International Game Technology (IGT) was founded way back in 1975 by William Si Redd. Back then known as A-1 Supply. In 1981 A-1 became IGT as we know it today. Their video poker machines became popular. Which gave them access to the competitive gaming industry. It gave them the confidence to issue an IPO in the same year. They got listed on NASDAQ.
It has many firsts to its credit. Electronic data technology to track players was first done by IGT. The concept of the loyalty program was also first introduced by them. Back then they called it ‘Frequent player rewards program’.
The Company IGT got listed in 1991 on NYSE. They invented S-Slot, microprocessor-based spinning module. They also brought in Player’s Edge Video Poker. The world’s very first wide area progressive slot was also their invention. Known as Nevada Megabucks.
‘Win With Us’ is IGT’s tagline. They have become a global player in all types of gambling games and equipment. They have all kinds of gaming machines, lottery systems and social gaming software. They offer end-to-end gaming solution to both, land-based and online casinos. They own state of art gaming platforms. The company’s reputation has helped to be on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). They offer gambling solutions to retail, mobile and web platforms around the world.
They have grown by leaps and bounds ever since their start. Some of this growth comes from acquisitions. The two most notable ones include Barcrest Gaming & Sodak Gaming.
Jurisdictions of IGT
Their headquarter is in Atlanta. They recently moved their base to Costa Rica. The U.S is their main market. Their operators continue to accept U.S customers. They have an entity called IGT Europe to cater to that part of the world. They have service offices in Africa & Argentina as well. With their presence and licenses in all these jurisdictions. They have become one of the largest game providers in the world.
Here is a glimpse of some games that have won the millions of hearts.
Cats Slot is a five reel, 30-pay line slot game based on wild cats such as tiger, lion, cheetah, panther and cougar. The speciality of this game is there are double symbols that count as two separate symbols. Which makes way for up to 10 symbol appearance. This enhances your winning combinations and you can make frequent big wins. You will also get 10 free spins to multiply. A perfect game for people who want to make some money along with some fun.
Siberian Storm Dual Play is a unique slot game. As the name of the game title suggests, the slot offers both single and dual play modes. In single play mode, you can play with the bottom screen of the game and 1440 ways of winning. The dual play offers 2880 different winning ways and the bets doubled too. The reel’s design is unique too. They are uneven. The first and fifth reel has two spots, second and fourth reels have four spots and the middle one has five spots. It is 2 slot game boards combined in one. It looks like a diamond. It makes way for many stacked symbols and bonuses.
Candy Bars Slot is another impressive slot game played with 50 pay lines. This game is definitely for candy lovers. With various colourful chocolate bars and gumballs as bonus symbols. It has an interesting blackout feature. This happens when one symbol takes over the complete screen. When Red 7 gives a blackout the win a whopping 25000.
There are many jackpot games but some of them stand out.
Megabucks is one of the popular game where you can stand a chance to win a whopping £15 million. It is the average win on this game. If you are lucky you can hit 2013 all-time high,£39 million. It is by far the biggest jackpot in the world, very popular in Vegas and Macau casinos. It is the first slot that worked on linked machines for a big pool of jackpot money. While it is only a 3 reel game with 1 pay line. You can bet 3 coins per spin and each coin can cost you £1. That’s it. Keep spinning till you get the Megabucks icons across the pay lines. You win! There is also a 5 reel variation which has many jackpot types. You can win mini-bucks, max-bucks, minor-bucks and even major-bucks.
Another big one is the Wheel of Fortune. As the name suggests, it works on the fortune wheel concept. As a player you wait for scatters to appear in 3 or more combinations. They convert into fortune wheels which move around to give more winning combinations. You can get as many as 700 such combinations and the big win you can expect is 50000 credits.
Like most other popular game providers. They allow their players to use several payment methods Such as VISA, MasterCard and Maestro. Various e-Wallet portals such as Paypal, Skrill and Neteller are popular too. All their operators offer secure transaction choices.
They are one of the oldest developers around. From 1975 to date, they have invented many technologies and games based on them. They have grown strength to strength by creating new categories for gambling lovers. They have become a developer of choice for many operators around the world. Their presence in many jurisdictions makes them a popular global brand.