Market-leading digital games provider acquires digital content studio as it executes on strategic growth opportunities
LAS VEGAS – August 4, 2021 –Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) acquired content studio Lightning Box as the Company continues to execute on its vision to become a leading, cross-platform global game Company.
This acquisition is a key step forward on the Company’s strategic plan to become a content-led sustainable growth company. The Company continues to capitalize on its largest growth opportunities with a focus on digital markets. The addition of the Lightning Box studio bolsters the Company’s in-house studios with even more talented game makers.
Lightning Box, a Sydney-based slot developer, has a proven track record for creating feature-rich, land-based inspired games that deliver exciting experiences for online slot players worldwide. The studio’s titles include strong performers such as ChickenFox, Lightning Horseman,Lightning Leopard, ChickenFox5x Skillstar, Astrocat and Silver Lion. Lightning Box is currently live with more than 50 of the leading U.S., Canadian and European operators, including BetMGM, Rush Street, Golden Nugget, FanDuel, BCLC, Loto Quebec, Unibet, 888, Sky Bet, LeoVegas, William Hill, Betsson and many more.
Dylan Slaney, SVP Gaming, Digital at Scientific Games, said, “Lightning Box games are hugely popular with slots players around the world, and we’re excited to welcome these talented game designers to our team. Our strategy is a simple one: talented, passionate people make great games and the addition of the Lightning Box team is another example of this and how we will continue to be the iGaming industry leader.”
Scientific Games and Lightning Box have a long-standing partnership, which should lead to a seamless integration. Lightning Box games are already proven performers across the OpenGaming™ platform in the U.S. and the studio will continue deliver new exciting games while benefitting from Scientific Games’ comprehensive range of resources, including data analytics and commercial support.
Peter Causley, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Box, said, “Wow, what an amazing opportunity and recognition of our team’s efforts. Joining the Scientific Games team and working even more closely with them comes at the perfect time to drive forward our ambitious product innovation plans. Having been an OpenGaming partner since it’s early days, we knew that Scientific Games had the capabilities to propel our games to new heights. We’re now in a better position than ever to bring our robust pipeline of high-quality slots more effortlessly to our global online casino partners.”
About Light & Wonder, Inc.
Light & Wonder, Inc. (formerly known as Scientific Games Corporation), is the global leader in cross-platform games and entertainment. The Company brings together 5,000 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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