Number's up for Sunderland gaming firm at awards event

Tombola was named bingo operator of the year for the third year running

Tombola chief executive Phil Cronin is flanked by comedian Ed Byrne (left) and David Hunter, CEO of sponsor Ukash
Tombola chief executive Phil Cronin is flanked by comedian Ed Byrne (left) and David Hunter, CEO of sponsor Ukash

Wearside online bingo operator Tombola is celebrating a night of success at a prestigious gaming industry awards ceremony.

Tombola, which employs more than 200 people at its Wylam Wharf base in Sunderland, was named bingo operator of the year for the third year running at the eGaming Review (eGR) Operator Awards.

The company had been shortlisted in four award categories, and was also highly commended in the socially responsible operator, the customer services operator and the mobile bingo operator categories.

Phil Cronin, chief executive, was delighted to have been named bingo operator of the year again.

He said: “It’s a real feather in our cap, as we were up against the biggest names in gaming. I’m thrilled for the whole tombola team, the award is recognition of their hard work, dedication and innovation.

“I’m proud of our win, and of our highly commended, and I’m proud of our team. These are the industry’s ‘Oscars’ so to win really means something.”

The company is no stranger to success at the awards – Tombola has been bingo operator of the year for four of the last five years and won the socially responsible operator of the year category last year too.

This year’s awards were held at the Roundhouse in London and were hosted by Irish comedian Ed Byrne. The awards are in their tenth year and there are 25 categories.

Because it creates and develops its own online games for HTML and apps, Tombola is one of the largest employers of game developers in the region and recently pioneered partnerships with both Sunderland College and the University of Sunderland to create the tombola academy to train the next generation of hi-tech talent.

The company was recently confirmed as the leading bingo operator in Spain and Italy, only two years after moving into the European market.

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