The English-speaking market of the Gauselmann Group
With the re-entry of the Gauselmann Group into the English-speaking market in 2008 with Blueprint Gaming Ltd., one of the UK’s most successful multi-platform development companies, the games makers have increased their business activities in Great Britain. Consequently, business activities in gaming machine operations were then also expanded. In 2012, the Gauselmann Group took over the English Praesepe Group, which is active only on the British market with a nationwide network of arcades, entertainment centres for families and bingo clubs. With a transaction value of approximately 100 million euros, this was the largest acquisition in the Gauselmann Group’s history. Today, Praesepe (now called MERKUR Casino UK) operates about 180 gaming arcades, family entertainment centres and bingo halls, at which games and gaming machines developed by the Gauselmann Group are also on offer. Europe’s largest bingo hall, in London Cricklewood, also belongs to MERKUR Casino UK. The company has over 1,800 employees.