Two gambling enthusiasts, with a passion for all things gambling. Whether pressing our luck in the high limit room, testing the money line in the sports book, or just making friendly wagers on the back nine... we love to gamble! Our careers in the gaming industry have shown us that this industry is filled with some amazing people, with even more amazing stories. Our goal is to help provide a platform for those stories to be shared, while also helping everyone look good in the process.
A gambling System
In this episode Rob Bone, Sr. Vice President of Global Systems and Services at Light & Wonder joins the podcast to discuss what he sees as the fun side of casino systems, where he thinks the future of systems technology is headed, and also reveals the wonderful keynote speaker he has planned at the upcoming L&W Systems User Conference.
The Irishman - Ft. John Purcell
In this episode John Purcell, CEO of DigiWheel joins the podcast as our first true Irish guest of all time! He shares the story of how the MaxBet Podcast helped his company get acquired, the rollercoaster of being an entrepreneur, and gives his perspective on why the future of the casino looks more and more like the Game Show network.
Technology & Gaming - Ft. Scot Campbell
In this episode Scot Campbell, Chief Technology Officer of North American Concerts at Live Nation joins the podcast to discuss some of the leadership lessons learned on his journey from prime time radio DJ to gaming industry technology executive, offers his thoughts on the future of technology, and tells some legendary stories of working in Las Vegas during the rapid growth ‘Steve Wynn’ era.
Gambling Aliens - Ft. Dr. Rippee
In this episode Dr. Robert Rippee, Executive Director of BlackFire Innovation Hub at UNLV, joins the podcast to discuss the latest innovations coming out of BlackFire, tries to explain the Metaverse to Kiski, and even answers Landon on if he thinks Aliens are real, and if they gamble…
Pushing Coins - Ft. Tim Minard
In this episode Tim Minard, CEO of Eclipse Gaming joins the podcast to discuss the lessons he learned on his journey from tennis pro to successful entrepreneur, how the Bowling Hall of Fame influenced his game development philosophy, and talks about what’s next for Eclipse.
Matt Wilson, CEO of Gaming at Light & Wonder: The Rebrand from Scientific Games
Matt Wilson, CEO of Gaming at Light & Wonder (Formerly known as Scientific Games Corporation)
The rebrand of Scientific Games to Light & Wonder
Light & Wonder, Inc., formerly Scientific Games Corporation (SG), is an American corporation that provides gambling products and services. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with lottery headquarters and a production plant in Alpharetta, Georgia.
As the head gamer, Matt Wilson leads the strategic growth plans for the Gaming team while overseeing product development, production, supply chain, and sales of the Company’s Gaming products, systems and services. He started with Light & Wonder on March 2, 2020.
This episode discusses the following topics:
“We make games” “Anywhere someone wants to place a bet, we want to be there to facilitate that.” New strategy: hyper-focus on games The sale of the lottery business The rebrand included selling off parts of the business The rebrand was stakeholder-led Building a ground-up brand with a new mission and values The new name was created to better support the company’s creativity and leadership in the cross-platform gaming industry. Lexicon helped developed the new name in close collaboration with the Scientific Games leadership team including Steve Stamstad, who really led the process. The brainstorming started with 2700 names and six rounds of distilling down “Captivate” was considered as the new name for the rebrand The new name was employee and prospective employee-inspired “We want to be the leading cross-platform global game company.” Included in the rebrand is empowering all employees to be “creators” Best Game Workshops — if an employee has an idea about a new game, there is an opportunity to “pitch it” The future of systems; the gaming experience is converging — what is a player’s worth across all channels (omnichannel). iCasinos, land-based, sports betting. VR and AR A social element laid over the casino experience The “o” in Wonder supports new worlds of play “We are trying to create an experience where players go into another world of play.” Assets were sold for 7B
Investing organically in R&D is a priority “Organic investment is our primary focus” The biggest lesson learned for Matt; people are attracted to other people who want to “win” together — a long-term strategic vision. And, engage employees. Clarity of the vision and company values is really important. 5 new core values are part of the rebrand. The new brand is “bold”
Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Gaming
Matt Wilson lives to build new worlds of play as Light & Wonder’s Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Gaming. As the head gamer, Matt leads the strategic growth plans for the Gaming team while overseeing product development, production, supply chain and sales of the Company’s Gaming products, systems and services.
An experienced Gaming industry executive, he is an accomplished leader known for driving greatness, delivering double-digit growth, capitalizing on new business opportunities, and developing strong customer relationships. Most recently, Matt served as President and Managing Director, Americas at Aristocrat. During his tenure with Aristocrat, he also served as Senior Vice President of Global Gaming Operations, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School. Always up for a player-favorite, Matt likes to play any of the Dancing Drums series games.
About Light & Wonder
Light & Wonder is a leading cross-platform global game company focused on creating new worlds where players can immerse themselves in dynamic casino, online or mobile games.
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with nearly 5,000 employees, the company has locations on six continent
Which which. Hope the move went well 👽👩🏿🚀🍀
This podcast kicks butt I met the dude from podcast at which which in Vegas and gave him some free beers he was really cool and we talked gambling for 20 mins and eat sandwiches.
The best guys in the industry. For sure!! PaPow!!
Great engaging content
Love the wide array of stories and insight. Keeping it fun and interesting. Hot tubs & Picasso’s!