When players see branded slot games like Monopoly, Seinfeld, or James Bond, they assume the company behind those games is a major name in the industry. What they often don’t know is that the name is Scientific Games.

The company is not surprisingly based in Las Vegas, Nevada, but provides games and services to companies around the world. From games in land-based casinos and gaming websites to lottery terminals and instant lottery games, Scientific Games is the company behind many of the best-known brands and gaming tools in the industry.

And even after nearly 50 years in business, SG continues to grow with the latest gaming technology and set the standards followed by many others in the gaming world.

Far more than a company, Scientific Games has become a conglomerate that offers the very best in lotteries and live, online, and social gaming. Free-play and real-money games, both on desktop computers and on mobile devices, are the wave of the future, and SG is at the forefront of the technology needed to dominate it.

Players benefit by having the most advanced gaming titles at their fingertips, as well as the latest ways to access those games. Scientific Games has its fingers on the pulse of the gaming industry, which means its players do as well.

Decades of Gaming History

Scientific Games was founded in 1973 by a team of technological innovators. Their first product was an instant lottery ticket that was officially introduced in 1974, just around the time that many American states were legalizing various forms of state-run lotteries.

What made the instant lottery ticket special was the use of intricate algorithms and encryptions to create the most highly secure ticket that had yet to hit the lottery market. The use of such complex technology was impressive, and lottery regulators in many states clamored to sign deals with Scientific Games and offer their unique tickets.

As technology improved, the wizards at Scientific Games stayed on top of it and continued to create lottery tickets and printing systems that set the bar higher with every innovation. Today, they continue to provide lottery retailers – to the United States and nations across the globe – with point-of-sale systems, as well as new online tools that allow for internet lottery sales, as well as rewards programs and consolation prizes for losing ticketholders. The SG technology is behind systems that provide Mega Millions and Powerball tickets, as well as other lotteries that engage players far beyond the purchase of a single ticket.

In the year 2000, a racetrack betting tote board company called Autotote bought Scientific Games Holdings for $308 million, and Autotote took on the SG name in 2001. The computerized board provided to pari-mutuel wagering tracks around the world became a $20 billion annual industry, two-thirds of which was supplied by Autotote-then-Scientific Games.

SC continued to grow beyond the pari-mutuel and lottery systems it dominated by acquiring more companies. In 2006, it bought Global Draw, a company that supplied internet-based gambling machines to betting shops in the UK. Along the same lines, SG bought Games Media and Barcrest as well to further dominate the betting shop industry and enter the slot machine business with titles like Rainbow Riches.

Ultimately, Scientific Games sold the Autotote racing division to Sportech in 2010 but continued to expand its own reach with the purchase of WMS Industries in 2013. WMS had been the third-largest slot game manufacturer in the world. And the following year, SG bought Bally Technologies in a multi-billion-dollar deal. Most recently, SG acquired NYX Gaming Group in late 2017.

Revenue for the 2017 fiscal year totaled more than $3 billion, more than double that of 2016. Scientific Games now employs approximately 9,500 people worldwide.

Scientific Games has repeatedly been recognized for its creative games, cutting-edge technology, and unique products. The list of awards is extensive, but some of the awards for online games in past years include:

  • Global Gaming Awards 2016: Digital Product of the Year (Holiday Countdown Second Chance)
  • Facebook Awards 2015: Game of the Year (Hot Shot Casino Slots)
  • EGR North American Awards 2015: Top Freeplay Gaming Supplier (Play4Fun Network)
  • EGR North American Awards 2015: Top Social Poker Operator (Dragonplay Poker)

And the 2017 awards in all categories shows the range of products that rank highest in the entire industry, both land-based and online, for lottery and other gaming sectors:

  • Global Gaming Awards: Land Industry Supplier of the Year
  • Gaming Intelligence Awards: Lottery Supplier of the Year
  • Asia Gaming Awards: Best Table Game Solution
  • Gaming & Technology Awards: Best Slot Product (Space Invaders)

Unique Games Features

Scientific Games titles are known for their player engagement. The games draw players into the action and keep them interested with eye-catching graphics and stories that make customers feel that they are a part of – even invested in – the action.

SG often reflects on the best of video games, both past and present, to incorporate some of those features into today’s online slot games. Some games draw players in to complete adventures and keeps them interested through entire plotlines and special animated stories.

The SG library includes more than 2,000 game titles that are supplied to more than 200 operators worldwide. From games that have remained popular through the years to the newest omni-channel Flash and HTML5 games, SG and its subsidiaries are likely the great minds behind them.

Best of the Best

Many of the online casino world’s most popular games come from the developers at Scientific Games.

Rainbow Riches – Players will find Rainbow Riches in nearly all internet casinos, often as a featured game because of its popularity. The 5-reel slots game features a Road to Riches bonus that gives players the chance to win up to 500-times their original stake by winning their way down the road. The Pots of Gold bonus can also be lucrative, and the Wishing Well offers the chance to pick a winner. The latest version of Rainbow Riches is subtitled Reels of Gold and introduces the Colossal Reels from WMS. A magical fairy can trigger bonuses through free spins for random reel upgrades.

Monopoly – Monopoly is one of the most popular games in the world, derived from a game introduced in 1903 and first published as the Parker Brothers Monopoly board game in 1935. The game made its way to casino slot games and then online, and numerous versions of the game are available at various internet casinos. The latest is Money in Hand, complete with free spins, Big Bet options, respins, and Community Chest Card features. Once Around Deluxe is a popular spinoff of the original, with Mr. Monopoly using the entire board to award bonuses. Bring Down the House and On the Money are other versions, and Mega Movers is one of the newest.

Wizard of Oz – The branding deal to use the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Tin Man and Scarecrow, and even the Cowardly Lion – all trademarked brands – was a boon for Scientific Games. The initial online game was set in the Land of Oz and offered wild reels from Glinda the Good Witch and an immersive Emerald City bonus section where treasures and spins have the potential to lead to the Great and Powerful Oz. The Road to Emerald City is one of the several spinoffs, and Wicked Riches features the Wicked Witch and her Winged Monkey friends in a new adventure. The latest version is Emerald City, which features all of the best-loved characters heading to the Emerald City.

Clue – Clue has been one of the most popular board games in the past several decades, and the mystery solving team is now available online. The spinning detectives try to figure out who committed the crime and in what room they did it, all while offering five bonus rounds connected to five static rewards. What is still a popular Hasbro game is now an online casino game that only made its debut in 2016.

The Scientific Games family of companies has many more popular titles in land-based casinos, and some of them may make their way to internet casinos in the years to come. Some of the most well-known of those titles include Wonder Woman, Zeus, Michael Jackson, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Johnny Cash, Cirque du Soleil, Animal House, Anchorman, and Willy Wonka.