Barcrest Slots History

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Barcrest was founded in the United Kingdom in 1968 in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

The gaming powerhouse cites itself as “the go-to company for arcade, bingo and pub game content”, and made its name in the pubs, clubs and bingo halls of the UK. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, Barcrest enjoyed huge success developing, manufacturing and distributing fruit machines and Skill With Prizes (SWP) machines first across the United Kingdom and then to Europe.

Throughout the 1980s Barcrest continued to innovate through the development and production of its MPU-format based fruit machines, including famous and popular titles like Card Cash®, Cash Counter Chances Unlimited® and the iconic 1980s fruit machine Super Line Up®.

The company continued in the same vein throughout the 1990s, developing and releasing titles like Cash Attack, Rich and Famous® and movie-based titles like The Terminator® and Star Wars: A New Hope®.

In 1998, International Game Technology acquired Barcrest Gaming through its European subsidiary, IGT Europe. Barcrest had forged a reputation for combining the luck involved in slot machines with the games of skill that were required by law in all fruit machines in the UK. US-based gaming firm IGT saw Barcrest slots as the perfect foil for its European operations, and provided fertile grounds for the group’s continued expansion with continued acquisitions of other gaming developers and manufacturers throughout this period.

Together the firms would continue to blaze trails in the European and World gaming markets, with IGT’s infrastructure able to export Barcrest’s machines to the far flung corners of the globe, including South Africa and Japan.

Around the turn of the millennium, Barcrest began focussing on the development of Internet-based slots games, while also releasing slot titles like  Ca$ino®, Monty’s Millions® and Money Mad Martians®.

2006 saw the firm’s most notable success, as Barcrest slots released the stupendously popular Rainbow Riches® franchise (about which we know a thing or two!). This game was to become one of the most popular slot games ever created, and was the platform for further success in the industry.

In 2008 Barcrest launched its Rob da Bank® slot, a new hi-tech slot with bonus gamble and multi-level Super trails that further cemented Barcrest slots as the number one gaming manufacturer in Europe.

2010 saw the company launch Captain Jackpot’s Cash Ahoy®, another title of which it can be especially proud, and one that proves it deserves its place at the very top of the UK gaming tree.

In 2011 IGT sold Barcrest to Scientific Games for £33million, of which Barcrest remains a subsidiary. Through its parent label Barcrest continues to innovate in the gaming sector, particularly in mobile gaming with titles like Ooh Aah Dracula®, R.I.Peater®, Hi 5®, Monty’s Millions®, Cleopatra Slots® and Cluedo Slots®.

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