The IGT brand will be familiar to anyone visiting Mr Gamez, as they are responsible for creating some of the best loved slots in the world and have a huge reputation for quality and innovation in the field. Many of their games were originally designed for use in land based casinos, so anyone that has ever visited Las Vegas or even their local land based casino will likely have encountered their most popular games before. The fact that they have recently adopted a full online strategy means that many of their most popular titles can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. In typical Mr Gamez fashion, not only can you enjoy the best IGT slots in comfort, but you can also do so absolutely free with not so much as a registration form to fill in.
The original IGT strategy acted as something of a blueprint for other slots manufacturers. They created new features for video slots games while combining both original and licenced themes, each with feature packed bonus rounds and excellent prizes. Da Vinci Diamonds, for example, was one of the first slots to ever implement the idea of tumbling reels, and the Monopoly range demonstrated the correct way to use a high profile licence when designing reels and bonus rounds. Each of these games, together with many more, are all available in our Video Slots section to play for free.
IGT was established in 1975, although their recent history, and the parts that are relevant to the casino industry, commenced in 1981 when the company went public based on the success of their slots. New releases followed and IGT quickly carved out a reputation as a leading supplier of land based slot machines to the industry.
Alongside their core business of slot game provision, the company also positioned itself as something of an all in one software provider for the casino industry and were at the forefront of the development of electronic player tracking and reward schemes, the forerunner to the kinds of loyalty bonuses found at online casinos around the world to this day. The act of going public was naturally a success and gave the company the incentive to push ahead with more and more innovation in the slots industry. One of the early results of this was the Nevada Megabucks slot, which is widely regarded as being the world’s first multi machine progressive slot – fans of Mega Moolah take note!
Growth and expansion continued at pace and included the opening of several international offices over the next few years. Australia was the first new market to be targeted, and was closely followed by a European headquarters, plus offices in South Africa and Argentina. 1996 was also a pivotal year for the company when their plans for features and licences came together in the form of the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. It was a massive hit and still considered one of the best video slots of all time to this day – you can find out for yourself here at Mr Gamez as we offer free access to both the original Wheel of Fortune slot and the Hollywood edition.
Growth continued apace until what many online slots fans would consider to be the pivotal moment in IGT’s entry into online casino gaming. Key to the story is WagerWorks, an online casino software platform that launched in 2004 and made a name for itself as the developer of the online version of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The company focused exclusively on the US market, and the government ban on online gambling only two years after the company was formed left it with a lot of expertise, but no revenue streams. In stepped IGT, who saw WagerWorks as their entry point to the online world. Naturally, the deal worked both ways, as IGT’s international presence and reputation could allow the company to sell its online products into foreign markets.
The acquisition was the catalyst for IGT to begin bringing its most famous land based slots to an online audience, with some of the earliest names including such well-known titles as Cleopatra, White Orchid and Wolf Run – again all available to enjoy for free here at Mr Gamez.
2011 saw the WagerWorks brand dropped entirely and the entire operation folded into the IGT name, no doubt in response to the fact that the online market was becoming increasingly important for the company. This has led to them powering more and more online casinos and adding more games at an extremely fast rate.
So there you have it, a very brief look at how IGT became the gaming powerhouse that it is today. If you have ever enjoyed any of their slot games at either land based or online casinos, you can be confident that you will find a free and fully featured version of the game in our dedicated Free IGT Video Slots section, from the all-time classics to the lesser known but still incredibly enjoyable other titles.