Established at the start of the new millennium by Silicon Gaming, San Francisco-based software company WagerWorks was acquired by IGT in 2005. Starting in the real-world slot machine business, the takeover from IGT enabled WagerWorks to focus solely on developing its online gambling software, with the company eventually gaining an excellent reputation for its high-quality casino table and slot games. The year 2010 saw the company completely merge with IGT, as a key component of the company's internet gaming subdivision, IGT Interactive.
IGT itself has been an industry leader in supplying gaming machines and systems to land-based casinos since the early 1980s, with its considerable experience in the sector demonstrated by the fact that the company marked a significant milestone in late 2010 with the production of its two millionth slot machine. It now develops and provides online games and mobile applications for many clients worldwide, including 888casino and bgo Casino.
WagerWorks/IGT is famous for developing slot games that draw inspiration from popular board games such as Monopoly, Battleship and Cluedo. Its regular Monopoly range features five different slot games (Here and Now, You're In The Money, Multiplier, Pass GO Bonus and Monopoly Plus), while there is also an instant win Monopoly game, On a Roll.
IGT Interactive is at the forefront of the online slot games market, offering over 80 interactive slot titles, including branded favourites like Star Trek and Wheel of Fortune.
Beyond slot games, IGT Interactive offers nine video poker games, as well as a range of 20 premium table games, which include a number of roulette titles, plus craps and blackjack.
The company has also developed several fixed-odds instant-win games, covering a variety of themes, from football and golf to the London Underground. While simple, these games are well presented and effective; players simply have to match images or select 'higher or lower' to win quick cash prizes.
IGT Interactive has said that it doesn’t just try to recreate the buzz of playing in Vegas through its games; instead, it claims to have “made it better”, using innovative twists on traditional casino games like blackjack and roulette. For example, a single bet can be trebled on Triple Bonus Spin Roulette as three wheels spin simultaneously.
Overall, particularly on the branded slot games, the graphics are very detailed, with traditional gameplay giving players a familiar gambling experience and plenty of chances to win; the latest slot game in the Monopoly range, Monopoly Plus, offers 30 paylines over five reels.
The reasons for casinos around the globe to utilize IGT offerings are myriad. The accessibility of their games is a tremendous selling point. The variety of currencies that these games can be played in numbers over 30, while table and casino games can be experienced in at least 15 different languages.
The company allows customers access to their network of progressive jackpot games, which IGT boasts is the biggest jackpot in history. After a jackpot is claimed, it automatically resets to one and a half millions dollars and grows from there, making it undoubtedly one of the most generous prize purses available. This is available on three of its MegaJackpot slot titles: Monopoly, Cluedo and Cleopatra.
As well as its online casino games, which are only offered via a Flash browser platform rather than via a download, IGT Interactive has been developing mobile games for over a decade. The rapid speed at which the technology is evolving means mobile games are currently the fastest growing industry sector, and IGT’s experience in the field makes it an excellent choice for any casino company looking to make its products available to phones and tablets, on both iOS and Android.
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