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Niklas Mravlje

Passion for iGaming

Niklas Mravlje

Commercial Product Manager – Content & Aggregator

Niklas Mravlje joined Oryx straight out of college. His passion for Igaming industry and thirst for knowledge has enabled him to gain a broad range of iGaming experience in different positions.

Whenever my friends or relatives ask me what I and my peers do for a living and I tell them we work in the gambling industry, I can tell by the look on their faces the associations they are having are mostly negative ones. I guess they only know stories about people who in the pursuit of a quick buck managed to ruin their lives. But that’s like reviewing cars based on accidents the drivers are causing. It is simply not what gambling is about.

What is it about then? Allow me to shed some light on the subject from the perspective of an insider.

The cold truth

Gambling is a form of entertainment for people who have money and like to play with it. This means they are psychologically prepared to lose it. They don’t like losing it, nobody does, but it doesn’t ruin their lives if they do. We call them players and players enjoy what we offer. Players are the ones the industry is focused on.

The dark side

Gambling addiction, on the other hand, is a serious problem. We are well aware of it and we are addressing it with all seriousness. If people who don’t believe this somehow cannot trust us to have basic ethical standards, they can at least appreciate the fact that creating and catering to gambling addicts simply isn’t a good business model. Sure, there is a short rush of income, but what happens after the gambler’s well runs dry simply isn’t worth it. Suddenly you are dealing with a sad, crushed and broken person who is accusing you of being the sole factor of his financial demise. Nobody wants to have that in their lives. That’s why we are working continuously with psychologists and psychiatrists to be able to detect problematic player behavior as quickly as possible and prevent vulnerable people from hurting themselves and their friends and families. It should go without saying that we are trying to create nothing but positive experiences for our customers.

So, let’s step out of the shadows and into …

The light

What drives us? What motivates us?

We want our players to have the best time they can possibly have. The time we are talking about here is free time. The time players can spend ANYWHERE and ANYHOW they want. We are competing with Netflix, Hollywood, YouTube, Twitch, and … I’m really going to say it: even Pornhub! We are competing for people’s free time. And what do people seek in their free time? Fun! Entertainment! Excitement! People like to enjoy themselves. And ways to achieve that are countless, but they all have one thing in common: they cost at least some amount of money.

The insight

Here’s how gamblers differ from other thrill seekers: while “others” like to pay money for different experiences, gamblers literally play with their money. In gambling, it’s all about the money, and the business would not be sustainable if players weren’t getting something in return. So, all players play under a silent code many aren’t even fully aware of:

“We will ALL pay to play, but only SOME OF US will win.”

The Question

The amount one player wins is proportionate to the amount several players had lost. And here lies the true thrill for a gambler: “Am I the one? Am I the chosen one, the one the Goddess Fortuna will grace with a win? Am I the one to beat all the odds?”

And for the final twist, are you familiar with the saying “the path is more important than the goal”? It’s the same for the majority of gamblers: the thrill of being in this position, the position every player finds himself/herself in, the position in which he or she could be the chosen one, is more important than the win, than actually being the chosen one. Countless interviews with players around the globe have confirmed that the wait is more important than the result!

Which brings us back to what I do.

The full circle

I have to come up with new and new ways for players to ask Fortuna the same basic question in all its permutations: “Am I the One?” “Is this my game?” “Is this the game in which I am the One?”

Players don’t like the feeling of being stuck in a rut. They want to address Fortuna from every possible position. And these positions are represented by new games, new technologies, new features, new approaches, new formats. The industry needs to constantly reinvent itself in order to stay interesting, and this is what resonates with me the most: the intricate interplay between constant innovation and constant adaptation.

Believe me, the word boring is at the very bottom of my vocabulary.

My way

I found my way to Oryx Gaming at the age of 23. Green and keen, straight out of college. I was studying German language and wanted to become an artist, which I still do. Rather than having a clear vision of the future I took the job out of necessity. At that time, I would have never thought this was going to be my path in life. But I couldn’t be happier that this is exactly what it has become – this job gave me so much more than what I as a young guy was expecting.

I worked my way through the company. I started as a chat operator for one of our clients and gradually climbed to positions of shift manager, retention & VIP manager, head of marketing and all the way to the Commercial Product Manager for Content & Aggregator.

Remember my artistic aspirations? My dream of being an artist hasn’t died, it has just evolved and adapted: I am an artist in what I do! Being able to be creative, innovative and revolutionary on so many different levels is a blessing. I’m currently 26 years old and surrounded by veterans of the industry who care about what I have to say. Just this feeling alone pays off every hour of over-time I have kicked in, and then some.

Oryx – the people

Throughout my years at Oryx I had many mentors and guides, some of them true business veterans who were willing to share their knowledge and were also willing to listen. Many of them I now consider my personal friends.

The first one I would like to mention is Mateja Škarja who introduced me to the iGaming business. She was running a marketing campaign for one of the biggest brands Oryx had at the time and I was assigned to help her. Her approach towards planning and executing the promotional activities on all relevant websites immediately clicked with me, she had a vision and followed it throughout. She was never afraid to share her thoughts whenever anyone started slipping. She was the one who helped me build the foundations of my career, so a big “thank you, Mateja” is in order right here!

Another person I would like to mention is the brains of our company, the one who is not only keeping it all together but growing us into a serious player in an otherwise saturated market. I’m talking about our CEO Matevž Mazij, a perfectly balanced character who possesses the skill of always finding the right words. In a company the size of Oryx Gaming it is hard to imagine knowing the CEO, never mind him knowing you. Mr. Mazij knows us all. The level at which he understands the company and the individual needs of the employees is simply amazing. I remember an incident in which I created a situation for myself with a client. First thing next morning Mr. Mazij sat me down and in the manner of the coolest cat explained to me what I did wrong and how to fix it. There wasn’t an ounce of anger or disappointment, just pure productive analysis and constructive advice. What is his secret? His mind is hard-focused on the positive. We all know catchphrases like “negativity only slows you down”, we all sing “always look on the bright side of life”, but he is living those pieces of advice and putting them to good work. It is not hard to realize your full potential when you are working for, or should I say with people like Mr. Mazij.

Open positions

Join us!

Team Lead AM Malta

We are looking for a candidate with knowledge of the iGaming business and past experience in a similar position. If you have all of that and you a real team player then we are inviting you to join our global team.

Location

Malta

Department

Commercial - Account Management
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Are you passionate about data, connection, deep dive analysis then you need to look further on. We are looking for somebody who is able to connect with different departments, do internal audits and have a great understanding about financial and business data. Join us now.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

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Responsible Gambling Manager

If you have strong knowledge and understanding of the policies and procedures relating to Responsible Gambling and are willing to implement changes and improve procedures and practices, this is a perfect opportunity for you.

Location

Ljubljana, remote

Department

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Game Project Manager

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Location

Slovenia, remote

Department

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We are building a new team for our Dutch customers

Are you a fluent Dutch speaker? Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity where you can use your language and people skills, and also have fun at the same time? Then this is perfect opportunity for you or someone who you might know that speak Dutch.

Location

Slovenia, remote

Department

Dutch market
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Technical Compliance Specialist

If you thrive in project management and you get excited about compliance and certification, then this may be just the next step for you in your career!

Location

Ljubljana

Department

Core / Architecture
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Web Project Manager

We’re looking for a proactive team player who knows how to see a bigger picture, is challenging, is good in English, has experience with web products, project management, and preferably in the iGaming industry. If you understand the importance of good products, good business relationships with clients, and the know-how to connect both sides, then we are excited to get to know you.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

WEB
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Business Development Manager

Hey you! Do you want to join experienced business development team that bets on a team spirit? If you are well known with iGaming industry, have experience with business development and fluent at least in English then you are perfect match for us.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

BU Business development
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Account Manager

Great opportunity for experienced Account Manager who is fluent in English language to join our team and help us maximize the game portfolio and actively seek new opportunities.

Location

Ljubljana, Remote

Department

BU Content
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Senior Front-end Web Developer

Do you want to be a part of an environment that encourages teamwork and the exchange of knowledge and ideas? Apply now!

Location

Slovenia

Department

Web Development
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Mid Front-end Web Developer

Are you passionate about delivering high-quality work, enthusiastic about continuous improvements, and want to get the job done? Then join us now.

Location

Slovenia

Department

Web Development
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Business Analyst

Join our capable growing Data science team and help us scale the ability of a powerful cloud data warehouse in our production software.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

Data analytics
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System Engineer

Join our team of System Engineers where you can get a lot of experiences in working with different system and tools. If you are passionate about technology, manual processes automation and you would like to work in relaxed environment then apply now.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

System
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Java Developer - Player Engagement Platform

Join our team as a Java developer and help us implement the back-end logic of one of our newest products, the Player Engagement Platform. You will work on existing features but also have the opportunity to introduce your ideas and work on something new.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

Player Engagement Platform
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Senior Java Developer - RGS

Join our RGS development team as a Senior Java Developer and focus on the development and maintenance of servers needed for providing games to third-party's platform operators as well as creating underlying logic for our new games.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

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Senior Java Developer - iGaming Platform

We’re inviting an experienced Senior Java Developer to join our Platform development team. You will focus on the development of new features, jurisdictions, bonus systems, payment methods, and many more. Join us and you’ll work with technology that supports millions of rounds and transactions per day!

Location

Ljubljana

Department

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Quality Assurance Engineer

Do you thrive in planning and executing of all quality assurance processes, performing various test and improving testing performance and tools? Then this is an opportunity for your. Join our development department QA team.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

QA
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Senior Front-end Game Developer

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Location

Ljubljana

Department

RGS & Games
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Product Owner

We’re looking for fresh forces to add to our highly skilled iGaming Platform team in the role of a Product Owner. In this role, you will be responsible for product design and management from conceptualization, research, specifications to overseeing development and QA to delivery.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

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Open Application

At Oryx Gaming, talent is always welcome. We are looking for original and confident thinkers, progressive rule-breakers and team players with good communication skills, open to learning and growing in an ever-expanding environment.

Location

Ljubljana

Department

Company
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