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Smolarek continues to leave as CTO of Yggdrasil

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Maciej molarek, chief technology officer at Yggdrasil’s online gambling solution provider, has announced his resignation.

Smolarek was only appointed CTO at Yggdrasil last January. On his LinkedIn profile, Smolarek revealed that he had now left Yggdrasil.

Smolarek is an experienced professional who worked at Crimson Pine Games as the director of engineering before joining Yggdrasil. Smolarek also spent a brief time as the head of Ten Square Games’ internal tools.

Smolarek has worked in several positions at Huuuge Games including R&D Director of Business Applications. Prior to entering the gambling business, Smolarek worked for itCraft, in Poland.

Smolarek stated, “After a challenging time and an amazing experience in Yggdrasil it is time to embark on a brand new mission.” I am looking for senior management roles in software development. I will be available soon, and willing to travel.

Smolarek followed McGinley from Yggdrasil

Smolarek’s departure was confirmed just a few weeks after Yggdrasil had lost another key member of their team.

Mark McGinley resigned from his position as Chief Product Officer at Yggdrasil last month after only six months. McGinley also briefly served as the chief gaming officer for the company.

McGinley is another experienced professional in the industry. He previously served as CEO at FunFair Games, and Director of game studios for Entain. McGinley was also a programme director at RNG Foundry, and spent some time working as a game studio leader at Casumo.

McGinley posted on LinkedIn in October that “after much reflection about my career goals and the recent changes within my executive team, I bid farewell” to his colleagues at Yggdrasil.

I am thankful for having worked with such talented people and treasure the memories that we created together. “I want to show my gratitude to Yggdrasil for their support, friendship and camaraderie during my tenure there.”

Smolarek and McGinley did not disclose the reasons behind their departure.

Curwen is at the wheel

James Curwen, who took over as CEO of Yggdrasil in August last year, is responsible for the double departure. Curwen took over the CEO role at Yggdrasil in October last year after being appointed in August.

Curwen previously served as chief online officer for OPAP. Curwen also served as the CEO of Golden Rock Studios, and as Chief Gaming Officer at Superbet.

He worked for William Hill in various senior roles, including chief gaming product officers. He also worked for RandomGamesLimited UK, and Ladbrokes.

The announcement by Yggdrasil of a new business structure led to his appointment. The provider announced plans in June of last year to combine its Product, Programmes, and Studio verticals. The Gaming division now runs under this banner.

Yggdrasil stated at the time that this would increase transparency, streamline process and provide operational benefits. It added that this could result in improved product quality, development process assurance and more agile content, as well as increased knowledge sharing across companies and an emphasis on the needs of players and operators.

McGinley, who is now gone, was appointed chief gaming officer as part of the restructuring.

Yggdrasil slapped by Swedish penalties

Other recent developments at Yggdrasil include the provider being handed a SEK300,000 (PS22,062/EUR25,670/$27,783) penalty fee by Sweden’s gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen.

It’s believed that Yggdrasil provided content to a website without a license operating on the Swedish market. Yggdrasil stated that this contravention was due to a contract breach between themselves and a retail partner. The company said that the problem had been corrected.

It acknowledged that Yggdrasil had complied, but said that all licensees are expected to do the same. The regulator issued a penalty fee to Yggdrasil and warned the provider.

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