verticals.
Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming, said: “2018 has been our best year yet with three major commercial deals and 10 content supplier integrations in as many months to complement our comprehensive range of over 100 of the biggest supplier partners with more than 3,000 games. Our roadmap shows just how serious we are about content with a focus on quality over quantity.”
He added, “We also now offer two major sportsbooks in Kambi and SBTech as well as expanding our portfolio into Virtual Sports following our deal with Kiron Interactive earlier this year.
And with our relationship with OLG expanding we will be adding more lottery games to our portfolio in the coming months too. 2019 looks set to be bigger even than 2018, watch this space!”
Bede Gaming, the award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has integrated Play’n GO’s entire content portfolio of best performing games to its leading platform offering. Play’n GO titles, including Street Magic and Planet Fortune, are available to all Bede’s operator partners, including tier one brands Rank Group and LeoVegas.
Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming, said: “We are very pleased to have taken on board Play’n GO’s diverse range of high-quality content, adding to our fantastic portfolio we can offer our operators. Particularly as we look towards new markets the quality and speed of our content provision is key and having a rich integration with Play’n GO is a ‘no brainer’.
“Play’n GO becomes our tenth integration this year and, whilst others are struggling to keep up, our strategy is paying off and we’re certainly not done yet. This year we have solidified Bede’s place in the market but we’re not willing to be complacent, we have plenty to keep us busy. I’m absolutely thrilled at having Play’n GO on our platform as we continue to seek out the best and brightest providers in the market.”
Magnus Olsson, Head of Sales and Account Management at Play’n GO, said: “Bede has cemented their reputation as one of the most highly-regarded platform providers in the industry, and we are delighted to be rolling out our catalogue of leading games across its platform, making them instantly available to all of the brands they serve. We are certain our games will prove a hit with all Bede’s partners.”
The agreement with Play’n GO continues a period of strong commercial growth for Bede, having been selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in September this year to provide the lottery’s new enterprise-wide digital platform. OLG is one of the largest organisations of its kind in the world and the agreement marked Bede’s biggest commercial agreement to date. Bede continues to integrate content partners at an incredible pace having consistently averaged at least one provider per month, marking a 30% increase on previous years.
This week is an important week in the iGaming calendar. It is Responsible Gambling week, during which the whole industry makes a huge push to promote responsible gambling practices and to remind players that when the fun stops, stop.
As a software supplier to the sector, other than to ensure we provide RG tools for our operators and keep them compliant, technically we don’t need to do as much as the operators themselves for their customers, right? Absolutely wrong.
At Bede, we are acutely aware of the huge responsibility, influence and control we have over protecting gamblers and are absolutely committed to working with our clients to find better ways of keeping our customer’s customers safe.
This year, we announced our new vision to become the “Safest Place to Play”. This was a strategic and passionate decision that has been embraced by all Bede staff. We know that we are not fully there yet but are fully committed to the cause. We set ourselves extremely high standards and understand that despite having some of the strongest RG tools in the market, there is still a lot more that can be done and that we can do both internally and externally to promote, invent and support better responsible gambling practices.
RG Week is, in its essence, about reaching out to players and making them aware of the risks but in house, at Bede, we also recognise the need to look after our staff and engage them with RG as much as possible.
It has taken a few years to come to this realisation. Since our inception six and half years ago, our main focus for staff has always been to look after our people and to give them a great environment within which to work. Generally this has been healthy snacks, free lunches, the latest coffee machine and Friday beers – but as the company has grown and we’ve matured, it became very apparent that it wasn’t just about the freebies and little extras. We also have a duty of care to our staff in terms of both mental and physical health.
Our staff is in the highest risk category for problem gamblers. Not only because of their demographic (males aged 18 – 35, which make up 74% of our workforce) but also because they work in the industry and with so much exposure to gambling practices it can normalise the gambling experience, making it harder to spot problem behaviour. Statistically, someone in our team will have a gambling problem (3-5 gamblers out of every 100 will struggle with some sort of problem gambling or risky behaviour; we employ over 170 people). Staff may not realise that they too are vulnerable. So this year, Bede is getting into action, kick starting our own internal campaign and dealing with it head on.
In line with Bede’s vision of becoming ‘The Safest Place to Play’, we want to engage everyone from QA to finance with active thinking on how we can build the best tools to help players stay safe online. And we aren’t only passionate about the players, we are also passionate about the well being of our staff, so we’re starting the conversation about how to make Bede the safest place to work.
Across the week, our dedicated RG team will be posting all sorts of messages about responsible gambling; educating and raising awareness amongst our staff to not only be mindful of their risk but to also put RG front of mind when creating our amazing business too. We are running a couple of internal competitions to increase engagement, will be making a few announcements and have a brilliant young man coming in to talk about his first hand experience with problem gambling.
These are the beginning steps on this very important journey for Bede, with many more to come. In the same way we transform our clients’ online offerings, we are looking to transform the way the industry is perceived, to put the player first and to ensure that gambling is fun and safe for everyone. Watch this space.
We’re here to help. Let’s talk about Responsible Gambling.
OLG, one of the world’s largest lotteries, selected the digital platform specialists following a fair, open, and transparent procurement process, with a view to transforming the corporation’s digital offering, bringing new products and player experiences to adult Ontarians. The agreement marks Bede’s entry into both the North American and Lottery markets and serves as a testament to the strength of the platform. Bede expects OLG’s new platform to be in place in early 2020.
Bede’s Responsible Gambling (RG) technology will provide the lottery operator with world-leading options to help manage RG in real-time and give players the ability to set fine-grained limits, self-exclusions, and other supports tailored to their needs. These RG tools will comply with requirements of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and uphold OLG’s track record as a world-class responsible operator.
OLG is the third operator to select Bede this year following the signing in early 2018 of Sun International and LeoVegas, who acquired Bede-powered Rocket X.
Michael Brady, Co-Founder, Bede Gaming, said, “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome OLG to Bede and am extremely proud of the team effort involved in bringing this agreement to fruition. It is a huge recognition of the strength of our offering and firm proof of our status as a leading gaming platform in the industry. This is a landmark contract win for Bede and I am sure will be the start of a long and successful relationship with one of the most respected names in the worldwide lottery sector. We are looking forward to supporting OLG in achieving digital excellence.”
Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer, added, “We are investing in digital technology and product solutions to improve the customer experience and ensure we are responsive to changing customer expectations. The platform Bede will provide will be a central point of integration for OLG’s products and channels. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Bede as OLG continues its digital transformation.”
Press announcement can be listened to here: https://www.investis-live.com/bede-gaming/5b9247a07fa26e1000b08f73/bgde (edited to a bite-sizeable 5 minutes).