Full house for Sunderland bingo operator in national gaming awards

TOP OPERATOR: tombola chief executive Phil Cronin with comedian Ed Byrne (left) and David Hunter, CEO of sponsor Ukash.

TOP OPERATOR: tombola chief executive Phil Cronin with comedian Ed Byrne (left) and David Hunter, CEO of sponsor Ukash.

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LUCKY for some as an online bingo company scooped a prestigious gaming award.

Tombola, which employs more than 200 people at its Wylam Wharf base in Sunderland’s East End, 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 of tombola, 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 on Monday at the Roundhouse in London, and were hosted by Irish comedian Ed Byrne. The awards are in their 10th 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.