WMS Industries (NYSE: WMS) was founded in 1974 and achieved great success in the pinball, video arcade and home video game markets. With a demonstrated track record as a company that could "make great games", video and software technology, and manufacturing facilities, WMS' foray into gamingwas a natrural progression for the corporation. WMS started out in the video lottery terminal (VLT) business in 1991. The company created, manufactured and placed VLT's in jurisdictions throughout North America. Since 1998, WMS has been engaged entirely in the manufacture, sale, leasing and licensing of gaming machines.