Scientific Games has announced the acquisition of Lightning Box, a Sydney-based slots company, as part of its drive to become “the igaming industry leader.”
The acquisition is being hailed as a “key step forward” in Scientific Games’ goal to become a content-led, long-term growth firm, as it aims to “capitalise on its largest growth opportunities with a focus on digital markets.”
Following last month’s proposal to purchase the remaining 19 percent of SciPlay equity interest it doesn’t already control, the inclusion of Lightning Box will strengthen the group’s in-house studios “by adding even more talented game makers.”
Scientific Games’ SVP of gaming and digital, Dylan Slaney, 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.”
ChickenFox, Lightning Horseman, Lightning Leopard, ChickenFox5x Skillstar, Astrocat, and Silver Lion are among the developer’s slots, which are available at over 50 US, Canadian, and European operators, including BetMGM, Rush Street, Golden Nugget, FanDuel, BCLC, Loto Quebec, Unibet, 888, Sky Bet, LeoVegas, William Hill, Betsson, and others.
Lightning Box, whose games are available in the United States through the OpenGaming platform, will work to keep delivering “new exciting games” while leveraging Scientific Games’ resources, such as data analytics and commercial support.
Lightning Box’s CEO and co-founder, Peter Causley 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.”