A new game developed on Wearside has helped to create new jobs to support its launch.
Tombola, based at Wylam Wharf in Sunderland, released the much-anticipated Pulse game late last month. The company has already recruited 14 extra members of staff to support the game’s release, and there are plans to recruit more in the coming weeks.
The game is available to registered players to play on the firm’s website and through the company’s app, which is available for Apple and Android.
The development of Pulse has been led by product manager Katie Harbron.
She said: “When a new game is launched on tombola, it creates a real buzz among staff and our players. “There has been plenty of talk within our forums about Pulse and a new free game, Go Fish, which will be released later this year.
“Pulse is fun, exciting, and interactive with games starting every few seconds. Games range from 10p to £2, with a jackpot up to £20,000 available in every game.
“All the development work for Pulse has been done here in Sunderland.
“We’ve recruited 14 extra chat moderators so far to support the game as it has proved very popular with our players,” she added.
Katie has worked at tombola since last May and was among the first to work in tombola’s product development department.
Tombola chief executive Phil Cronin said the success of the site’s online games was down to its team of talented developers:
He said: “Other companies prefer to buy off-the-shelf games, but we have the talent and ambition locally to create these games, so it’s great for our players that we have our own growing product development team here in Sunderland.
“Since our creation we’ve put great store in developing our own IP, and our games development is very much part of this.”
Last month tombola announced a pioneering partnership with Sunderland College which will see the tombola academy, based at Wylam Wharf, training the next generation of hi-tech talent. The academy will recruit both apprentices and graduates.
Tombola was recently confirmed as the largest bingo operator in Spain and Italy, only two years after moving into the European market. The group employs more than 300 people, the vast majority of them in Sunderland