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From machine to mobile: modernizing slots

Published: 26th April 2019 08:59

 

The history of the slot machine is a fascinating tale. Since the dawn of the very first mechanical design in 1894, a series of groundbreaking technological developments have taken place. It’s these changes, spanning over a century, that have led us to the online slots games enjoyed around the world by millions of people every single day. So, how exactly did we get here? What steps were taken to lead the industry to this point? Here we’ll look over the incredible history of the slot machine itself, from its creation by Charles Fey in the 19th century to the launch of Caesars Games’ online slots in 2012.

 

In the beginning 

 

Before Charles Fey created the very first slot machine in 1894, mention has to be given to New York’s Sittmann and Pitt who developed the world’s first poker machine in 1891. The device featured five drums, each boasting 50 playing cards. All the user had to do was pull the leaver to see if the machine drew them a winning hand. The direct influence of this machine can be seen on Charles Fey’s creation just a few short years later. He replaced the 5 drums with 3 reels which were spun to determine a win. The machine become known as the Liberty Bell as one of the symbols, a gold bell, was liable for the highest payout when 3 were matched across each reel. Unfortunately for Fey, while he is still widely considered the inventor of the slot machine, he failed to patent his idea and his design was copied by many others. 

 

In the 60s

 

Fast forward to the middle of the 20th century and slot machines have become pretty commonplace in public areas like bowling alleys, pubs and shops. This era played a vital role in the development of online slots as it marks the introduction of electronic play in which the lever no longer directly operated the machine. However, it wasn’t until the 70s when the first video slots started to appear. Not long after, following the birth of the internet, video slot games were being hosted online allowing people from all over the world to log on from their homes at the touch of a button. After that, game makers had the power to get a little more creative, introducing extra bonus rounds and inspiring the games within games we know and love today.

 

Modern day slots 

 

Heading in to 2012 Caesars Games launched their first web application which allowed players to enjoy their amazing online video slots from wherever they decided to use their computer. Off the back of its success, the company released their very first mobile app just over a year later. Nowadays, Caesars Games boasts hundreds of expertly designed video slots and casino style games created by some of the greatest minds in the video gaming industry. They’ve become so popular that over a million people are logging on to enjoy the Caesars Games experience every single day.

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