Scientific Games has documented the acquisition of Sydney-based slots studio Lightning Box, as the group looks to make further progress on a quest to become “the igaming industry leader”.
The purchase is praised as a “key step forward” in Scientific Games’ aim to become a content-led sustainable growth company, and comes as it looks to “capitalise on its largest growth opportunities with a focus on digital markets”.
Following last month’s proposal to acquire the remaining 19 per cent of SciPlay that it does not currently own, the addition of Lightning Box will further boost the group’s in-house studios “with even more talented game makers”.
Dylan Slaney, SVP of gaming and 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.”
Lightning Box’s slots suite includes games such as ChickenFox, Lightning Horseman, Lightning Leopard, ChickenFox5x Skillstar, Astrocat and Silver Lion, with the developer live with 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 many more.
Lightning Box, whose titles are live through the OpenGaming platform in the US, will strive to maintain delivery of “new exciting games,” while benefiting from Scientific Games’ range of resources, including data analytics and commercial support.
“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,” commented Peter Causley, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Box.
“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.”