Playtech Sports

Playtech Sports, formally known as Geneity, is a leading provider of Sports Betting solutions to the global marketplace. Based in Hammersmith and acquired by Playtech in 2012, the office has since quadrupled in size with even more people joining each month. The company is best known for its forward thinking use of technology, stripped back, relaxed atmosphere and, most importantly, the exceedingly high quality of the products they create.

All of this success wouldn’t be possible without everyone that works within Playtech Sports; from the wealth of talented, resourceful Developers to our diligent, keen-eyed QA team and highly creative Product teams. They’ve taken the care to ensure everyone that enters the business shares the same work ethic and passion for what they do as the original founders.

Whereas other similar sized companies may be stymied by a strict budget or poorly implemented infrastructure, Playtech Sports are completely backed by their parent company Playtech; a company that is known for its global success within the Gaming & Gambling industry, a company that works with the largest operators in the business and that has a product and history of success almost unmatched in today’s landscape. This allows all of its acquisitions, including Playtech Sports, to operate freely, taking on challenging, exciting projects with world-renowned clients and building their teams out at a speed not seen outside of the Playtech group.

Don’t believe us? See for yourself and visit any one of the websites that Playtech Sports have had a hand in and you’ll see, we’re a safe bet.

Daniel Middlecote

Why do you like working at Playtech Sports?

I like working at Playtech Sports because it allows me to get hands on with new technologies, so I’m always developing my skills and learning something new. We have a strong culture of trust and respect, so we are able to come up with creative solutions to problems; I guess that comes with working with the best. Not only are there good opportunities career-wise, but socially, too. There are always different events happening which makes it easy to make great friends; these friendships make for a great team spirit within the office.

What are the best benefits at Playtech Sports?

Apart from the competitive salary and the good career progression options, there are loads of great benefits on offer. In the office, there is free tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit. Along with that there is also reduced Gym membership at the local Virgin Active gym, handily located for use at lunchtime if that’s your thing!

Outside of the office, there are lots of social events; we go to the pub every Friday after work, and there are also regular board game evenings, amongst other meet-ups, where lots of us get together. There are company organised events, a great Christmas party and a Summer Social – this year we all went to the Crystal Maze. The office is also located centrally so commuting is pretty easy, plus there’s a Farmer’s Market around the corner which has loads of great lunch options.

What makes us successful?

Playtech Sports is so successful because of its people. Everyone is on the ball, and strives hard to create the best software possible. The projects that we work on are well organized and there is always scope to learn something new. Because of our small working teams, there is always the possibility to bring new ideas to the table. We have a strong culture of mentoring and code reviews, so everyone in the office is able to learn from more experienced colleagues. All of this shared knowledge really benefits the team, and makes for great products.

As an Operations Consultant at Playtech, I work with our licensees as well as various internal teams from all of our business units. Engagement with all of our product divisions provides the chance to influence development and progression of our offering, tools and services.

Why should people start working at Playtech Sports?

People should start working at Playtech Sports because, ultimately, it is fun. Everyone is really friendly, and everyone that you work with is knowledgeable and patient, which enables you to learn a lot and have a good time doing it. Along with the social side of the office, there is also the strong passion that everyone has for their jobs, we all strive to create and support the best products possible. There is never a dull moment, and the 1-to-1 mentoring you receive at the beginning of your time at Playtech Sports is really a great experience where you will learn lots. There are also loads of opportunities to learn throughout your job, plenty of possibilities for ownership of different sections of the product and also good career progression options.

Simon Stanley

Why do you like working at Playtech Sports?

There are three key aspects working for Playtech Sports that make make me say, "I love my job!":1. The people. Everyone working here is friendly and helpful. I remember when I first started, naturally I had lots of questions but felt conscious about bothering the other guys in my team, but no matter how many times I would ask, they would always take the time to help me or point me in the right direction. Their support helped me settle in very quickly.2. The atmosphere. Playtech Sports encourage a relaxed environment to work in. The pool/ping pong table provide welcome breaks during the day. There is no clock in clock out, so the day needn't start at 9 on the dot (meaning that extra snooze is available when you need it!) and free (proper) coffee makes up the bulk of my morning routine!3. Job satisfaction. I work with the frontend team, we regularly release new updates to the websites, so seeing the latest feature I've been developing for the last month, go out into the big wide world is very satisfying.

What are the best benefits at Playtech Sports?

There are some awesome benefits here; gym membership, cycle to work scheme, pre-tax annual travel pass (very useful for London), however, the most important one for me (although it sounds boring) is the pension scheme. As well as offering a high employee contribution, the biggest benefit I took from this was the support. They have organised number of open meetings with the Playtech pension expert, who has enlightened me with how it all works! As well as this, he sat me down for a one to one and explained my best options with regards to the pension I'd acquired from my previous job.

What makes us successful?

I have been with the company for just over a year now so I can't comment on its technical foundations, but success is a recipe and the ingredients I can comment on are workflow and culture! I believe the workflow here is a key component. It is well defined yet flexible. Without getting too technical, we have a clear structure in place for where code is merged during each stage of development, well defined paths for review and testing, but also the flexibility adapt and improve workflows as we see fit. I think this kind of setup is important for any software company which needs to adapt to the ever growing tech world.Secondly the culture, I'm a strong believer that work doesn't have to be the traditionally boring part of life, and nowadays there's been an uprising in making work fun. Playtech Sports follows the ethos of a happy worker is a good worker, and I think the relaxed atmosphere (helped by the Playstation and ping pong!) keeps everyone wanting to do their best for the company.

Why should people start working at Playtech Sports?

I believe we are in a generation of working culture shift. People are realising that work doesn't have to be angry managers and dull offices, and there are lots of start-up companies adopting this new ideal. As I think is clear from the above, Playtech Sports is one of those companies, however, I believe it offers that little bit more. Playtech Sports has grown considerably and consistently since its origins 10 or so years ago. Its success means good wages, good benefits and plenty of opportunity for career progression, with a choice of direction. I not sure it can get much better really!

Samantha Rosa

Why do you like working at Playtech Sports?

The people here are nice and friendly and the working environment is relaxed. We get given time to bond with our teams including things like playing table tennis and team lunches which really helps build up team spirit.

What are the best benefits at Playtech Sports?

Vitality Heath insurance is really good, you get free cinema tickets, Starbucks coffee every week plus discounts on things like flights, bikes, Apple watches.

We also get quite a few company socials including two Christmas Parties and a Spring and Summer event. The office is usually closed between Christmas and New Year so we get an extra 3 days holiday which means I can spend more time with my family in France.

What makes us successful?

Bright people, team spirit and good mentoring. Everyone here is really clever and help is always there when you need it whether it is from your team mates, or the head of development.

We solve problems as a team rather than as individuals and everyone gets a say, whether it is what free soft drinks we order or the best way to implement a certain feature.

Why should people start working at Playtech Sports?

If you want to work on solving challenging problems with a friendly young vibrant team and also enjoy going to the pub on a Friday night this is the place for you.