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Barcrest Gaming was founded in 1968 in Manchester, England and made arcade, bingo and pub games. Most notable were their popular skill with prizes (SWP) or amusement with a prize (AWP) and fruit slots games. Their games enjoyed good success for several decades and the company was acquired in 1998 by International Game Technology (IGT). The synergy created by the two companies help IGT expand all over the globe and Barcrest games became known in pubs and arcades the world over.
The Barcrest division began developing games for online play such as Ca$hino® and Monty's Millions® with perhaps their best known game on land and online being Rainbow Riches®. They continued to make games for land based interests and were soon to be considered one of the most important game manufacturers in Europe.
Scientific Games purchased Barcrest from IGT in 2011 and the current online Barcrest portfolio consists of the following games as of August 2012: Wipeout®, Ca$hino, Monty's Millions, Rainbow Riches, Crown Jewels® and King of the Aztecs®. We expect many more in the near future and it will be interesting to see if they are released under the Barcrest name or under another Scientific Games label.
Barcrest Gaming History
Barcrest had a long and rich history even before becoming part of Scientific Games Corporation in September of 2011. Barcrest was founded in 1968 in Manchester, England and soon began populating pubs, arcades, and bingo halls with the most popular games to be found. In the 1960's 70's and 80's many if not most of the fruities, amusement with prizes (AWP) and skill with prizes (SWP) machines found in the UK and increasingly throughout Europe were made by Barcrest. They continued steadfast growth and innovation throughout the 1980's and 90's and in 1998 were purchased by IGT (International Game Technology). With this new synergy Barcrest games were soon to be found in almost every corner of the world.
Although games like Rainbow Riches, Ca$ino, Monty's Millions, Money Mad Martians, and Captain Jackpots have become legendary - the early games of this ilk were a thrill to be seen when they first came online over a dozen years ago. By the time Barcrest was acquired from IGT by Scientific Games they had revenue of over 40 million pounds Sterling with roughly half coming from new sales and the remainder from recurring revenue. Expenses and depreciation were moderately low at around 10% each, and the company had over 5,000 terminals on the floor and producing money. With the integration into the giant Scientific Games network Barcrest games may now be found on over 30,000 terminals on land and an untold number of personal communication devices and home computers. Sadly, it was confirmed in early 2012 that Barcrest would no longer manufacture cabinets and terminals having been fully assimilated into the megalithic Scientific Games Corporations system.