Scientific Games has announced that Victor Blanco will join the group in 2022 as chief technology officer, when it says that he will bring “a leading-edge perspective and technology expertise to complement the company’s leadership team”.

In this role, Blanco will oversee Scientific Games’ technology strategy across gaming, lottery, sports betting, and igaming, as well as support the development and execution of its range of games. 

“Victor’s innovative and strategic approach to both software and hardware design is a great fit for our Scientific Games leadership team,” Barry Cottle, Scientific Games president and CEO, said of the appointment. 

“We know that his leadership will ensure we are providing the most innovative games, systems and products for our partners and players.”

Most recently, Blanco served as CTO at Aristocrat, where he led technology strategy and is lauded as playing an “instrumental” role in building the technologies and teams that contributed to “a successful turnaround for Aristocrat’s land-based gaming business”. He also led the firm’s expansion into social casino and casual games.

Prior to joining Aristocrat, Blanco served as the director of software architecture for HTC and served in multiple software engineering roles at Microsoft, where he was part of the team that developed the first Xbox game console and online service.

“Scientific Games has always been at the forefront of innovation, and I can’t wait to join this team,” Blanco added. “The dream of any technology strategist is to work at an organisation like Scientific Games where creativity and innovation are at the heart of the company.”