GGB is committed to providing updated news and analysis on our weekly news site,

WMS Opens R&D Center

Slot manufacturer WMS Gaming celebrated the grand opening of its new technology development center in Chicago last month. The new center will house its Chicago-based game development studios. The 120,000-square-foot structure was built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification specifications to support the company’s commitment to long-term innovation and sustainability.

Brian Gamache, chairman and CEO of parent WMS Industries, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Alderman Richard Mell, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Illinois Rep. Deborah Mell and hundreds of WMS employees participated in the ribbon-cutting for the new facility, at 2718 Roscoe Street on the Chicago River.

The facility increases the size of the WMS Chicago Technology Campus by 50 percent to 350,000 square feet. The facility will accommodate up to 225 employees, including game design and development, product management and Williams Interactive teams. The structure features an atrium with a signature folded roof, four game development studios, two game laboratories, two product testing showrooms, a 120-seat auditorium, offices and team collaboration areas.

The building also houses a variety of employee amenity areas for the more than 600 Chicago employees at the Technology Campus, including dining facilities with a patio overlooking the Chicago River, a fitness center, a basketball/volleyball court and an employee lounge with ping-pong, pool tables and Wii, Xbox and PlayStation video game consoles. The building’s skyline terrace offers unobstructed views of the city’s skyline.

    Recent Feature Articles

  • Diverse Experiences Deliver

    Aristocrat’s journey to the top of the slot industry

  • The Giant Awakens

    With citizens who are known to be some of Asia’s most prolific gamblers, Thailand has emerged as Asia’s next gaming opportunity

  • Responsible Gaming: All Together Now

    Voices from the American Gaming Association’s Responsible Gaming Month on the importance of responsible gaming and how the casino industry is handling the issue.

  • Global Games 2022

    The world’s game-makers prepare to wow attendees with the first unrestricted, fully international Global Gaming Expo since 2019

  • Testing, Testing, Testing

    Want to know whether a product, promotion or event will succeed even before it happens? Market research is the answer, but it has to be more nuanced than it has in the past