Scientific Games has announced the appointment of Victor Blanco as its new chief technology officer.
Blanco will take on his new role next year and oversee its technology strategy covering its gaming, lottery, sports betting and igaming offerings.
He will join the business having most recent served as chief technology officer at Aristocrat, where he led the provider’s technology strategy, played a major role in the turnaround of its land-based gaming business and led an expansion into social casino and casual games.
Prior to this, Blanco served as the director of software architecture for HTC and held a number of software engineering roles at Microsoft, where he was part of the team that developed the first Xbox game console and online service.
“Scientific Games has always been at the forefront of innovation, and I can’t wait to join this team,” Blanco said. “The dream of any technology strategist is to work at an organization like Scientific Games where creativity and innovation are at the heart of the company.”
Scientific Games president and chief executive Barry Cottle added: “Victor’s innovative and strategic approach to both software and hardware design is a great fit for our Scientific Games leadership team.
“We know that his leadership will ensure we are providing the most innovative games, systems and products for our partners and players.”
The appointment comes after Scientific Games last month reported a 19.9% drop in revenue to $2.72bn, as product sales collapsed amid land-based closures, but this was partially offset by growth in social and igaming revenue.