All About WMS Gaming
Waukegan Illinois based WMS Gaming is a leading electronic gaming entertainment provider with over 60 successful years in the industry. The company manufactures slot machines, software and video lottery terminals used by a large number of casinos across the country. WMS is recognized for popular titles such as Reel 'em In and Jackpot Party, and has helped casinos in managing their gaming operations over the years. It has a presence in the US, UK, Spain and Australia.
More About WMS and it's History
A subsidiary of WMS Industries, which can trace its history back to 1943, WMS Gaming is the brainchild of Harry Williams who is credited with developing the 'tilt' mechanism seen in modern day pinball machines. An engineer at Stanford University, Williams changed the way America viewed and experienced pinball, and did not stop at that. WMS Industries produced quite a few of the popular video arcade games and pinball machines of the 20th century.
1996 saw WMS transfer its video game library to subsidiary Midway Games; however the declining arcade industry forced the company to sell its pinball line in 2000. During the 90's, Williams Gaming spawned from WMS and made its presence felt in the video lottery and gaming market. It was in 1996 that Williams Gaming launched its first top-selling casino slot machine - Reel 'em In. This was the first of many successful games to follow, including Filthy Rich, Boom and Jackpot Party. With state laws giving an impetus to video lottery and casino gambling, Williams Gaming used this opportune time to be incorporated as WMS Gaming in 1999.
The popularity of WMS Gaming's video-based slot machines has seen the company grab a good slice of the market. It has overcome patent infringement lawsuits and software glitches to emerge as one of the most reliable providers of gaming products.
Game offerings and gaming technology
Gaming products developed by WMS are innovative and have evolved in line with the needs of a younger generation of players. WMS Gaming has found success as both a land casino supplier and as a sought-after provider of online casino offerings. The company’s product range includes:
- Video games like Battleship, G+ and I.Play
- Mechanical reels (3 reel, 5 reel, High Denomination, Bonus Bank)
- Local Area Progressive Games
- Wide Area Progressive Games
- Standalone video products
- Community Gaming
- Adaptive Gaming
It was back in 2001 that the company first introduced its Monopoly-themed participation slots series that were leased or licensed, and not sold to casinos. Games based on popular themes like 'Clint Eastwood', 'Men in Black' and 'Top Gun' have enjoyed much popularity, with some of them being networked between and within casinos to give players the opportunity to earn large jackpots. The lease fees and licensing revenues generated by these games have added significantly to WMS Gaming's bottom line, surpassing that earned through game sales.
The range of platforms offered by WMS Gaming, which are the foundations for their games, is top-notch and supported by advanced technology. Here is a look at some of the company's gaming technologies:
- CPU-NXT2 operating platform with 2 GB RAM and a 40 GB hard disk drive
- Transmissive Reels based on the CPU-NXT2 platform with video animation
- Bluebird2 gaming cabinet with HD displays, 22 inch screen, bill acceptor, illuminated printer and Bose speakers.
WMS Gaming's CPU-NXT video operating platform made its debut in 2003. Boasting a more open and faster architecture, it was based on the Linux OS and was the first to incorporate flash memory as opposed to EPROM (erasable programmable read only memory).
WMS Games Online
WMS Gaming started offering online gaming to individuals aged 18 and above in the UK in 2010 and in the US in 2011 through its online division JackpotParty Casino. Holding an Alderney license, JackpotParty Casino offers a range of exciting games that include licensed ones like The Wizard of Oz, Top Gun, Star Trek and Monopoly. It comes close to offering the same experience as playing at a physical casino, with new games being added to the mix periodically to keep game play interesting. All games have a progressive system, and the site features more than 50 slot games and over 20 other exciting games. Some of the features of the WMS Casino include:
- A generous bonus structure - The progressive jackpot system awards any five of the jackpots at any time. Sign-in bonus, VIP rewards program and daily and weekly promotions add to the equation.
- A number of banking/payment options
- Responsive customer support
- A good variety of games
- Reliable security - Secure payment processing is ensured with 128-bit encryption and adherence to stringent Alderney standards. The online casino is also committed to fighting underage gambling, and enjoys a reputation as one of the most trust-worthy casino sites in the industry.