Our Staff, Advisor & Shareholder
Steve invests, advises, consults, and represents gaming clients worldwide in various casino development, interactive gaming, and gaming technology endeavors, including bingo, eSports, and DFS platforms (please visit http://stephenacrystalesq.com for a list of current projects). He provides solutions via:
- capital raising
- investment advice
- sports betting platforms
- fantasy sports platforms
- mergers and acquisitions advice
- governmental affairs and lobbying
- strategic advice
- business consultancy services
Steve stays on the leading edge of the interactive gaming and gambling industry product development, including analytics; CRM; online and mobile bingo, poker, and casino games; DFS and eSports; mobile lottery applications; social gaming; online and mobile payment solutions; and parimutuel products and platforms.
His experience includes igaming, land-based casinos, the hospitality industry, tribal gaming, software implementation, interactive gaming, intellectual property, taking companies public, raising capital, launching products, strategic partnerships, new tech innovations, tech transactions, consulting, outsourcing solutions, investing, project management, project development, lobbying, land use, and regulatory and governmental compliance.
He continues to make principal investments in several existing casino operations, as well as in future land-based and online platforms.
Steve has spent over twenty (25) years directly involved in all aspects of the casino and gaming technology industry:
- as an investor and advisor on over $1 Billion dollars of project finance and mergers and acquisitions in the casino/gaming technology space.
- as an attorney representing public and private gaming companies before various state regulatory bodies and jurisdictions
- as a President and CEO of numerous casino holding and public gaming technology companies employing thousands of employees
Please visit stephenacrystalesq.com for more information.
A serial entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in international media, sports licensing, sports data, sports betting and games industries. He built the international football division at Ufa Sports (Bertelsmann Media Group and RTL Television) in the 90´s (today known as Sportfive, sold initially to Private Equity company Advent International and subsequently to the Lagadère Group).
Thomas acquired and managed worldwide exclusive broadcast and marketing rights to some 150 European football clubs and 22 European football federations. Founder & CEO of Global Sportnet, another international sports rights business, sold a minority to Private Equity company Apax Partners and later 100% on to the WPP Group, where he stayed for 7 years as CEO for sports creating international joint ventures in Europe, Singapore and the Middle East with other leading WPP media and advertising companies. Founder & CEO of Triumph Media Group, an international sports management company. Co-Founder & Chairman of Iconicfuture, a data and technology driven company in the mobile- online- browser-games and licensing industries that matches games with brands.
Today, Thomas is Founder & CEO of Gecco Enterprises, a company that specialises in Buy & Build roll-ups to consolidate fragmented markets and to acquire, align and integrate complementary successful companies to build market leading and game changing businesses. The first roll-up has been developed in the international sports data and sports betting industries financially backed by Private Equity. Gecco is working on a second roll-up of publishing services provider in the international games market.
Thomas is advising one of the leading E-Sports teams and he is looking at the VR/AI markets. Thomas is a visionary strategist with considerable experience in building businesses and in creating value for investors and stakeholders with a strong understanding about the requirements of investors having executed more than 20 fund raisings.