We are Kaizen Gaming
Kaizen Gaming is the leading GameTech company in Greece and one of the fastest growing in Europe. Being International with a local approach, the company is currently operating in 6 countries, with the Stoiximan brand in Greece and Cyprus, and with its international brand, Betano in Germany, Romania, Portugal and recently in Brazil. Our aim is to leverage cutting-edge Technology in order to provide the optimum experience to those who trust us for their entertainment. With People at the core of everything we do, our team of 700+ talented and enthusiastic people fuels our international expansion with their passion, maintaining an “eyes-on-the-customer” approach and a unique OneTeam spirit. Continuous improvement is what we strive for, from professional development to team-bonding activities, while being efficient and making things happen is what our team’s minds are set on.
Responsibility has been in our DNA right from the start of our operations, back in 2013. Our wide product offering is adapting to our customers’ needs, while ensuring that it remains a solely recreational activity. To this end, besides our extensive sports sponsorships programme across markets that varies from popular teams to Olympic Champions, we also deploy a social responsibility programme that focuses on Technology, Safetainment and Sports.
Architects hold a central role in the Technology department, using both their interpersonal and technical skills in equal parts to get the job done. Architects are assigned one or more Scrum teams and suggest the immediate managers of lead software engineers of each team falling within their scope. Coaching and mentoring, One-on-ones, performance reviews and conflict resolution are some of the things that will test an architect’s soft skills on a daily basis. Architects also take part in the interview process, evaluating engineers in terms of technical merits and team-fitness.
On the technical side of things, architects are expected to help their teams devise elegant and performant solutions in response to real business problems, guide them in designing and implementing these solutions in code as well as teach coding, testing, debugging, and performance analysis techniques while also carrying out code reviews. Architects will frequently attend their teams’ scrum events (esp. refinements) and help their teams’ product owners shape a better understanding of the technical challenges involved. Production problems are usually escalated to the architects for triaging before landing in a team’s backlog. Architects should also stay up to date on the latest technologies and drive their adoption.
Architects across tribes work as one team, aligning frequently among themselves and helping each other from designing to filling in gaps in their business knowledge and everything in-between. We strongly believe in coaching and being proactive. The best architects will pair program with members of their teams, offering hands-on advice and addressing problems much sooner than code review time. We are proud of building an experienced and talented architects’ team that everybody will be eager to join. But at the same time, we would like to make sure we engage kind and friendly personalities with leadership qualities, who can foster trust and personal growth among their peers.
Technology is organized across tribes with each tribe focusing on a particular aspect of the business. Each tribe is led by their tribe-leader, who reports to the CTO. Tribes are composed of teams and an architect may lead one or more of them. Architects, team Product owners and scrum masters report to tribe leaders, while engineers in a team report to the team architect.
Basque Tribe (Casinos)
The Basque tribe is leading our online casino development. Casinos (both live and slot games) is a major product for our business and drive a large part of the company’s revenue. Creating robust and scalable integrations with new casino providers suggest among the most challenging and rewarding problems to be solved within our business, as teams are faced with high volumes of transactions and numerous distributed systems issues.
Software engineers in Stoiximan are responsible for a multitude of projects, ranging from our customer-facing websites and mobile applications to our admin and internal tools and backend services, most of them regarding high volume / high traffic issues. Our frontend servers are tasked with serving tens of thousands of concurrent customers, while possible changes in betting odds in big matches could generate hundreds of thousands of messages that need to be pushed as fast as possible to the clients’ bet slips and screens. Our online casinos also generate thousands of transactions per second and customer activity is 24/7. We are constantly expanding, stressing the need for more efficient architectures and infrastructure.
Our tech stack consists of many services and applications written in C#/.NET (both full and Core) for the backend stuff. We use jQuery/Knockout.js for some of the older apps and Angular or Vue.js for the newer frontend stuff. We use MSSQL server and PostgreSQL for most of our storage needs interspersing with Redis, Cassandra, and ElasticSearch, whenever it makes sense to do so. RabbitMQ is the message broker ubiquitously used in our systems and we deploy using a mixture of regular good old VMs and Docker containers on our on-prem Openshift installation. We’re using git and Gitlab for version control and our CI/CD pipeline.
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