In this interview with CalvinAyre.com’s Becky Liggero, Tony Plaskow of Black Cow Technology how the latest technology has improved and expedited the production of slots machines.
Slot machines have come a long way since Charles Fey has invented the machine with three spinning reels and five symbols as a simplified answer to the problem on how to automate a poker game. Back then, the Liberty Bell was the first jackpot symbol and it was where the slot got its name.
Since Fey’s slot machines were banned in his home state, candy based prizes were used to evade prosecution as no cash prizes were won.
Over the decades, slot machines had undergone transformation with the development of new technologies. The next generation of slot machines were created by Bally Technologies Inc., which came out with Money Honey – the world’s first electromechanical slot machine.
Then the world entered the age of computer in the 1980s. During this period, people have learned to embrace computers and other technological advancements as part of their everyday lives, whether at work or in their respective homes.
It is also at this point of history when game technology provider International Game Technology gave us Megabucks – the first slot machine with a technology that allows the linking of multiple slot machines in multiple sites. It also bought the patent of Fortune Coin, which is touted to be the world’s first video slot invented by Walt Fraley.
Tony Plaskow of Black Cow Technology pointed out that slot machines continue to evolve as present technologies are improved and newer machines are developed. To prove his point, Plaskow pointed out that it is now possible to build slots in a matter of three to four days compared back then when developers needed at least five to six months to accomplish the job.
He said the availability of modern software tools and slightly different technical architecture have made it possible company to build casino games in a matter of days instead of waiting for at least half a year before it is assembled.
“We have simplified the process of building casino games and we have a very specific software the Open Gaming Architecture. The main reason why it is different is because we have some games development kit,” Plaskow told CalvinAyre.com. “So games development kit allows parties to very easily and efficiently build games and unto a core software platform, but they do it independently and remotely. So we think we are the only ones that has that in the market place.”
Plaskow said their start-up company, which is headed by Max Francis, has already caught the attention of some large suppliers who wanted to build those games as swiftly as possible.”
“For my perspective, personally it is exciting to be part of the start-up. So it’s exciting and also more importantly, what Max Francis, who is our CEO and founder, is doing is actually changing the way people are building casinos,” he said. “We are actually offering something that works, is proven, has gone through licensing process, regulated, and compliant. It can be a new way, a new method of doing things. It’s a new adventure.”
With more technologies being developed and to be developed in the future, slot machines will continue to bring joy to the lives of many. Slot machine is truly an iconic gambling machine.