Microgaming Sparks the Change with Award Win

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Microgaming has been named the winner of The Spark Award 2017 for its Idea Factory initiative.

The Spark Award celebrates organisations that experiment with ways of working differently. Previous winners include GCHQ and Places for People. It’s a part of Spark the Change, a global movement dedicated to empowering people and building happier workplaces.

Spearheaded by Lydia Barbara, the Microgaming Idea Factory is a staff-powered innovation initiative that collects, filters, refines and presents ideas on anything to do with Microgaming culture, processes and technology. The inaugural contest took place throughout 2016 in MGS House (Microgaming’s HQ). There are four rounds in total, with the Decision Panel, made up of senior Microgaming staff, deciding if the idea should be implemented or not.

The following five ideas won the 2016 contest and are currently being executed:

  • MGS House Lotto – an internal charity initiative using scratch cards and lotto games
  • Emoticoins Online Slot – an emoji-themed slot, scheduled for release this summer
  • The Market – an in-house classifieds
  • New Compliance Portal – an overhaul of the due diligence process for onboarding new operators
  • Ideas Workshop – a new process for target-oriented brainstorming

Having been successfully expanded to two additional offices in early 2017, the Idea Factory is set to run company-wide in H2 2017.