IGT Slots Software
IGT, or International Game Technology if you are acronym-curious, is a true behemoth when it comes to the whole sphere of casino slots. Its rise to slot supremacy began in 1981, after it became a publicly listed company following the success of an earlier video poker product it developed.
Thereafter it started to increase its influence on gaming floors throughout the US as it began developing slots games, including the original Cleopatra Slot and Wheel of Fortune progressive jackpot slot – games that will be very familiar to any online slot player too, since they both made successful transitions to the Internet in the 2000s.
IGT also caused a sensation amongst slot players in the 80s when it introduced the world’s first wide-area progressive slot system, which could also boast a starting point jackpot of one million dollars. That’s a whole chunk of change nowadays, but imagine the impact of that minimum jackpot figure three decades ago!
IGT have remained a massive player in the provision of slots to land-based casinos, with it being estimated that it manufactures nearly half the slot machines in the US alone, however it’s also a force to be reckoned with for online slots too.
It was a relatively late starter in the online casino field, but with a strategic acquisition of Wagerworks in 2005 (for a trifling $90 million) it absorbed a serious supplier of online slots to some of the best online casinos, such as William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfair, and instant access to a huge community of active online slots players.
IGT Interactive became the new brand of this online and mobile gaming focused division, and IGT quickly brought its existing portfolio of hit land-based slots to the eager hands of online slot players. The catalogue of IGT’s online slots is simply staggering with classics like its Da Vinci Diamonds and Elvis slots shoulder to shoulder with newer releases like Siberian Storm and Pixies of the Forest.
In 2015 IGT itself was acquired by Italian gaming company GTECH, but interestingly it was GTECH who decided to drop its name in favour of retaining the IGT brand – perhaps some indication of the power the IGT name holds in the offline and online casino world.
We’ve little doubt that the new company will continue to sit at the top table of online casino software suppliers, and whilst its existing range of online slots are unlikely to fall from favour with online players (Cleopatra still remains one of the most popular online slots today, and should be flattered by the countless Egyptian-themed ‘imitators’ put out by rival online slot developers) we look forward to what this famous name will produce in the coming years.