International Game Technology (IGT) (previously know as Wagerworks) was until recent years better known as a slot machine manufacturer. They are now widely recognised as successful providers of online casino software. They are a publicly traded Gaming Technology company who feature on the NYSE as IGT. The company has offices all over the world, but their main Head Quarters are based in Nevada, US.
IGT has been a supplier of land-based casino gaming machines for over 30 years but they turned their attention to the virtual world of gambling after purchasing the online casino software developer ‘WagerWorks’ in 2005. IGT software now features in some of the world’s most popular online casinos.
IGT Special Features and Most Popular Games
The company takes a Vegas-style approach with their games but their most popular release is commonly recognised as Wheel of Fortune. Other popular games include Megabucks, Star wars and more recently Sex and the City. Triple Play video poker is also one of their more popular games. Many of IGT’s games are based on famous television shows, board games, or movies of the same name. However, their most recent success story is the ($/£/€) 100,000 Pyramid™ slot.
Any company that offers their gaming services to casinos in Nevada must own a Nevada gaming license. IGT have one of these licenses and therefore legally supply their products to casinos based in and around places such as Las Vegas.
IGT Game Selection
IGT have developed a comprehensive variety of games. Their product now includes a selection of Classic Slots, Video Slots, Video Pokers and Progressive Jackpot Games. They also have several varieties of Roulette, Blackjack and Dice games. The more adventurous games have additional bonus rounds and animated graphics with innovative sound effects. Players can also now choose from several Lotto games such as instant win Scratch Cards.
Other names that player will recognise include Monopoly, Star Trek™, and Cleopatra™. There are too many games to list individually here, but the current game count stands at just over 100.
The progressive jackpot network is one of the most lucrative in the industry and this series of games with accumulating prizes are part of the company’s MegaJackpots™ series. The prizes regularly reach into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The combined value of these enormous prizes usually reaches over several million dollars.
IGT Awards and Reputation
The software developers certainly haven’t gone unnoticed for their innovative products and services. Over the past few years they have picked up a small handful of awards. After featuring their prototype server-based gaming products at the 2005 Global Gaming Expo in Vegas, the company won first place in Global Gaming Business Magazine’s ‘Gaming and Technology’ Awards.
IGT also won a total of 15 out of a possible 20 first place awards at the 2007 ‘Best of Gaming 2007’ awards, which was also held in Vegas. IGT featured in the Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most innovative Gaming Technology Products 2008.