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Wagerworks is a little different to all the other online casino game manufacturers, as it’s always been owned by a company that makes land-based slot machines and this pedigree shows in some of their games - quite a few of which are literal copies of popular slots found on casino floors in Las Vegas and other resorts.
They started out as a subsidiary of Silicon Gaming and are now owned by IGT (International Gaming Technology), whose land slots will be familiar to players in the UK under the Barcrest brand. As well as slots they offer table games, instant win games and a poker network, and have a considerable presence in the online casino market though these days they often find themselves playing second fiddle to the likes of Microgaming and particularly Playtech, who operate a more aggressive market penetration strategy. Playtech in particular have recently completed deals with well-known brands like Paddy Power and taken over their main casino section, with the IGT games being relegated to a separate, less prominent tab. These companies also seem to invest more into pushing the boundaries of slot technology forward as well, but only a fool would write off Wagerworks: They still have a huge market presence and excel at providing enjoyable, addictive gameplay over fancy sounds and visuals, and with boundless experience in slot games to draw on it’s hardly surprising that hardcore players often find themselves drawn to Wagerworks’ games repeatedly rather than going for the flashier-looking alternatives.
The company also has a strong suit in branded games aimed at the UK audience, with classic board game and TV show-themed slots in their armoury that are guaranteed crowd-pullers: Titles like The X-Factor, Monopoly, Deal or No Deal, The Price is RightandFamily Fortunes all hail from Wagerworks’ stable, and bring them in huge amounts of revenue.
IGT have been around since the late 1970s, and came to life by being the first manufacturer of videopoker games. These machines, designed to bring the thrill of a turning card game to the millions of players that found real, multi-player poker too intimidating and complex, proved hugely successful and IGT grew into the giant it is now, acquiring Wagerworks in 2005.
The company is headquartered, appropriately, in Nevada with offices in Las Vegas and Reno, though it also has premises in fourteen other countries across South America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China and Canada. Their CEO is Patti Hart, and there are over 5,000 employees worldwide; in 2010 IGT posted revenue of $1.9 billion, and they’re listed on the S&P 500 index.
Apart from the groundbreaking videopoker games pioneered by IGT, the company has been responsible for a number of standout slot games:
Cleopatra is a hugely popular land-based game that IGT/Wagerworks converted into online slot form, retaining all the features that made it so popular. It’s notable for being the definitive Egyptian-styled online slot game, standing head and shoulders above its many rivals, all trying to cash in on a theme that has been used (and arguably abused) probably more than any other over the years, following on from America’s fascination with the Tutankhamun exhibition tour in the 1970s.
More recently IGT/Wagerworks made the first falling block-style game, Da Vinci Diamonds, which garnered huge amounts of attention and radically redefined what could be done with slots online that wasn’t possible in a land-based format. This game has symbols cascading down from the top of the screen, which crumble into dust when enough identical symbols are aligned, allowing further symbols to fall into their place. This created a totally new playing experience, paving the way for games likeGonzo’s Quest and others – though it remains, of course, the original and - many say - the best.
Also worth a mention is White Orchid: This is a 1024-way game, meaning that there are four rows and five reels – and every conceivable winning line from left to right – no matter how odd it looks - can be activated. There are only a handful of these games, however this one is different again, with each symbol spinning independently from the others. Although that doesn’t change the number of winning lines, it dramatically alters the symbols that appear on the screen as they’re not dictated by a pre-set pattern on the reels, so gameplay is radically changed, making for a very unusual slot experience.
You’ll also find some distinctive table games like Double Spin Bonus Roulette and Texas Hold ‘Em Shootout from IGT, along with various types of Keno, though it’s their slots that they’re known for.
Their games can found taking centre stage at Blue Square Casino, Sky Vegas and Virgin Games, although they invariably feature as one of the providers selected for casinos that like to use several different software houses rather than sticking to just one.
The fortunes of software companies – particularly those in the gaming sector – tend to wax and wane more than in other sectors, and some pundits have suggested that IGT/Wagerworks will lose market share to Microgaming, Playtech and the increasingly proficient Net Entertainment, but that would be a mistake: They’ve been around much longer, and know what it takes to provide proper, grown up slot entertainment. Top titles from other manufacturers may be marginally more beautiful, but IGT know what makes a slot player’s blood start pumping, and no amount of cosmetics can compete with that…