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Who Owns Who?

Have you ever wondered how the gaming industry is organised? By this we mean how many of the companies which produce all these fantastic online slots are independent and how many are owned by bigger players within the gaming sphere. If you’re sensible you probably have no interest at all in the following information but we’ve put together the following facts just in case you’d like to know.

Amaya Gaming acquired:

  • Chartwell Gaming – 2011 (subsequently sold to NYX Gaming in 2015)
  • Cadillac Jack – 2012
  • Cryptologic – 2012 (subsequently sold to NYX Gaming in 2015)
  • Ongame – 2012 (subsequently sold to NYX Gaming in 2014)
  • Diamond Game – 2014
  • Rational Group (Pokerstars) – 2014

 Aristocrat Leisure acquired:

  • Video Gaming Technologies – 2013

GEGO Gaming Group

  • Created by the merger of The Gaming Lab and Wagermill in 2014

IGT acquired:

  • Barcrest – 1998 (subsequently sold to Scientific Games in 2010)
  • Sodak Gaming – 1999
  • Silicon Gaming – 2001
  • Anchor Gaming – 2001
  • Wagerworks – 2005
  • DoubleDown Casino – 2012
  • GTECH (merger) – 2015

Microgaming acquired:

  • Playwize – 2008

Novomatic acquired:

  • Admiral Leisure World – 1996
  • NSM Löwen-Entertainment – 2003
  • Astra Games – 2004
    • acq. Empire Games – 2011
    • acq. Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions – 2011
    • acq. Extra-Games Entertainment – 2005
    • acq. Mazooma International – 2012
    • acq. Gamestec – 2012
    • acq. Bell-Fruit Games – 2012
  • GiGames – 2015

NYX Gaming Group acquired:

  • eGaming Consulting – 2015

Playtech acquired:

  • Gaming Technology Solutions – 2009
  • Virtue Fusion – 2010
  • Ash Gaming – 2011
  • Mobenga – 2011
  • Pokerstrategy – 2011
  • Geneity – 2012
  • Aristocrat Lotteries – 2014

Scientific Games acquired:

  • MDI Entertainment – 2003
  • The Global Draw – 2006
  • Games Media – 2007
  • Barcrest – 2010
  • WMS Gaming – 2013
  • Bally Technologies – 2015?

The last couple decades have been a period of creative entrepreneurship and consolidation in the gaming industry. Those companies doing the buying have become gigantic through acquisitions and mergers but there’s still plenty of room for startups with talent and some good ideas.

Smaller outfits enter this market all the time and the successful ones get their products licensed to the online casino where we spend out time. Not all make it of course – Sheriff Gaming is an example of a company falling foul of regulatory authorities and disappearing from view but others will survive and prosper independently while still more will catch the eye of of the larger companies and ultimately take the money.

Please let us know of there are any errors in the above list – it could be a constantly changing one.