At first, only a few American companies made slot machines that covered the casino floors. In the 1970’s, before video slots, International Gaming Technologies (IGT), Williams and Bally’s were predominant, especially IGT with their video poker machines. Random Number Generators were new, and Double Diamond reel slots hadn’t been seen yet (introduced in 1990).
Fast forward to today, and many new companies have emerged from all over the world to share the casino floor. The biggest new names have included Australia’s Aristocrat & Ainsworth, Japan’s Konami, Aruze (started in Japan, but now built in Japan, Africa, Australia & America), Italy’s Spielo (partnered with IGT), and Austria’s Novamatic. For a full list with links of slot making and software providing companies, both brick-and-mortar & online casinos, visit VegasSlotsOnline.com.
In 2014, slots maker Multimedia Games was acquired by a casino payments processing specialist called Global Cash Access. They re-branded the operation as Everi Gaming the following year. You have played Everi slots, maybe not even knowing. Everi introduced slot tournament banks that have been used at Foxwoods and Resorts Atlantic City, to name a few. The ‘TournEvent’ system is a bank of machines where players can compete against each other in a slots tournament which is personalized to them. This system has flourished and the company now have a yearly grand tournament which recently broke the Guinness World Record for largest slot tournament! Ever play Carnival in Rio, Haunted House or Starry Night? – all Everi. Their latest slot can be seen popping up in casinos in New England – Penn & Teller.
BestOnlineCasinos.com describes their latest success in this way: “Themes for Everi slots range from the traditional Asian and Egyptian titles, though mystic and high-energy games and right through to some light-hearted and humorous titles. Many of these games have bonus features on second screens, though I would not rate them as overly fancy of complex slots. As a live casino slot specialist, the focus is always on keeping a balance between solid game play, big win potential and keeping things varied enough to keep players engaged. The fact that these slots are popular in so many casinos shows that their formula has been a success.”
Recently, they announced the debut of the revolutionary new Everi Cares™ Giving Module. Designed to make social consciousness a convenient priority on the casino floor at the time of a kiosk-based voucher redemption, Everi Cares Giving Module allows players to easily donate funds to fully vetted charities and enables casinos to give back to their communities, enhance their own corporate responsibility programs, and better engage with players looking to donate to charities. While helping to decrease the amount of abandoned vouchers, it also helps the profile and awareness of local charities, helping to create a closer community bond.
Since beginning in 1985, IT has varied operations from writing lines of code for pinball games, to making their mark on popular culture with hits like Golden Tee® Golf. Lately, their success has been entering the casino gaming market. But it was only since 2055 that IT started expanding to become a licensed manufacturer of Class-III electronic gaming machines.
Today ITS have their amazing video slots in casinos in 17 States, as well as around the world. These games are bright and bold – and many include innovations in the game play which are at the cutting edge. For fresh and innovative live casino slots with genuinely different game-play options, ITS games are certainly worth a spin. While other slot makers are adding new free spin or pick-em games, Incredible Technologies have scatter pays slots, mirror-reels and angled-pay lines.
New favorites include Money Roll, Super Sky Wheel, and one of my favorites Eat ‘Em Up, a progressive slot with the tall infinity platform cabinets.
PART 3 – NEW REEL SLOTS
Our next post on slots will be about the latest reel slots that are knock-offs of popular video slots. Reels are making a comeback. But for now, try the newest slot by Everi & IT.