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GiG hands business development role to Collinge

| By Robert Fletcher
Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has announced the appointment of Ryan Collinge, formerly of Blueprint Gaming and Inspired Entertainment, as its new senior vice-president of business development for its Platform and Sportsbook division.
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In his new role, Collinge will support GiG’s strategic commercial initiatives. He will focus on the Platform and Sportsbook arm, which will be formed when GiG splits its business

Collinge joins GiG after more than seven years as group director at Blueprint Gaming. Prior to this, Collinge was executive sales director at Playnation, where he helped initiate a management buyout of Palatine

Earlier in his career, Collinge spent nine years working in various roles at Inspired. These included spells as gaming product and entertainment manager and national account manager.

“Joining GiG at this time was too exciting an opportunity to pass up, given the enormous potential of the business,” Collinge said. “I have been highly impressed with the new X-Suite of products and the plans that the executive team have in place for the future.”

Richard Carter, CEO for Platform and Sportsbook at GiG, also welcomed the appointment. He said this will strengthen the division ahead of the planned split.

“We have made some excellent hires over the past few months and Ryan is another fantastic addition to our senior team,” Carter said. “His arrival will further help propel GiG forward to significantly scale revenue and acquire accomplished new partners.

“With an exceptional reputation and strong background in igaming, I’m certain his high-level knowledge of the industry and strategic approach will be invaluable to GiG during this rapid period of growth. He will help to deliver on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

GiG set to split

GiG chose to pursue a split after launching a strategic review in February last year. The idea of splitting the business was the main focus of the review. 

The split involves the GiG Media affiliate arm and Platform & Sportsbook divisions becoming separate entities.

The Media business includes all GiG media offerings such as GiG’s affiliate lead generation services. Platform and Sportsbook covers technical igaming platforms, as well as its front-end development and other managed services.

GiG has been on something of a hiring spree since the announcement, bringing in various new team members. These include Carter, who was named Platform and Sportsbook CEO in August 2023.

Other recent additions include Andrew Cochrane joining as its chief business officer for the division and Matthew Saxon as chief technology officer.

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