We’re celebrating our 5th birthday this year (1st September)! We really can’t believe how much has changed since we first launched Degree 53 and it’s been such a fantastic journey. We’d like to take a look back at our achievements so far and share our successes.
Over the past few years, we have grown a very diverse client base. We first started with Betfred and a few local businesses, and then gradually ventured into new sectors where we could apply our expertise to help companies improve their digital products. Today, we have clients in betting and gaming, sports, utilities, finance, travel, education and retail, which we’re very proud of and look forward to entering new markets in the future. We can proudly say we are a truly global agency, having worked with clients from Europe to Asia, North America and the Caribbean.
There was only 20 of us when we first started in 2013, so it feels incredible that today, we have about 100 employees. Ever since launching our gaming division and investing in new talent and experience, it’s been a steady growth for us. We’ve doubled our headcount in the past year and have moved into a brand new office to fit us all in. Now, even this feels tight, yet we expect to hire even more people by the end of this year! You can read about what it’s like to work at Degree 53 here.
The reason for hiring so many talented individuals was to grow our capabilities and support for our clients. For this, we’ve introduced new departments and positions to be able to manage workload, as well as developing new services within the company.
Today, we have the TechOps team who look after the infrastructure, DBA and DevOps of a gaming platform environment to make it robust and scalable. The Architecture team are responsible for the design of a brand new software that we’re working on and introducing new technologies to existing platforms. We’ve recently written about our IT Service Delivery team who do a brilliant job looking after our own IT needs, as well as providing support for our clients’ live products. We’ve also expanded our QA team who are here to make sure no bug is left unreported and unresolved.
All this talent and expertise is here to help us build high-end, scalable and robust products for our clients and their customers. Looking back five years, this is a massive change in the company structure and shows our determination to develop our capabilities further. We’re really excited about what our combined tech skills can do for our clients.
It’s been a fantastic five years. During this time, we’ve acquired the Remote Gambling Software licence from the UK Gambling Commission to create online gambling poducts for our clients, built our first fully bespoke sports betting platform for Goldchip, successfully exhibited at ICE 2018 for the first time, released a few great gaming UX reviews (watch this space for more!), won several awards, held annual darts tournaments, been on holiday to Marbella, Ibiza, Fuerteventura and Rhodes, travelled the world for our clients, built cool apps and websites, partnered up with great businesses and raised money for charity. We’re not stopping here and there are lots of new and exciting things happening ahead.
On that note, we’ll be celebrating our 5th birthday by eating cake and playing the Price Is Right before heading out to Blue Pig for some more celebrations and entertainment!