Exclusive interview: Bragg CEO Yaniv Sherman

After virtually 15 years on the coronary heart of 888, Yaniv Sherman left his publish as Head of US to develop into CEO of Bragg Gaming Group on July 1. He talks to Gaming Intelligence about what attracted him to the corporate and the place it goes underneath his management.

Yaniv Sherman’s appointment as chief government officer needs to be seen because the end result of Bragg Gaming Group’s latest restructuring and acquisition spree. 

The enterprise has been led by chairman Paul Godfrey since he stepped in as interim CEO in 2021 to switch Richard Carter.

“I actually didn’t wish to be interim CEO,” Godfrey instructed Gaming Intelligence in February. “It is an organization that deserves to have a CEO with far more expertise within the iGaming enterprise.” 

The plan he outlined at the time was to have an skilled iGaming government in place as CEO inside 60-90 days. It could have taken a number of months longer than deliberate however he has delivered with the appointment of Yaniv Sherman, who will lead a strengthened administration group at Bragg.

In his close to 15 years at 888, Sherman was answerable for enterprise improvement and gross sales on the B2B facet and industrial improvement in B2C, earlier than most not too long ago heading up 888’s profitable US enterprise. Assuming the chief government’s workplace at a Nasdaq and Toronto listed firm is clearly a step up on the profession ladder, however why Bragg?

“I left 888 after greater than 14 years with an ideal sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It will all the time stay expensive to my coronary heart and I’m trying ahead to seeing the group there take the corporate to its subsequent degree,” says Sherman.

“What attracted me to Bragg have been the issues that saved me at 888 for thus lengthy. Bragg has best-of-breed know-how and that iGaming platform, developed and promoted by gifted and like-minded individuals. 

“My observe report and abilities appear to enrich Bragg’s give attention to progress within the US market, and I hope to have the ability to make the most of them as quickly as potential.”

Sherman’s first job might be to take inventory of the corporate’s pool of expertise following its latest hires and acquisitions.

“Bragg is now comprised of the core group, which constructed this superb firm over time, coupled with high {industry} expertise,” Sherman explains. “Some come from blue-chip B2B firms similar to NetEnt and Red Tiger, whereas different key members joined the group through our acquisitions of Wild Streak and Spin Games within the United States. 

“Part of our plan within the close to time period is to proceed integrating the group right into a cohesive unit with a customer-centric, product-focused method. Companies develop, firstly, by their individuals, and Bragg is now turning into a worldwide firm that ought to develop that sort of mindset,” says the chief government.

Bragg has lengthy been profitable in European markets with its Oryx Hub video games distribution platform and continues to grow its business there, however iGaming in North America is the place the most important alternative lies. Central to the group’s North American technique are the newly acquired companies – Wild Streak including an skilled Las Vegas-based video games studio to the group, whereas Spin provides proprietary video games, sport mechanics and a distant video games server.

Sherman describes the acquisitions as an efficient shortcut to enhancing Bragg’s footprint within the United States.

“Wild Streak offers us with nice proprietary content material and industry-leading sport improvement capabilities,” he says. “Spin, which additionally owns a video games portfolio, has industrial agreements and its Remote Gaming Server (RGS) built-in with the main US operators, similar to Rush Street Interactive and DraftKings, representing synergetic worth and offering Bragg with the distribution it wants. 

“This proprietary content material, powered by Bragg’s turnkey resolution, may also be out there to our companions throughout the pond in our core European markets, which is able to assist us differentiate ourselves in a aggressive panorama,” he provides.

It is a purchaser’s market within the present economic system with no scarcity of sport improvement studios up on the market, however Sherman doesn’t anticipate any additional acquisitions for now.

“The iGaming and sports activities betting sphere is as dynamic as ever, and we all the time maintain our ear to the bottom,” says Sherman. “Having mentioned that, our near-term focus might be integrating our latest acquisitions and enhancing our content material distribution by current and new companions, whereas growing new capabilities to take care of our aggressive edge.”

And whereas a lot of its rivals are turning their consideration to alternatives in South America, Bragg plans to stay centered on Europe and North America.

“That is the place probably the most enticing Total Addressable Market (TAM) is, and that’s certainly the place we’ll apply our focus and assets,” concludes Sherman.

Bragg’s bold progress plans are basically the identical at this time as they have been underneath the final CEO, however with Sherman’s huge expertise and information, supply is now trying lots nearer.


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