Gaming suppliers add muscle with mergers, but not enough to bully casinos

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceThe wave of multi-billion dollar consolidation across the gaming suppliers market may have run its course, but there’s still room for mergers and acquisitions among smaller players seeking economies of scale, faster growth and new products or markets, analysts say. Despite the concentration at the top end of the market, there’s still sufficient competition among suppliers to ensure that operators will likely retain the upper hand when it comes to pricing and conditions, they add.This week saw the U.K.-listed online gaming software supplier Playtech buy Aristocrat Entertainment’s lotteries business for 10.5 million euros ($1.36 million), expanding its product base and access to the Norwegian and Italian markets. Meanwhile, JCM also finalized its purchase of Futurelogic.Those deals were relative minnows compared with the summer’s blockbusters, including Scientific Games’ $3.3 billion purchase of Bally Technologies, GTECH of Italy’s takeover of International Game Technologies for $4.7 billion and Amaya Gaming’s...

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