Gaming Realms develops, publishes and licenses next-generation mobile gaming content. Our market-leading mobile technology powers content distribution and monetization across real money and social gaming markets.
As the creator of a variety of Slingo™, bingo, slots and other casual games, we use our proprietary data platform to build and engage global audiences that are expanded even further via strategic lottery, media and platform partnerships.
Gaming Realms is one of the fastest growing gaming companies, with more than 60% year-on-year revenue growth in 2016.
Gaming Realms has been named by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain in 2016.
Michael was Executive Chairman of Cashcade, which he founded with Patrick Southon and Simon Collins in 2000. Amongst a number of functions he performed for the company during this period, Michael was responsible for raising the £7 million equity needed for the company’s development, created a number of important commercial relationships for Cashcade, and led the sale process which generated an aggregate sale consideration of approximately £96 million for shareholders.
He has invested in and been Executive Chairman of a number of public companies. These include SelecTv plc, a producer of comedy and comedy drama series for television such as Lovejoy, Birds of a Feather and The New Statesman. SelecTv invested in a consortium which in 1991 won the franchise to create Meridian Television, of which Michael was a founder director. He was also Executive Chairman of Pacific Media plc, which invested in a number of internet backbone companies in Asia during the 1990s as well as creating a chain of movie theatres in South East Asia in partnership with United Artists Theatre Circuit Inc.
Atul Bali, president of RealNetworks’ games division, joined as a non-executive director of Gaming Realms 12th May 2014.
Previously he served as president and chief executive of the Americas division of gaming software supplier Aristocrat Technologies, and has also served as chief executive of XEN Group, since renamed Disruptive Tech Ltd, managing a portfolio of early-stage social data technology, mobile social gaming and ecommerce businesses.
In 1997, Atul joined GTECH, the world’s leading regulated lottery and gaming services business. He held a number of senior positions during his career at the company; including President & CEO of GTECH G2, the Group’s iGaming, Sports Betting and Server Based Games division, Group Senior Vice-President for Corporate Development & Strategy and led GTECH’s Global Business Development team.
Atul is a trained Chartered Accountant and worked in the UK for KPMG for four years.
Jim recently retired as the Co-CEO of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. He has spent the last 12 years of his career in leadership roles within the online gaming sector and led a number of the industry’s largest merger and acquisition transactions, including the merger of PartyGaming plc and Bwin; the acquisitions of Cashcade and the World Poker Tour; and the sale of St. Minver Limited. Jim has held senior management posts at SXC Health Solutions Corp., Procuron Inc., Metcan Information Technologies Inc. and Epson Canada Limited.
His is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant, accredited with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mark Wilson is currently Managing Partner (and founder) of NMG, a slot machine distributor and route operator in New Mexico, and parent company to a gaming supply subsidiary in other southwestern US markets. He previously served as executive chairman of Music Choice International, a pan European digital music provider to over 30 cable, satellite, telecommunications and IPTV providers, where he oversaw the turnaround of the business and subsequent sale to Stingray Digital in 2011.
Mark also served as founding president and chief executive officer of Television Games Network (TVG) the leading interactive US horseracing network. TVG was incorporated in 1998 as a Liberty Media-backed company, which was subsequently sold to TV Guide in 2004.
He trained as a lawyer after having attended Western Kentucky University and obtaining a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville.
Patrick has been working within the online gambling sector for the last 13 years. He is particularly focused on marketing, brand building and media buying. Patrick was Managing Director of Cashcade and Managing Partner of NewGame, an investment fund focusing on innovation within the gambling sector. His marketing expertise allowed Cashcade to build a distinctive and prominent brand identity around, among others, its flagship Foxy Bingo brand and turned the company into one of the most effective advertisers on British television.
Simon co-founded Cashcade in 2000 and was its commercial director with responsibility for acquisitions and third-party relationships. Simon formed a range of profitable business-to-business and affiliate relationships for Cashcade and was an early adopter of both search engine and social network marketing in the monetised digital gaming space. Following the sale of Cashcade, Simon remained at bwin.party until April 2011, where he focused on innovation, research and development as well as the ongoing development of Cashcade’s brand in the social networking space. Since leaving bwin.party, Simon joined Patrick Southon in setting up NewGame, an investment fund focusing on innovation within the gambling sector.
Mark recently left bwin.party as Finance Director of its bingo division, having been Finance Director of Cashcade until it was acquired by PartyGaming plc in July 2009. Mark was responsible for the full finance function, including commercial negotiations, business intelligence and operational support in the business and took the lead in the sale to PartyGaming plc and acquisition of Independent Technology Ventures in July 2007. Prior to joining Cashcade, in May 2005, Mark spent five years at the accountancy firm Martin Greene Ravden, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003.
Stephen has more than 15 years of experience in online gaming. As Director of Gaming at Sky Bet for 10 years, he launched and ran Sky Vegas, Sky Poker and Sky Bingo until 2012. A year later, Stephen led Betfair’s online casino launch in New Jersey, and more recently managed Betfair’s regulated sports betting and gaming businesses in Spain, Denmark and Bulgaria.
Paul leads the product strategy and execution for all Blastworks games. Previously, he was GM of Mobile at DoubleDown Interactive, where he led the launch the mobile DoubleDown Casino and grew it to a #1 top-grossing app. He also led development of one of the first mobile ad platforms for aQuantive (Atlas), and co-founded GalleryPlayer, where his team developed an HD content distribution platform that was adopted by several major television manufacturers. He has served as startup and growth advisor to several companies in the Seattle area and at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He’s a long time fan of Jetpack Joyride, craft beer and road trips.