Scientific Games has acquired slots studio Lightning Box as the firm aims to become “a leading, cross-platform global game company”.

Scientific Games has acquired Sydney-based slots studio Lightning Box as the firm aims to move towards becoming “a leading, cross-platform global game company”.

The acquisition is deemed “a key step forward” by the group on its strategy 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”.

Commenting on the purchase, Dylan Slaney, SVP Gaming, Digital at Scientific Games, said: “Lightning Box games are hugely popular with slot 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 content portfolio includes titles such as ChickenFox, Lightning Horseman, Lightning Leopard, ChickenFox5x Skillstar, Astrocat and Silver Lion, with the developer currently 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.

As the companies build on an already long-standing partnership, the two look forward to a “seamless integration” as Lightning Box continues to deliver new games while also 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,” added 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.”