Ukrainian businessman, lawyer, co-founder of GameDev, Storm Ukraine, Board Chairman of Slots City Foundation.
Ruslan Nonka is a Ukrainian entrepreneur, a lawyer and co-founder of the Gamedev, Storm Ukraine companies, Chairman of the Board of the Slots City Foundation.
Under his leadership the Slots City had become the most innovative brand in Ukrainian gambling sector as it was the first in the industry to sign partnership contracts with leading global software developers and provided authorization of the players via state services ‘Diia’ and Bank ID.
Ruslan is well known for his proactive position in popularization of legal gambling in Ukraine and for promotion of the responsible game principles. He launched charity initiatives that demonstrate social responsibility of the gambling business.
Besides gambling Ruslan founded a set of projects in several niches: adtech, gaming, nft.
Ruslan’s working career started from the student years. In 2007 he was a main legal advice specialist in the Main Department of the Families and Youth at the Kyiv City Administration.
In 2008 he became a lawyer in the company „K&T Consulting” and was responsible for corporate law and securities, commercial law and civil law issues.
Since late 2009 till 2015 he worked as a manager of the Aspect company- a company of internet and mobile marketing. In 2017 he became a co-founder of online service Lookmytips.com for the search of trips.
In one of his interviews Ruslan explained that for a long period of time he had been working as a marketing expert in gambling sector, dealt with consultancy about traffic involvement and project architecture for big companies in Asian and European markets. At some stage he cooperated with the World of Tanks, League of Legends and other companies.
In 2020 together with his partners Ruslan founded Gamedev Company which later received the license of the gambling brand Slots City. Ruslan’s partners in this project are Michael Botcher, a legendary businessman in the gambling world and founder of the Storm International which owns Shangri-La line of casinos. The Storm International holding possess slot halls in Georgia, Armenia and in Baltic countries and as of now is the only one international operator in the newly established Ukrainian gambling market . In Ukraine the Shangri-La casinos were opened in Kyiv and in Kharkiv. The Slots City line in Ukraine comprises the Slots City online casino and a gambling slot machine halls in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Zaporizhia.
Mr. Nonka is an active promoter of the legendary gambling business. Upon his initiative the Slots City casino became the first one in Ukrainian market to introduce registration and authorization of users trough the state online service ‘Diia’. Ruslan believes that legal casinos that operate on the principles of responsible gambling can promote growth of the new entertainment culture in Ukraine.
In many of his public communications Ruslan encouraged the state to take proactive position against illegal casinos which hinder development of the legal gambling institutions. Many times he stated that the gambling sector is capable to create jobs with white salaries and legal employment, push up neighboring industries and prevent ludomania, because unlike the illegal casinos the legal ones accept players upon verification.
He also believes that development of gambling sector would stimulate tourism in Ukraine because our country has favorable location and developed hospitality sector: cafes, restaurants, clubs, various events and places of interest. Having all that we can attract foreign tourists not only to the casinos but to interesting aspects of our culture. ‘In result of that they might be willing to spend their money here’, says Ruslan.
Besides business Ruslan is interested in history, philosophy and contemporary art, and participates in the creation of the Contemporary Arts Museum.
Keeping in mind his concept of responsible gamble Mr. Nonka is active in charity work. In October 2021 the Slots City brand was the first in Ukrainian market to launch a new initiative donating part of its win to charity. For this purpose the company had established a special fund- Slots City Foundation, and Mr. Nonka became its Chairman of the Board.
The social responsibility is not less a priority for us than development of business processes in the new Ukrainian gambling market. Slots City wishes to develop new civilized entertainment culture. Slots City will allocate money for environmental projects, educational campaigns about global gambling market experiences and about the principles of responsible gambling.
Immediately upon its incorporation the Slots City Foundation has supported international eco-initiative Greening of the Planet, on which framework 1 313 338 volunteers in 28 countries planted 3 765 127 trees.
In Ukraine the planting of trees was carried out in cooperation with the Presidential programme ‘Green Country’ and ‘Let’s Plant Woods Together’ project founded by the State Forestry Resource Agency, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, representatives from businesses, NGOs and mass media, who consolidated the efforts of people around the planting project. Due to this action the Slots City brand got into the Guinness Book of Records.
With the introduction of the martial law all the charity funds of the Foundation were re-focused to the aid to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In March this year the Foundation transferred 1 mln UAH to the Army account while Ruslan and his colleagues from casino started very active volunteering in the cyber-troops, info-troops and in humanitarian assistance.
Since March, Slots City has started a permanent campaign and began to raise funds to help the army. Each month the casino provides almost 200,000UAH to assist individual battalions and detachments of the army and Special operation forces as well as for the catering of servicemen.
‘Today both re-start of the economy and defense of the country are equally important for Ukraine’, Ruslan Nonka says. ‘As a responsible business we keep the obligations towards our guests, employees and the state, and we provide assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and to those who are in need today’.
Since 2014 Ruslan has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Future of Ukraine Charity Foundation.
Oleg KONONCHUK is an experienced manager, specialising in the implementation of innovative projects in the field of IT, e-commerce, telecommunications.
Innovation, economics and management are the main professional interests of Slots City CEO Oleg Kononchuk. Oleg received a degree in economics at Kyiv National University of Technology and Design (KNUTD). For already more than 10 years he has been successfully implementing innovative projects in IT and e-commerce and telecommunications. Having contributed to the success of Dialoq, SuperDeal.ua, Pokupon.ua, Oleg has experience in both international and local projects.
In Slots City Oleg Kononchuk effectively manages ground-based gaming halls in three cities of Ukraine (Kyiv, Kharkiv and Zaporizhia). The legal gambling market in Ukraine has just begun its work and Oleg has become one of the leaders in implementing civilized rules of responsible gaming. He is an active member of professional associations and unions. Among all Oleg promotes a proper educational campaign for Ukrainians, aimed to raise the awareness of the benefits of a civilized gambling market. “It is truly important not only to observe the principles of responsible gaming, but also to maintain the social responsibility of our companies in the territories and in front of the communities where our halls are located,” he emphasizes.
The introduction of licensed products, the verification of guests through the application “Diia”(Дія), the company’s responsibility to both visitors and employees – these were the main areas of Oleg’s work before the imposition of martial law. Thanks to his efforts, Slots City Hall was one of the first in Ukraine to vaccinate its staff. They also started PCR testing or the check of vaccination certificates upon the entrance to institutions.
At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Oleg announced on his Facebook page that Slots City had transferred UAH 1 million to the needs of the Armed Forces. “We urge everyone else to join in and assist our army at this difficult time! We believe in Ukraine, we believe in the president, we believe in the General Staff of the Armed Forces!”, he encouraged the readers.
He has been in IT since he was 16 and has occupied top positions in many high-tech projects.
Pavlo Hryshchenko graduated from the Faculty of Informatics at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, named after Igor Sikorsky,” but began working in IT long before graduating from university – at the age of 16. Since then, he has held key positions in many high-tech projects, from the first satellite digitization of maps to setting up IT security and building networks and servers in strategically important government agencies. Call centers, databases, and the latest technological developments – all this and more have been a field of Paul’s professional expertise for the past 18 years. Now Pavlo Gryshchenko holds the position of CEO of Slots City.UA and is developing an online platform based on the best world standards in terms of both technology and value.
His platform Slots City.UA became the first online casino in Ukraine to start identifying players through the Ukrainian state’s digital application “Дiя” (“Action”). Since the beginning of the Slots City Foundation, even before the large-scale invasion of our country, Pavlo actively developed the Foundation’s environmental projects. He co-sponsored the Partnership for International Environmental Action “Planting Trees by a Million of people in One Day,” which was included in the Book of Records of Ukraine. “Responsible attitude to business and society is the DNA of our organization. The same attitude to the planet’s ecology is no less critical than a responsible attitude to business,” Pavlo says.
With the beginning of martial law, Pavlo joined the volunteer movement: he works with the information troops of Ukraine and provides systematic assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The online platform he manages transfers UAH 10 from each successful deposit to help the army. In March, the casino transferred UAH 1 million to the Armed Forces. It later began transferring about UAH 500,000 a month to help individual units of the Armed Forces and the Special Operations units. Pavlo works directly with Ukrainian defenders and assists many of them personally, being especially active with the Separate Reconnaissance battalion and the 228th Battalion of Territorial Defense of Kharkiv. He works closely with “Odessa cuisine” – a company that feeds up to 650 Odessa defenders and other members of the armed forces who are now defending our land in the Tavriya region.
“People who do not want to feed their army will feed the invading armies,” Pavlo quotes Napoleon’s famous words. “We are happy to feed our army today, and every day we work together for the victory of Ukraine – each in his place,” – stresses the Member of the Supervisory Board of Slots City Foundation and a true patriot Pavlo Grishchenko.
Major competence of Stanislav Andreev is marketing and everything related to it, primarily digital marketing.
Major competence of Stanislav Andreev is marketing and everything related to it, primarily digital marketing. Stanislav has been working in this area for 10 years now on top positions in big Ukrainian companies: Foxtrot, Citrus. His big advantage in this area is a sound background in psychology which he studied in the Zaporizhia National University. He also possesses experience in the marketing director position in Ukrainian and foreign fintech companies Dinero and UkrPozyka.
As director of the Slots City Foundation, Stanislav inspires and oversees the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s charitable programs.
Thus the Slots City Foundation one of the first in the Ukrainian gambling market to transfer part of its win for charity. The first project of the Slots City Foundation – partnership support of the International Environmental Action on planting 1 million trees in one day entered the Guinness Book of records (for facilitation in reaching the record in planting the trees by one million of people). The Slots City casino was the first to start authorization of clients via ‘Diia’ online service. ‘Actually the Slots City is the first actor in Ukrainian market who started to work in full compliance with the legislation’, Stanislav said.
With the introduction of the martial law Stanislav together with his colleagues organized a series of volunteering projects in information resistance against the occupants. Together with his team in the City Slots he organized systemic support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. From early March Stanislav manages the patriotic initiative: Slots City launched a fundraising campaign to help the army. Each month the casino provides almost 200,000UAH to assist individual battalions and detachments of the Army and the Special Operations Forces as well as for the catering of servicemen.
‘Before the war we used to say that the gambling market in Ukraine was non-political. This is standard situation for any responsible business which cares for its clients and provides European level of service. The war has proved that our business is non-political, but definitely patriotic one. From the first days of the full-scale invasion we try to support the army with finance, expertise, information resistance and humanitarian projects. We will do everything possible to bring our victory closer and to help people to survive through these dark times. This is one of the aims of the Slot City Foundation during the martial law period’, Stanislav said.
We will review and answer it soon! Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!