Scientific Games acquires Lapis Software Associates
Scientific Games has completed the acquisition of long-time business partner Lapis Software Associates.
Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, it was confirmed that all existing Lapis staff have been employed by Scientific Games and will continue to support Lapis customers.
Lapis is an international supplier of lottery sales force and retail performance applications ‘gem│Intelligence’ and ‘gemRetailer’, and also offers technology consulting services, focusing on high-performance, mission-critical distributed applications.
As part of the acquisition deal, ‘gem│Intelligence’ and ‘gemRetailer’, will remain intact in the market.
“We have enjoyed a long and strategic relationship with Scientific Games; now, we will approach our collaborative, customised solutions as one team, driven by the desire to innovate the best products and experiences in the world for our lottery customers,” Lapis president Jean Lombard said.
Pat McHugh, senior vice-president, global lottery systems at Scientific Games, added: “The acquisition of Lapis Software Associates expands our suite of value-added retail products, accelerates the development of new innovations, and positions our offerings to be the most agile and comprehensive toolset for lotteries and retailers to improve performance.
“The Lapis software products are consistent with our service-oriented approach that allows us to integrate seamlessly with our existing instant product and systems customers’ gaming systems and other suppliers’ gaming systems.”
Meanwhile, Scientific Games has entered into an eight-year systems technology and services agreement with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) in the US.
Under the deal, Scientific Games will provide the Lottery with a central monitoring and control system, in addition to new retailer terminals and a telecommunications network to support the Lottery and its network of 4,500 retailers.
The agreement also covers the supply of draw and monitor games, as well as software, systems operation and maintenance, instant games support, and marketing services.
The contract will come into effect from May 2018, with the Lottery having the option to extend the deal by an additional four years.
“Of the three companies that submitted bids, Scientific Games represented the best value to the state,” Maryland Lottery and Gaming director Gordon Medenica said.
“Their technology, marketing expertise and retail maximisation practices will help us drive sales growth.”
The Maryland Lottery deal comes after Scientific Games last week also extended an instant games partnership with the New Hampshire Lottery.
Pat McHugh, senior vice-president, global lottery systems at Scientific Games, added: “Scientific Games received the highest evaluation based on our industry-leading games, products, technology and service excellence, and our ability to generate the most revenue for the State of Maryland.
“We appreciate the diligent work of the Maryland Lottery, and we look forward to continuing to help maximise revenue and return for the state.”
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