“Scientific Games has served the lottery and gaming industry for nearly 40 years, but I believe now is truly the most exciting time. We’re integrating our ticket printing experience with the technology and creativity that will help our customers grow revenues, and we believe the depth of our experience will take that growth to the next level,” said Gnat, continuing, “We’re helping customers engage their players and grow playership with our Properties Plus suite of players clubs and 2nd Chance Web Sites. We’ve developed 380 websites for our lottery customers. We’re managing over 94,000 gaming terminals on a daily basis. Our cooperative services programs (CSPs) are increasing efficiencies and helping to drive lottery revenue all across the globe. All of this expertise is utilized in creating our wide spectrum of products and services for our Canadian customers.”
Gnat believes there are significant transitions currently being contemplated by various lotteries in Canada, noting, “Scientific Games has vast experience globally. We see these changes in Canada as opportunities to build on existing partnerships with the lotteries. We want to help the lotteries execute their vision of where they want to be in the future.”
Gnat brings 10 years of experience in private investment to his new role at Scientific Games, as the former executive vice president of Kilmer Group, as well as almost a decade of
experience in retail management and sales.
Named to Canada’s prestigious Top 40 Under 40 in 2001 at age 28, Gnat has always had a keen interest in political science. In fact, the self- described political junkie says the regulatory aspect of gaming is actually what initially drew him to the industry.
“I find gaming fascinating because it is regulated. It’s an industry where the rules are fairly set and everybody is equal. There’s no way anyone can get an advantage outside of the regulatory framework unless they are competitively the best,” he admitted, adding, “Ultimately, you must build a business that is the best for the customer at the end of the day.”
Gnat is based in Toronto and supported by Scientific Games’ operations in Montreal which serves Canada and exports to the U.S. and major jurisdictions in Europe, including France, Germany and Italy. Montreal is one of the company’s six major international lottery game design and production facilities.
“Canada's regulated gaming industry is very dynamic and at the forefront of some of the most innovative and important advances in gaming entertainment. Supplying customers in this environment requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of the gaming offering - from the core retail business to the interactive space, whether through the internet, mobile phone, TV or VLT," said Gnat."Scientific Games and I look forward to working with the provincial operators and the ILC to implement the next generation of technology and content that will ensure Canada continues to lead the global gaming entertainment industry.”