International Game Technology (IGT)

igt logoInternational Game Technology, PLC, commonly referred to as IGT, is one of the biggest names in the gambling industry. Founded in 1981, their primary focus is in the design, manufacture, and distribution of physical gaming machines. From slot machines to video poker, IGT is one of the largest suppliers in the industry, serving prestigious Las Vegas casinos and small operations alike.

IGT is a massive company, with more than 10,000 employees and revenues of more than $2 billion per year. It is a publically traded company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “IGT”.

IGT is mainly known as a manufacturer of slot machines, video poker machines, virtual table games, game cabinets, and more. They manufacture roughly half of all the slot machines sold in the United States. They also develop and distribute casino management systems, such as IGT Advantage.

These sophisticated systems help casino owners manage and optimize every aspect of their business operation. So, even casinos that don’t use IGT machines might still be using IGT technology to manage their casino floors.

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IGT Online

Although the main focus is manufacturing, IGT also has a very significant presence in the world of online gaming. IGT Interactive, a subsidiary of the larger company, develops virtual games including slot machines, table games, and more. They develop both real-money and play-money versions of most games. Their impressive catalogue consists of more than 140 game variations, and they continue to develop new technologies and games as time goes on.

IGT offers full casino software and aims to be a “one stop shop” for Internet gambling providers. Some of the biggest names in online gaming are powered by IGT – 888, bet365, William Hill, and more. IGT software is popular because it’s secure, efficient, and offers a great selection of gaming options to players.

The online software is sophisticated, secure, and well designed. It’s browser-based, meaning no download is necessary. When you join a casino running this software, everything will be played within your Internet browser. This is convenient, especially for playing on computers that aren’t your own, but it can also be a pain for people with slower computers/internet connections.

IGT Social

social mediaApart from real-money games, IGT also develops social games. As Facebook games grow in popularity, so does IGT’s catalogue of offerings. The DoubleDown Casino is their most ambitious social product – and their efforts have paid off! Today, DoubleDown is the largest free-to-play casino in the world, and one of the top rated Facebook apps.

The social platforms developed by IGT are primarily used to increase brand recognition and customer loyalty. They are also used by physical casinos to draw in customers – casinos will host virtual free-to-play games, target local players using Facebook Ads, and then offer incentives for those players to come to their real-world casinos.

Industry Feedback

IGT is a well respected and well known name in the gambling industry, whether you’re talking about physical or online gambling. They are a massive company, which means they have the manpower, bankroll, and knowledge to deliver secure and high quality products.

However, the large size of the company can be both a blessing and a curse. Some industry experts have criticised IGT’s treatment of lower-tier workers, saying that too much is expected of employees for not enough pay. Unfortunately, that’s a trend in almost any big corporation these days.

Also, one major downside is that casinos running IGT software do not accept US players. Because IGT has physical operations in the United States, they are not allowed to participate in online gambling with US citizens. Online gambling is somewhat of a legal grey-zone in the US – see our article on online gaming in the US here.