International Game Technology
International Game Technology is a global company which manufactures and distributes various gaming machines and lottery systems. Its main headquarters is in London, but has offices all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Spain, Brazil and many other countries. IGT is responsible for manufacturing almost half of the slot machines in the United States. With annual revenue of almost $2 billion, IGS is one of the biggest gambling companies out there. Let’s see how this monolith started and how it influenced the gaming industry.
In 1971, the A-1 Distributing Company is born, but it went public only in 1981, after their video poker machines had a tremendous success a few years back. In 1984 they become the first company to use an electronic player tracking system that is still popular in casinos today. This powerful tool provides casinos with new marketing and player management possibilities. Another system introduced by IGT in that period was the Nevada Megabucks slot machine. At the time it was the first wide are progressive slot machine system, which allowed for million-dollar playouts.
In 1996, IGT hits the jackpot again by introducing the Wheel of Fortune progressive slot. To this day, the Wheel of Fortune is still one of the most popular games in the world. In 2001, Standard & Poor includes IGT in their 500 list and shortly after they acquire Anchor Gaming and double their revenue. In their 25th year as a publicly traded company, IGT reveals Fort Knox, its first progressive MegaJackpots product. In 2008 IGT revolutionizes the industry once again by unveiling the Global Technology & Interoperability Center in Reno, Nevada. This one of a kind research and testing center focused on testing products before their market release by simulating casino conditions in a huge 6,500 square foot space. The HBO hit series Sex and the City gets the casino treatment in 2009, when IGT turns it into a slot game. Other popular slot games include Star Wars, The Amazing Race, Jeopardy!, The Price is Right and countless more.
2010 was a good year for IGT. The company cleans up 16 awards in Casino Player magazine, 35 awards in Strictly Slots Best of Slots Awards and wins the Best Slot Manufacturer of the Year at the International Gaming Awards. In that same year, the company produces its two millionth slot machines. Finally in 2015, the company merges with GTECH and gets a new name: International Game Technology PLC.
In the present, IGT provides gaming, lottery, interactive and betting services. It provides customers with a huge gaming library and a wide array of game types like: blackjack, poker and roulette. IGT has over 40 licensed brands from James Cameron’s AVATAR to CSI, Ghostbusters, Plants vs. Zombies, Jurassic Park and more. It would be impossible not to find a game to your liking in such a large selection. IGT lottery segment provides retailers with various solutions for high performance and data optimization so that business can grow and customers can be highly satisfied. International Game Technology also covers the mobile and desktop segment with various games on both platforms. Test your luck and skills by playing casino games, poker and bingo with your friends or other players from around the world. With over 30 years of betting experience, you can be sure that IGT is the right choice. With an always adaptable and customizable set of services, the betting division at IGT offers the latest betting technology to interested commercial operators.
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International Game Technology proved once and once again that it has the means and the smarts to constantly bring something new to the gambling industry. You should keep a close watch on them so as not to miss any new improvements they may bring into play.