IGT Slots History


International Gaming Technology (IGT) has its roots far back into American history. Originating from one man’s dream in 1950’s America, the company found its current form in 1981 when it became public and set out to build on the success of its video poker machine and become the most successful gaming manufacturer in the world.

IGT slots video poker machine has since grown to become the standard for land-based slot machines across the globe. In 1986 the company broke the mould once more and created the Nevada Megabucks® machine, the world’s first wide-area progressive slot game that featured a jackpot of $1million, making it possible for the average casino-going Joe to become a millionaire simply from playing his favourite slot machine.

In 1990, IGT slots became the first to manufacture themed slot machines; its Double Diamond® and Red White & Blue® slots. These games paved the way for the innovation that was to follow throughout the 1990s with the advent of the Internet.

The early 90s was a period of expansion for IGT, forming subsidiary companies in Europe, South Africa and Argentina. By 1994 the production output had reached an incredible 95,000 units of IGT slots, and the company was shipping gaming units to new territories including the Far East.

Then, IGT slots truly changed the world. In 1996 IGT released what remains the most popular gaming machine ever seen on earth – the  Wheel of Fortune® progressive slot.

This slot game can still be found today in amusement arcades, bingo halls, bars and clubs, as well as amongst the portfolios of online bookmakers and casino houses.

In 1998, IGT acquired UK-based Barcrest Gaming, the company that would go on to develop the incredibly successful Rainbow Riches franchise and to whom we at this site are all indebted.

In 2000, the one-millionth IGT slots machine was rolled out from the production line just as the company’s software development operations were beginning to gather pace.

The acquisition of Silicon Gaming, Anchor Gaming, Acre Gaming and WagerWorks in the years up to 2005 demonstrated the company’s determination to remain ahead of the rest of the gaming industry.

WagerWorks, in particular, has been an integral part of the expansion and development of IGT slots in the company’s online gaming portfolio.

Since then, the company has refused to rest on its laurels and has continued to innovate its way to the very top of the gaming industry. The company launched Indiana Jones™ and the Last Crusade™ REELdepth™ slots in 2009, as well as Star Wars™ Multi-Level Progressives and Wheel of Fortune® Super Spin™ slots, launches which saw the company collect the Best Slot Manufacturer of the Year award at the International Gaming Awards for the second consecutive year.

With such an impressive portfolio, we think that other gaming manufacturers have a heck of a job trying to oust them from that accolade.

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