Hi there, I’m Ralph Thomlinson and the creation of the WAGG Computer Club was by no means a conventional route to fulfilling my goals of being able to leave my full-time job and start my own personal interest from the confines of my own home. It is indeed the dream of many to be able to turn your back on a job that at the time is financially supporting you but as we may all agree, unless it’s a job of pleasure, you find yourself working to live, rather than living to work and this is what made me want to go into my passion for computing full time, in my own time.
**Brief History of Ralph Tomlinson **
Since an early age, I had a passion for science, this soon turned to computing where is was able to combine the two at university with genetic studies and gene therapy which were my two interests. After university, the computing side of my life took over fully where I then learn about coding and created websites for family and friends. In 2000, the market for online casinos was one of the fastest growing businesses on the web and I took the opportunity to create my own site. Even though the foundations were in place, I had no license and know absolutely nothing about this part of the industry. But with this plan and the structure of the casino built, I was able to use this to approach those in the know and pitch it to them to be part of the business. This is where it all changed for me.
With no inclination of what online gambling was about as a business, I set about contacting various holding companies. These details were found on already existing online casino sites, so I made a few calls and soon learnt that many casinos online are owned by the same company, they just package the site differently from one another. I got in touch with the director of K.B Digital Ltd, a company out in Malta that had 3 casinos under its business and presented the website I had made and asked for advice.
My pitch had impressed, but not in the way that I would have initially intended it to. the direct of K.B Digital Ltd like the idea so much that he didn’t want to go into business with me, but instead by the rights to it from me.
Decision Making and Taking the Gamble
Balled over by what had happened, I was left with a very tough decision. If my site was that good for someone to buy it, should I try to do this on my own or should I sell because I could ruin the site with a lack of experience?
After a number of meetings and discussing legal matters with my solicitor, the odds were heavily stacked in the favour of selling. The ideal I created was sold to K.B Digital Ltd for £500,000 and was turned into a very successful online casino. The funds from the deal allowed me to create my WAGG Computer Club and since develop further online casino for other businesses.