Rush Street Interactive is placing a bet that Colombia will be a lucrative gaming market.
The Chicago-based gaming operator Monday announced it has opened offices in Bogotá and Medellín as part of its expansion into the South American country.
“We are investing in the region’s future and recognize the importance of earning the trust and respect of the communities where we operate,” said RSI CEO Richard Schwartz in a statement. “It’s important to have the brightest and strongest local teams to execute RSI’s ambitious growth strategy.”
The Bogotá office will be headquarters for RSI’s Latin American operations staff. Features of the 8,000-square-foot space include a multimedia wall for watching live sports; a real basketball court that also will serve as the marketing team’s space; conference rooms designed like poker rooms; a production set simulating a stadium; lamps that resemble casino cards; and a cafeteria that replicates RushBet’s sports bars.
The office in Medellín’s El Poblado neighborhood will function as a technology hub for RSI’s global technology platform. RSI selected Medellín because of the city’s tech talent that’s supported by “Valle de Software”, an initiative by the local government designed to attract IT companies and train students from Latin American universities.
The new offices are being billed as essential to RSI’s development plans in Colombia, Mexico, and future markets in Latin America.
“These new state-of-the art offices further exemplify our innovation and continued investment in Latin America and the future growth we expect in the region,” Schwartz said. “It was important for us to invest in creating world-class facilities to continue to attract and retain top industry talent, who play a vital role in RSI’s ongoing growth in Latin America.”