Gráinne Barry, EMEA regional operations director, Stats, Carl Mergele, Stats CEO, Mary Buckley, IDA, Mayor Stephen Keary and George Murray, Munster Rugby PICTURE: LIAM BURKE/PRESS22
PIONEERING data firm Stats Insights has officially opened its new offices in the heart Limerick – and its boss has his eyes set on creating up to 200 jobs here.
The company is operating from Riverstone House in Henry Street, and staff there will be providing on the button data to Google, and television companies globally for all 64 games of the upcoming Fifa World Cup finals.
Limerick’s operation will initially specialise in soccer, with other sports coming on stream in the coming months.
A global firm, Stats Insights provides data for 45 sports, in 600 leagues to more than three billion customers, its chief executive Carl Mergele said.
“Stats is committed to driving innovation in team performance, fan experience and live sports data, and our new European headquarters in Limerick is ideally suited for this. We are thrilled to add Limerick to our global footprint and build a Limerick team that is as passionate about sports and innovation as we are.”
Already 70 people are working in the sixth floor offices overlooking the city centre, and it’s anticipated this will ramp up to 100 by the end of the year.
In order to make its decision to move to Limerick, Stats Insights worked closely with IDA Ireland and SportsTech Ireland.
IDA director Mary Buckley said: “Limerick and the Mid-West region is so vibrant right now, and that energy, combined with rich sporting tradition and growing technology and life science clusters make it an ideal location for Stats to grow.”
For more on this story, see The Leader, out on Wednesday morning.
Congratulations to @grainnebbarry @STATS_Insights on official opening in #Limerick Expanding the ecosystem of a new breed of businesses in the #midwest @IDA_MidWest @IDAIRELAND pic.twitter.com/3Or93dEE1p— Paul Ryan (@poloriain) June 11, 2018
Fantastic morning in @STATS_Insights , incredible insight into the data collection and analytics coming from each game! Great to see over 120 jobs in the heart of Limerick city! pic.twitter.com/0puyn5HIOF— deirdre twomey (@deetwomey) June 11, 2018
This place will be a hive of activity come August when the new @premierleague season kicks off. Up to 120 people will be in these offices come Saturdays at 3pm! @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/gRjl7tfoNf— Nick Rabbitts (@Nick468official) June 11, 2018
I'm at the opening of @STATS_Insights office in #Limerick. The data collection is going live on the day of the first @FIFAWorldCup semi-final. For now, developers are testing games in 'real time' including @SpursOfficial #UCL game vs Juventus from last season! @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/ay0xH0gf0K— Nick Rabbitts (@Nick468official) June 11, 2018