Australian Poker Machine Manufacturers

SlotsWhile the biggest concentration of land casino game manufacturers is in the United States, Australia is no slouch, with a handful of long established and highly respected pokie machine manufacturers that produce the bulk of the country's pokies. These include Aristocrat, International Game Technology (IGT) and Konami, with smaller firms such as WMS Gaming, Ainsworth Game Technology and Aruze Gaming starting to make their presence felt. While these are all real money pokies, they do not have online real money counterparts due to Australian gambling legislation. Here is a brief explanation of each:

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Aristocrat

Aristocrat was launched in Australia in 1953, producing its first slot machine - The Clubman - the same year. Credited for releasing the first modern day pokie in 1984, today Aristocrat is currently the largest poker machine manufacturer in Australia, with offices in the United States, Russia, Japan and South Africa. It supplies slot machines and various other gambling-related products to more than 200 jurisdictions around the globe. A few of its most popular titles include 5 Dragons Legends, Queen Of The Nile Legends, Panda Paradise (Quick Fire), The Red Empress, Sparkling Royal Jackpot Streak, Electric Boogaloo (Quick Fire), Sun King, The White Wizard and Superman. www.aristocrat.com.au.

International Game Technology (IGT)

International Game Technology (IGT) was launched in the United States in 1971 as a slot machine manufacturer. It proved to be such a success that just 10 years later it was listed on NASDAQ. Today IGT is the Number 1 slot machine manufacturer in the United States, and has offices in Australia as well as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Estonia, Mexico, Holland, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It is one of Australia's main pokie machine providers, and boasts such popular titles as 100 Pandas, African Sunset, Cleopatra, Burning Sands, Cashino, Diamond Club, Eastern Riches, Elvis The King, Goddess of Gold, Mega Vault and Montezuma. www.igt.com.au.

Konami

Konami was founded in Japan in 1969 as a repairer of jukeboxes, before evolving into a highly successful manufacturer of video arcade games and machines in the early 70s. It is responsible for such legendary offerings as Frogger, Contra and Dance Dance Revolution. In 1996 Konami kicked off operations in Australia to produce land pokie machines, which it has been doing ever since. Some of Konami's most popular poker machines include African Diamond Double Deluxe, Double Dynasty, Dragon's Glory, Fortune Tiger (Mirror Reels), Genie's Reward, Inca Legend (Mirror Reels), Mighty Emperor of Heaven, Panda Power, Straight and Arrow and Wiseman's Luck Plus. www.gaming.konami.com.

Aruze Gaming

Aruze Gaming began life in Japan in1969 as Universal Lease Co. Ltd. In 1983 it was launched in the US as Universal Distributing of Nevada, Inc. (UDN), and one year later licensed in Nevada as a manufacturer and distributor of slots and other casino games. Just two years later Universal Australia Pty Ltd was founded and in 1992 UDN South Africa Pty Ltd was launched. In 2005 UDN evolved into Aruze Gaming America (AGA), with subsidiaries in Australia and South Africa. Some of its most rated pokies include 100Lines Stack Dragon, Extreme Dragon, Goddesses Aphrodite, Golden Diamond, Golden Heart, Lovers' Tale Juliet, Ultra Stack Beauty in the Wild and Poseidon. www.aruzegaming.com.

Ainsworth Game Technology

Ainsworth Game Technology was launched in Australia in 1995 by Len Ainsworth - who famously founded Aristocrat - as a manufacturer and provider of Australian land pokies and other gambling products. Based in Sydney, Ainsworth Game Technology is a publically listed firm with offices in North and South America. The company develops and manufactures the Celebrity, Ambassador and A560 range of gambling products, as well as a variety of linked as well as standalone progressive pokies. Popular titles include Cash Adventures, Cash Odyssey, Oriental Express, Thunder Wilds, Thunder Hits, Reels of Wheels Horsepower, High Denom, Double Shot and Quad Shot. www.ainsworth.com.au.

WMS Gaming

WMS Gaming was born in the United States in 1943 as Williams Manufacturing Company, a producer of pinball machines and later video arcade games. In 1991 Williams Gaming entered the US state video lottery and gaming market, and in 1994 released its first slot machine. Two years later it launched its first video slot, and it hasn't looked back since, selling its video slots to nations across the world, including Australia. In 2013 WMS was acquired by Scientific Games Corporation. Some of its premier games include The Flintstones, Battleship, Elton John, Spy vs. Spy, The Sevens Game, Mouse Trap, Mad Men, The Jetsons, Goldfish Deluxe, Jackpot Party, Twinstar and Caddyshack. www.wms.com.