WMS Gaming: bringing slot machines into 21st century

Updated casino games combining new technology and mechanical reel games.

WMS Gaming

How to bring an $86 billion older-than-old-school industry into the present? WMS Gaming, a company that makes 80 slot machine games for casinos a year is mixing mechanical slots with digital tech. At DemoFall they showed off a new Monopoly Money Grab game.

Most of the thousands of slots on casino floors with old-school handle, which has basically remain unchanged since late 19th century. Mechanical slots are more trustworthy to people, says WMS. So they decided to combine the two--transparent display technology over traditional mechanical slots. The benefit is there are more mathematical outcomes with digital reels.

The company is also looking to add networking to casinos for new ways to have players interact, make them multi-player games, and save games.

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