For those who grew up playing video games from the 1980’s until now, Konami is a well known brand name that occupies a special place in their heart. The company started well before the 1980’s though and their history shows why they are now one of the largest growing casino slot machine manufacturers in the United States.
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Konami was actually founded in Japan in 1969 and began its business life as a company that rented and repaired jukeboxes.1973 came around and after a successful run with jukeboxes, the company moved over to making arcade machines, also called amusement machines.
It was not until 1978 that they released their first product but within a year they expanded their product offerings to the United States. Possibly the most well known title of this era of Konami was Frogger, which was actually sold through a licensing agreement with a United States based company.
In 1982, Konami began establishing their presence here more fully with the creation of Konami of America which helped them produce and sell titles for the NES system in the late 80’s and beyond. It was not until 1997 that Konami decided to start making inroads into the casino gaming industry and it was not until 2000 that Konami became licensed to sell casino games in Nevada, the first step needed to getting into the casino gaming market.
When they entered the market in 2000, they were the first Japanese company to try to take away market share of casino gaming in the largest market in the world.
Another big step forward for Konami Gaming was in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, Konami was granted licenses for manufacture and sales of casino machines in a number of other states in the United States as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
This led to Konami’s Casino Management System software being chosen to by Quebec’s lottery commission to provide system support for all of the government run casinos in the province. he system allowed for customers to use the same card in all of the casinos and was the reason for the contract being awarded to Konami.
Since 2005, Konami has been generating new titles and new technology like no other company in the industry. Their goal seems to be to be at the top of the pack for technology while still delivering on all other levels as the small fish in a big pond. Popular titles in the Konami casino machine catalogue include Egyptian Eyes, Full Moon Diamond, African Diamond and Gold Frenzy.
Their newest game cabinets are becoming incredibly popular as more players long for the days of mechanical reeled games, yet do not want to give up the fun bonus features which video slot machines provide. Konami’s Advantage Revolution platform delivers on both accords with mechanical 3-wheel, multi line play as well as progressive bonuses and touch screen game play in the top box LCD, giving players a little bit of everything in one package.
A well established brand world-wide and a rising star in Vegas
Konami are becoming a well know slots producer in Las Vegas, producing classics like Vibrant Sevens, the African Diamond and Rock Around the Clock. Judging by the slots they had on show at this year's G2E event, their next generation of games promises to be even more exciting.