Light & Wonder Advances its Cross-Platform Vision with the Acquisition of House Advantage Assets
Acquisition Enhances Light & Wonder’s Market Leading Systems Business with Differentiated Omnichannel Player Loyalty Solutions
House Advantage Founder and CEO Jon Wolfe to Serve as SVP and President, Global Systems and Services at Light & Wonder
LAS VEGAS – October 6, 2022 – Light & Wonder, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNW) (“Light & Wonder,” “L&W” or the “Company”), today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of House Advantage, LLC (“HA” or “House Advantage”), a leading loyalty and marketing software and technology provider, in a cash transaction.
Founded in 2004 and based in Las Vegas and India, House Advantage develops loyalty solutions for the gaming and hospitality industries. House Advantage’s core platform, “HALo”, provides a comprehensive omnichannel loyalty and marketing solution by integrating and collecting data from multiple systems across land-based and digital channels. HALo’s unified technology layer offers an open framework for customers to seamlessly integrate House Advantage solutions into their casino management systems (CMS) to deliver highly tailored marketing programs and incentives.
“Loyalty is no longer just about a player’s card; it’s about the player journey across all touchpoints. By welcoming the HA team to L&W, we are strengthening our position and accelerating the transformation and growth of our systems business to drive greater value for our customers,” said Matt Wilson, interim Chief Executive Officer of L&W. “The addition of HA’s industry leading software and technology solutions allows us to capitalize on the growing convergence of digital and land-based gaming. With HALo, we gain a powerful omnichannel player loyalty solution that complements our current product family and enables us to deliver a truly differentiated offering. Further, HA adds stable, high-margin recurring revenue streams with significant growth potential to bolster cash flows for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
In connection with this transaction, Light & Wonder has named House Advantage Founder and CEO Jon Wolfe as SVP and President, Global Systems and Services and approximately 20 other employees of HA will become employees of Light & Wonder. Mr. Wolfe is an industry pioneer with more than 25 years of experience building leading business intelligence and customer information systems in the gaming and hospitality sector. He has a proven track record of driving significant growth and profitability by capitalizing on industry tailwinds and building strong relationships with the largest operators in the gaming and hospitality industry.
Mr. Wilson continued, “With House Advantage, we are also adding an extremely talented team to our incredible team of Creators around the world, including their visionary leader, Jon Wolfe. I am confident that Jon’s experience and expertise will help us advance our systems strategy and unleash the enormous potential of our systems team.”
“By joining Light & Wonder, we will be able to expand the reach of our solutions and gain resources to accelerate the development of cutting-edge technology to help customers optimize player management,” said Jon Wolfe. “Convergence of disparate platforms and unification of data across these platforms into a contiguous customer experience is our hallmark and we’re excited that Light & Wonder shares our player-centric mindset and our vision for creating a converged, cross-platform future.”
About Light & Wonder, Inc.
Light & Wonder, Inc. (formerly known as Scientific Games Corporation), is the global leader in cross-platform games and entertainment. Light & Wonder brings together approximately 6,000 employees from six continents to connect content between land-based and digital channels with unmatched technology and distribution. Guided by a culture that values daring teamwork and creativity, the Company builds new worlds of play, developing game experiences loved by players around the globe. Its OpenGaming™ platform powers the largest digital-gaming network in the industry. The Company is committed to the highest standards of integrity, from promoting player responsibility to implementing sustainable practices. To learn more, visit lnw.com.
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