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Iconic Strat-O-Matic games find new lift during pandemic

Venerable game developer on track to post best-ever year in 2020 Long Island-based company developing series of new business partnerships Games have held prominent influence on growth of sports analytics movement As sports fans around the world continue wrestling with a paucity of live competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the surprise industry stories emerging out of the public health crisis has been the significant business uptick for a 59-year-old maker of sports simulation games. Strat-O-Matic, based in Glen Head, New York, doesn’t offer games with video, special effects, high-end graphics, or really, any sort of immersive technology. The company instead develops board and digital versions of its data-based games that combine real-world player statistics from Major League Baseball and several other major US pro leagues, probabilities, and dice. But a creation founded in the 20th century and very much reflective of that simpler time is now finding unprecedented lift in the 21st. The privately held company hasn’t released specific revenue figures. But Strat-O-Matic says that overall 2019 sales that already were the best in its long history are now on pace to be far surpassed in 2020.

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