You might not recognise the name Scott Olive, but I’ll wager that he has had a profound impact on your business in the past few years.
Why? Because Scott is the creator of Aristocrat’s Lightning Link which is now the top performing poker machine game in both Australia and North America.
Lightning Link – billed as a “10-year game” – first took off in Australia and is now played in casinos on six continents.
Focused on the “regular repeat player”, Mr Olive said that it is only over a long period of time that players will get to experience the full mathematical enjoyment of Lightning Link.
“The more players play them, the more popular they will become.”
Scott Olive and his wife Tiane both work in the pokies industry, creating games exclusively for Aristocrat through their company High Roller Gaming based in Brookvale.
Scott first began work with Aristocrat in 1997 but has gone on to earn a reputation as a pioneer of new forms of games.
He specialises in pokies with progressive jackpots, where the prize pool grows the more a player plays, and linked jackpots, where players sitting side-by-side vie for a common pool.
“Lightning Link has been hugely beneficial to Aristocrat’s sales growth,” said James Lawrence, an analyst at Morgans who described the game as an “exceptional” performer.
In North America, industry analysts Eilers-Fantini ranked Lightning Link as the number one game leased to casinos last year. Lounges devoted exclusively to Lightning Link have opened in Las Vegas, Guadalajara in Mexico and Panama.