IGT sets ‘industry-first’ with US cross-platform WAP launch

14 September 2018

International Game Technology (IGT) has expanded its internet gaming offering in the US by launching what it claims is the country’s first cross-platform online Wide Area Progressive (WAP) product.

IGT MegaJackpots will be available to players in the regulated state of New Jersey on four sites: CaesarsCasino.com, HardRockCasino.com, MoheganSunCasino.com and ResortsCasino.com.

Players will have access initially to two games – MegaJackpots Cleopatra and MegaJackpots Siberian Storm – with more content to follow.

The jackpot pool will begin at $500,000 (£382,000/€429,000) and increase in value as consumers wager on the games.

IGT MegaJackpots is already an established brand in the UK market.

Enrico Drago, senior vice-president of PlayDigital at IGT, said: “Launching the first cross-platform online WAP games in the US reinforces IGT’s commitment and leadership in delivering ‘industry-first’ innovation that elevates the player experience across multiple channels.

“IGT’s MegaJackpots games continue to entertain players in the UK and other mature digital gaming markets around the world, and we believe our customers in New Jersey will benefit from incorporating life-changing jackpots on proven themes such as Cleopatra and Siberian Storm into their digital content offerings.”

The launch will complement IGT’s sports betting business in the US, which has expanded rapidly over the past few months following the Supreme Court ruling on PASPA in May.

This week, IGT confirmed its entrance into the tribal sports betting market by announcing a deal with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

IGT has also recently secured sports betting partnerships with both FanDuel and MGM in New Jersey and has forged a joint agreement with William Hill and the Rhode Island Lottery. In addition, the company has obtained a sports betting licence in West Virginia.