Origin of Our Name
“AR” represents the archaeopteryx, a flying dinosaur that has been called the “first bird” and is also featured in our corporate logo. This embodies our challenger’s spirit and the value we place on the thrill of attaining new heights. “U” stands for Universal (the name of our predecessor, whose corporate color is red) and signifies our goal of providing an all-encompassing range of universal entertainment to all people. “Z” the last letter in the alphabet, represents completeness. “E” stands for our major corporate theme: entertainment. Together, “ARUZE” represents our desire as a company to change all forms of entertainment.
1969The predecessor of Aruze, Universal Lease Co., Ltd, was incorporated in Japan.
1983Established Universal Distributing of Nevada, Inc. (UDN)
1984UDN was licensed in Nevada as Manufacturing, Distributor of Gaming and Slot Route Operator
1986Universal Australia PTY LTD was established
1989Universal Australia was licensed in New South Wales
1991UDN was licensed in Mississippi as Manufacturer and Distributor of Gaming Devices
1992UDN South Africa PTY LTD was established
1995UDN South Africa was issued National Gaming License
1998Moved Japan headquarter to Tokyo
January 2005UDN transformed into wholly-owned subsidiary, Aruze Gaming America® (AGA), with subsidiaries in Australia and South Africa
April 2005AGA subsidiaries in Australia and South Africa renamed Aruze Gaming Australia and Aruze Gaming Africa
July 2006AGA was granted permanently-renewable gaming machine manufacturer’s license for State of Nevada, US
September 2006Aruze Gaming Australia acquired gaming license for Australian State of Queensland
2007Aruze Gaming Australia and Aruze Gaming Africa were transferred to Aruze Gaming America®
December 2008Launched first G-Enex® video reel games, Shen Long™ and Legend of the Qin Dynasty™
2009AGA global manufacturing plant was established in Manila, Philippines
September 2009Launched G-Link® product line. By end of 2009, AGA became a privately held company and 100% owned by its founder, Mr. Kazuo Okada.
September 2010Launched G-Deluxe® game, Wheel of Pharaoh™
February 2011Launched first G-Station®, electronic table games, Dealers Angels Baccarat™ and Dealers Angels Black Jack™
May 2011Launched first real wheel Innovator™ games, King of Dragons™ and Bamboo Panda™
September 2011Aruze Gaming Macau was incorporated
February 2012Launched Innovator Deluxe games, The Gold™ and Crystal™
September 2014Launched first Innovator Linked Progressive, Rapid Shot™
September 2014Debuting at Global Gaming Exhibition at Las Vegas with new G-Link®, Players’ Party™, to include 5 bonuses altogether (Black or Red, Lucky Numbers, High-Low, Fun Wheel, Roll the Dice, 3 different sets of Free Games, and a chance of Progressive win)
2016First Aruze social game launched on “Hit It Rich!” with Zynga Inc. Prototype of robot dealer was first debuted at G2E Las Vegas.
April 2017Aruze Gaming America is instituting an industry-leading two-year performance guarantee