Publisher Spotlight: Scientific Games

Scientific games is one of the biggest publishers in the iGaming industry. Find out more about this well established publishers and there many well known games!

Scientific Games is an ambitious software developer that belongs in the ranks of the biggest iGaming developers anno today. Besides its impressive portfolio of high-quality video slots, SG’s games have also been around for a considerable time.

In fact, the provider was founded back in 1973, although they were then known as Autote. Almost 50 years ago, the focus was on lottery tickets and since then they have expanded into almost facets of the gambling industry. Want to know more from this innovative game developer?

Then read on to discover what Scientific Games has in store for you!

Games on offer from Scientific Games

Whether you prefer to visit an online casino or a land-based casino, Scientific Games’ games can be found everywhere. Yet few games bear the name of this provider, as they have become big mainly by acquiring other iGaming companies. They have since managed to build a veritable empire through acquisitions and collaborations with other developers.

The focus of this provider in recent years has been mainly on online casino, as opposed to the early years where they mainly specialised in offline games of chance, including horse betting. They started with lotteries, making them the first in the world to release them. Today, you can also still find scratch cards in Dutch tobacco shops and convenience stores.

Scientific Games’ subsidiaries

Scientific Games’ success has grown exponentially by acquiring other software companies. With the huge capital they have amassed over the years, they were able to buy up a number of superpowers. Some companies have more or less maintained their own identity, where other developers have been ‘swallowed up’ into the bigger picture, so to speak. Since 2000, the Scientific Games empire has continued to expand, with the following subsidiaries to its name:


Bally used to be best known for pinball machines and later slot machines. They created the phenomenon of tilt. Furthermore, you also know Bally from the slot machine ‘Wonder Woman’, a true classic that you still come across in many landbased and online casinos.


The name of this company can be traced back to an invention by its founder, a former truck driver. He developed a card shuffling machine that was used in thousands of casinos. Later, the game ‘Let it Ride’ entered the market, and can still be found in casinos. In 2013, Scientific Games acquired Shufflemaster.


Barcrest has been around since 1968 and initially developed technology for bingo halls. Later, they started developing slots, although they were mainly successful in the UK. With the acquisition of IGT in 1998, they also started developing online slots that were successful in other countries as well. In 2011, Scientific Games had Barcrest merge with Global Draw.


This game developer had already built up quite a portfolio of 200 online slots before it was acquired by Scientific Gaming. Today, they are known as SG Digital.

Others include WMS & Shufflemaster

As one of the first major gaming machine developers, WMS is unthinkable from today’s iGaming landscape. In fact, the history of this developer can be traced back even further than Scientific Games, as they saw the light of day as early as 1940. Initially releasing mostly pinball and arcade games, they started focusing their pillars on slots from the 1990s onwards. Scientific Games had to dig deep, with a purchase price of an astronomical $1.5 billion. The takeover caused quite a stir, as WMS was publicly listed and the acquisition had huge implications for investors who had invested.

Well-known games from Scientific Games’ portfolio

Scientific Games’ games can be found in almost all Dutch casinos, such as Holland Casino or Jack’s Casino. Given the age of the developer, you will also see many classic slots on offer. But even if you are more into complex and dynamic video slots, this game provider also has plenty to offer. Some games from Scientific Games’ top hat are:

  • Raging Rhino Megaways
  • Lady of Avalon
  • Bierhaus
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Arthur and the Round Table

Conclusion Scientific Games

From lotteries, scratch cards and horse betting, they have come a long way to almost every corner of the iGaming industry. By now, they have long since proved that they have well earned their place as a gambling giant.

They are constantly evolving and developing, adapting to current gaming trends and technologies. If you haven’t tried a video slot from this developer yet, give it a shot the next time you visit the online casino and be pleasantly surprised

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