September 26, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — One of the online gambling industry's most experienced and respected executives, Nigel Payne, has accepted the position of non-executive chairman of the board at skill games developer and network GameAccount.
Payne was formerly Group Chief Executive at Sportingbet.com, and joins a team of shareholders that includes Betfair founder Andrew Black and Dermot Desmond and the Smurfit family.
"We're extremely excited to have Nigel on board," says GameAccount CEO Kevin Dale. "His experience and knowledge of the industry is second to none and we're looking forward to working closely with him over the coming months."
Payne, who joined Sportingbet in 2000 as Group Finance Director, was appointed Group Chief Executive the following year. He held this post through 2006, guiding the company through numerous acquisitions and a listing on the London Stock Exchange before stepping down in favor of current boss Andrew McIver.
"I'm thrilled to now be working with one of the largest gaming communities in the world," says Payne. "Multiplayer Blackjack, Dominoes, and Backgammon are becoming more and more popular by the day — these are exciting times."
GameAccount has been around since 2002 and is a head-to-head skill-based gaming provider for regulated sportsbook, casino, and poker operators seeking a single-wallet skill gaming solution. The company's proven portfolio of dynamic games attracts recreational gamers and is seen as an effective vehicle to build and sustain a broad user audience. GameAccount powers major online partners such as William Hill, Sportingbet Europe, Stan James, Victor Chandler International, BlueSquare, Boylesports, Paddy Power, and Gala Coral.
GameAccount's headquarters are in London, and it is also licensed by the UK's Gambling Commission to operate online games for real money prizes.