Unique 11 is a new social gaming platform for sports fans. And we have Steve Mc Comb here today to tell us all about the idea and how it came about…Over to you Steven….
My name is Steven McComb, I am the founder and Managing Director of Unique 11 – a new social gaming platform for sports fans. My background is in web development and I gave up my job of almost 7 years in February to go full time with the Unique 11 project. The driving force for me was the opportunity to take part in the Propel Programme, an accelerator programme for start-ups run by InvestNI.
We had launched the first full public version of our site at the start of recently finished English Premier League season and we received some encouraging progress with users signing up from 35 different countries. We have players from Scandinavia, Asia, the US, and of course the UK and Ireland. At our peak times during the season we reached 100,000 visits a month. Spotting an opportunity to capitalise on the hype surrounding Northern Ireland qualifying for their first major tournament in 30 years, I was able to secure a partnership with the Irish FA and we’ve teamed up to supply a customised Northern Ireland version of our online game available to play now at www.gawafantasyfootball.com. We also approached the FAI but unfortunately they were not interested in providing a similar gaming experience for their fans.
I’ve been lucky enough to team up with my brother Andrew and former work colleague Adam Young who do a great job looking after the creative direction of the business. As a massive football fan myself and getting to work alongside my brother means I’m arguably one of the lucky few to actually be doing their dream job.