Black Cow strengthens team for US push

4 April 2019

Shaun Baruzi has been named as Black Cow Technology’s new head of product, with the remote game server software provider set to make a big play for the US market in the coming months, according to commercial director Tony Plaskow.

Baruzi brings a wealth of industry experience to Black Cow, having headed up teams at bwin.party, Lottoland and The Games Company.

He will focus on developing the company’s Open Gaming Architecture (OGA) platform, which allows multiple developers to build games onto the platform concurrently via a game development kit. New slot engines can be developed in around four days, with the platform also offering table games, free spins and jackpot functionality.

“Over the coming months we’re launching a range of genuinely differentiated projects in the European and US regulated markets,” Baruzi said.

He will be directly responsible for working with a new client of Black Cow towards a launch in New Jersey in the third quarter of this year. The client's identity has not been publicly disclosed due to a confidentiality clause, but iGamingBusiness.com understands it is a sports betting operator.

Black Cow is also understood to have been working with another client for around a year ahead of another Q3 launch in the US.

Plaskow (pictured) told iGamingBusiness.com that the OGA, which is live in the market with Playzido.com and certified for use in multiple regulated jurisdictions, is tailor-made for the US market.

“The US is well-suited to our software structure as it is built in a way that has a small technical footprint,” Plaskow said. “By that, I mean the whole platform could go on a laptop, for example. This not only makes it easily portable, but also enables it to meet US regulations about having a physical presence in a particular state.

“It is a bit of a coup for us to get Shaun as we are a relatively small business, so we are excited about his arrival.”