Online gaming is big business in Stockholm. With many companies employing several thousand people, the Swedish capital is arguably the world's most important centre for development of both betting software and other gaming products.
Stockholm-based NYX Interactive is a leading software supplier to the gaming industry. Clients include some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Swedish state betting company Svenska Spel, La Française de Jeux (the French state lottery), Bingolotto.se and Betsson.
Continuing its' growth, the company is looking for new talent to join its team, including technical project managers, C++ programmers, flash developers, and database administrators.
Founded in 2006 by “a group of entrepreneurial IT guys with a background in finance,” NYX Interactive is working in a very exciting part of the market, says CEO David Flynn.
Flynn, a former VP of Swedish gaming technology company Ongame, argues that online gaming is one of the most stimulating parts of the software industry you could work in:
“It's a very exciting part of the market – our clients have to be operational 24/7, with more transactions going through our systems than your average high street bank.
NYX Interactive is one of the younger companies in the sector in Stockholm, but is very fast moving. In Sweden alone, over 1.5 million people interact with the company's games.
Flynn, who is British, says that people who want to work in the gaming industry could not do better than to move to Stockholm:
“If you're in the industry or want to get into it, it's the place to be.”
The strength of the industry has its roots in the bursting of the 2000 dotcom bubble, which led many entrepreneurs in Stockholm to look for new business opportunities.
“Sweden had the internet penetration and the gaming culture. Gaming is almost a national past-time. Svenska Spel reported that in 2010 over 4.5 million Swede's purchased one particular branded scratchcard. That's over half the population!” Flynn says.
The dynamic Stockholm business environment is reflected in NYX Interactive's office, where everyone is given the chance to feel involved in all aspects of the business:
“We've got a very entrepreneurial atmosphere and a “can-do” approach,” says Flynn.
“On a weekly basis we get together as a company and run through everything we're doing in the business, so that everyone is kept up to date,” he says.
The team at NYX Interactive is mostly Swedish, yet the office language is English, so foreigners joining the team have no trouble working with their colleagues. Speaking Swedish is certainly not a necessity - although most newcomers soon pick up a smattering. Flynn adds “The team works hard and plays hard together, we've had football games, pool tournaments, summer parties as well as informal socializing. We even had an indoor kubb game the other week.”
Flynn is keen to see people from outside Sweden apply for the latest jobs. He points out that apart from the professional advantages of working in the Stockholm gaming industry, there are also lots of other upsides. Not least the fact that Stockholm is one of Europe's most livable cities, where pretty much everyone speaks excellent English.
“Moving to Sweden was pretty painless for me,” he says.
“The natural environment is amazing. In the winter you can go skiing and in the summer you can swim in the lakes or ride along many of the signed cycle routes - all while living in the capital city. It's a pretty incredible opportunity,” he says.
To find out more about working for NYX Interactive, visit www.nyxinteractive.com