Scientific Games Corporation (Scientific Games or the company) recently announced that the company's UK division, SG Gaming and SG Digital will mark the 50th anniversary of its world-renowned brand, Barcrest, this year. Over 50 years, Barcrest has grown from a business with just two employees in 1968 to the global content brand it is today. The early 1990s saw Barcrest lead the way in hardware development across various retail sectors, with the creation of successful cabinets such as Genesis and Rio. In 2011, Scientific Games acquired the Barcrest business, and today it operates on a global scale as a content brand under the wider umbrella of gaming brands alongside WMS and Bally.
As a leading gaming brand, Barcrest has earned its place within gaming history. From small beginnings, its people and its ability to adapt to an ever-changing gaming landscape has ensured that it is a name that has become synonymous with quality, design innovation and passion.
"A 50th anniversary is an impressive milestone for any brand, and we're extremely proud that even as a global name, the business still operates in the Manchester area, less than five miles from where it all began," said Phil Horne, CEO of SG Gaming. "What's more, with over 200 original Barcrest employees within our dedicated workforce from departments across the business including content, finance, warehouse and systems, the Barcrest values are also still very much at the heart of the business.
"The team's hard work, values and passion are the reasons that Barcrest is still a leading content innovator and well-loved brand after all these years. Many of our operators and their players will have fond memories of the games released over the years and we are proud that the Barcrest brand continues to be integral to SG Gaming UK and the wider Scientific Games group. We look forward to marking this achievement, and hope for another 50 years of success to follow."
Over the years, Barcrest content has successfully evolved to fit with modern gaming environments, reaching players across multiple gaming channels, including online and mobile and leading innovation in its sectors. The Barcrest brand continues to be globally recognized, with its fully omni-channel approach under SG Gaming UK strengthened by its alignment with SG Digital.