WMS acquires Online Game Publisher Jadestone Group

  • Business | 21st May, 2012 | US & Sweden | ALADDIN & THE MAGIC QUEST™ – Slot Video
  • WMS GamingWMS Industries today announces the acquisition of Jadestone Group AB, a leading developer, publisher and distributor of online gaming content and entertainment for online game companies.

    This tuck-in acquisition is of a strategic technology enabler that augments and enhances the existing WMS portfolio of gaming content, online products and content distribution capabilities for customers looking to expand their brand with online interactive offerings. The terms of the transaction, which will be funded from cash on hand, were not disclosed.

    Jadestone has established itself as a leading B2B platform integrator and online game publisher, serving customers primarily in Europe. The company provides end-to-end development and distribution services for casino games and other popular online games for a wide range of high-profile customers including Betfair, Betsson, bwin.party, Gioco Digitale, Microgame, Nordic Gaming Group, Paf and Unibet Group.

    Jadestone offers games in 25 languages, reaches over 50 million potential players across Europe and has become one of the leading providers of multi-player skill games in the newly regulated online gaming market in Italy.

    Orrin J. Edidin, President of WMS, said, “With a proven management team and a decade of experience in development and platform integration for online gaming industry leaders, Jadestone brings a complementary mix of expertise and technology solutions to WMS…

    …Combining Jadestone with WMS’ internally developed solutions enables the near-term creation of a robust portfolio of successful B2B iGaming solutions that will help our traditional casino customers move forward with confidence to stay connected to their players, wherever and however players find it most convenient to seek out gaming entertainment today and in the future.”

    Robert Henrysson, CEO of Jadestone, commented, “We are excited to join WMS and take full advantage of the many new opportunities available to develop leading end-to-end interactive solutions. Combining our entrepreneurial creativity with WMS’ culture of innovation sets an exciting next stage in our business development…

    …By integrating WMS’ great game content with our platform, we expect to create many exciting new ways to enhance our product suite. We’re focused on applying our collective experience to the creation of great content, intuitive interfaces, rewarding experiences and social behavior for websites, mobile apps and social platforms.”

    Edidin added, “Global gaming markets are rapidly moving toward content convergence and multi-channel distribution as consumers demand ready access to their favorite engaging entertainment content across multiple platforms…

    …With our early stage success and growing experience in online and interactive gaming, through our award-winning UK-based JackpotParty.com online casino; our popular, player-appealing Lucky Cruise™ social casino found on Facebook; and, our classic slot content for mobile and other casual play users, WMS has established a successful online presence and proven track record of responsible gaming and compliance in regulated markets…

    …Our more-than-60-year legacy of creating great games, which we’ve now demonstrated to work on iGaming platforms, positions WMS as a premier partner for casinos and gaming companies seeking a proven and integrated strategic approach; and to that effort, we recently noted our agreement to host an online casino in collaboration with Groupe Partouche for residents in Belgium…

    …WMS’ focus on leveraging our understanding of players’ entertainment preferences with our expertise for creating compelling content sets the Company apart in its development of a technology and entertainment content base to offer value-creating online solutions that will help our customers unlock emerging online opportunities.”


    About Jadestone Group
    Jadestone is a leading developer of online casino and skill-based multiplayer online game solutions. The product portfolio is built on the acclaimed Arena gaming platform and features a range of innovative online multiplayer, casino and mini games.

    Jadestone also operates a European distribution network with direct technical integrations into world leading operators’ cashier platforms, connecting Jadestone’s offering to millions of consumers in more than 25 European countries.

    The client list boasts an industry-leading list of top-tier gaming operators, including Betfair, Betsson Group, bwin.party, Gioco Digitale, Unibet, Microgame, Nordic Bet and Paf. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company is privately owned and funded.

    More Information
    Jadestone – Website: Jadestone.se

    About WMS
    WMS is engaged in serving the gaming industry worldwide by designing, manufacturing and marketing games, video and mechanical reel-spinning gaming machines, video lottery terminals and in gaming operations, which consists of the placement of leased participation gaming machines in legal gaming venues.

    The company’s online iGaming business develops and markets products, services and end-to-end solutions that address global online wagering and casual gaming opportunities.

    WMS is proactively addressing the next stage of casino gaming floor evolution with its WAGE-NET® networked gaming solution, a suite of systems technologies and applications designed to increase customers’ revenue generating capabilities and operational efficiency.

    More Information
    WMS Gaming – Website: WMS.com

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    Source: WMS Industries Inc. via BusinessWire